Tell us a little bit about yourself and Knotted Nest!
My name is Kristen and I’m an artist/maker in the east end of Toronto. My company, Knotted Nest, is home to a collection of repurposed fabric housewares and accessories.
How long have you been sewing and how did you learn to sew?
My first memory of sewing was hand stitching a hippo for Family Studies in Junior High. It wasn’t until a few years ago though when I was stuck at home recovering from surgery that I began really learning the ins and outs of a sewing machine. I’m a self taught sewer who has learned loads from trial and error.
What kind of sewing machine(s) do you use?
The first two years of running my company I borrowed (aka kidnapped) my mom’s Janome My Excel 18. I think that machine will always have a spot in my heart. Last Christmas my lovely family surprised me with a Bernina 1008 from the Workroom. It’s a great machine, but I’m still in that “get to know you” stage.
What is the last thing you sewed?
This afternoon I made some new summer pillows for an upcoming craft show.
We love that you love to used repurposed fabrics! Do you have favourite materials or things you look our for while shopping?
I try to be selective when buying fabric since my stash is totally out of control. That said, any bright vintage geometric or floral prints are hard for me to pass up. I’m also decorating my first home so I’m on the lookout for heavier fabrics for curtains and upholstery projects too!
What’s on your sewing soundtrack?
I’m a total CBC Radio junky. Other than that, I’ve been on a serious First Aid Kit and Beirut kick lately.
At Sewing School we’re all about learning new things. What’s your favourite sewing tip?
Every now and then I sit down to sew and it seems like nothing goes right. The thread breaks, the tension’s weird, the bobbin runs out. At that point I take a break from the machine, make a coffee or go for a walk. As soon as I start sewing again, everything seems to go much smoother.
Where can we see Knotted Nest next?