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About Sewing Spark

I believe that everyone is creative – it’s a fundamental human trait – and I want to inspire you to take chances, try something new and create something wonderful.

So Sewing Spark is about ideas.

I’ll be sharing my ideas in the form of patterns and blogging about the design and techniques behind, around and beyond the patterns. I’ve focused mainly on sewing things for children – from traditional dolls and soft toys to more unusual playsets, plus accessories and bags to carry everything around in. I’m particularly fond of toys you can take out and about with you, for playing in the car, waiting in a doctor’s surgery or sitting in a restaurant.

But my ideas are just the starting point. I believe that understanding why things are done a certain way is crucial to being able to take an idea and personalise it. So take these patterns and ideas, tweak them, combine with other techniques or patterns and invent something of your own that’s uniquely yours.

Something that only you could dream of.

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Sewing Spark Blog

On the blog, I’ll be going into the detail behind the patterns, from the inspiration and design of new ideas to detailed tutorials on some of the techniques used and variations suggested in the patterns. You can expect the blog to:

  • Give instructions for some of the variations in more detail, including step-by-step tutorials
  • Give more detail on some of the techniques, to help if this is your first time tackling something, or you just a need a bit more explanation
  • Look at how to construct some basic building blocks, such as cubes or balls, and how to adapt or combine them
  • Focus on understanding why and how things work, so you have the knowledge to use them elsewhere, or fix them if they go wrong
  • Look at the creative process – how to go from an initial idea to an end result
  • Offer ideas for inspiration and motivation
  • Look at my mistakes and analyse things that worked or didn’t work

Keep in touch

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About Ruth

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I’ve been sewing on and off for what I thought was about ten years, but turns out to be more like twenty -clearly I’m older than I thought I was. I picked up a secondhand vintage sewing machine, treated the rampant woodworm and set to work.

Right from the beginning I wanted to put my own mark on things – my very first sewing project was a navy spotty sundress where I spontaneously decided to replace the back zip with a row of tiny navy buttons. I learnt quickly from mistakes too – it turns out it’s nearly impossible to do buttons up behind your back on your own.

Over the years I’ve dabbled in a bit of everything – sewing clothes, accessories, home furnishings and toys; I’ve tried a bit of applique, a dash of quilting and even taken a stab at embroidery (which turns out not to be my hidden talent!). I’m pretty much entirely self-taught, and since no-one ever told me some things were hard or only for advanced sewers, I had a go anyway.

And it turns out that if you want to give something new a go, and you’re prepared to take it slowly and maybe take a couple of cracks at it, most things are not as hard as you’ve let yourself believe. And that’s a central part of my philosophy in starting Sewing Spark – there’s nothing that will teach you new things and give you new ideas as much as tinkering around for yourself.

These days I’m still sewing and I’m still dabbling in new things – this time in blogging and sharing my ideas. I’m focusing on sewing for children, partly because I have a six year old daughter so there’s a lot of it around at the moment, but mainly because this is the kind of sewing that’s getting me excited, firing ideas and connections and sparking my creativity.

Will it change over the years? Possibly – why not follow the blog and find out?

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