We have some extra exciting news to reveal to you here at QVC! None other than celebrity crafting star Stephanie Weightman will be joining our team as a guest in early April, and the day can't come soon enough!
Stephanie is well known in the crafting world, by the industry and by so many of you – she won Crafts Beautiful Best Craft Personality in 2010 and Origin Craft Award Winner for Best Craft Personality four years running! Her passion began as a couture fashion designer, creating everything from bespoke wedding dresses to pieces for Nike and Speedo. She then joined Craft World, wrote several craft books, ran workshops and has written for various craft magazaines and editorials as well.
We caught up with the lady herself to find out what she hopes to bring to QVC and to get some top tips too…
What can viewers expect to see from you on QVC?
I am passionate about craft so I hope that will come through along with a sense of fun, but more importantly I want to share my years of learning and experience along with my ideas and inspiration. I hope to be able to share new crafts, things that have been part of my life, like cake decorating and needlecraft to name just two.
I have had many years developing new products and working with big name brands, so it will be a delight to bring these new exciting products and brands to QVC customers first.
What are this year's key trends?
Last year's shabby distressed look is still very important but this year it will have a pretty look associated with it, so lace, flowers and decoration are the order of the day. We are going to be crafting some very pretty projects in all crafting categories. Paper flowers will continue to be very popular -ready-made ones and ones we make up ourselves.
Doilies will be another look clearly identifiable, look out for paper ones, die cuts and printed versions in papercrafting, and crochet versions will be found in embellishments and fashion plus home decor. That reminds me, don't miss out on the look of big flowers, they will be anywhere we use pattern.
What is the one tool you couldn't live without?
The tool that has made the biggest difference to the way I craft and I wouldn't want to give up is my glass cutting mat. And now that I have an A4 one, it's even easier to fit on my crowded craft desk!
But being cheeky at the moment, one thing I am collecting and that I am using almost every time I craft are the amazing dies available and there are some new designs I can't wait to share with everyone.
How do you start designing?
Ideas pop into my head all the time… I can be walking round a supermarket, reading, sleeping… literally anywhere. I carry a note pad round with me all the time and have one by the bed as well. Sometimes I just write down words and sometimes I draw.
Once I have an idea, I then think about colours and normally put a colour chart together and a story board. It helps me crystallise my ideas and not go off on a tangent.
Which element of craft excites you the most?
The variety of crafts excite me the most, being able to make things for the house, making gifts, making cards and trying new products are just a few of the things. I also just love learning and sharing ideas and techniques, and I collect craft books… I have literally hundreds! I'm really proud of some really old ones on paper making and needlecraft.
Join us for Stephanie's first appearance on QVC in early April – look out for further updates!
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