Today I am introducing my friend Mandie who goes by the name of TheMinersWife in the crafty world.
Mandie is a wonderful friend of mine who is very crafty. We like to get together to craft & chat when we have the chance. If we’re not crafting, then we’ll be out to lunch,shopping or walking together. We also love to do the odd market stall about the place together. My market buddy!
I thought it was about time I introduced her to the rest of you and so I asked Mandie a few questions. She has also very kindly offered to giveaway one of her PDF patterns! Details below on how to enter.
Tell me about TheMinersWife.
TheMinersWife shop is where you will find all of my PDF patterns to recreate many of my original projects – journal covers, dolls, softies and stitcheries. I love to turn my original creations into patterns so that other crafters can personalise them by recreating them in fabrics and colour-ways that they prefer. My patterns are easy to follow and have lots of photos, diagrams and hints throughout so that even if you have no sewing experience, you will still be able to confidently work your way through the project, and the end result will look just like it is supposed to. Sometimes you will also find a few completed goodies available in my shop such as hair accessories, home decorating items and stationary items; I also like to play around with different ideas and create little bits and pieces that I don’t always turn into patterns.
Tell us what you do & what inspires you to create?
I sew! I love to sew anything really, and then turn my creations into patterns. Sometimes I am inspired by an occasion, such as birthdays, Christmas, Easter, births etc where I need to give a gift so I’ll come up with something suited to the particular recipient. Other times I am inspired by my girls, who are also very crafty, and I often enlist them to draw certain objects for me as I love their interpretations – sometimes stripped back to bare basics, at other times taken to a new level with an added flourish, swirl or heart. I am lucky to live out of town and surrounded by bushland and forest, with the ocean only 10 minutes drive away, so there is always lots of inspiration from the natural environment too.
Have you always been a crafter?
Oh yes…for as long as I can remember. I think it’s in my blood! I come from a long line of very talented and creative people! Actually, I like to think that everyone has a creative bone in their body…it’s just a matter of finding it.
Were you taught crafting skills by a close family member, or are you self taught?
My favourite aunt taught me to knit and crochet when I was 8. She created beautiful pieces and was the most patient teacher. She lost her battle with breast cancer when I was 20, and I still regret to this day not paying more attention when she was teaching me…I can not remember a thing that she taught me! As for everything else, I am pretty much self-taught. If I want to know how to do something, I usually Google it or hunt down a book at my local library or just play around experimenting.
What other craft would you like to try?
Ooooh, it would have to be crochet. I haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet…although it is taking all of my inner strength to stop myself. I have so many unfinished projects as it is and I fear that they will remain unfinished if I start to play around with crochet. Hmm, we’ll see. I’d also love to be able to paint…but unfortunately I wasn’t blessed with those skills.
Do you have plans for any new designs?
I have lots of ideas floating around all the time! My brain is buzzing with designs and I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing. I wish I had more time to bring them all to life. I have soooo many half- finished projects, and many more just waiting patiently for their turn at having my undivided attention! I’ve had a couple of new additions join the extended family in the last couple of months, so there a few ‘baby’ inspired designs planned. I am also planning on adding a few stitchery designs into the mix.
What was the first thing you ever made?
Actually it was an ashtray for my dad! I was nearly 5 years old and my kindergarten teacher (who was a pottery fanatic) decided to bring her pottery wheel in one day so all of us kids could have a go and make something for our dad’s for father’s day. Mine was surprisingly perfect and I remember the teacher making quite a fuss over it at the time. My dad gave up smoking not long after that, but I still have the bowl to this day…and even looking at it now with adult eyes, I must say I was a clever little 4 year old! The first thing I ever made out of textile though was a cute bookmark! It was a hairclip (used by hairdressers I think) covered in felt and lace to resemble a mitten…I made quite a few before moving on to something else. I went through an obsessive stage of making funky clothes for my sister’s cabbage patch doll too…Miss Raelyn was the best dressed girl in town!
Thanks so much Mandie for letting us into your crafty world. I can recommend any of Mandie’s patterns. They are so well written and have every detail you need to have a go – even if you are not all that confident a sewer.
Would you like to win one of Mandie’s PDF Sewing patterns? Well its easy to enter, just visit The Miners Wife etsy shop and have a poke around, then come back here and leave a comment with your favourite item. Pure chance will decide the winner in a weeks time. I’ll announce the winner in next week’s post. Good luck!
And so on to next week. It will be my last post before the In a Spin Sampler Throw Crochet Along begins. It will be full of crochety goodness to whet your appetite for the kick off on the 16th! I’m so excited!