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Q&A with Crafts by Kate Cork

Who says ecology and embroidery don't mix!? Kate told me how her embroidery helps to look at the small details in nature, while also being a great stress reliever.


1.So, first of all, where are you based?

I’m based in Bandon, Co. Cork in Ireland


2.What first got you into embroidery?

I first was introduced to cross stitch as a child in school by a (scary) nun, who used to shout if the back of your embroidery was messy 😂 I picked up cross stitch every now and again during my life but eventually started embroidering (rather than cross stitch) when doing my PhD as a stress reliever 😊



3.How did you learn to stitch?

I’m pretty much self taught, lots of tutorials and YouTube videos but mostly trial and error!


4.What is your favourite technique?

My favourite technique varies, but I love a simple satin stitch 😊 I also love stitches that give a piece texture, and try to learn new raised stitches when I can.



5.What is your favourite subject matter?

My favourite subject is native Irish species. I’m fascinated by nature, and find it so relaxing to look at plants and animals up close - embroidering really let’s you appreciate their little details 🌱


6.Why do you stitch?

I stitch because it makes me so so happy. I’m a serial crafter, always jumping from one craft to the next but I always found my way back to needlework. It’s so relaxing, and a great way to unwind in the evenings after a stressful day!


7.And lastly, where can we find you?

You can find me on Instagram, Facebook and (occasionally) TikTok 😊 I sell my pieces through these channels as well, so always happy to receive a message if somebody wants to purchase.



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