I came across Heidi’s work on etsy and after perusing her shop, Speckless, I invited her to do a q&a. I mean, her work is lovely and I was convinced to get in touch with her the moment I laid eyes on that David Bowie hoop. Majestic. It’s a pattern, so lucky us, we can make it too!
When did you start crocheting and embroidering and why?
I did my first embroidery at about age 7, but started to do crochet and embroidery and craft in earnest about 13 years ago. Mostly because I was in college for art and wanted a new challenge (artistically).
How would you describe the style of your work?
This is hard, as I don’t aim for a style per se, and it’s difficult to critique your work when you are so engrossed in it. Can I say “necessity” is my style? 99% of what I make is made out of necessity. As in, I think of something I want and either can’t find what I’m looking for, or I find what I want and it is too expensive. The shawl I made for my wedding is a small example of this: http://speckless.wordpress.com/2013/02/01/cold-shoulders/
books, vintage patterns (crochet, embroidery, sewing), everyday life and all its minutiae
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. It’s hilarious and horrifying, and I relate to Jenny quite a bit. I think perhaps Jenny Lawson is my spirit animal (Is that weird? Yes, of course it is, Heidi). Her blog is here and it’s worth a good look: http://thebloggess.com/
Either on the couch in front of the TV or listening to music . . . or in the car. We travel a lot.
Ha! That’s not fair! I’m assuming you mean inanimate items and that my husband and my cat don’t count? Solar-powered satellite radio. A stack of sketchbooks and pencils or pens (can that count as one?). Wireless internet and a solar-powered laptop. Can I have a solar-powered Vitamix for making deserted-island-fruit smoothies (I’m not much for seafood)? Please? I’m bad at this one!
Whatever’s next! I love starting new projects, making up patterns, and learning new stitches and techniques — the challenge of the unknown is what is most exciting. Always, I feel like I can’t work fast enough because I can’t wait to see how my new project turns out . . . then on to the
Well, who doesn’t love Twin Peaks? I guess I’m fascinated by things that are strange and beautiful and surreal and repulsive all at once. Things that are more gut-feeling than literal, a little self-contained world — like a Joyce Carol Oates novel or a Francis Bacon painting or a Joseph Cornell box. I was in a Twin-Peaks-watching spiral and I wanted to make some Twin Peaks embroidery . . . but couldn’t find any patterns. See question number four!