Interview: Marna from Little a Designs

Marna Lunt is the talented designer behind www.littleadesigns.co.uk, a treasure trove of handstitched delights. We love Marna's colourful style and clever personalised designs, so we asked her a little about how she works, what inspires her, and what she's up to at the moment!

Marna, your online shop is a crafty treasure trove! What inspired you to set up Little a Designs?

Many of us find that life changes greatly after we have children and we have different goals and ideals. Luckily when you're an artist it often gives you a purpose and talent to use that works well around children and working from home.

I had been made redundant during my pregnancy with my first child Arthur. When he was born he suffered severe brain damage and so I was very limited to what job I'd be able to do around his very specialised and intense care needed. Then I found not only did I need to make money but I needed to have an outlet that would help body and soul and I knew that now was the time to grab the opportunity and do what I really loved at last and paint and create. And Little a was born.

Every morning I'm excited about the day to come and the opportunity to make and create. I am constantly inspired by my greatest loves; the landscapes and colours of my North Yorkshire Moors and my deep love of Italian Renaissance art. That may sound like an odd combination but they each excite me everyday.

Interview: Maria Diaz

This week we have a special treat for you - our latest designer focus is Maria Diaz, cross stitch designer extraordinaire. Craft queen Maria is a long-standing designer for CrossStitcher and Cross Stitch Collection magazines, runs her own webshop, Maria Diaz Designs and is responsible for more cross stitch charts than any other designer on The Making Spot

Join us as we chat old-school design skills, tricky projects and design heroes …

Interview: The Crochet Dude!

Drew Emborsky is a crochet designer based in Houston, Texas; you might know him better as blogger and TV expert, The Crochet Dude.

We spoke to Drew about how he learned to crochet, what inspires his gorgeous crochet patterns, and discovered his top tips for new crocheters!

Read on for our full interview with The Crochet Dude, and be sure to visit his website and inspiring blog. You can say hi to Drew on Twitter too!

Interview: Say hello to Twinkie Chan!

It's Crochet Month on the The Making Spot, and we're celebrating with a week of crochet fun here on our blog. Come back each day for our top tips, hot links, patterns and interviews - we're so excited!

To get our crochet-fest off to a sweet start, we chatted to San Francisco-based designer Twinkie Chan about her scrumptious food-themed accessories and her lifelong love of crochet.

If you're as crazy for Twinkie Chan's designs as we are, be sure to check out her fab website and Etsy shop, plus her book, Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies. Read on and delve into Twinkie Chan's world!

Designer focus: Judy Furlong

The Making Spot favourite Judy Furlong is a wizz with a pair of knitting needles. When she's not busy designing for major knitting mags and sites (including, of course, providing some of the loveliest patterns on The Making Spot!), she's kind enough to impart some pearls of wisdom on our sister site The Knitter. We thought it was about time we learnt a little more about this super-talented individual. So our latest addition to The Making Spot team, Ruth Hamilton, asked her all about suprising start in knitting and why she's expecting a call from the Tate Modern... Read  more.

 

 

 

 

Interview: Mr X Stitch

As part of our embroidery month series, we've delved into the stitchtastical mind of Mr X Stitch. The King of all things weird and wonderful in the craftiverse, he's just gathered up his favourite boundary-pushing stitchers and featured them in his book PUSH Stitchery (including the wonderful Gillian Bates, creator of this beach hut canvas). Read more to see what he's been up to lately & find out the strangest surface he's ever seen stitched!

Interview: Emily Peacock

February is embroidery month, and we love the chance to fly the flag for all the oh-so-talented stitchers in the craftiverse! So we're hosting a week of daily posts filled with all the lovely people & websites who inspire us to have fun with thread. To kick start the week, we chat to Emily Peacock, who has led the way in making tapestry trendy again with her bright designs. She also happens to be one of our favourite designers over on The Making Spot.

Emily Peacock's retro modern fishiesEmily Peacock's new retro moderns range

Interview: Carol Meldrum & Knitlympics

When Carol Medrum created Einstein and Marlilyn Monroe in her last book Knitted Icons we thought we'd seen it all. But how wrong we were. In her newly published book Knitlypics Carol shares patterns for 20 Olympic icons including Zola Budd, Usain Bolt and Steve Redgrave!  

Not only that you can knit your very own ticket, the Olympic torch and the iconic rings!

We caught up with The Making Spot designer to find out what inspired her...

Knitlympics, how did that come about? Are you a big sports fan?

The idea for Knitlympics came from the publisher – Anova Books. As I’d worked with them on Knitted Icons and both books are doll based, it seemed like a natural progression.  It was a great opportunity to develop the basic doll pattern, adding hands and feet for one thing and making both a male and female doll was important.  I am a bit of a sports fan - I really enjoy watching the Olympics and am looking forward to seeing what kind of show London 2012 will put on next year.

When did you first learn to knit?

I think I learned to knit when I was about 4 or 5. I was taught by my mum and grandma at home, but was also taught at primary school. I used to love flicking through my mum's old Vogue knitting books and experimenting with the different stitches. I remember staying overnight with my grandma and knitting a stripy Doctor Who scarf for my doll. I was so excited to show my dad, but I hadn’t secured the ends where I’d changed colour, I decided to cut them off and funnily enough – it fell apart on the way home in the car! I was so upset, but it makes me giggle now to think about it.