The Genius behind our Stitchmarker Jewellery

I am very pleased to introduce you to the wonderful Will.

Will is the artisan behind our range of luxury stitchmarkers and the newest addition the stitchmarker bracelets.

Will and I regularly meetup and discuss stitchmarkers, knitting, jewellery, shiny things and indulge in some serious dragoning.

Let me explain, Dragoning is the act of reveling in a horde of shiny things.  Picking them up, letting the gems, pearls and other gloriously beautiful stuff run through your fingers.

 

This normally involves a LOT of laughter, coffee, warding cats and small damp children away from our precious horde.  I say our, it of course all belongs to Will, but we inevitably end up tipping  shiny stuff all over the floor during visits.

There has been such a positive response to our stunning new stitchmarkers that I thought you may interested in learning more about their creator.

How/when did you first start to create your own jewellery?

 

A I come from a very artsy craftsy family. We always made things when I was growing up, and we’d often stop at places like Ells and Farrier when we were up in London, which sold all kinds of wonderful beads and shiny things. My grandfather bought me a bead loom one Christmas and I learned how to make woven beaded bracelets with that.

The kind of jewellery I make now really started about ten or eleven years ago, my partner and I spent a fortnight in a caravan in Wales, and I bought some beads, wire, and a set of pliers, and made jewellery to sell on the beach.

I’m entirely self-taught so it’s just been a decade of continuing development and improvement.

 

Q Describe your working space, do you have a studio area?

 

A My working space is cluttered. I never have a single dedicated workspace, sometimes it’s a table, sometimes it’s a floor, sometimes it on a blanket on a beach somewhere.

I don’t have a dedicated room, or studio, or even a desk.

The organisational system is somewhere between barely-functioning and utter chaos, but it is fairly portable. I have a lot of beads in bags, boxes, trays, and drawers but a pretty good memory for where things are.

As long as I can get a small space in front of me, I have room to make things.

 

Q What is most challenging about creating new designs?

 

A The biggest problem with new designs is inspiration.

As my technique and style has all developed with me, I’ve never really found anything I do to be too difficult. It’s often time-consuming or fiddly, but the ideas seem to develop around what I can do, or a small step on from that.

If I lose inspiration, I’m just useless. It really is a case of all or nothing with me.

 

What do you enjoy most about the creative process?

 

A My favourite thing is when I get an idea and suddenly all the bits just fall into place.

Sometimes I’ve had beads for years and not known what to do with them, but then inspiration hits and I find the perfect project for them. It’s quite exciting as it’s just a sudden flurry of ideas that need to be made solid.

Also, praise.

Anyone that takes time and effort to make something likes to know their efforts are appreciated, praise is inspiring.

 

Q Which item is your personal favourite?

 

A At the moment my favourites are the bronze and green stitch markers. There’s some with dark green pearls, some with olive green pearls, and some with an emerald green stone that I really like.

If I were making jewellery for a library, that would be it.

 

Q Where do you find your inspiration?

 

A My inspirations can be anything from colours that just look beautiful together, or characters I like, or wanting to make something that reminds me of the sea, or peacocks, or elves.

I have some charms I’m messing around with at the moment because I’ve been watching Black Sails so I’m back into pirates, or I’ve made things that remind me of favourite characters from novels, and I made myself a Tevinter amulet necklace because I was playing Dragon Age a few weeks ago.

It’s fickle, not particularly deep, but it keeps things interesting as my moods and interests are always changing. I wouldn’t have thought about the Tevinter charm this week, but I wouldn’t have thought about using bronze colours a month ago.

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Babs Rudlin
 

I play with colour in both fabric and fiber. Creating patterns, challenges and tutorials for beginners and those who wish to learn new skills. My youtube channel is www.youtube.com/myfieryphoenix I provide reviews, tutorials, how to and more as services for other creators and service providers. Get in touch to discuss how I can help you today!

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