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I recently worked on an advert for honey and have been inspired to create an outfit based on honeybees


What are your tools of the trade, which is your favourite? I work on an ancient Bernina 730 sewing machine which is older than me! I bought it when I was at college, and can’t imagine life without it; it’s like an old friend. I’ve recently acquired a beautiful old over-locker which has transformed my life.


How do you maintain balance in your life between work and play? One of the hardest things to do when you work for yourself is to stop work, there’s always something to do. I try to take weekends off, if I can (not always possible!).


I spend a lot of time on my allotment (I have 2 plots), where I find I’m able to instantly empty my mind of all thoughts and worries. I love to be outside, in all weathers, it’s a great antidote to sitting at a sewing machine all day. I’m also recovering


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