Vic has worked with us in the Frome shop for the last six years. She has been the creative genius behind so many of our popular workshops. Teaching Roman Blind making, Lampshade making and superhero capes to name a few. Now Vic is starting up a teen club at the shop. Here we find a bit more about our ‘fromemaid” and her hopes for the new club.
1) When did you first get bitten by the crafting bug?
I suffered through needlework classes at school, and it wasn’t until I went to the local comprehensive school that we were allowed to design our own projects. I made a pink satin cushion in the shape of a scalloped shell. I loved it, and they put it in the cabinet in reception!
I then had a bit of a break, bar a couple of pinafore dresses and laundry bags, until I became a Mum, and was inspired to start making things again. I wanted fun, funky things for my son, and decided the best way to do that was to make my own.
2) What sorts of things do you like to make?
With my son getting older, I have focused more on making my own soft furnishings, cushions, quilts, Roman blinds and lampshades.I have also made new curtains and slip covers for our campervan. This year I plan to update our bedroom soft furnishings and make a picnic blanket for the van; the components for which I have had for about four years! The Roman blinds and lampshade workshops I have been running have proven to be ever so popular and I love seeing peoples’ delight at the end of each session as they go home with something that have made and feel proud of! I do find myself making indie versions of things on a similar tilt to a lot of the mass produced tween/teen accessories lately and this is inspiring a new set of workshops at Millie Moon.
3) Which tool is indispensable in your sewing kit?
4) Who inspires you creatively?
I really enjoy reading other people’s blogs. I love a bit of Pinterest! I also loved watching the Sewing Bee. There is no one particular person: Anyone who has and idea and has a go is inspiring to me.
I have a Facebook page: Fromemaid where I put photos of my makes and workshops.
5) Tell us a bit about the new “Teens with machines” sewing club
Designed for the older students (ages 12years+) who want to learn to sew with a machine, or develop the skills they have used in school. We will be starting with simple projects. First week we are making wired headbands, just so I can get a feel of the students abilities, experience and knowledge. I am hoping then this will lead on to bigger and bolder exciting projects inspired by the students themselves. Lets see what happens!
The teens with machines club starts on Saturday 20th May and will run on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10.30-12.30pm.
£20 per session or special offer now on book 3 sessions for £50
The first 3 sessions are set projects to ascertain abilities. These will include materials, equipment and refreshments.
For more information on the teens club or any of Fromemaid’s upcoming workshops please go to our website, email us firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call 01373 464437