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  • What is your name (and usernames)?
    My name is Beth. My username for pretty much everything

is “MumblesMummy”.

Where are you from?
Manchester, UK

Age-
30.

How long have you been in the art industry?
WOW! “Art Industry”… I’m not sure that I consider

myself an “artist” I just make stuff from the ideas that

fall out of my head. I’ve been selling the items that

resulted since January 2012.

What got you started?
I’ve always been an arty/crafty kind of person since as

long as I can remember. My brother taught me to draw.

But I didn’t learn to crochet til the date my daughter

was due to be born in January 2010.

What types of customs/art/crafts do you do? Crochet,

Jewellery, Painting, Sewing, Drawing, Digital Imaging,

Photography, Sculpture, Poetry, Needle Felting, Prose

etc. Scrapbooking, Cardmaking, although my main focus is

Crochet and Jewellery.

What sort of mediums do you use? I use yarn A LOT, and

lots of beads in all types of materials for my jewellery.

I make embellishments etc from Clay like Fimo or Sculpey

Are there any products you just can’t live without? My

much beloved hand-turned wooden crochet hooks. They are

One of a Kind, made by a lovely guy in New York and they

are amazing. My daylight lamp is a recent acquisition

and I really don’t know how I put off the purchase for so

long.

What is your most favorite piece of work you have made?

(link) my kids?? hmmmmmmmmm… I love almost all my

makes, but the peacock inspired bracelet is my favourite

item of jewellery, and the character hats

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?

set=a.528622790485357.138411.312081928806112&type=3 bring

me an awful lot of joy cos they make my customers so

happy… Although the reactions of the customers for the

12″OBT https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?

fbid=359579794056325&set=a.359148944099410.106168.3120819

28806112&type=3&theater and the recent Gir Hoody

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?

fbid=555979871082982&set=a.555979664416336.144315.3120819

28806112&type=3&theater bnhn were awesome. I guess my

favourite item is my company logo… it fell out of my

head in a moment of rare genius, and has been a realy

good omen for me… Favourite item of Wooly Nonsense

would have to be “Bert” – the chameleon I made as a 3D

representation of my company logo

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?

fbid=555979871082982&set=a.555979664416336.144315.3120819

28806112&type=3&theater bnhn .

What is your least favorite piece of work you have made?

Again, this is really difficult, as I like everything I

make… Probably the Pink Viking Hat

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?

fbid=532824013398568&set=a.528622790485357.138411.3120819

28806112&type=3&theater was the most challenging… I’m

just not a pink person

What is the worst injury you’ve had from working on your

art?
Barbed needle to the thumb, when felting the detail on to

the Minion hat for my son. I had to remove it with

pliers.

What is the funniest mistake you’ve made while working on

your art?
I’m not sure I’ve ever made a mistake that was big enough

to be memorable. I’m very conscious of what I’m doing

and althought I’m a fast worker, I tend to be pretty

accurate. I’ve unpicked over 80 hours of work after

noticing an error in row 3. That wasn’t funny.

Developing the design for the Viking hat was quite

amusing… I made over 12 sets of horns before I got them

the way I wanted them. LOL. I’m sure that now I’ve said

this I’ll make an hilarious mess on my next project. LOL

Who/What inspires you?
My customers and my children. Without them, I wouldn’t

have come up with many of the designs that I have. I

love being given a subject, and being allowed to do what

I want with it. I wouldn’t have a business if it weren’t

for the requests of my kids and very first customers. I

appreciate their support endlessly. It’s hard to believe

that this time last year I’d NEVER made a hat… and that

I now have a wait list, and have recently taken my 200th

order.

What projects are you currently working on?
I have a WIP (work in progress) box which is taller than

me…. I’m always working on something… but for now

it’s christmas gifts (shhhh) and christmas customer

orders (bigger shhhhh). Keep watching my facebook – I’ll

be showing them off as soon as I can.

Do you have any odd habits while working on

customs/art/crafts?
I tend to sit in the same place, and I drink a lot of tea

and soft drinks during the process. If I start to hit a

block, or am struggling with a particular element,

switching to a different chair usually helps overcome it.

I always make the beanie part of the hat first, then

build the rest of the hat around it. Before I start to

make jewellery, I tend to spend a long time looking at

various elements and carefully “cherry picking” the bits

I will use, and keep them in a fairly battered black

tray. I think very carefully about everything I make, to

make it perfect for the recipient. I work on several

different projects at once, with varying hook sizes, yarn

thicknesses and colours to prevent cramping in my hands.

My laptop is always nearby, to search for images to

ensure accuracy when doing “inspired by pieces” – it

really bugs me if I get a detail wrong. So much so that

I will remake an item rather than sell it to someone with

an error.

What types of art do you enjoy?
I enjoy all types of Art. I don’t really fit into a box,

my preferences are very eclectic, if a piece “speaks” to

me could depend on a lot of things, and sometimes I don’t

know exactly why I enjoy it.

Do you take commissions?
I certainly do!
I welcome challenges! BRING IT ON!

Where can people see your work and contact you?

(facebook, da, website- give us them all) The main

place at the moment is on facebook, at

www.facebook.com/mumblesmummy I have a website which is

still under construction, and will hopefully be up and

running sometime next year.

Do you have any favorite tips or tricks? Sit

comfortably, in an atmosphere you find calming and

joyful. The rest will come.

What advice do you have for someone just starting to get

into customizing/art?
DON’T try to make something ‘cos you think someone will

buy it. It’ll look forced and it won’t attract people.

Make something that comes from your heart. Look at the

work of others only to see how to be different. Don’t be

afraid to think outside the box, and accept challenges

from people – never be unwilling to hear ideas from

anywhere… And ALWAYS remember to thank the source of

your inspiration. It matters.

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