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Scrapbox Contestants - Peg Mayor

Peg Mayor - Work in Process

Have you heard about Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020? It is in full swing right now. Right this minute there are 50+/- contestants strewn across the hemisphere with their proverbial creative thinking caps tied up under their chins in deep making mode. The challenge is part environmentalism, part creative recycling ingenuity and all fun with online voting and super cool prizes.  Every day for the next couple of weeks, each contestant will be featured in a blog post so we can learn a little more about them, their creative process and what makes their heart sing.

Today we meet Peg Mayor. Following are her words and imagery as she documented her participation in Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge 2020:

top: Unboxing, above: Additions, header: Finished

My primary craft is knitting which I’ve been doing for 35 years.  But, I do any craft with wool:  rug hooking, felting, needle felting, appliqué, needlepoint, etc.  I always return to knitting, though.  They call me the Sweater Whisperer here in town because I repair sweaters for people for fun.  I was taught knitting by my grandma who lived to 103 and never stopped learning new crafts. She began quilting while in her 70’s and learned to weave around that time as well.  One of my most precious possessions is a bedspread made from wool and linen fabric that she wove.

Knitting led to felting which led to a business making felted backpacks and bags.  All the knitting gave me tendonitis and I had to take 6 months off from knitting which just about broke me.  So, I looked for alternatives to the knitting/felting and discovered wool sweaters from the thrift stores.  For a long time I had a purse and accessory business using felted wool and cashmere from thrifting.  I am crazy inspired by the visible mending movement and have added Sashiko and other stitching to my craft repertoire to open up that world to me.

I actually participated in the last challenge a few years ago and had a blast. I have followed Crispina for years because of my interest in up-cycling sweaters.            

I feel my creativity is at its height when I’m “making something from nothing.”  Anyone can go to a store and buy pretty new supplies for a project.  Taking a mish-mash of stuff and making something beautiful is far more creative and infinitely more satisfying.

My two biggest struggles are:

Creatively?  Or in Life? Creatively I have more ideas than time and tend to get paralyzed by possibilities and flit about from project to project.  In life, I’d say the cruel genetics of my body shape and the challenge of finding jeans that fit.

Three things that bring me joy are:

1.  Knitting. It’s been 35 years and I am still learning new things.  I cannot fathom my life without this anchor craft and this endless reminder that there is always more to learn.

2.  My boys and my dog.  Daily walks with Ella and frequent funny texts from my boys all sustain me.  You can throw my husband in there, too…

3.  Doing something creative every single day.  If I have some sort of stress in my life, I find that sitting, even for 15 minutes, and working with my hands brings me focus and centers me.  I am blessed to be able to find at least 15 minutes every day.

I will always follow Crispina’s work as I have for about 15 years.  My Instagram is 90% artists, mostly knitters, spinners, and dyers.  I look forward to future challenges and learning.

Happy to have you in the mix Peg! Thanks for your awesome sauce contribution ~

Scrapbox Contestants - Peg Mayor

Peg Mayor - Work in Process

Have you heard about Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020? It is in full swing right now. Right this minute there are 50+/- contestants strewn across the hemisphere with their proverbial creative thinking caps tied up under their chins in deep making mode. The challenge is part environmentalism, part creative recycling ingenuity and all fun with online voting and super cool prizes.  Every day for the next couple of weeks, each contestant will be featured in a blog post so we can learn a little more about them, their creative process and what makes their heart sing.

Today we meet Peg Mayor. Following are her words and imagery as she documented her participation in Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge 2020:

top: Unboxing, above: Additions, header: Finished

My primary craft is knitting which I’ve been doing for 35 years.  But, I do any craft with wool:  rug hooking, felting, needle felting, appliqué, needlepoint, etc.  I always return to knitting, though.  They call me the Sweater Whisperer here in town because I repair sweaters for people for fun.  I was taught knitting by my grandma who lived to 103 and never stopped learning new crafts. She began quilting while in her 70’s and learned to weave around that time as well.  One of my most precious possessions is a bedspread made from wool and linen fabric that she wove.

Knitting led to felting which led to a business making felted backpacks and bags.  All the knitting gave me tendonitis and I had to take 6 months off from knitting which just about broke me.  So, I looked for alternatives to the knitting/felting and discovered wool sweaters from the thrift stores.  For a long time I had a purse and accessory business using felted wool and cashmere from thrifting.  I am crazy inspired by the visible mending movement and have added Sashiko and other stitching to my craft repertoire to open up that world to me.

