Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #26, TataniaRosa
Heather of TataniaRosa is our latest CraftBritannia Shop of the Week , who creates intricate tatted jewellery and accessories in gothic and historical styles. She tells us more about herself in this weeks interview.
Describe your “typical” working day or week
Most days I get up at 7:30am. I’ve always been an early bird and I find that I’m most creative in the mornings. So after breakfast I check emails, my Etsy shop, the Craft Britannia team, Twitter and Facebook. This is also when I renew and relist items. I then start working on any orders that came in during the previous night. Usually I can get this done quite quickly. Then it’s time for some tatting! I have a box full of unfinished pieces that I’m working my way through. I’m also constantly thinking up new ideas (my doodle folder is always close at hand). I tat for the rest of the morning whilst listening to music, I can’t concentrate without it. This is my favourite part of the day. I love seeing thread turn into a finished design. Sometimes my ideas don’t work first time so I adjust the pattern and try again. Tatting is so precise in the number of double stitches that I have to give it my full attention.
After lunch I post any orders and then sew up the items I’ve finished. I can then photograph them, weather permitting of course, and edit the pictures. This bit takes a while. I usually take quite a few shots per angle so I can get the best pictures for my shop.
In the evening I work on listing new items and then do the promotion aspect. I try to promote on lots of different site such as Twitter, Facebook, my blog, Tumblr etc. A full run around usually takes me an hour.
At the weekend I spend most of my time just tatting. I like doing it this way as it means I have pieces ready to be photographed and listed the following Monday.
When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?
Reading mostly. I love historical and gothic fiction and I can quite easily get lost in a good book – you should see my ‘to read’ list, it’s very large! Slowly but surely I’m getting through it, that’s of course until I buy more books. My whole family is like this. We have so many books in our house, it’s like a small library. I’m currently reading ‘Labyrinth’ by Kate Mosse. After that I’ll get back to reading ‘A Feast For Crows’ by George R.R. Martin (book 4 in the ‘A Song Of Ice and Fire’ series).
I’m also writing a novel. The idea for my story came to me during University, but it’s taken me a few years to start working on it again. I completed my first draft at the end of June and now I’m editing it. I love how it’s going but there’s still a long way to go before it’s finished. 🙂
I love to draw too, although I haven’t done any for a while.
What advice would you give someone taking up your craft for the first time?
Patience, lots of it! When I first started it took ages to get the ‘flip’ part of the knot. I spent quite a few hours completely frustrated but then it clicked. For some reason your brain adjusts to it. It doesn’t help that I’m left handed and I learnt from my right handed Mum – we had to sit opposite each other. Once you get past that first flip it’s quite easy, and there are lots of helpful books on the subject which I’ve found invaluable.
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
Machine embroidery. I’ve seen it done on TV and the finished article always looks so lovely. I’d love to try it but the machine is expensive, so I think this will be one to save up for!
Which piece of equipment would you be helpless without?
That’s easy – my tatting shuttle! I wouldn’t be able to create my lace without it. The great thing about it is that I can take it everywhere, so I never get bored on long journeys.
Tell us about what inspires and motivates you
I find most inspiration in Medieval and Tudor motifs. I’ve always loved visiting old castles and manor houses around Britain and I think this has seeped through into my work. These place contain so many wonderful patterns and ideas, in tiles, in the ceilings, all around really. I also love looking at gothic fashion and art. My new favourite thing is Pinterest. I’ve got loads of boards for different time periods, gardens, fashion, architecture. Just going on there usually results in me grabbing my pen and some paper. It’s so inspirational.
I’m motivated by the desire to create interesting and unique wearable art that people will love.
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
I’m currently thinking about selling patterns of some of my designs. I’ve been asked this quite a few times so I’m getting ready to take the plunge – I have one written out so far. The next stage is to test it with my mum’s help (she’s the only other person in my family who can tat). I also want to expand my wedding section.
Thank you Heather! We love your stylish romantic creations.
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