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February 7, 2009

Getting to know you - KBriggs

Hooray! It is time for another interview with a lovely crafty lady. Kathya of Sew Much to Love loves to sew. Unlike me, she is pretty good at making clothes, and she can actually follow a pattern. Quite an enviable skill! Please pop over to her blog and take a look at what she is making.

Your name
KBriggs :: blog ::

Where in the world are you?

I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan-USA but Iam from Santa Cruz de la Sierra-Bolivia (South America)

Briefly describe yourself and what you make

I am a person who enjoy arts/crafts and I value vintage ”everything” very much.

I enjoy sewing and scrapbook, but mostly my time goes around sewing. I love sewing for people in my family it makes me feel that I am serving through what I know how to do best. And of course, I love the smiley faces when they recieve their presents.

Who or what inspires you?

Since I stay at home most of the day, I got to the point were I got tired of being bored and have nothing else to do. In the begining, I scrapbooked everything but after I had my I wanted to do something a bit harder. So, I thought of sewing. I wanted to do this because I wanted to know if you could really sew like my mother. She is a seamstress and my father was a tailor, and of course while growing up I never learned from them nor was I interested. So I would the people the inspire me the most are my parents.

When / how did you learn?

I started sewing around April 2007.

And one day I told my husband i wanted to try to make myself a blouse because all of my pre-pregnancy clothing didnt fit me and the pregnancy ones were too big. So we went to the fabric store and picked a pattern and fabric. Got home and gave it a try. It took me ”forever” to finish the blouse since it uses english words that I didn't know what they meant. By the way, I still have the blouse, and it is the ugliest thing I have ever done( I think) but after all it is the first time I sewed so it is very dear to me.

Why do you 'bother' to make things by hand?

Because most times it is cheaper, I love making things with my hands and like I said before ”I love the smiley faces”. I feel good when people know they are special to me.

What is your craft ”philosophy”?

I am not sure if this is a ”philosophy” but as long as you commit yourself to something and have lots of love and patience while making/doing it you can accomplish anything you want.

Have you always made 'stuff'?

I havent always sewn. But now that I do, I go and check in store (big ones) and checked the quality of the work and if it is worth the price.

How do you deal with crafty mistakes?

When I get stuck sewing something, I can't sleep well. I even have dreams of how to fix it. And at the end, I dream of the correct way, wake up in the morning, try it like in the dream and then it is fixed.

Do you have a designated craft space? What does it mean to you?

I share my sewing room with the computer/office room. But it is still all MINE. I love my sewing area and I have rules for that room. But I am still willing to give it up once I have another baby.

Do you use a sketchbook or journal?

I do have a corck board where I have the next patterns I want to try.

Why is crafting good for you?

It is relaxing (except when I make a mistake ;) ) and I love the feeling of accomplishing something.

Is your art/ craft a business as well? Any advice on running an arty/ crafty business?

I have sent ads and I have had a couple request (well, lots of request) but few of them were serious ones. And advice? Hmmm....I think I need advice myself. I just started reaching outside of my family so I am pretty new in all of this.

What impact (if any) has the internet had on your craft?

LOTS!!! I see other Stay At Home Moms doing the same and I think it is awesome that they can still be at home with their kids and still give something to their families. And of course I love all the tutorial and new ideas that they offer.

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