Scouring second hand stores for unique fabric and dreaming of running away to the Italian countryside to ponder new projects are just two of the reasons we want to be best friends with Ruthy S! Also, how great is it that her brother taught her how to crochet?! We're definitely inspired by her passion, creativity, and taste in movies!
My name is Ruth and my DIY weapons of choice are my needle pad, sharp scissors, sewing machine and serger.
When I am looking for inspiration I go for a long walk or head to the fabric store or second hand store. I use a lot of materials from the second hand stores, because I can get more unique fabrics there with a great price!
After a long day of making things I like to do a bit more. I'm a night owl and as I'm very passionate about sewing and knitting I could do it all night! It is quite hard for me to go to bed at night when I have so much to do in my sewing room and then I'll make deals with myself – I'll baste this together and go to sleep, well if I already basted it, I'll sew it, I will only take a minute... and so on.
I got started making when I was 5 or 6 years old. My grandmother taught me how to knit, but I was rubbish at that in the beginning. But as I really wanted to create something for my dolls my brother taught me how to crochet and after that all of my dolls had weird sweaters on them.
The one thing that drives my creativity is passion for creating something new and unique. I have always loved creative process and knowing that if I create something, I put a little bit of my soul into it and it makes these things special. I think it is kind of a mindset when you are not happy with the things you can buy from the store, but you need something different, something that you or someone else has made with love and care.
When I think about starting a new project, I have many hectic thoughts about it in the beginning. But then I draft a bit, think about different techniques that I should use, do a little research, then it all comes together. Well usually, the final result can be quite different from the sketch, but that's all right.
The first thing I do when I wake up is make a cup on tea.
The movie that can cheer me out of any bad mood is the original 1969 version of “Italian Job”
My favorite word is unique.
My least favorite word is impossible.
I most relate to the country side, where you can just let go of the fast city pace and ponder on new interesting projects I can do.
My favorite designers are Ohhh Lulu, Diary of a Sewing Fanatic and Coletterie!
My favorite thing about making is the process is it's kind of therapeutic. I love the flow of it and of course the feeling when I wear something that I made myself. Although I wear a selfmade garment almost every day, it still makes me happy.
To me, DIY means surrounding yourself with things full of love and care.
Three words that describe me: artistic, tiny, picky
Three words that describe my work: feminine, colorful, a bit retro
Best creative advice I ever received is don't think too much.
My go-to karaoke song is “Sitting at the Dock of the Bay” - yeah, it's the only time I have sung karaoke and it was with some English bachelors – would do it again!
I never leave the house without my wallet, my keys and my onyx ring.
If I could live in any other country it would be somewhere in the countryside of Italy.
One fact about me that’s embarrassingly awesome is that I'm mad about foxes!
My DIY secret weapon is patience
The biggest DIY mistake I ever made was, well I've made many mistakes as I have learned almost everything by myself. I've had only couple of months of lessons under a very experienced tailor last fall and that was the point when I learned a lot of essential things that changed my thinking a lot.
My next project is probably a jacket, cause I need one. I hope I can pull it off – I already made a sketch and found some BurdaStyle patterns I could use.