Meet Our Team: Epping Forest

Meet Judith, Amanda, and Amy, three crafting experts who can be found at the Epping Forest Hobbycraft store. We’ve asked them some questions about themselves, their favourite crafts, and the Hobbycraft products that they can’t live without!

Judith, Amanda, and Amy will be hosting Coffee and Cake hours during the last three weeks of May at the Epping Forest store. Join them to hear about their areas of expertise, and them questions, and see them demonstrate a craft project!

Amy will be presenting a simple papercraft project on 17/05/18 from 12pm – 1pm.

Judith will be presenting a crochet project on 21/05/18 from 12pm – 1pm.

Amanda will be demonstrating sugarcraft on 31/05/18 from 12pm – 1pm.

Join them in celebrating our diversely skilled and passionate colleagues, and find your next favourite craft!

 

Die Cutting Expert Amy Brown

What does your personal creative practice involve?

Creating cards or homemade ‘keepsake’ products to give as gifts.

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration from mainstream card retailers, and also freelance card makers.

How did you first become interested in your chosen craft?

When I first attended a die cutting workshop at Hobbycraft!

What other crafts do you enjoy?

Loads! Knitting, sewing, drawing, baking, cake decorating, cross stitch, painting, scrapbooking, and latch hooking to name but a few.

What creative projects are you working on right now?

A large die-cutting project to give as a gift to a close friend. It includes photographs as well as die cut papers.

What is one Hobbycraft product that you couldn’t live without?

The huge range of cardboard and scrapbook paper!

Tell us about a piece of work that you are particularly proud of:

The piece I am most proud of is the toucan die cut scene as this was the piece that I created in preparation for the Sizzix in store workshop that I lead during Papercraft Live!

 

 

Crochet Expert Judith Farr

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I am married with two grown up daughters.  I gave up full time work last year and now work part time in Hobbycraft.  Not working full time has allowed me more time to return to the hobbies that I enjoy and to improve my skills.

What does your personal creative practice involve?

Once I have an idea for a project I will test different yarns to see what will work best and to practice the stitches or pattern. I find that once I start crocheting it is difficult to stop but tend to do more in the evenings.

Where do you find inspiration?

As well as the normal knitting and crochet patterns available I find that I enjoy recreating patchwork patterns in crochet. I also have a group of good friends who are all creative and talking to them gives me ideas for lots of things to make.

How did you first become interested in your chosen craft?

My grandmother taught me when I was a child.

What other crafts do you enjoy?

I am learning to knit and cross stitch.

What creative projects are you working on right now?

At the moment I am working on a blanket for our new camper van.

What is one Hobbycraft product that you couldn’t live without?

I love all the different yarns, each one lends itself to a different project.

Tell us about a piece of work that you are particularly proud of:

I have recently tried amigurumi (toy making) and completed a teddy bear for a friend’s baby.

 

Baking Expert Amanda Macleod

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

Before working for Hobbycraft I ran a wedding & Celebration cake business for approximately 8 years. During this time I took part in national competitions, contributed to industry magazines, ran a cake decorating blog, taught and demonstrated.

I no longer run my website or blog but still have boards on Pinterest!

What does your personal creative practice involve?

I start with the idea and get it down on paper. The design usually changes until the right design comes through.

Where do you find inspiration?

The inspiration comes from what the client is looking for. They usually have a theme, specific event and colour scheme. I always use the information they give me to provide them with something that fits the brief perfectly.

How did you first become interested in your chosen focus craft?

Around 30 years ago I made a birthday cake for my mum. It was pretty stressful but she loved it and I started doing more after that.

What other crafts do you enjoy?

I also knit and do some dress making. I am generally pretty creative so I enjoy lots of crafty stuff.

What creative projects are you working on right now?

I am making a Victorian style shirt with lots of lace/chiffon panels.

What is one Hobbycraft product that you couldn’t live without?

I have discovered the Hobbycraft Hot Melt Glue Gun which is a revelation! It just sticks everything!

Tell us about a piece of work that you are particularly proud of:

In 2013 I took part in Cake international. I entered a piece into the Decorative Category. Mine was the winning entry in this category and was also given a gold award. It took months to complete and I loved the finished piece.

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