Craft has always been an important part of my life. I grew up surrounded by makers (carpenters, painters, sewers, woodworkers, knitters, etc…) so it was a pretty natural thing for me to get into. Aside from being fun, I learned to see craft as empowering. Being able to make for yourself meant you weren’t limited by anyone else’s ideas. I learned to think big. You want a new coat? Sew it. You want new art in your room? Paint it. You want a bigger living room? Build it. That’s the kind of DIY I grew up with.

Perhaps as a result of that upbringing I have many interests and I’m always keen to pick up something new. My Aunt taught me to crochet when I was around 9 and I started to teach myself how to sew and knit (with varying success) when I was a teen. Most recently I’ve learned to spin and finally got on a floor loom. I’m really excited about the possibilities that’s opened up! I’m not focusing on any one craft with the intent of getting really good at it. Not right now at least.

Tracing Threads is a space for me to share the things I’m working on as well as those finds that feel too good to keep to myself (like my Nana’s embroidery or my Grandma’s vintage sewing machine). This isn’t about polished tutorials or expert advice, it’s about the process. And to me, that’s the best part.

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  • Connie

    Love the blog so far- can’t wait to see more! I saw your eyelet knit top on Kollabora and followed the link. What was your major in college?

    • katesmalley

      Thank you so much!! I studied international business with a minor in econ, and did a one year international relations program on exchange. May I never have to write an essay again haha.

      • Connie

        What a coincidence- I’m an econ major! And next year I’m planning on studying abroad in South Korea for one semester.

        • katesmalley

          Wow! What an incredible experience that will be!! I’ve heard lots of good things about SK, Seoul in particular. Would love to go one day too.

  • Louise C

    Hi Kate!
    Thank you for commenting on my blog!
    Your blog is beautiful, looking forward to reading through your blog and getting to know you and for lots of inspiration and ideas! Love your work Kate!

    Louise xxx