Name: Susan Holland
How long has your Etsy shop been open?
Since may this year
How did you get into crafting?
I've always been crafting, ever since I remember. When I was small I loved making my own bracelets, playing with clay, cutting things out, drawing…. I could spend hours on my own "creating" new things.
How did Etsy come into your life?
One day by chance while searching through the net. I thought it was a wonderful idea and I am very pleased to be able to show all my items worldwide.
What was your involvement in the crafting world before stumbling upon Etsy?
As a hobby I have touched many different crafts and for some time I have been giving craft classes to young children.
Do you have a day job?
Mother and wife.
Tell us about your shop: Does anyone help you?
My shop is filled with colour. Most of the books that I bind are hand painted by me. Others are made of fabric. In my shop you can find journals, photo albums, portfolios, and more, all done by myself without any help.
What advice would you give to newbies on Etsy or in the crafting world?
Well...I’m quite a newbie myself. Joining an Etsy team helps a lot and I would say that most important of all – enjoy what you are doing.
What's the most challenging part of your crafting?
I wish I had more space in my workshop – I never find anything!!
Do you show your work locally?
In a couple of shops.
Famous last words?
Don't touch my papers!!
How did you get interested in bookmaking?
Well. It happened a few years ago when I joined a bookbinding course. Since then I haven’t stopped making books!!
How long have you been crafting? Bookmaking?
Crafting – For as long as I can remember. Bookbinding – 5 years.
What is your favorite stitch/technique?
I love stitching my books exposing the spine. Maybe the Coptic stitch is my favourite at the moment.
What is the one tool or supply that you couldn't live without?
PAPER – all sorts of different paper – I just love it!!
Materials you use for your books?
I always use high quality paper for my books, acrylic paint which I paint the papers with, linen thread, bookbinding cloth and to decorate the books I use anything that I find, beads, ribbons...
What inspires you?
Colours inspire me the most!
Who is your crafting hero?
My bookbinding teacher Javier Abellan.
Always making two identical books and keeping one for myself!!
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