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I was brought up with crafts - my mother sewed and knitted, and did crochet and embroidery. My sister and I did too. I continued my craftwork as an adult, knitting, doing cross-stitch and embroidery, in what spare time I had with full time teaching and then as a stay-at-home mum to my twin daughters.
Then I re-discovered my sewing machine! I discovered a whole new world - I began quilting and dollmaking.
After my (now teenage) daughters were born, I made dolls, bears, bunnies and small quilts (which are now their treasures). I gave some away and even sold one or two.
Finally I took a dollmaking class and fell in love with the infinite possibilities that dollmaking presented. I tried patterns, read magazines and developed my skills, learning and experimenting as I went.
Red Hen Designs began as a small local craft business, which I started with a dear friend, in the late 1990s, after my girls had started school. We were The Little Red Hen and sold dolls at local craft shops in Rotorua where we were living. I took over the business a couple of years later and started selling more widely, running workshops, holiday classes and increasing my skills.
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It was a natural progression to start writing my own patterns from my own designs. I now have over 60 doll, bear, critter and quilt patterns, and more still in my head, just waiting to be born. I sell dolls, patterns and supplies throughout New Zealand at craft shops, craft shows and on-line.
I love fabric, ribbons, trims and laces. A new doll or quilt will come from a piece of fabric, a new trim, or a daydream. I am never happier than when I am deciding on fabrics and trims for a new project.
| || ||My current life is just lovely. We have moved back to Christchurch now and are living close to family and friends. I am fortunate to be able to combine the things I love - tutoring reading part-time, my doll and quilt making, and my husband and girls. |
Ten years ago, I would never have dreamed my hobby would take me around the country meeting so many wonderful talented creative people, and doing what I love.
Who knows what the next 10 years will bring!!!