FEATURED MAKER: Lindsay McCoy of A Wooden Nest

FEATURED MAKER: Lindsay McCoy of @awoodennest #crafter #interview
I’m so excited to be talking with one of my closest friends, Lindsay McCoy about her passion for needlework crafts and living sustainably. Lindsay is a talented writer, photographer and crafter. You can read more about what’s she’s up to on her blog, A Wooden Nest.

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What is your background?

I live in a cozy old home in a town just outside Portland, Oregon with my husband, two cats, four chickens and a little one on the way. After graduating high school, I spent a few indecisive years in and out of college, not knowing what I wanted to do with my life. I eventually went back to school to finish my BA in English Lit., but I still didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, so I decided to go back and teach myself the basics: crafting, cooking, gardening and simple living. I started blogging about it on my personal blog, and eventually picked up a job working as the blog editor for a local wedding and paper goods company.

FEATURED MAKER: Lindsay McCoy of @awoodennest #crafter #interview

What do you make?

I dabble in lots of different projects, but needlework crafts seem to stick with me the most. I’m a big fan of knit and crochet, and I’m currently in the middle of making two hand stitched patchwork quilts using the English paper piecing method. Other than that, I write. A lot. Everything else I do (sharing recipes, gardening, house projects…) revolves around my joy of sharing information, inspiration and ideas through written words. Blogging itself has become my most well-loved creative hobby.

FEATURED MAKER: Lindsay McCoy of @awoodennest #crafter #interview

What initially sparked your interest in needlework crafts?

I never used to think of myself as a crafty person, but then I realized that I LOVE crafts so long as they’re functional and applicable to my life in some way. The crafts I lean toward are practical, and help me reach my goal of leading a simpler, more sustainable life. For example, handmade clothes, if done right, can fit better and last ages longer than cheap store bought alternatives made from synthetic materials, so I knit my own socks and sweaters, and hope to eventually own a wardrobe full of my own handmade, quality garments that will be worth mending and repairing to last my whole life.

How long did it take you to master it?

I still consider myself a beginner, and probably will until I start designing my own patterns.

FEATURED MAKER: Lindsay McCoy of @awoodennest #crafter #interview

Tell us about your process. How do you go about creating for example, a pair of knitted socks, from start to finish?

The process begins with a need. Is it getting cold outside? Am I low on socks? Time to stock up on sock yarn!

Other than that, I really try to focus all my energy on one project at a time, otherwise I get stressed out and overwhelmed, and I start to set things aside for later. When I’m in the midst of a project, I will work on it for hours, often way past my bedtime, to get it finished. It’s a little intense, but it’s also extremely satisfying.

FEATURED MAKER: Lindsay McCoy of @awoodennest #crafter #interview

What does your workspace look like?

I work wherever I’m comfortable. I do a large portion of my writing and project research on my laptop in my bedroom, and all of my other writing and knitting in the living room, usually while binge-watching a show on Netflix.

FEATURED MAKER: Lindsay McCoy of @awoodennest #crafter #interview

Where do you find inspiration?

Blogs, mostly. Magazines, conversations with creative people, movies… Ravelry project pages and forums are always a huge source of inspiration for me too.

FEATURED MAKER: Lindsay McCoy of @awoodennest #crafter #interview

Do you have any tips or advice for other people interested in needlework crafts?

Trust that if the craft or project you’re working on doesn’t come easily to you right away, you’ll eventually get the hang of it with practice. If you really want to make it part of your life, keep chugging through. Your brain will eventually catch on.

Visit Lindsay’s blog and follow her on Facebook and Flickr

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