Craft Britannia Shop of The Week #33, Loutul
Louise makes beautiful Pewter Repousse gifts and homewares as well as custom embroidery, available in Loutul. Read our latest CraftBritannia Shop of the Week interview for an insight into her busy life.
Describe your “typical” working day or week
I recently started a new day job so now my typical working day starts at 5:30am. I’m a Business Analyst from 7:00am when I get to work, until about 4:30pm when I leave. Most evenings I spend doing Etsy related stuff – ie making, promoting or just chatting in my teams. I try to get quite a bit of making in over the weekend but also try to spend some time with my husband – who doesn’t get to see too much of me during the week!
When you are not doing Etsy related things, what are you doing?
Thanks to all the Craft Britannia knitters and yarn dyers, I have a renewed interest in knitting and crochet so spend quite a bit of time doing that these days. I’m also an avid scrapbooker. When I’m not doing any of those I do like to spend time with my grandchildren. After that there’s not much time for anything else believe me 🙂
What advice would you give someone taking up your craft for the first time?
To make things simpler I’ll concentrate on the pewter side, rather than the embroidery. Make sure you find a good teacher! Don’t take it up if you don’t like getting your hands dirty, but if you enjoy a challenge then this is for you!
What material do you most enjoy working with?
Pewter, because it is so malleable and I get so much satisfaction and pleasure out of turning that flat piece of alloy into a 3 dimensional piece of art. Before patinating and polishing it, it is just a flat piece of shiny tin. But when you’re done with it it takes on a life of its own.
If you could try a new craft, what would it be?
Pottery. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of turning a piece of clay into something beautiful. I’d also love to play around with glazing it. One day when I’m retired, which I hope won’t be too long in the future, I’ll definitely try that.
Which piece of equipment would you be helpless without?
My computer – I can’t draw or sketch to save my life so without my computer and my drawing program I would be totally lost as I wouldn’t be able to design a thing.
Tell us about what inspires and motivates you
Just about everything around me inspires me – a photograph, a picture. Very often the item I decide to pewter is the inspiration itself.
Tell us about one handmade item that you own and love
Before I left South Africa, the lady that taught me pewter repousse made a small wood and glass tray with an inlaid pewter centerpiece as a gift.
What plans do you have for your shop in the future?
I only opened my shop in February this year, so I’m still feeling my way as to what will sell well. So quite frankly I’ll be very happy if I can establish a product base that is appealing and attractive to customers!
Thank you Louise, your work is gorgeous and the making process sounds fascinating!
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