I am a sewing enthusiast based in the leafy county of Surrey, just outside of London.
I grew up in Beijing, and have spent 3-4 years in Cardiff, Manchester and Reading respectively before my current adventures in the Surrey Hills.
As a chartered accountant, there is probably little surprise that I like the geeky technicalities and the details of sewing. I also enjoy making lists of all the upcoming projects.
My sewing journey so far
I haven't been sewing for all that long - I bought my sewing machine back in 2010 when I started making a few things. It has soon became a bit of an obsession.
In 2011/12 I spent almost a year making my wedding dress, which was simply the biggest project I've ever taken on. During the process, and as you will see, I was also quite often distracted by other much smaller projects! With hindsight, I am soooo glad I was brave enough to undertake such a huge project and it was totally worthwhile.
I must admit that I have enjoyed the smaller and quicker "normal" sewing projects after the wedding, and have found them very rewarding. So far I've spent the majority of my sewing time on woven fabrics, with the odd projects in jersey, but I think 2015 might just be the year where I embrace the world of knits!
Read how sewing has changed my life here.
My sewing space and machines
Here's my new sewing space - it's the perfect girl gave!
Now my machines - I started off with my simple Singer 8280 in 2010, and boy have we been through lots together! This has been my main machine for the last few years. Then I acquired my vintage Singer 99k, which I love as it's a solid machine, and it cranks up the stitches nice and fast. Subsequent to that I got a Singer serger as a Christmas present in 2013 from my hubby, and I'm loving how professional finish it gives to my garments.
Finally, at the end of 2014, I have finally decided to move on from my Singer 8280 and bought myself a Brother computerised machine!
I know this is probably more machines that one should own, and for that very reason I contemplated naming the blog "Alice and the Machines"! But hey, I love all my machines equally as much :)
I started this lil blog around August 2011 when I turned 25 (what I would like to call my 'quarter life crisis') to document my journey with the wedding dress and share my other sewing projects.
In the first 3.5 years I have named this blog Moonbeam, which was the surname of my first sewing machine (aka "Sallie Moonbeam", who is in turn named by my used-to-be favourite sweet shop before it sadly closed down).
However, from the beginning of 2015, I have taken the decision to rename the blog to Queen of Darts for various reasons (more details here).
I do hope you enjoy reading my blog. Any comments and questions are always welcome, and please feel free to email me at xinyuealice0803(at)gmail(dot)com