How did you start crafting?
I always made things as a child, usually customising eggs boxes (!) and I bought my very first sewing machine with the wages from a Sunday job I had at Claire’s Accessories. I stopped making when I went to university, however in my third year my mum became unwell so I dropped out to look after her but found that being at home gave me the chance to get back into crafts. Within the year I had set up a handbag and accessories businesses based out of my bedroom. I then trained to be a journalist and worked on an adults crafts magazine, and from there started working as a freelance crafts designer and crafts teacher running workshops at museums, for away days and private parties.
Why do you think craft is having such a resurgence?
Because it’s fun! It’s also extremely satisfying owning something you’ve made with your own hands. Currently it’s become more acceptable in society to be a maker and it’s allowed lots of people to get in touch with their creative side.
What has been your biggest craft achievement?
And your biggest disaster?
Do you think anyone can craft, or do you need to be skilled?
Yes! There are no rules in crafting, there’s no right or wrong. I don’t like craft purists who think you can only make something by following a specific method and that the results should be faultless. If there’s any mistakes or bits you don’t like just cover it up – you don’t need to start again! My philosophy is “do what you can and like, with what you’ve got!”
What inspires you?
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What’s next after 101+ Things to Do with Glitter – do you have another book in the pipeline?
The follow up is currently underway! I’m writing ‘101+ Things To Do With Ribbon’ which is a similar format to the glitter book. There are 4 sections and projects cover Homes & Interiors, Fashion & Accessories, Gifts & Food, Cards & Papercrafts.
‘101+ Things to Do with Glitter’ is out on October 23rd and you can pre-order a copy here
Momtaz also runs a monthly craft night, The Make Escape which is on the last Tuesday of the month at the Hackney Attic.