Today I'll be introducing a wife, mum and macrame maker from Berkshire, Kristie Williams. She is the creative talent behind asterroseathome!
I'm so glad I came across this lady on Instagram because I think her style, and her individual take on some really popular designs are pretty remarkable. Kristie is not just creative with her macramé but also with her photography and the way in which she displays her pieces. Here's more of an insight into Kristie's life, creative process and ambitions...
Tell me about yourself, name, where you live, do you have any children?
My name is Kristie Williams, I'm from a big family but now I've got a lovely little one of my own now too- I've got two gorgeous toddlers, Matilda and George (one three-nager and one going thru the terrible two's!!) and an amazing hubby. I live in Berkshire and have done so all my life but I love exploring new places!
Other than macrame and crafting ,what are your hobbies???
When I'm not making, you'll probably find me at the local soft play center or having outdoor adventure with the kids! I don't know how some can juggle so much, but I take things at my own pace and like to try and make the most of the time I have with my children before they're off to school! *sob!*
When you was young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was younger, I wanted to be a doctor- Now that dream fell flat is when I realised I have the fear of blood, and any form of injury for that matter! I think really I just love looking after people which is where being a mom suits me. (I'm just not too great with the bumps, cut and grazes!)
When and how did you first get into your craft and who or what inspired you to do so then?
I discovered macrame while on maternity leave a little over 3 years ago. At the time I was creating nursery accessories like bunting, blanket and crochet baskets. Then one day, I saw a feature about macrame and i fell in love with the craft. I like learning new skills and after watching some tutorials I decided to try it out with some of my scraps of yarn and I haven't look back since. Matilda & George are sometime my toughest critics and I love seeing their faces when they say “mummy made that!”
Tell me about your creative process, where do you work, favorite material to work with?
Most of the time, i'm knotting at home when ive got a bit of free time. I'm definitely more productive when the kids are in bed! I find macrame as my bit of ‘me’ time and i quite often have no sketched out plan, just a small idea to start with and i see where it takes me. I love working with raw cotton strings for the soft fluffy fringes! I also love working with different shapes such as hoops, but id love to try out some new frames for something a little different.
What would be your dream project?
My dream project would be to design a large scale piece that would maybe be on display in a restaurant or shop window for everyone to see, or even a beautiful wedding backdrop!
Apart from macrame, is there another craft you would like to try and why?
I would really like to try my hand at weaving - I would love to add more texture and colours to my work and I think it could tie in with my macrame work quite nicely!
Whats the best and worst thing about your craft?
I LOVE that macrame has infinite possibilities, and even how one simple knot can be tied slightly differently to give a whole new look to a piece. This can also be the worst thing about it because where do you stop?!
Your favorite Instagram account at the moment and why?
At the moment I'm in awe of the work by Caroline @thehappyhomecollective
- the flowers, the colours, the textures....everything!!
Professionally, what's your goal?
My goal is to become a true fiber artist who's work inspires others on their macrame/crafting journey.
If you haven't already, you should go check out Kristies page @asterroseathome
for a really inspirational, fun feed.
Thankyou for reading.