Hello and welcome to my corner of the internet! I am Nelson, a crafter living in a small apartment (known as the Treehouse) somewhere in Europe with my cats, my partner, yarn and my sewing machine.

On this blog I write about the things I make, about my woodland wanderings and my efforts to turn my balcony in a dearly held green space and city wildlife refuge.

I identify most strongly as a knitter, sewist and spinner but I explore and dabble in all crafts and art pursuits. I’m interested in folklore, old ways, sustainability, traditional crafts & knowledge, seasonal living and honouring the land. I’m always dreaming about a radical new world.

Other things I like and share from time to time are growing plants on my balcony, walking and riding my bike outside, watching birds, writing on my blog, scribbling and drawing in my various journals, reading books, baking, night sky gazing and music you can sing from your (hypothetical) Treehouse front porch.

Aspiring forest gnome and house witch.

How I got into making

Crafting came into my life when I was sixteen. I learned to knit and crochet after stumbling upon a blog by a crafter and was fascinated by the idea of being able to turn a ball of yarn into a piece of clothing. I taught myself after returning from a library trip with a stack of crafting books using old needles and hooks borrowed from a family member. That was the start of my making life.

 In my early twenties, I started sewing more seriously. My mum had been a keen sewist when I was a child but by the time I was in my teens her interest in it had disappeared to the background. Nevertheless, it made sure I was aware of some of the techniques since I was a child and I could do some basic stuff like pillow covers and doll clothing. It wasn’t until I had been knitting garments for some years that I started seriously sewing clothing.

Over the years I’ve dabbled in a lot of other textile crafts such as natural dyeing, embroidery and quilting. These are crafts that I dip in and out of whenever the mood strikes. In December 2018, I made my first bra and have been learning more about bra making since.    

In the summer of 2020 I got interested in learning to spin and have since been learning to make yarn on a small selection of suspended spindles and a secondhand 1970’s spinning wheel.