Sandra Hodder lives in the small Community of Boat Harbor on the South Coast of Newfoundland, Canada. Crafting is her favorite pass-time thing to do. She has been crafting for so long time that she couldn’t sit for a minute without actually doing crafts of some form or another. So, Sandra loves crafts and crafting. Her creativite works cover a wide spectrum and Sandra wants to tell us the story about her hobbies.
AP: Your first works. What did they look like?
SH: A friend of mine introduced me to crochet work when I was about 13 years old. I just loved her work and said «I can do that». So, from that moment everything got started. My first attempt at crochet wasn’t what I hoped it would be. However, I determined to make the things properly – so eventually I did. I have been crocheting ever since. Since then I have been doing cross stitch (embroidery-needle point) knitting, painting (scenic painting, rock art, painting on sea shells, etc.), beading (making jewelry) and so on.
AP: Do you have any formal education in your sphere or were you self-taught?
SH: I have no formal training in any of the crafts that I produce. I’ve stated in the previous answer that I learned my crochet skills from a friend. As for the other crafts I produce – well, they are self taught. I am always looking for new and exciting things to do with regards to crafting.
AP: What genre are your works?
SH: I would have to say that my most favorite of all crafts that I have been doing would be crochet. But I enjoy doing all of my different crafts. Some a little more than others. I love to search for different things to do.
And if I cannot find what I’m looking for, I will create the pattern myself. With some trial and error I might add or change something. And in the end I always get what I want.
AP: How would you describe your works?
SH: Some of my crafts are unique, while some can be one of one kind. Depending what I am doing at the time, I have done special orders in painting on rock/s which would be one of a kind projects. What is more, I accept special orders in crochet (table cloths, etc.)
AP: What kind of equipment and techniques do you use?
SH: I use cotton & crochet hook for my crochet work, different size brushes and acrylics for my painting/s, occasionally I will take a picture of something and paint it onto a sea shell or even a rock. But mostly it is what I see is what you get. Unless of course someone would want a specific item/scene then I would take a picture of the very item they are looking for or have them take a picture & send me.
I haven’t yet used any software for my projects except to store photos of my item that I have produced. I started doing dried flower arrangements a few years ago & for this I use mostly all natural flowers. I pick natural material that Mother Nature has supplied us with and dry it myself to use in my flower arrangements with great success.
AP: Would you consider yourself as an expert in this sphere?
SH: I don’t consider myself an expert on any of the crafts I do. I’m sure there are a lot of people out there who know things about the Crafts I do and, at the same time, who could teach me a few things on some of my crafts.
AP: How do you reach your goals?
SH: I have a Group on Facebook “My Craft’s” where I have displayed a few items of the crafts I have done. But those are just a few of the many, many things I have over the years since I started doing crafts.
I usually attend 3 craft shows during a year (all within my area) this helps to get more exposure on my crafts & get people interested in purchasing the crafts that I produce.
AP: Is there someone who helps you in your creativity?
SH: Everyone around me supports me in the work I do.