About Me

I’m Ruth and I’m a craftaholic.

a rainbow array of papercrafting and cardmaking supplies

But that’s no bad thing, really! I love to create and make things, of course there’s something fantastic about ending up with that special hand-crafted something, whether it’s a card, stitched piece for my home, an item of clothing, or maybe a gift for a loved-one. But just as important for me is the actual process of making.
Relaxing, feeding the soul, soothing (except if I have a deadline and things might get a bit more frantic, haha!)…
At any rate, you can call it my therapy.

I’ve been crafting since I was small, being artistic in some shape or form for maybe 30 years or so. Time flies! And for many of those years I worked in the craft industry – for almost 20 years in craft magazine publishing. During that time, I met and worked with amazing creative people, got to know some inspiring business owners and product developers and it got me even more hooked on crafting.

me, Ruth Southorn, standing with a view of the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol, England behind me

Now I work in a different field, for an educational website company. I’m lucky that I can work from home, here in the city of Bristol, England. It does mean that my craft-space has to share with my day-job-work-space, but c’est la vie… And even with my career change, I can’t forget my crafty passions – not that I’d want to!!
I still create for magazines as a regular contributor, plus I love to be part of the Design Team for Angela Poole Designs, making samples, showing off projects on social media and also demonstrating at shows and exhibitions. If ever you’re in Bristol at the right place and the right time, you might even catch one of my craft workshops, too. The most popular ones are card making and jewellery making.

Sharing my love of crafting is super-important to me. So until the day we might meet in real life, I’m thrilled you’re joining my crafting journey online. I hope we’ll become firm friends. Crafty friends are the best kind of friends, after all.