Setting your sewing machine on fire is probably not the most auspicious start to an infatuation with sewing, but that’s what happened. It’s true that I didn’t get the courage to try again for another eight years but here I am now; self-confessed sewing addict, textile junkie, notions obsessive.
Who am I?
I’m Laura, a thirty-something mother of three, wife to one. I’m striving to learn something new everyday, sewing or otherwise, and to try all manner of things that come my way. I absolutely love the fact that I’m able to be at home to raise my kids but I don’t want to be someone who is solely defined by them; there needs to be something more. For me, that more comes largely in the form of sewing as well as reading, going to gigs, eating, drinking, hanging out with my awesome husband and friends and occasionally jogging and going to yoga (just to assuage the fitness guilt, you understand).
This path is not an obvious one based on my (largely academic) background but, since finishing university, I have realised the importance of using my hands as a means to personal and creative fulfilment. Coming from a family heavily rooted in the crafts, I have been able to try my hand at blacksmithing, felting, silversmithing and pottery but it is sewing that gets me most excited (not to mention, it’s useful with three *very* rough and tumble kids…well, at least the two boys).
I love that sewing is creative as well as technical. On the one hand, I love designing something and, using the (sometimes lacking!) skills I have to see that design through the whole creative process. It might not be perfect and someone else may have a better approach but I love that I can at least give it a shot (sometimes my ‘failures’ are more enjoyable, rewarding and stimulating that my ‘successes’). On the other hand, I’m a sucker for processes and tiny technical details. Often, once I’ve maxed out of figuring stuff out for myself, there’s nothing better than opening a new oliver+s pattern, for example, and knowing you’re in good hands and that if you follow the instructions you know exactly what the outcome will be.
Where do I come from?
Born in London (UK), raised in Florida (USA) and currently living in Brussels (Belgium)…but with a heart firmly rooted in the English countryside.
What is this hedgerow thing anyway?
The English countryside is where my heart belongs (I’m sure my previous life was of a Victorian seamstress or some such thing). For me a hedgerow, and by extension this blog, captures the essence of the Englishness I hope to convey in the things I make – beauty, quirkiness, humour and practicality.
Living in Brussels is all very well but I dream that someday it will be me who is behind the hedgerow…in my perfect little English country cottage.
When did it all begin?
After the fire incident I didn’t start sewing again until 2010. An evening sewing with a friend, which resulted in a simple yet completed dress (in a gorgeous Liberty print, no less) for my daughter, was all that was needed to get me hooked.
A sewing machine, an unhealthy interested in Spoonflower, the discovery of this whole world of amazing sewing blogs, and the creation of a small but perfectly formed sewing space in my cellar (not as dismal as it sounds!) soon followed.
Why on earth are you doing this?
Quite simply, this blog is a documentation of the things I make. It’s a learning experience for me and I hope to pass on any pearls of wisdom I may gather along the way. I aim for it to be clear, useful and hopefully inspirational.
It is also a way for me to say a huge thank you to all you crafty bloggers out there. Over the last few years I have been awed and amazed by what I can learn from the blogging community who take the time, not only to create items of such beauty, but also then to teach the rest of us how to do them (please check out the links on my blogroll). Without even knowing it you have taught me to sew, provided support, and inspired me to follow my heart. I feel giddy with excitement to finally take the step to be part of, and hopefully enrich, this community.
Please, sit down, pour yourself a cup of tea, put on some music and let’s chat sewing! I endeavour to not set any more machinery alight but, if I do, it will receive a full blog post, complete with photos for your entertainment.
Thanks for stopping by. Comments are welcomed like that first morning hug from a sleepy child!