Meet the Author
Hey there, can you introduce yourself?
Hi, I’m Torie Jayne, originally a fashion designer by trade. In 2009 I started my blog, ‘Torie Jayne’, as a means of sharing my baking, crafting and interior design ideas with others. The response I got from other bloggers and my readers was overwhelmingly supportive and by early 2012 I was getting over 182,000 monthly page views and over 59,000 unique monthly visitors, which changed my life!
I started getting offers of magazine work and in 2012 I was asked to write my first book ‘Craft, Show & Sell’, which ultimately gave me the push I needed to quit my full time job as a senior designer at Marks & Spencer and pursue my dream of an even more creative life. Roll forward to today and I am happy to say I am now a blogger/author/stylist/photographer/designer who recently moved from London to the Devon countryside to live my creative dream. I think it would be fair to say I am known for my trademark palette of pastels. Please come and say hello on my website or Instagram. I love meeting fellow crafters!
Tell us a bit about the book?
Torie Jayne’s Stylish Home Sewing is my first sewing book, containing over 35 sewing projects which I hope will make your home beautiful. The book is split into seven chapters each covering a different room in the house, starting with the entrance hall, and ending with the garden. There are great starter tutorials for less experienced sewers like simple shopper bags, tea towels, and cushions, as well as projects for those who are feeling more ambitious, like the wigwam and padded headboard. There's also a very handy how-to section at the beginning with easy to understand instructions and helpful illustrations. It is, as my readers would expect, chock full of pretty pastels but fear not if pastels aren’t your thing as I hope the projects are inspiring enough for you to try them in your own style.
What was the inspiration behind it?
Selfishly the inspiration was our new house in Devon which we are slowly but surely decorating in our style. Most of the house hasn’t been touched in decades and is a hell hole of cheap, dark wood doors, an avocado bathroom suite, and a dilapidated kitchen that has drawers with missing bottoms! So I started planning and designing each room in the house and then chose projects and ideas that I thought would be both useful and look great.
Which is your favourite project?
Honestly, I am always changing my mind when asked this question, as I have so many favourites, but currently it would be the headboard that hangs on the wall in our guest room. It must be something to do with the sun shining and my friends and family booking time to come and see us which has inspired me to finish the room before B&B season starts again!!
What is your craft space like?
I am lucky enough to have a room that I can use as an office/craft room. It has a vintage Singer sewing table in one corner that I use as a desk and sewing table. It has a huge Welsh dresser full of baskets, tins and boxes of craft supplies and a studio style desk where I create my mood boards and do photography. My craft room is very girlie and full of pretty pastels.
Have you always been creative?
Ever since I can remember I was always dabbling with paint or making something for my Sindy house. I was really encouraged to be creative as a child, especially by my Mum, a home economics teacher, and my Grandad who was an artist. I can’t imagine a life that isn’t creative!
When did you first start crafting?
I started crafting from a very early age. I can’t remember the first thing I made but I do remember making lots of pom pom pets and avidly watching Blue Peter for the craft section when I was a kid!
Who are your crafty heroes?
My crafty hero would have to be the Martha Stewart brand, and of course the creative team behind it. I love visiting the States and seeing the numerous magazines, TV shows, and whole host of crafting products they do. I am also a big fan of Tone Finnager, the creator of the Tilda brand. So much prettiness!
Where do you find inspiration?
My craft room is full of inspiration so I am continually moving around and working through ideas. I have also been known to while away hours browsing Pinterest, which is like a rabbit’s warren to fabulous photographers, designers, stylists, shops and so much more! If I get in a design rut I go out for the day or to my local town for a couple of hours which has a fab material and bead shop.
What's next for you?
I am working on my third book and working on a new product line which I hope to share very soon.
Torie Jayne is a successful young designer, blogger and author with a keen interest in creating beautiful accessories for the home. Her blog, toriejayne.com, receives over 100,000 hits a month, and features her trademark sewing in beautiful saturated pastels, as well as baking and other crafts. Now Torie has created over 35 projects for you to make, to bring some of her style to your home. The kitchen chapter includes table linen, a bread basket and utensil holder, while the bedroom chapter features an eye mask, make-up bag and a padded headboard. The entrance hall chapter includes useful storage projects, such as square storage boxes made from fabric plus fabric and oilcloth bags. The garden chapter showcases practical projects such as a garden kneeler with carry-handles and a polka-dot tool belt, as well as decorative bench cushions, a child's play tent and bunting. Every project is in fresh, appealing colours, and reflects Torie's sewing expertise, as well as her eye for patterns.