Thérese Chatham - Irish Crochet
Posted by Anna Crudge
We were introduced to Thérese by her daughter who also works here on Drury Street. She told us her mother was making brilliant crocheted soft toys and after seeing what she could do with a ball of wool and needles we were delighted to be her first stockist. We asked her a few questions about where and how she makes these delightful pieces.
Could you describe your studio to us? What is your favourite thing about the space and how do you get into the mindset of making?
I have the luxury of working from home as I only need a small space, so my work area is my spare room with a desk beside the window for optimum light. I love working with my hands so getting into the mindset for creating is easy for me. Planning my day is important to minimise any distractions, and allows for the structure needed to get work done.
What is your favourite tool and why?
My favourite tool is the roll mat that I made which has spaces for all the crochet hooks, doll needles and scissors, in order of size, I am very particular about having everything to hand and a place for everything.
What led you to choosing this profession? What do you love most about it?
My particular craft has evolved over time, as I now write my own patterns as I work. I just love the different characters that I create, when that last stitch is placed they spring to life.
And lastly..... what is your favourite thing about Christmas?
Christmas is definitely my favourite time of year, I love everything about this Mid-Winter festival but if I had to pick one thing it has to be the tree, I adore decorating it.
You can buy a selection of Thérese's crocheted farmyard animals and Christmas decorations on-line and in the shop on Drury Street.