Emma Varnam Book Signing
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Don't miss your chance to get author of How to Crochet, Emma Varnam, to sign your book at the Inspirations Christmas in July event on Monday 21st July!
How to Crochet author Emma Varnam will be signing copies of her book at the Christmas in July event at Inspirations by CardCrafts Plus, at The Capitol Centre, Preston, Lancashire next week.
Christmas in July is CardCrafts' biggest event of the year as they gear up for the festive season, showing off brand new Christmas lines that will soon be in-store. To make this event a craft-lovers heaven they are hosting a week of free demostrations by top crafters from 21-27 July.
Emma Varnam, author of How to Crochet, published by GMC Publications, will be kicking off proceedings by signing copies of her book on Monday 21st. To celebrate we had a quick chat with Emma about the show, her favourite crafts and what's next.
First of all, Christmas in July? Is it ever too early to start planning Christmas?
It feel like it is too early but actually I like to decide on my crafty gifts around July and start making them in August. I find that tea cosies, pot holders and fingerless mitts are always really welcome at Christmas and small items like that are perfect to pack in a holiday suitcase.
You are well-known for your crocheting, how did you get involved in a CardCraft event? Do you dabble in other crafts?
I am local to CardCraft in the North West and meeting crafty people is always such a pleasure. I began my designing career with knitting and I often have one crochet and one knitting project on the go at the same time. I love to sew but never seem to make time for it, which is a real shame. I think I probably have three or four designs or projects in my head waiting to be started.
You'll be signing your book How to Crochet on Monday 21st. Do you have any plans for any more crafty books?
Yes I have a little idea brewing in my heads but I just need to write it down and send it to a publisher
You run a successful blog www.emmavarnam.co.uk, design as a freelancer for many knitting and crochet magazines and are now an author. Any advice on how to turn our hobby into a career?
I have to say that I have been really fortunate with the publishers I have worked with. I think it is really important that you stay true to your own style and vision. If you are passionate about what you do, work hard and remain generous, you will be surprised how your opportunities multiply.
Potholder and bunny from Emma's book How to Crochet
What are you also looking forward to seeing/doing at Christmas in July?
I love quilting, I never have enough time to make a quilt myself but can’t wait to see the creations of some of the experts.
And finally, what is on your crochet needles now?
I am making some lovely baby designs which I can’t wait to see published and I am actually making something for myself to wear.
You can get the pattern for the gorgeous Granny Square Throw in the July issue of Knitting!