Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #25, TheFeminineTouch
This week’s CraftBritannia Shop of the Week interview is with Fem from TheFeminineTouch, where we find beautiful handmade and upcycled quality wool and mohair products.
Describe your “typical” working day or week
I go to bed late and wake up early, so my typical day starts around 7:00 am. The first thing I do is go downstairs and let my gorgeous German Shepherd dog out into the garden for his daily rituals. Sometime he just stands at the door and won’t go outside until you go out with him for a play. My neighbours must have a scream seeing me in my pj’s running rings round Zak on the lawn in a morning. I love waking up to a mug of strong coffee, so that’s my first job followed by a bowl of cornflakes. Then I can’t resist the computer that’s winking away at me on the desk – I just need to see if anyone has sent me a message over night or even purchased something from either of my shops. Then it’s shower time, then photo taking time before the sun is really bright.
My crafting work then leaves me for a few hours while I have to do the 9 till 5 job. Sometimes there is a quick walk to the post office at lunch time or I use the time to answer any Etsy queries then its back to the grindstone. I plan the evening’s crafting work in my head on the drive home from work. If I’m on my own on an evening then I usually leave cooking my tea till much later on because I can’t wait to get cracking on my new inspiration or to get something finished. I tend to knit or hand sew in the evenings whilst watching the TV or listening to music.
When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?
Working on my full time job, walking the dog and going for weekends away to the country or weeks away abroad in our motor home. On these trips I usually have to walk the odd mountain or two!! Trailing behind my fella who has the longest legs ever and the stamina of a horse. I do eventually manage to get to the top of them after having 1 or 2 long rest breaks on the way up 🙂
What material do you most enjoy working with?
I love working with mohair these days. It always reminds me of the days I spent making those great big long mohair jumpers in the 70’s. There are some really graceful accessories you can knit with the lightest of threads, and they turn into something really stunning with a certain fuzziness which is nice.
Which piece of equipment would you be helpless without?
Obviously my knitting needles. Who would have thought that a couple of pointy sticks could turn a ball of yarn into glorious clothes and accessories. Looking at the Oxford Unabridged English Dictionary reveals that the term ‘to knit’ wasn’t added to English until the 1400s, so it wasn’t that long ago really. I would love to find out who first invented knitting and why, it really intrigues me!
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
One of the plans for my shop is to sell my own patterns, I absolutely love designing my own, but I am useless at writing it all down. So I plan to get organised, start typing up my scribbles and taking photos of my work as it progresses. Watch this space!
Thank you Fem, we love your unique and feminine work and look forward to seeing your patterns! To keep up to date with Fem’s new products, follow her here: