Hi and welcome to Layered Creations. I started dreaming about running my own craft shop shortly after my son was born, almost 20 years ago, but the journey began in earnest while travelling around Australia with my family in 2005. My vision has changed over the years in response to various life events, and some days I didn’t think I would get there, but I am very excited that it has now come to fruition. I hope that you enjoy my story and that it inspires you to continue following your own dreams.
As a child, like many of you, I was surrounded by crafts. Both of my grandmother’s knitted and crocheted, and one spun her own wool. Mum did macramé, Hobbytex, stretch sewing, had a knitting machine and later on did a bit of patchwork. As I grew up I tried crocheting, making a latch-hook rug and learned basic sewing at high school. The seed was sewn.
When my two eldest children were babies I discovered the Embroidery and Cross Stitch magazine and was instantly fascinated with embroidery and heirloom sewing. Living in the Pilbara, however, meant the options for learning embroidery were almost non-existent. Eventually a family friend taught me the basics of cross-stitch and I was thrilled, as a busy mum of two littlies, to have something I could do that was just for me. As the kids grew up we moved around a bit between Perth, Karratha and Port Hedland. I made the most of our time in Perth, joining and leading an embroidery group, attending a weekly craft group and hitting Spotlight weekly! The gift of a Bernina 808 sewing machine from my parents then led me into sewing curtains for the house and clothes for the kids.
In 2001 I became a Creative Memories Consultant and spent 8 years in Perth and Karratha teaching people how to scrapbook. I learned so much during this period and loved sharing my knowledge with other people. It strongly reinforced my belief that crafts are a great way to bring people together. Not only did I develop strong friendships with many of my customers, I saw how they developed friendships with each other that provided them with support, laughter and ongoing inspiration.
We returned to Perth in 2007 and I continued learning with renewed intensity. I wanted to make sure that when the kids finished high school I had the required skills and knowledge to share with my future customers. I took as many embroidery courses as I could through the Embroiderer’s Guild of WA and spent a period of time as the Secretary of their Management Committee. The plan was to return to the Pilbara once high school was over and start living my dream.
Well, the best laid plans of mice and men (as they say) … I fell (very) unexpectedly pregnant roughly 12 months before we were planning to head ‘home’. Our delightful youngest daughter changed our plans completely and we decided to stay in Perth. It was at this point that I nearly gave up on my dream. However, after much contemplation I decided that I should continue on, just in an alternative format. That is how I decided that my shop would start online.
During my pregnancy I finally got around to trying my hand at quilting and I loved it! I have attended multiple workshops, taken a couple of positions on the WA Quilter’s Association Management Committee, and again seen the amazing way that craft has of bringing people together in friendship. I have even managed to complete a quilt or two.
Now that our youngest is becoming more independent and our older two are almost ready to fly the coop, I’m finally able to spend a bit more focussed time on the store. My eldest daughter, Ashleigh, is an amazing photographer and supports me by taking some of the gorgeous photos you see on these pages. There have still been a few changes, not least of which was a name change from ‘Outback Craftaholics’ to ‘Layered Creations’, but the goal is that Layered Creations will eventually replace my full time employment and I will establish a bricks and mortar store to complement the online one.
My vision for Layered Creations is that it is a place where you can learn, be inspired, connect, share and access quality products and workshops at a time that is suitable for you, wherever you happen to be located. I hope that you’ll share your own stories, dreams, experiences and creations with us and I look forward to meeting you along the way. Don’t give up on your dreams, no matter how big or small, they are definitely achievable!