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Member In Focus: LizJaneB By DianeSev on 9/28/12 11:42 AM

Your PR Name: LizJaneB

Member Since: 2012

Your Full Name: Elizabeth Brennan

Your Blog: http://sewbusylizzy.wordpress.com/

LizJaneB 

I was taught to sew by my mother. First came hand-stitching, cross-stitch, knitting, embroidery and, then as a teenager, I learnt patchwork and the basics of dressmaking.

When I was young, I was never terribly interested in making my own clothes - perhaps because my mother was so competent at it, there was no need! I was a prolific cross-stitcher for many years and dabbled in embroidery and knitting.

Just before I graduated university, I landed a job as an assistant editor (I had worked since I left high school while attending university, in human resources, administration and corporate publishing) at an Australian craft magazine called “Australian Country Craft & Decorating.” Before long, I was editor, and my job involved sourcing craftspeople to profile, attending photo shoots, editing patchwork, folk art, embroidery, cross-stitch, teddy bear and all many of other craft patterns. I took it upon myself to learn as many crafts as possible in this time. Patchwork became my passion - our publishing house was home to many, many craft magazines and I was surrounded by talented women.  We spent our lunch breaks stitching,  and most of my weekends and free time were dedicated to visiting craft fairs and doing craft!

After I married, I moved out of the city and closer to my family and in-laws who live on the east coast of Australia. I now work in the local cultural centre which is home to an art gallery, theatre, heritage displays and tourism information centre. I manage a website, marketing and public relations for the centre. It's busy and very demanding - but I'm surrounded by creative people and beautiful art in an architecturally beautiful building!

In 2012 I was looking for a creative outlet. I stumbled across the Colette Patterns sewing book on Amazon and then found PatternReview - and have not stopping sewing since. I love making my clothes!  As none of my friends sew, I decided to needed to find some like-minded stitchers and my blog SewBusyLizzy was born. I now can't imagine my life without the sewing blogisphere - it is one of the most inspiring and connected experience of my life - it truly has changed my life! Meeting people like Maria of MariaDenmark and connecting with people across Australia and the world has been amazing. I really can't imagine my daily life without my blog, other sewing blogs and Twitter!

I have a long list of 'sewing ambitions' and think that this creative journey is going to be a lifelong and fulfilling one.

Thank you, LizJaneB!

 



3 Comments      Login to Add a Comment    
Arizaphale said... (10/2/12 8:56 PM) Reply
Wow, working on a crafting magazine! Sounds like a dream job....
Nancy Rhodes said... (9/29/12 9:15 PM) Reply
So lovely a story.. Most inspiring for younger (meaning than my generation) sewists. Thank you! I love the international flavor of PR...
DianeSev said... (9/28/12 11:58 AM) Reply
Link to LizJaneB's blog.

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