Pellon®: Where do you find your inspiration for your work
Marni: Everywhere, but I am mostly inspired by everyday life. Where there is a need, I usually find myself thinking of a way to create something to solve that need. I love dreaming up new ideas to sew. I had a baby boy in 2012, so I am newly inspired by everything baby. I never thought I would find so much satisfaction in creating baby and kids products.
P: What does your creative process entail?
M: I have piles of projects everywhere. Sometimes I start a project and then put it on the shelf until I can figure out what materials to use or how to it together. I love pattern drafting and coming up with the materials, colors and sewing the first sample.
P: Why do you enjoy sewing/crafting/quilting?
M: I was a crafty kid and loved drawing and making things. However, I was a sewing late bloomer and resisted all my Mom’s attempts to teach me to sew. Growing up, I hated the thought of something “home-sewn”. During my 3rd year in University I studied abroad in Uppsala, Sweden and fell in LOVE with the world of design. I worked in the fashion industry, but am now in sales. I have ideas that run through my head all day and night! I love to create products and figure how to sew an item together. If I could, I would sew all day long.
P: Do you create mainly for satisfaction, gifts, art or another reason
M: Satisfaction and some gifts. I love making baby products for new moms. I do have an issue with sewing an item and then having a hard time parting with it…!
P: What tips or tricks learned through experience can you share
M: A design teacher once told me, learn all the rules first. You can break the rules and take creative liberties once you know the rules. I also believe in workmanship and quality in what you sew. Learn the craft and take your time. Lastly, Press, press, press along the way and put love into what you are sewing.
P: When and why did you start sewing/crafting/quilting?
M: I have been sewing for about 15 years. I started quilting 4 years ago and love it. Quilts make great gifts.
P: What inspires you to start a project?
M: Anything and everything. A color, babies, unique fabric or trim. I named my blog Haberdashery Fun because of my love for sewing notions and the joy I get from buying/using them.