Meet the Maker: Inside Crochet

image (c) Andrea Ellison PhotpgraphyWhile it’s a thrill to see my work in print, I always feel a bit awkward about interviews. Maybe it’s my upbringing “Don’t make a show of yourself”, or perhaps an inability to see myself as someone people might want to read about!! But, when Adrian from Inside Crochet asked me to provide a few images and let him in on a few  secrets from my past I was happy to oblige. Inside Crochet is one of the UK’s best respected crochet magazines and they have consistently supported my design work. You can hop over to their blog to read the interview in full and while you’re there sign up for their newsletter and see images from the latest issue, which includes my snuggly Log Cabin Blanket, another talented photographer, Britt Spring is the genius behind this image.

The photos used in the online feature are by the very lovely and super talented Andrea Ellison. Andrea always brings out the best in her subjects, and even though she leads a busy life as a successful wedding photographer, she always finds time to take a few pics of me – thank you Andrea – and thank you Inside Crochet xx

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