Joanne's passion for crafting is contagious—catch it with her fun and fabulous projects!
Crafter and blogger Joanne L. knows the secret to a truly special craft is making it your own. We chatted with Joanne about her blog, Craft Passion, (craftpassion.com) and how she puts her own personal spin on her super-creative projects.
CW: Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get started with creative crafting?
Joanne: I was raised in Malaysia on the beautiful island of Penang. My mom and grandmother sewed all our clothes and instilled in me the idea that if you want something, you make it yourself. Whenever I see something interesting, I want to create my own one-of-a-kind version.
CW: What changes has your blog undergone since you started?
Joanne: Craft Passion was meant to be a personal blog showcasing my handmade creations. But after requests started to flow in from readers asking how they could make what they saw on my blog, I began sharing patterns and tutorials.
CW: What kind of relationship do you have with your followers?
Joanne: I read through all the comments and answer any questions I can. A few of my readers have been following my blog for quite some time and will often give me feedback on my craft instructions. English isn’t my first language, so writing tutorials is a challenge that always proves rewarding.
CW: What projects have proven most popular with them?
Joanne: Recycling projects are usually the most popular with my readers, like the DIY Rag Rug, which is a project that reuses old bedsheets. Another popular craft is my cute little macaron-shaped coin purses.
CW: Is there a recycled craft project, using unwanted materials, you are most proud of?
Joanne: I really like my Braided Rag Rug. (Though unlike the Woven Rag Rug, this craft requires a sewing machine). It turned out so well, I gave it to my mom, who loves it.
CW: How is the crafting scene different in your home country of Malaysia?
Joanne: Crafting in Malaysia has become trendier, with a lot of style influence coming from Japan and Taiwan. I’m very excited to see an increasing amount of craft stalls popping up in weekend markets. As for Malaysia’s native crafts, batik printing and rattan products are what we’re most well known for. If I ever have the opportunity, I’d love to try my hand at them.
CW: You’ve tried so many different crafting techniques from paper crafts to knitting. Which is your favorite and why?
Joanne: I really get enjoyment out of each creative process, so it’s hard for me to choose which is my favorite. So, I would say I like sewing when I have some quiet time, crocheting and knitting when I’m with my family, and painting and paper crafts when I’m in my office.
CW: How do you balance family life with blogging?
Joanne: I have my own engineering business with my husband, so my schedule is pretty flexible. I also try to work crafting into small moments of my day. So, while my kids are watching TV or doing their homework, I’ll crochet or knit. And after they go to bed, I’ll do some sewing. I hope that as my kids see me creating and crafting, they’ll continue to follow their own creative passions.
Interview by Kaitlin Stainbrook. For more information about Joanne and her blog, visit her at Craft Passion.
Craft photography by Joanne L.