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24 hours as Debbie Shore

08 Apr 2018

Debbie Shore, producer of her own range of sewing products, published author and TV personality, tells us about her day.

What time do you wake up and what does your pre-work routine look like?

I’m an early riser, usually up and running by 5am. After a decaf coffee and a boiled egg on wholemeal toast it’s straight onto You Tube to answer any overnight comments and questions!

You get into work – what does a typical morning look like for you?

I work mainly from home, so work starts over breakfast! After checking in with You Tube and Facebook I’ll start to prepare the sewing projects I’ll be making that day. I work with my husband, Garie, who is a photographer, we have a studio in the house where we’ll spend most of the day. If we’re working on a new book, it will take all day to design and shoot one project, then there’ll be a styled shot which could run into day two!

What time do you take lunch, and what do you do on your lunch break? what do you typically eat?

I usually eat around mid-day, almost every day I’ll have lentils with grated cheese on top. I have quite an obsession with them!

How does a typical afternoon take shape?

At some point, if the weather’s fine I’ll take the dog (Bobbin) for a five-mile walk, we usually both come home covered in mud! It’s clean-up time then it’s on with the sewing. Each step of a project has a photograph to accompany it, when the project is finished I write all the steps and attach the pictures. These are then ready to send to my publishers.

I am also a big fan of You Tube, if there is no urgency for photographed projects, Garie and I may film a tutorial for my channel. I edit the videos and upload them, then wait for any feedback from my 170,000 subscribers!

What time do you leave? and what kinds of things do you like to get up in the evening?

I usually finish up around 7pm, have dinner and relax with a book or a film on TV.

Finally, what time do you typically go to bed on a work night?

As I’m up early, I go to bed early too! I like to sleep for at least seven hours so I can be in bed by about 10pm.

How did you come to work in your current position?

I am the accidental sewer! I have been working in TV since 1979, with sewing as a hobby, until I began to work with Ideal World and they started to sell sewing machines. I asked if I could demonstrate the machines on air, and my journey began! My first book was published by Search Press in 2011, the first of 14 published books, with six more to come this year.

What advice would you have for someone looking to get into your particular industry?

Believe in yourself and don’t give up. If you have a passion for your craft it will shine through, speak to as many people in your industry as you can, listen and learn from them.

What are the best parts of your job?

I love working from home and being around my family and pets, but I particularly love the feedback from customers. If I’ve inspired somebody to start sewing it gives me a real buzz!

What are the most challenging parts of your job?

I love the maths of sewing. By that, I mean figuring out how to make something, then come up with a pattern, then explain to others how it’s done. The more difficult the pattern the more I enjoy it!

What does 2018 hold for you?

I have my first fabric range for The Craft Cotton Company launching in May, and am working on next year’s designs. I’ve been commissioned to write two books for 2019 so will be making a start on those soon, but this year I’ve made a promise to myself to slow down a little, and spend more time with my two granddaughters, who, one day, I’m hoping will learn how to sew!

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