I actually participated in the last challenge a few years ago and had a blast. I have followed Crispina for years because of my interest in up-cycling sweaters.            

I feel my creativity is at its height when I’m “making something from nothing.”  Anyone can go to a store and buy pretty new supplies for a project.  Taking a mish-mash of stuff and making something beautiful is far more creative and infinitely more satisfying.

My two biggest struggles are:

Creatively?  Or in Life? Creatively I have more ideas than time and tend to get paralyzed by possibilities and flit about from project to project.  In life, I’d say the cruel genetics of my body shape and the challenge of finding jeans that fit.

Three things that bring me joy are:

1.  Knitting. It’s been 35 years and I am still learning new things.  I cannot fathom my life without this anchor craft and this endless reminder that there is always more to learn.

2.  My boys and my dog.  Daily walks with Ella and frequent funny texts from my boys all sustain me.  You can throw my husband in there, too…

3.  Doing something creative every single day.  If I have some sort of stress in my life, I find that sitting, even for 15 minutes, and working with my hands brings me focus and centers me.  I am blessed to be able to find at least 15 minutes every day.

I will always follow Crispina’s work as I have for about 15 years.  My Instagram is 90% artists, mostly knitters, spinners, and dyers.  I look forward to future challenges and learning.

Happy to have you in the mix Peg! Thanks for your awesome sauce contribution ~

Scrapbox Contestants - Peg Mayor

Peg Mayor - Work in Process

Have you heard about Crispina’s Scrapbox Challenge 2020? It is in full swing right now. Right this minute there are 50+/- contestants strewn across the hemisphere with their proverbial creative thinking caps tied up under their chins in deep making mode. The challenge is part environmentalism, part creative recycling ingenuity and all fun with online voting and super cool prizes.  Every day for the next couple of weeks, each contestant will be featured in a blog post so we can learn a little more about them, their creative process and what makes their heart sing.

Today we meet Peg Mayor. Following are her words and imagery as she documented her participation in Crispina's Scrapbox Challenge 2020:

top: Unboxing, above: Additions, header: Finished

My primary craft is knitting which I’ve been doing for 35 years.  But, I do any craft with wool:  rug hooking, felting, needle felting, appliqué, needlepoint, etc.  I always return to knitting, though.  They call me the Sweater Whisperer here in town because I repair sweaters for people for fun.  I was taught knitting by my grandma who lived to 103 and never stopped learning new crafts. She began quilting while in her 70’s and learned to weave around that time as well.  One of my most precious possessions is a bedspread made from wool and linen fabric that she wove.

Knitting led to felting which led to a business making felted backpacks and bags.  All the knitting gave me tendonitis and I had to take 6 months off from knitting which just about broke me.  So, I looked for alternatives to the knitting/felting and discovered wool sweaters from the thrift stores.  For a long time I had a purse and accessory business using felted wool and cashmere from thrifting.  I am crazy inspired by the visible mending movement and have added Sashiko and other stitching to my craft repertoire to open up that world to me.

I actually participated in the last challenge a few years ago and had a blast. I have followed Crispina for years because of my interest in up-cycling sweaters.            

I feel my creativity is at its height when I’m “making something from nothing.”  Anyone can go to a store and buy pretty new supplies for a project.  Taking a mish-mash of stuff and making something beautiful is far more creative and infinitely more satisfying.

My two biggest struggles are:

Creatively?  Or in Life? Creatively I have more ideas than time and tend to get paralyzed by possibilities and flit about from project to project.  In life, I’d say the cruel genetics of my body shape and the challenge of finding jeans that fit.

Three things that bring me joy are:

1.  Knitting. It’s been 35 years and I am still learning new things.  I cannot fathom my life without this anchor craft and this endless reminder that there is always more to learn.

2.  My boys and my dog.  Daily walks with Ella and frequent funny texts from my boys all sustain me.  You can throw my husband in there, too…

3.  Doing something creative every single day.  If I have some sort of stress in my life, I find that sitting, even for 15 minutes, and working with my hands brings me focus and centers me.  I am blessed to be able to find at least 15 minutes every day.

I will always follow Crispina’s work as I have for about 15 years.  My Instagram is 90% artists, mostly knitters, spinners, and dyers.  I look forward to future challenges and learning.

Happy to have you in the mix Peg! Thanks for your awesome sauce contribution ~

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