Meet the Author
Hey there, can you introduce yourself?
Hi there! I’m Sarah, a Deputy Headteacher by day and a yarnaholic by night. I taught myself to crochet some years ago and started my blog as a way of recording my progress. From a simple beginning, it grew into a place where I published the patterns I designed and wrote about the yarn I was using. Today, I’m thrilled to have several books under my belt as well as designing regularly for the UK’s top crochet and craft magazines.
Tell us a bit about the book?
The book begins with 10 hexagon motifs which are used as a basis for the projects. Hexies are super-versatile and can be used to create so many different things. In Hello Hexie, you’ll find everything from beautiful blankets to slipper socks, bags, rugs and garments, too. There’s nothing you can’t make with a hexie!
What was the inspiration behind it?
For years the Granny Square has been one of the most popular motifs to crochet so it’s about time the hexagon gets a bit of the limelight!
Which is your favourite project?
It has to be the Bohemian Scarf - it’s a simple project, but the colours of the yarn really make it sing!
What is your craft space like?
I have a small office which houses my rather large yarn collection, but I have to admit that my favourite place to crochet is on the sofa! The great thing about crochet is that it’s a very portable craft.
Have you always been creative?
Yes - I’ve always been a maker. When I was little I used to love drawing and painting and sewing but my favourite thing to do was create little figures out of Fimo modelling clay.
When did you first start crafting?
I first started crocheting when my daughter was a year old - around 10 years ago. I was taking a break in my career to look after my children and desperately wanted to learn a new craft to keep my brain active! So I armed myself with some books and YouTube tutorials and taught myself. My first attempts were not perfect, but the first proper thing I crocheted was a little bear for my son.
Who are your crafty heroes?
I love all of Emma Varnam’s books - she creates such beautiful toys and clever crochet patterns and she is a thoroughly lovely person, too.
Other designers I love are Sharna Moore and Lucy from Attic 24.
Where do you find inspiration?
Everywhere! Sometimes I’ll see something and think ‘I wonder if I could crochet that?’ And other times it will be an idea I’ve had that I’ve been mulling over for a while.
What's next for you?
I tend not to make big plans as I’m so busy, but I’ve got a few new designs in the pipeline that I’ll be working on soon and a couple of projects to contribute to another crochet book!