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Handmade is so special for this queen of craft

Cheryl Attwood has baby bootie range that is going well.
Cheryl Attwood has baby bootie range that is going well. john mccutcheon

RUNNING her hand across the beautifully patterned fabric, Cheryl Attwood's mind is racing ahead to how she will use the piece in her craft work.

For 25 years, Mrs Attwood has let her creative mind run free and the end result is a beautiful collection of original hand-sewn goods.

Based in Rosemount, Mrs Attwood works from home to both design and stitch craftwork to sell and display in Australian craft magazines like Handmade, Patchwork & Stitching and Australian Country Craft.

But sewing has not always been easy for the self-taught craft lover.

"I started sewing seriously about 25 years ago, I had never been a sewer and never enjoyed it apart from being a little girl and making Barbie Doll clothes," Mrs Attwood said.

"When I was pregnant with my oldest daughter I decided to try and make a cot quilt and it grew from there."

Today Mrs Attwood makes a range of cot quilts, bassinet covers, felt baby shoes, beautiful quilts and cushions.

She sells her work by word of mouth and through her Facebook page Cheryl Attwood Originals.

"I am interested in branching out into wholesaling, particularly the felt baby shoe range," she said.

"I have had quite a few overseas sales through Facebook; you can reach so many people."

Originally from New South Wales, Mrs Attwood has sold her craft through stores in Byron Bay, Manuka in the ACT, Mosman in Sydney and Leura in the Blue Mountains.

Mrs Attwood works hard to ensure her pieces remain unique.

"I make one or two pairs and that's it I retire that from the range," she said.

"I think it's nice to know when you buy a special gift for somebody no one else will turn up with the same item."

A CRAFTY IDEA

WHAT: Cheryl Attwood's work on sale at the markets

WHEN: December 1

WHERE: Headland Bowls Club, Buderim

Topics:  craft fabric home business sewing


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