Please tell us a little about yourself…
My Name is Jan and I live with my husband in Cheshire. I have two grown up children and two gorgeous granddaughters.
Where/how did you learn your craft(s)?
Some from my Mum – she used to knit, sew and do tapestries. I went on courses for some things but mostly I chose crafts that I could teach myself. Cross stitch is a great example – so easy to do and OK, maybe the back wasn‘t so great, but who looks at the back?!
How do you feel craft has impacted your life?
It was only when I read Kate’s blog that I realised my crafting projects were started in times of personal difficulties and illness in the family. Crafting was the only thing that was under my control. It gave me head space and a much needed positive in my life.
For the last five years I have been caring for my Dad. He had a stroke from which he recovered but it left him with a variety of health problems. Now he has vascular dementia and is becoming increasingly demanding. With my wrists not so good, I couldn’t cross stitch so I started dressmaking. I took myself off to a sewing course and made myself a dress. It was brilliant to escape for a couple of hours. Now those skills are being put to good use making dresses for my granddaughters. The time I spend sewing is an escape from the constant worry of what is coming next with my Dad’s health care.
I would encourage anyone to just have a go at a craft, it’s brilliant therapy and gives you such a sense of achievement. It doesn’t have to be perfect, for me it’s about the time you spend not thinking about your problems. That is the joy of crafting – so just go for it!
Do you do anything to pass the crafting bug on to others?
My daughter loves to cross stitch so I must have done something right!
Do you do anything to share your creations? (gifting/selling?)
I think all friends and family have received a cross stitch creation over the years and now my two granddaughters and my grandniece all wear the dresses I make. It gives me such a buzz to see them.
What is next on the agenda for you?
I’d like to revisit those unfinished projects that are lurking in the back of a cupboard!