FEATURED MAKER: Emma Reid of Emuse

FEATURED MAKER: Emma Reid of Emusing #crafter #interview
Please welcome Emma Reid, our newest Featured Maker! I came across Emma’s blog recently and fell in love with her sense of style, the variety of projects she makes, and her passion for creativity. After reading through pages of posts, I sent Emma an email inviting her to be featured on Adventures In Making. Before I knew it she emailed back and said YES! I hope you all enjoy getting to know more about Emusing Emma and the amazing things she creates!

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

I live in Scotland, not far north of Edinburgh. I studied Chemistry and Computing at university, and my job is very science and technology based, so I spend my free time doing something very different, working on my crafts and blog. My mum is very crafty too, as was my grandad, so I think that’s where I’ve inherited it from!

FEATURED MAKER: Emma Reid of Emusing #crafter #interview

Dala horse greeting cards and gift tags made by Emma.

What do you make?

I pretty much turn my hand to anything! Some of my favourites are making greetings cards and collages from paper, and making jewellery and miniatures from polymer clay. I’ve recently been making some felt brooches, and some Scandinavian-inspired crafts.

FEATURED MAKER: Emma Reid of Emusing #crafter #interview

Scandinavian style Christmas ornaments. Check out Emma’s tutorial on her blog.

How long have you been crafting? Where did you first learn about it?

I’ve been crafting for as long as I can remember, starting out by making handmade Christmas cards when I was in primary school, then when I was in high school I made earrings and brooches from Fimo and sold them to my classmates from a little tin.

Tell us about your process. How do you go about creating a greeting card from start to finish?

For making cards, I’ll usually start with a quick sketch, then from that I come up with a finished drawing that I cut into pieces to use as a template for cutting out various colours of card. Finally I stick these onto the card and add a few finishing touches with pens or embellishments.

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Winter greeting cards made by Emma using a cut-paper/collage technique.

What does your workspace look like?

I redecorated my craft room not long ago, so it’s a lovely neutral space with lots of natural light. I’ve got lots of storage for all sorts of different craft supplies, and big desks that give me plenty of space to spread things out when I’m working on them. I’ve also set aside an area to photograph my crafts, and there are some shelves where I can display my finished crafts.

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Emma’s craft room – where the magic happens!

Where do you find inspiration?

I draw inspiration from all sorts of things – books, museums, art galleries, and the natural world. I particularly love to make items inspired by my travels, so I’ve made lots of things based around ideas from Japan, China, and Peru.

Do you have any tips or advice for other people interested in making crafting or making greeting cards?

I’m a great believer in just giving things a try! I learn most things by looking at books or online tutorials, or just by experimenting. There are so many inexpensive craft materials you can use, so it doesn’t really matter if it all goes wrong – as long as you have fun trying!

FEATURED MAKER: Emma Reid of Emusing #crafter #interview

Emma collects and creates projects inspired by her travels.

Do you have any favorite books or resources you’d be willing to share with someone interested in learning more about paper crafts?

I’ve got a great collection of craft books. Some of my favourites are Papercraft: Design and Art with Paper by Robert Klanten and The Encyclopedia of Origami and Papercraft Techniques by Paul Jackson. I also love picking up second-hand craft books in charity shops – I love the illustrations in them. And I browse Pinterest and CraftGawker for ideas.

Visit Emma’s blog and follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

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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

Thank you so much Lindsay for sharing your story with us! Do you want to be our next Featured Maker? Visit our Contribute Page for more info!