Susie Johns

SUSIE JOHNS is an experienced crafter, specializing in knitting, crochet, embroidery, and other textile crafts. She is a contributor to a number of craft magazines, and the author of many books on knitting, crochet, embroidery, and felting. She teaches craft workshops and lives in London.

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Q & A

1.) Who's your favorite fictional character, and why?
Ma Larkin from The Darling Buds of May, because she is always laughing, has a big extended family around her, and loves to cook and make people happy.
2.) Who's your present celebrity crush?
Jack Black. He's been my pin-up for about five years. He's a good actor, very funny and charismatic, and a wonderful singer. I took my kids to see Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny when it came to London. And next week he is coming to Greenwich to film scenes for his latest film Gulliver's Travels. A good friend of mine, a make-up artist, is working on the production team and has invited me to visit her on set, only a few hundred yards from my house, so I hope to catch a glimpse of my movie hero then.
3.) What music, food, drink, toys, etc... do you keep by your side when you're writing?
One of my cats--Lucy, Pansy, or Peaches--usually keeps me company. And I have the radio tuned to Radio 4 all day. For me, writing a book is a complex task as I have to design things, write instructions, and make the finished project as well as separate stages for photography. For the design process, I have a hardcover sketch book and watercolor pencils, for writing notes I always use a fountain pen, and for writing the finished manuscript, I use an Apple Macintosh computer. As for food and drink, I don't snack, but I try to take a 20-minute break for lunch and have an open sandwich or something on toast.
4.) What do you enjoy doing most with your free time?
I like to go on picnics with my family. Our first picnic of the year is usually at Easter, when we visit some stately home or other, and I hide chocolate eggs in the grass for my children to discover (even though some people might consider them to be too old for such antics!) I love packing the picnic basket with lots of edible treats--but I'm not so keen on unpacking it at the end of the day.

5.) Do you  cook?
Of course I cook! It's a big part of my daily life and I'm never happier than when I have lots of people to cook for. My parents lived in Portugal for twenty years and there are quite a few Portuguese dishes in my repertoire, including feijoada--a delicious bean and pork stew. When cooking for a crowd, I like making pies and roasts; when cooking just for myself, I like deviled chicken livers on toast.

by the author

The Felted Bag Book

Susie Johns
St. Martin's Griffin

Widely adopted by crafters of all persuasions, felting uses wool, water, and soap to create a thick, strong, and durable material---perfect for making a...

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