Chain Creative Interview Questions of creativity and inspiration
The creative mind behind Without Seams!
Michelle, describe your various creative skills.Knitting, crochet and I also enjoy dyeing and spinning.
When did you start to crochet and who taught you?
My mother tried to teach me as a child but I couldn't get beyond crocheting a chain. I finally learnt when I was overdue with my second child. My mother-in-law was staying with me, and we both decided to learn from a book to pass the time whilst waiting for my second daughter to arrive.
The name of the business is interesting. What was the inspiration behind it?
My blog name Without Seams comes from my love of knitting and crocheting seamlessly in the round.
What influences your style and output? What are your inspirations?
One of the big influences in my crochet design is Elizabeth Zimmermann - even though she didn't crochet.
I am influenced both by her interesting, and often seamless construction techniques, and also by her concept of writing recipes rather than row by row instructions. There is usually some adaptable element to my designs, they can either be worked with different yarn weights or the size of the finished project can be varied to suit the intended recipient.
What are the most important aspects of your work to you?
I try to make my designs simple but adaptable so that whoever tries the pattern can add their own touches to make their project their own. I try to use simple pattern stitches, which hopefully do not require too much concentration.
Which project or piece of work are you most proud of?
Probably Eva's shawl - this is one of my most popular designs, and I love seeing different variations of it.
When are you most happy when you’re working?
When I am trying out a new idea and it actually works out!