Free motion embroidery is basically drawing with your sewing machine. I’ve never done it, but I am in awe of the creations that Kat of Kuskat studio makes. Ever positive, encouraging and creative, I had to get her take on free motion embroidery and share all the details with you!
Let’s meet her.
How would you describe your free motion embroidery business?
How did you get started with free motion embroidery?
What do you love about free motion embroidery?
What drives you crazy about free motion embroidery?
I don’t like that I need to prepare well before starting a ‘project’, I’d love to just start from a scratch and create beyond that (I grew up as a painter). But that’s just a lack of skills talking! I hope to improve that, and mix the approachable designs together with the textile art approach. Illustration and textile art, let’s say. Like the textile art of Amanda Richardson that I find inspiring and amazing.
What craft would you like to try other than free motion embroidery?
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone who wanted to open an online handmade shop?
I would advise someone considering an online shop to read blogs and websites about how to write copy and photograph your products. The most important thing, for Etsy sellers, is connecting with other makers through teams. I’ve had such a great experience and learned so much from the Portuguese Etsy team, for example. And never have I ever felt to be in competition to them. The dynamic is more like a group of people with the same wonders and doubts that help and advice one other. Every platform has it own support group that can help you and where you can give back and share your knowledge.
What inspires you, or how do you keep your creative mojo going?
The surroundings here in Porto, from the mountains and forest in the inland, to the river and sea inspire me. Whenever inspiration and my spirits are low, I bike ride or take a road trip through my natural surroundings. Sometimes, I go camp in the inlands and hike in the mountains. Having a camera along is a great way to keep capturing the world visually.
Another big inspiration for me, is the possibility to improve the technique and always try something new, different and more difficult. The need to express and communicate through the means of a visual medium always keeps my mojo going.
Where can we find your free motion embroidery shop?
You can find me on my new website. There you can find all the products that I make in the Studio and get updates from the blog with behind the scenes info. You can follow me on Instagram and Facebook for daily insights and even more behind the scenes shots. You’ll also get to meet #kuskatslittlehelper putting his nose up once in a while, and giving a helping, uh ‘hand’.
Her work is just as youthful and playful as she described, right? I just love all of the colors and textures that she applies to her work. The subject is whimsical, but applied to elegant pieces, is just a great juxtaposition, no? Head over and check her out for all the things.
Housekeeping, I will not be posting an interview the first week of September, it’s a holiday weekend here, in the United States. I have also transitioned on this blog from handmaidembroidery.com to cristinamakesblog.com. I appreciate your patience and understanding should things look a little wonky. I am in all kinds of live chats with my host provider. Ahh, the life of a maker. You can always find me at my new site, Cristina Makes, or Instagram – because FALL LAUNCH! <3