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Get crafting with Make Hey!

Vintage bike seat covers or crocheted baubles? Craft book Make Hey! is a mine of creative inspiration. We caught up with its nimble-fingered author, Pip Lincolne


Posted: 23 February 2012
by Helen McKay-Ferguson

Where were you born and where did you grow up? I was born in Hobart, Tasmania, the southern most island state of Australia. It's such a beautiful place, with most homes in reach of the beach and lush countryside, but it's quite cold too!

Do you have any brothers and sisters? I have an older brother and a younger sister and they are completely lovely people!  I have one nephew and a niece on the way.

What’s your earliest childhood memory? Sitting on the steps of my childhood home, watching the front door, waiting excitedly for my parents to bring home my baby sister.

How did you get into crafts? Can you tell us about some of your first craft projects? I grew up in a family who liked to do it themselves! My mother crocheted, my father sewed (!) and my nanna (who sometimes lived with us) did everything you could think of in the crafty/cookery department!

What kinds of crafts do your children like doing? I have a daughter who loves to embroider. She's recently done a Twin Peaks-inspired piece! And my two sons love a different kind of craft... World of Warcraft. They are more into gaming than making at the moment.

Why is craft so much fun? Craft is unbeatable because you get to make things just the way you want to.  It's the ultimate in bespoke and you get to learn a lot as you go and be part of an amazing wider craft community. How can you beat that?

Where do you look for crafty inspiration? I find inspiration everywhere. I look at the world with a bit of a lens on –  the windows of a building will resemble blocks in a quilt, or packaging at the grocer might give me great ideas about crochet colour combinations. I make sure I get out in my neighbourhood and seek inspiration from all kinds of real life things.

Who do you admire in the craft world and why? I love Erika Knight because she's such a lovely person and she's incredibly skilled and clever. I love Cath Kidston because she's a little bit whimsical and a little bit rock 'n' roll (listen to her Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4).

What craft projects are you currently working on? I am making a blanket for my niece to be! It's crocheted in pink, yellow, jade, blue and cream.

What’s your most ambitious craft project to date? I am still making the king-sized granny square blanket that I started three years ago! Whoops. I think I got side-tracked.

Your book Make Hey! is great. What was your thinking behind its design? I wanted to be sure it was cute and colourful, but also contemporary with a bit of nostalgia thrown in for good measure. I wanted to be sure that it reflected who I am, so it's full of things that I collect and love, as well as craft projects and recipes. Even if you decide you can't be bothered making anything, you can have a lovely time looking at the pictures.

Make Hey! by Pip Lincolne is available from Hardie Grant Books for £17.99.


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