More about Su
I learnt to sew on my great aunt's Singer Treadle sewing machine at around 8 years of age and have been sewing ever since. When my now adult children were young I made all their clothes as at that time, it was the cheaper option.
I coordinate the Lowood group of Sewing For Charity Australia volunteers. We meet monthly at TRAX Church in Lowood and create anything from blankets and dolls to clothes and wraps to anything else someone might need.
I was one of the first members of this wonderful organisation that helps so many who might be suffering from distress, health crisis or disadvantage.
Strength of community is very important to me. I have a wonderful tight-knit group of friends and family and we have a hell of a laugh! So, knowing what this means to me, I feel strongly about supporting people at grassroots levels who might not be as fortunate as me.
Along with the community that sewing creates, sustainable clothing, reducing textile waste and slowing the pace of production is also important to me. We do this by up cycling and sometimes using pre-loved textiles where possible. My first passion is sewing but I also dabble in the occasional batch of soy candles that I scent with essential oils, ensuring they are good for aromatherapy.
I have created the ideal setup in my back yard (I live on 10 acres) and converted a (now air-conditioned) 46 ft shipping container as my "She Shed" to suit my work and physical limitations. This gives me freedom, flexibility and relief knowing I have my own skills and business to rely on.
I love passing on my passion and knowledge and sharing the joy with like-minded others as I believe home made is best.
I facilitate sewing and candle making workshops and also do alterations and make one off garments for clients.
My nickname is Barra so I call my creative side "Barra's Gone Crafty". Friends say it suits me.
Probably because I have an awesome sense of humour and am lots of fun. There is no such thing as "can't" only "I'll have another go" and I live by that.