“IT’S A HUGE COM­PLI­MENT WHEN SOME­ONE WANTS SOME­THING YOU’VE MADE IN THEIR HOME”

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moths to high­light the loss of crea­tures you wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily think of as be­ing en­dan­gered. One of the most spec­tac­u­lar moths I’ve made was the Ura­nia Sloanus, which sadly be­came ex­tinct in the early 1900s. I stud­ied im­ages of mu­seum spec­i­mens to cre­ate that one but ideally I like to use im­ages of moths in their nat­u­ral habi­tats.

DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS TO EX­PAND THIS IDEA TO OTHER IN­SECTS? I’ve started a folder of other bugs that I’d like It has a few bee­tles and spi­ders in it so far. I’ve def­i­nitely got some­thing to move on to if I get bored of moths. I’ll prob­a­bly do some but­ter­flies too as I’ve al­ready had a few re­quests.

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WE’VE NO­TICED A REAL MOVE­MENT OF CRAFT ARTISTS RECRE­AT­ING IN­SECTS IN KNIT­TING, SEWING, CRO­CHET AND MUL­TI­ME­DIA. WERE YOU IN­SPIRED BY ANY­ONE? I made a gi­ant moth out of a moth eaten shawl I darned back to­gether and used tiny moths to holes. I was def­i­nitely in­flu­enced by the vis­i­ble mend­ing work of tex­tile artists Celia Pym and Tom Of Hol­land for that piece. I’m also in­spired by the in­no­va­tive de­signs of Felt Mis­tress aka Louise Evans, par­tic­u­larly her gor­geously vivid felt bee­tles. which fill the

WHAT’S THE FEED­BACK BEEN ON YOUR MOTHS? Very pos­i­tive. Not long af­ter I started mak­ing them I was of­fered an ex­hi­bi­tion at Prick Your Fin­ger, a yarn store in Lon­don that reg­u­larly shows the work of tex­tile artists. It gave me an in­cen­tive to cre­ate lots of dif­fer­ent species, all of which were knit­ted us­ing 100% Shet­land Wool. I framed them and la­belled them with their com­mon and sci­en­tific names so it had the at­mos­phere of a nat­u­ral his­tory mu­seum. I re­ally en­joyed show­ing them as a col­lec­tion. Peoople were in­ter­ested to find out about the dif­fer­ent moths and it was ex­cit­ing to sell some of thhem. It feels like a huge com­pli­ment when someeone wants to have some­thing you’ve made in their hoome.

SO­CIAL ME­DIA IS SUCH A BIG PLAYER WHENW IT COMES TO PRO­MOT­ING YOUR CRAFT TS. DO YOU FIND TIME TO POST ON­LINE? Hardly any time at all but it can be use­ful whenw I need to put in­for­ma­tion on­line im­me­di­ately. I post a lot more on In­sta­gram­gram asa I pre­fer pic­turess to words, plus it is much quicker!

WHAT OTHER KNIT­TED ITEMS DO YOU SELL IN YOUR SHOP? Hand­made knit­ting, cro­chet and craft-themed jew­ellery. I spend a lot of my time mak­ing minia­ture knit­ting nee­dles and balls of yarn. The mini knit­ting earrings are al­ways very pop­u­lar. I also sell greet­ings cards of the moths and other knit­ted crea­tures in­clud­ing The Knit­ting Oc­to­pus. He’s one of my most well known de­signs and I also have the pat­tern for sale so peo­ple can knit their own.

WHERE DO YOU CRE­ATE YOUR KNIT­TED MOTHS? I de­sign and knit all my moths at a desk in the cor­ner of my liv­ing room, al­though I’m con­sid­er­ing mov­ing my work into a stu­dio be­fore my yarn takes over the en­tire flat. My boyfriend Jon has been very tol­er­ant to the mess so far but I don’t want to push my luck! I’m al­ways lis­ten­ing to or watch­ing some­thing while work. I al­ter­nate be­tween Ra­dio 6 Mu­sic and Netflix. I

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