Trim­craft’s Kathy Hod­son talks about her pas­sion for craft­ing and her Christ­mas loves

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We chat to Trim­craft’s Kathy Hod­son

What does your job as craft co­or­di­na­tor in­volve?

It’s my mis­sion to in­spire crafters and to show­case the amaz­ing se­lec­tion of prod­ucts across all the Trim­craft ranges, which in­clude First Edi­tion, Dove­craft and Sim­ply Cre­ative. A lot of my time is spent cre­at­ing sam­ples for my shows on Cre­ate and Craft TV, as well as de­sign­ing projects and mak­ing video tu­to­ri­als for The Craft Blog by Trim­craft and our so­cial me­dia.

What do you en­joy about be­ing a demon­stra­tor at Cre­ate and Craft TV?

It feels like one big happy fam­ily! All the other guests and pre­sen­ters are so friendly and help­ful. There’s a real ca­ma­raderie in the green room – shar­ing hints, tips, craft tools and even hair spray! I also love the thrill of live TV – you never know what’s go­ing to hap­pen on a show, es­pe­cially if it’s a show with Dean Wil­son! He al­ways keeps us laughing.

What is your craft­ing back­ground?

I have al­ways en­joyed gath­er­ing ma­te­ri­als and craft­ing them into some­thing com­pletely dif­fer­ent. There’s some­thing so ther­a­peu­tic about the cre­ative process, it al­lows you to feel proud of some­thing you’ve made by hand. As a child, I was drawn to craft kits and tried my hand at cal­lig­ra­phy, jew­ellery mak­ing with soft clays, flower press­ing and cross-stitch. Now, my home is full of items I have made. I get such sat­is­fac­tion when they are dis­played and, of course, the ad­mir­ing com­ments don’t hurt ei­ther!

What are your favourite pa­per­craft­ing tech­niques?

Dé­coupage is the craft that made me be­lieve I could have a cre­ative ca­reer. I was in­tro­duced to the tech­nique at a lo­cal craft café and was hooked. After that, noth­ing in the house was safe from the glue brush – I up­cy­cled photo frames, pots, can­dle­hold­ers, even fur­ni­ture! I started sell­ing dé­coupaged no­tice­boards and plaques, which led me to other pa­per­crafts. I now have an elec­tronic cut­ting ma­chine for cards and off- the-page crafts such as gift boxes and pa­per bowls.

What crafti­ness do you like to get up to at Christ­mas?

A few years ago, I made an Ad­vent cal­en­dar from gold card and twine, which comes out ev­ery De­cem­ber. Each year, I make a wreath and other dec­o­ra­tions. Over the fes­tive pe­riod, I like to spend time with my chil­dren, bak­ing bis­cuits that we ice and hang on the tree.

What’s your favourite Trim­craft range this sea­son?

So tough! If I had to choose just one, I’d say it would be the Time to Sparkle range from Dove­craft.

Kathy takes a selfie at the Cre­ate and Craft TV stu­dios! Kathy demon­strat­ing the lat­est Trim­craft ranges with Dan Ban­croft

Just some of Kathy’s cards made with the Dove­craft Time to Sparkle range

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