Meet the Author
Hey there, can you introduce yourself?
My name is Lucy and I am a craft maker/designer living in London with my husband and little boy. After studying Textile Crafts at the University of Huddersfield I became a Product Developer for toys & craft kits, managing the development from idea to shipping the finished product. I then started writing craft books a few years ago and absolutely love it! Since having my little boy I now do this instead of product development.
Tell us a bit about the book?
The book is a collection of 35 projects that show you how you can make your tech items prettier and more exciting! There are a variety of ideas - cup of tea kindle cases, foxy headphone covers, woven camera strap. As I enjoy lots of different crafts there are knitting, sewing, crochet and various other techniques included.
What was the inspiration behind it?
As we all have the same mass produced brands its lovely to be able to personalise them and make them special.
Which is your favourite project?
I love the clay USB sticks because they are so unlike anything I normally make so it was really refreshing to make something completely different. I sat there with all my modelling clay and just played, it was really fun!
What is your craft space like?
We live in a small flat in London so my craft space is a corner of the sofa or a bit of the kitchen table and my stash lives in plastic boxes on top of the wardrobes! The reality of modern life unfortunately!
However, we are about to move into a lovely large house which has a small room that will become my workroom and and I cannot wait to set it up and get making in there!
Have you always been creative?
Yes, art and textiles were always my favourite subjects at school. I think it's because there is no right or wrong, its all interpretation which is so much more interesting than most subjects.
When did you first start crafting?
My mum and my granny have always crafted and sewn so I have always been around it. I cant remember the first thing I made but I did win an award at the Knitting and Stitching show for a Young Embroiderers Guild prize. I made a 3D box book with really intricate goldwork and actually stitched out the story inside!
Who are your crafty heroes?
Emma Lamb creates beautiful crochet home accessories with stunning colour palettes and intricate details. She has just brought out her first book which looks stunning.
Where do you find inspiration?
I love Pinterest, I waste so many hours on there! Magazines such as Mollie Makes, Homemaker and Making. But nothing can beat getting out and looking around the shops - craft shops, department stores, tiny independent gift shops and book shops. A small detail on a cushion could inspire you to make something completely different.
Unfortunately as a busy mum I cant get out and about as much as I wish but it makes it even more exciting now!
What's next for you?
I am currently working on an exciting new book for Cico, out in autumn 2016, as well as designing crafty projects for magazine articles and making personalised memory animals from customers special clothes and fabrics. You can see these on my Facebook page 'Lucy's Little Creations.
Discover 35 ways to make your tech match your personal style. Nowadays, everyone has their tech--cell phones, laptops, e-readers, and tablets, as well as music players and digital cameras. Store-bought covers and accessories can be expensive and are not unique--so what if you could customize them yourself at a fraction of the price? Here, Lucy Hopping shows you how to do just that. In chapter 1, Decorate Your Tech, discover how to personalize your tech: for example, use washi tape for colorful phone cases and keyboards, add beads or braids to your headphone leads, and attach cute designs made from fimo clay onto your USB flash drives. Chapter 2, Protect Your Tech, offers a variety of cases to keep your tech safe from damage but looking good. The phone covers include a fabric popsicle, contemporary cross stitch, and laser cut designs, while you can make tablet covers from felt or an old hardcover book. There's an oilcloth tablet case too, which is wipe-clean and can be stood upright, making it perfect for following online recipes in the kitchen. Finally, Chapter 3, Keep Your Tech, is about giving your tech a home, whether to store it, carry it around with you, or simply identify it as yours in a household with several tech users. Make the gorgeous vintage book laptop case, or a simple holder for your phone while it's charging (preventing it from lying on the floor where it can be trodden on); plus an armband pouch to hold a phone or music player while you're out running, or a pretty woven strap for your camera. The projects in this book use a range of easy craft techniques, including papercraft and sewing. For those keen on working with yarn, there are even knitted touchscreen gloves and a crocheted camera case. Each project has clear step-by-step artworks and there's a section that explains all the techniques you'll need, so you don't have to be an expert to start making your tech world more beautiful.