Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #8, KatieDidOnline
In our CraftBritannia Shop of the Week interview this week we talk to Katie of KatieDidOnline. Katie creates unique pieces from upcycled fabrics, combining her sewing skills with her eco-friendly philosophy.
Describe your “typical” working day or week
I don’t have a typical working day, as I’m self employed. I do the occasional odd job, but mostly I’m a costume designer/wardrobe dresser. When I’m working on a project I’m usually quite busy finding costumes and adapting them (altering, dying, etc), and with all the organizing involved. When I’m on set filming it’s usually a long work day, and days off are pretty few. Doing theatre is a little less demanding, since the shows don’t run as long as a work day on a film. When I’m not working, things are a little more quiet, so I spend a lot more time on my Etsy shop. I can spend the day going to charity shops looking for great colours and patterns as everything I make is upcycled, or perhaps do some designing or sewing. Most days I check my emails a few times throughout the day, check CraftBritannia for any news, do some sewing, and I’ll likely do some cooking or baking. I have a lot of food intolerances and allergies so I have to make my food from scratch.
What was the first piece you ever sold?
A set of red and black coasters. Coasters may not be my most popular item, but they are one of my favourite as they are so practical. We have 2 sets in our flat and couldn’t live without them – I just toss them in the laundry with our tea towels whenever they get dirty!
What material do you most enjoy working with?
I love the whole upcycling idea. It’s the make-do-and mend sort of attitude. Not only is it eco-friendly – I love how creative it can be, to make something new and completely different out of something old. Most of our Christmas gifts last year were upcycled, which was really challenging but also very rewarding. I really liked the plant markers I made from old shampoo bottles, and I’m thinking of starting a gardening section in my shop and seeing how they do.
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
If I could magically be good at whatever craft I tried, I think I’d try crochet. I’ve attempted it a few times but I just can’t get the tension right
Which piece of equipment would you be helpless without?
My sewing machine, hands down! Second on the list is a good pair of scissors.
Tell us about one handmade item that you own and love
I have some felt birds that I hang at Christmas that either my mother or grandmother made. I also have a couple of hats my mother knitted (she has just opened an Etsy shop too!). Living so far away from my family can be hard – I’m from Massachusetts, USA – so wearing a hat handmade by my mom everyday (well, in the winter) makes me feel closer somehow. I also love my angel from the CB Sales Fairy Swap-I’ve hung it so I can see it every day (thanks, Susan)!
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
I think big changes are afoot for KatieDidOnline. I’m thinking of getting rid of the bibs and the bunting, and trying out a gardening section. Also filling in the bags, cards (I have found a good eco-friendly supplier), and DIY sections more. I’ve decided to concentrate on the things I love to make and things I’ve made for myself and love. I think I’ve also grown comfortable with the idea of my shop as a ‘hobby’. When I first started I wanted it to be more of a focus rather than a sideline, but it hasn’t turned out that way- and I think it’s a good thing. It keeps my mind fresh, allows me to be creative, but isn’t a burden. I guess it’s just taken a while to settle into it.
Thank you Katie! A fascinating insight – we look forward to your line of garden goods too!
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