Hi, I’m Karen! I’ve been blogging about sewing and knitting for more than half a decade – wow. Over that time, Did You Make That has grown into one of the leading UK sewing blogs, with more than 13,000 Bloglovin followers and monthly views in excess of 80,000. I’m extremely proud of the platform this space has become for healthy debate and conversation on all things sewing and knitting. Friendship has always been really important to me, and that’s informed every word on this blog.
I grew up in the foothills of the Peak District, but as a teenager realised I was a city girl at heart. Nearly 25 years ago, I moved to London.
My home, Walthamstow, pops up a lot. (So does my dog, Ella!) I’ve lived in E17 for 15 years and I remain deeply in love with this far flung London ‘agricultural parish’. It just happens to have some of the best fabric shopping in London!
My day job involves commissioning and publishing beautiful children’s books such as this and this. This career is all down to my wonderful mum, who taught me to read as a little girl. She inspired a lifelong love of the written word. (I’m not so good at the spoken word – public speaking is my personal nightmare, though I do it quite a lot.)
I’ve loved writing a blog as I think it’s one of the 21st century’s new and empowering mediums, open to all. Everyone has a voice, and blogging allows some of us to find it. Like all the best bloggers, some of my early photos and posts were a bit clumsy and self-indulgent, but that’s all part of the learning curve and things did improve…
- Here’s a favourite blog post about the massive task of sewing my first ever coat. (There will be more coats. Oh, there will be more…)
- Here’s the time I took the plunge and wore neon orange.
- This is why we shouldn’t be scared of sewing trousers.
- And here’s a Pyjama Party sewalong I hosted, where 160+ people took part!
I firmly believe that creativity IS contagious and I want to help you catch the bug. Whether it’s sewing a skirt, knitting your first scarf or writing a blog post, it’s empowering to stand back and think, I made that.
You can contact me at didyoumakethat[at]fastmail[dot]fm