Introducing ~ Kate from KackaD + Broucek
Please join us in welcoming Kate from KackaD, www.broucek.cz and the Czech Republic! She’s up next with a cute soft toy for you to sew. In addition to patterns you can also purchase Kate’s toys in the KackaD shop, so be sure to check it out.
Hello, my name is Kate and I am from Czech Republic in Europe. I am 31 years old and I have great husband, John, and son, Toby (4 years old). I live a dream. I have small internet shop with ribbons and buttons and I also sew toys, write patterns and really enjoy life. It is not easy work but I love it.
One of Kate’s soft toy designs.
I live in a small village in family house where I have nice studio made from the old garage. Half of the studio is working space and half is space for Toby. He is there all the time with me (when he is not at kindergarten) and that is great.
I started to sew when Tobi was one year old. He was very calm baby and through maternity leave I was really bored (here in Czech Republic you can have three years of maternity leave). After two universities and really stressful work it was too calm! So I tried my sewing machine for the first time– a gift from my father– and that was it; I found myself in a sewing and crafting world. Why did I choose toys? It is amazing to sit and draw some picture, draw a pattern and sew it. I love seeing faces of children who have my toys. That fills me with energy.
Once I met Jana from Bellus and she told me, “Try to write article for my magazine,” and I tried. It is now one year since my first published piece. You can find my patterns here in the magazine Svadlenka and also at my web page www.broucek.cz.
Another toy from Kate.
Everything what I do is from myself. From my imagination and maybe from that child inside me. I do not read books about sewing, and I do not attend any classes. I just sit and sew. I am trying, experimenting with what is possible to do with fabric. That is me.
For Sew,Mama,Sew! I prepared very easy soft toy– funny dogs Pinky and Blue. I hope you enjoy sewing with me. Do not be afraid as I write mainly for beginners. Everybody can sew with me!