Sewing, mainly dressmaking but when I'm in the mood I love to do some free motion embroidery.
My first memory of sewing is stitching curtain fabric samples together that my mum's friend gave me. I don't know if they ever became anything, so I'm not sure you could really call them a project. I also have memories of a blue sweatshirt dress I attempted to make in my early teens - without a pattern. It didn't turn out particularly well!
I enjoy the actual process of sewing, but what I really love is that I can make myself something that no one else has - and that fits me better than anything I could buy.
I'd been reading sewing blogs for a year or so before I started my own. I realised that I was doing the same things, and having the same issues, as these bloggers and thought that starting my own would be a good way to connect with like minded people. At that time I didn't know anyone in my "real life" that liked to sew or craft.
I'm really enjoying it. Everyone at Minerva is lovely and so helpful and again, it’s a great way to connect with others. It's also allowed me to discover bloggers I might not have done otherwise.
My seam ripper, my iron (much as I hate ironing, it make such a difference to a project) and my recently discovered Chaco chalk pen. It's a revelation!
Probably a wool/cotton blend of some sort. I like something soft that doesn't itch for clothing, but I also like it to be reasonably easy care. I'm not a fan of handwashing knitted items.
All kinds of places! Sometimes I look for gaps in my wardrobe that I need to fill (I'm currently lacking in trousers, so I need to work on getting a well fitting trouser pattern sorted out), although the missing item has to be something I actually want to sew as well. I probably wouldn't make plain t-shirts etc, as they are so easy to buy.
I also look to fashion magazines and designers for inspiration, as well as other bloggers. Sometimes I'll just see a sewing pattern and decide that's what I really want to make next. Other times I'll fall in love with some fabric and have to find a pattern for it.
I enjoy knitting, particularly in front of an open fire on winter evenings and occasionally I crochet.
I would love to learn silversmithing/jewellery making and fashion illustration, although the latter isn't really a craft.
Just go for it. As someone said to me recently - it's only fabric!
Attention to detail.
Many thanks to Vicki at Minerva Crafts for allowing me to share my answers here.