Laura Strutt is a skilled maker and a brilliant craft blogger, keeping track of the lovely things that she makes over on her blog Made Peachy (where you will also find some great giveaways!) We got together with Laura to chat about her favourite makes and her best advice for new craft bloggers...
You work across a huge range of crafts, from knitting and crochet to weaving and much more! Do you have a personal favourite and why?
It would be impossible for me to pick a favourite - I enjoy always having a project to work on, whether that is a simple baby knit, or practising calligraphy and hand lettering, or finishing up a quilt.
I enjoy being able to switch between projects that are more challenging and require lots of concentration, to those that are super simple and relaxing to do. Many of the different principles - like working with colours, textures, and styles - can transcend the different craft disciplines - it is great to work with different crafts to experiment and build new skills.
Is there a project from one of your books that has stuck with you?
I really love the cover shawl of Modern Crochet Shawls and Wraps - this was one of my all time favourites to work on in the whole book. It is the kind of make that was impossible to put down once I had started - especially when I was adding the different colours and textures! This is the kind of shawl I would wear every day if I could!
Aside from crafting, what is your favourite way to pass the time?
So many crafts are indoors activities and more often than not when I'm not working on a craft project I like to be outdoors in the fresh air! We have an adorable little dog, so hiking with him is one of the best ways to clear the cobwebs, get some exercise and get out into nature for some inspiration!
If you could give one piece of advice to new craft bloggers, what would it be?
Have fun and enjoy yourself! I think we are all drawn to people that are passionate and excited about something- it almost doesn't matter what the subject is, if you are enthusiastic about it then it will be sure to spark enthusiasm in readers!
And finally, are you making anything exciting right now?
I’m just finishing a new sewing book of clothing and accessories for babies and children - which has been so fantastic, I really can’t wait for this book to come out! I’m currently working on finishing up a variety of projects - from cute baby knits to bright modern quilts - before I start working on my next big project!
You can browse Laura's current range of books, projects and video tutorials here. Laura's new book, Sewing for Babies and Children, will be published next year - sign up to our newsletter below to get first look news about the book and head over to Laura's blog to keep up to date with her makes!