About Me

Hi there! My name is Lisa Cotton and I like to make things. I blog sporadically about my sewing and knitting. If you’d like to stay up to date with what I’m making, I’m most active as @cottonnoodle on Instagram!

Some questions nobody asked:

Who are you?

I’m a half-British, half-Filipino gal in my thirties, originally from the south of England but now living up north in the beautiful cobbled city of York. I live with my husband and our three cats, Rocket, Moon and Philip. I’ve been a software engineer for 13 years, but right now I’m studying Fashion Design.

What’s the deal with sewing and knitting?

I’ve always been a creative person, but I’ve only been sewing since 2016 and knitting since 2012. I’m self-taught in both – by which I mean I learned from books and watched YouTube.

I love sewing because I find it so exciting how 3D things can be created out of 2D fabric, or 1D yarn. It also feels very satisfying to wear things I imagined and made myself, to fit my own body and style. But my favourite thing about it is the actual process of constructing a garment. I really enjoy just getting into the zone and switching off the world.

What sewing machine do you use?

I have a Janome HD3000 which I bought when I lived in Singapore. It’s a basic machine, but it’s heavy duty, so it’s a tough cookie. I absolutely love it.

My overlocker (serger) is a Janome 6234XL.

What does Cotton Noodle mean? Isn’t that a type of dog?

I chose this name as my surname is Cotton (it’s an aptronym) and I love noodles! I started my sewing journey while living in Singapore, so this is a nod to my borderline excessive noodle soup consumption during that time.

When I set up the blog, cotton noodles were not a type of dog. And now they are. But if anyone’s gonna steal my username, I’m totally cool with it being cute dogs. I just would have preferred cute cats.