Embroidery has had quite a revival of late with the emergence of a wave of new artists who have reenergised the timeless craft with their visionary work. My instagram feed is full of amazing hoop art and I absolutely love seeing what new ideas these makers are going to come up with next.
And that's why I am so excited that Natalie, aka The Mistress of Making is joining us at Penarth's Handmade Market. As soon as I saw her fried breakfast necklace, I knew that I wanted her on board! I asked Natalie to introduce herself and to tell us a bit more about how she spends her Christmas. Over to Natalie...
What are you currently working on?
I am currently busy working on more embroidered jewellery fit for the festive season, but also like to throw something quirky in the mix ( I am attempting to embroider a Christmas dinner ). There are also some bookmarks, cuff-links, bow ties and clutch bags on the way and am also working on some larger hoop art and some jewellery for the tree, okay decorations for the tree but I think tree jewellery sounds rather lovely.
The busy festive time is almost upon us - what do you enjoy about Christmas? Any loves/hates?
I love the build up to Christmas, the anticipation before the big day. The lights, the markets, watching Christmassy films and the sense of magic in the air.
What I hate is the stress that it can cause, from the financial strains to the worry about making everything perfect, it's just not achievable so I'm learning to be less of a worrier this year, fingers crossed.
How do you spend it?
Pretty much cooking, eating and napping, trying to feed my grown up sons before they disappear to see other friends and family. Then it's usually time for me to settle down to a few hours of games and naps before demolishing leftovers when my sons return. My mum, my partner and his family will all be here in my tiny home so it's a squeeze but it's full of laughter.
Have you ever received any bad presents?
I would feel awful saying that any present is awful, I am grateful to receive anything but I will say that any year I do not receive a terry's chocolate orange, I will sulk!!
Do you have a favourite Christmas song?
I love "The Fairytale of NewYork", by Kirsty MacColl and The Pogues but I also can't help but sing along to the opening song from "National lampoons' Christmas Vacation". As soon as that is on the telly, Christmas has started for me.
*** Come and meet Natalie on Sunday 18th November at Penarth's Handmade Market. For further info on the event, visit the event page.
April Liddell. Founder of Little Otter Markets. Lives a crafty life. Loves going for walks with her dog Betsi, listening to music, and eating chelsea buns.