Meet Our Team: Rugby

Meet Michelle, Sue, and Vicky, three crafting experts who can be found at our brand new Hobbycraft store in Rugby. We’ve asked them some questions about themselves, their favourite crafts, and the Hobbycraft products that they can’t live without!

Michelle and Vicky will be hosting Coffee and Cake hours during the last three weeks of May at the new Rugby store. Join them to hear about their areas of expertise, and them questions, and see them demonstrate a craft project!

Vicky will be demonstrating a box frame project on 05/07/18 from 11pm – 12pm.

Michelle will be providing a die cutting machine demonstration on 12/07/18 from 11pm – 12pm.

Vicky will be demonstrating a box frame project on 19/07/18 from 11pm – 12pm.

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

 

Sewing Expert Vicky Boyns

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I love anything creative! I have a lovely family of three boys who keep me very busy helping with school projects, costumes, and creative ideas they come up with. In my spare time (if I’m not attached to my sewing machine making clothes and bags) I try to pick up the latest trends in crafting – box framing being one of them – which I must say I am very proud of. With Hobbycraft box frames it’s so quick, easy and cost effective to create something special. I love to give crafted gifts to friends and family because it adds a personal touch – no one can give that gift but me!

What does your personal creative practice involve?

Well, I start by taking over the whole kitchen table! Whatever I do I have to put Radio 4 on in the background as it stops me from rushing, and then I start measuring out my fabric. Preparation is key to all sewing makes!

Where do you find inspiration?

I look online a lot for free patterns, there are always fellow crafters out there willing to share their passion with others. It also depends on what fabric my six year old son has seen in Hobbycraft which normally inspires a functional make for him to take to school- recently I made him a drawstring Peter Rabbit book bag.

How did you first become interested in sewing?

We bought the perfect pair of curtains for our kitchen when we moved in to our house but I was very upset that they were too long. My husband bought me a very basic sewing machine and set me the challenge of shortening them. This was a daunting task as I failed my textiles GCSE so many years ago, but found that I picked it up very quickly and my kitchen curtains now look great! Now I have graduated through several different machines of increasing difficulty, and my sewing has become better and better. I am a massive fan of The Great British Sewing Bee and have even met Patrick Grant!

What other crafts do you enjoy?

Felting , crochet, papercraft , ink printing, and making pom pom garlands.

What creative projects are you working on right now?

I have started making box frames layering buttons to make hearts – they look really effective.

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

Their fantastic range of fabric!

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

This is my latest button box frame – I‘m so pleased with it!

 

Papercraft Expert Michelle Holloway

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I have a real passion for making cards for friends and family – for all occasions! I have several Die cutting machines including the Cricut Air.

Where do you find inspiration?  

I find inspiration within my local craft store and through crafty television programs.

How did you first become interested in scrapbooking?

I attended my sisters scrapbooking party and made a 12 x 12 page and my interest grew from there.

What other crafts do you enjoy?

I also love crosstitch and knitting.

What creative projects are you working on right now?

At the moment I’m creating a crossstitch sampler for the new Rugby store.

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

I definitely couldn’t live without double sided tape and foam pads!

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

I’m particularly proud of a large blanket that I crocheted.

 

Sewing Expert Sue Tracey

What does your personal creative practice involve?

I enjoy making fabric bunting, and try my hand at any kind of machine sewing including embroidery.

Where do you find inspiration?

I find inspiration on Pinterest, Facebook, social media, and in magazines.

How did you first become interested in crafting?

I have always been interested in art and craft from an early age. I enjoy forming an idea and creating a finished product.

What other crafts do you enjoy? 

I also enjoy card making, papercraft, die cutting, box frames, pyrograpgy, engraving, and pencil sketching.

What creative projects are you working on right now?

Right now I’m creating bunting for the new Rugby Store, and a scrabble ‘family’ box frame to give to someone as a leaving gift.

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

I couldn’t live without wooden letters!

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

I’m most proud of a large pencil drawing of a ballerina.

 

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