Meet Chris Webb our quilter and multi-talented craft expert - Chris has multiple skills including printing, knitting, carpentry, handmaking bath and body products, quilting and patchworking. Chris has brought his crafty roots from Canada to the UK and founded a fantastic crafty blog (lazy crafternoons) along the way. Chris feels most at home wherever he is knee deep in craft supplies and surrounded by half-empty cold cups of tea.
We chatted the other day about his top crafting tips and inspiration - here are a few snippets:
How did you/who got you into crafting?
I'm grew up in a crafty home - most of my family are creative and make things, and my great aunt was an epic quilters. She taught me quilting and patchwork when I was younger, but it wasn't until I was an adult that I really got into it on my own terms and saw its real potential through my own eyes.
What kind of thing inspires you?
I mostly get inspiration from just getting off the sofa and going out and about. The first quilt I made was an interpretation of a photograph of leaves scattered on a tiled floor, and I'm always taking photos in my mind of colours schemes or interesting points of inspiration. I'm a half introvert/extrovert so I'm the kind of person that needs lots of stimulus to get my creativity going, but then feels the need to lock myself away and sort through all my idea with a cup of tea!
Is it the end result or the process that you like?
For me it’s really about the process. Patchwork and quilting does take some patience, and I've learned to really savour the process. Other people look at a quilt I've made and see the end result, but I see a secret story of my process, inspiration and the hurdles I faced when working on it.
What thing are you most proud of making?
I'm most proud of my London Underground quilt. I took it on as a challenge for my own patience, as many of the pieces are 1 inch squares. It was a real joy to make in the end and I wasn't sure I was going to finish it (photos can be found: http://lazycrafternoons.blogspot.co.uk/p/finished-quilts.html )
If you want to find out more about Chris and his various creative projects you can find him here:
And don’t forget you can learn various creative techniques from Chris at our next workshop!