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Six Questions with Christine Haynes

This week we sat down with Christine Haynes, instructor of the online Craftsy class The Sassy Librarian Blouse.

In this chat learn all about Christine’s must-have sewing supplies, her first sewing project, and what animal (or should I say, animals) interferes with her sewing from time to time.

Thanks for playing along, Christine! And to all you Craftsy readers out there, make sure to check out Christine’s awesome class. And remember, we post a new Six Questions every week, so keep checking back!

1. What was your first sewing project?

It depends on what you consider “sewing”. I have a Christmas tree ornament from kindergarten that I sewed by hand. It wasn’t exactly great, but technically, it was sewn! The first project I remember attempting in a semi-serious way was a white cotton floor length skirt when I was around 10. I don’t know what I was thinking and of course I never finished it!

2. What are your three desert island sewing supplies?

Absolutely a seam gauge and good scissors! But number three is tough… well, unless you aren’t automatically tossing in a sewing machine, in which case that would have to be number three! Though, I’m guessing there wouldn’t be electricity on a desert island, so it’d have to be a treadle machine!

3. What item has been in your stash the longest?

I am not a hoarder in any aspect of my life, but I do have some fabrics that I just can’t part with and also don’t have the heart to cut yet. I have some gorgeous off-white silk with red strawberries on it from a trip to New York about eight years ago that may never get cut. It’s just too pretty!

4. Cat person, dog person, or do pets just interfere with your sewing time?

I’m absolutely a cat person! A three-cat person to be specific! And yes, they do interfere with my sewing time!

5. What was your biggest sewing disaster? 

I remember about five years ago making a black seersucker vintage caftan. The lady on the envelope looked so chic! It was very 1970’s YSL looking. I, however, looked like a sack of potatoes!

6. In 10 words or less, what inspires you?

Life, love, and kindness. Oh, and France.


Rosemary Garaway

Do you have any tips for making a bed spread with knitting it? Do I need to knit squares or can I make long pieces? I can do this by knitting machine or by hand. Does it need to be backed or can I use it as it is? I was thinking about it sagging and going out of shape. Have you any advise for me please. This will be the first one I am about to make.


Oh, besides an everlasting Mai Tai, I would have to have a big can of Sullivan’s stabilizer spray for my island stay. It’s just so handy when I’m trying to sew something slippery like silk or even some of the slinky knits. It’s a total life-saver in a 1,000 ways. I love the stuff. Just don’t inhale it, friends. It’s for sewing, OK?


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