Tuesday 29 September 2015

Butzeria - Bringing You a Little Magic (With Giveaway)

Today I have the pleasure of introducing Meret of Butzeria.ch to you all :)

Welcome Meret :)

Please tell us all a little about yourself and explain to us what drew you to your craft.

I am a girl from the country side, I grew up in Eglisau and my roots are definitively in the country side traditions even I put all these "uncool" things away for many years. If you are young it’s not so cool to say you have a national costume (Tracht) at home.

Luckily for me, I learned most of the crafts in school, I never was the best student in these lessons, but today I know it helped me to develop my crafts. If I had not had this opportunity I wouldn’t have started to knit again 12 years ago.

As soon as I started to knit again, I immediately became a hardcore knitter.

I started to teach myself many different knitting technics like lace-knitting, double knitting, patchwork knitting and also reading patterns in English.

Soon after that I started to design my own patterns.

Besides my knitting I do many other crafts like papercutting and quilting (mostly art quilts) but since I met Fides and Gabi and the amazing wool of Siidegarte I am addicted to knitting again.

What does the Handmade Movement mean to you?

When I started knitting 12 years ago, there was not really a Handmade Movement and all my friends laughed at me when I unpacked my knitting and started to work on my latest project when we met at a BBQ. Sometimes it was hard to hear all the comments that were passed around, but today knitting in public has become „normal“ which is nice. I think we still have a lot of promo-work still to do but the pioneer work is done. The most important work we still have to do is to show the world that Handmade is also Art and not just a hobby! We put a lot of effort and time into improving our techniques and we should learn to be proud of our efforts and to show them off as unique pieces of art. I think we are on the best way forward and hope that in the future these learned crafts will once again be seen as the artwork which they really are.


Who or What are you inspired by and why?

I get my inspiration mostly from our Swiss traditions.

I am a national costume embroiderer (Trachtenstickerin) and a collector of antique craft books.
My knitting slogan is „
modern knit designs inspired by tradition“.
The knitting designs I will be displaying for the first time at the SwissWulle Festival have been in my mind for years. Until now it hasn't been the right time to exhibit them. They are inspired from old embroidery patterns, mostly from the alpine region.
I work them out in double knitting, but you can work them into your projects using other techniques as well.

How I became inspired to to work out these designs?

I love fairy-tales and mythical creatures and these patterns are full of them and they look amazing. I find it so sad that the amazing work of our ancestors is getting lost. So why not give them a new life?

What is the one Craft tool you couldn't be without?

I have many important tools which are necessary for each of my crafts but my most important craft tool would have to be my hands :o)

Are their designers/artists who have inspired you along the way?

Yes, of course. One is Paul Klee. I love his colour paintings, they look like patchwork blankets to me. But mostly I love his way of arranging the colour blocks/stripes together.
And his coloursheme…

The other designer would be Kaffe Fassett. I think he is one of the most popular artist/designers. Mostly inspired by his diversity he has taught me that it is absolutely okay to feel at home in different crafts, and I don’t have to limit myself to just one.

chill-out socks

If you were granted 3 wishes, what would you wish for to advance the Handmade Movement?

I think I would only use one wish: that the handmade movement gets the value of Artwork – Craftsmanship back.

Thank you so much for popping in for a visit Meret, it has been wonderful to have you here.

Where can my Readers find you?

They can find me here:

Pssst: Do you want an insider tip?

Meret will be launching a new Pattern collection at the festival which you will be able to purchase from her on the day!

Doesn't that sound amazing?

Be sure to visit her at Stand 19 and ask her to tell you all about "Tattoo-Knitting" :)

Meret has been wonderfully kind to offer one of you out there a copy of her "Chill-Out" Socks pattern (either in German or English).

Enter yourself into this Giveaway through the Rafflecopter below.

Open Internationally :)
Ends on Thursday 1st October at Midnight!
Winner announced on Friday!

Good Luck!!

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While you are here, don't forget to enter yourself into the other Giveaway taking place on the blog right now! You can win yourself a handmade yarn bowl! Enter HERE

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