Camilla Del Zotto

Do you love vintage tools as much as we do? Today we are glad to find a fellow knitter who shares our obsession with all things vintage. A knitter and a true blue creative at heart, Camilla Del Zotto also known as zamhandmade, has always been a crafter since young. She finds crafting a perfect way to express her imagination and inner thoughts, and particularly deriving a great sense of joy and comfort in knitting! Here’s a little peak into her knitting kit where she keeps a treasure trove of vintage tools and yarn supplies…

1 Describe yourself and what you do
I’m a vintage lover, a collector and a crafter. I’ve always been a crafty person and thanks to my mother’s guidance, I became a knitter. Since I was a child, I’ve always been fascinated by the process of creation, be it any kind, because it’s the only way to express my imagination. As such, knitting has always been a very mediative practice for me – a remedy to problems and a way to enter into an inner state of peace.

2 Messy or organized? How does this trait affect your creative process? 
Definitely messy. I think it’s part of my creative process, everything builds up my inspiration. I use to surround myself with a lot of supplies and stuff in order to be able to turn all my ideas into something concrete. Every piece I create is a part of my imagination becoming alive.

3 Any tips to sourcing the best tools and supplies?
Having a liking for “tasting” yarn and have direct contact with every kind of supply I’m going to buy, I tend to not shop online at all for my yarn supplies and tools. My grandma gave me a lot of vintage yarns and tools as a sort of heritage, which I’m enjoying using them for my projects at the moment.

4 Name one tool you cannot live without, and why.
My collection of needles and vintage reels. Everything is less detailed and less well-finished these days, hence they are such an inspiration to me with their colours and their beautiful packaging.

5 What is your most recent purchase?
Some spanish natural yarn where by the colours are such a revelation to me. Each time I look at it, different shades of a woody forest seems to unveil.

6 What is your best under $10 spent?
My needle case. I bought it at a flea market, it’s from the 70’s but it is still so beautiful and handy till today. There seems to be a different soul in vintage wares as compared to industrial commercialised products these days.

Top left: Vintage Barbour’s sewing machine reel, 3.50 euros; Some golden thread from my mum’s collection; Vintage lace made by my grandma; Some white cotton thread

Bottom left : Vintage leather buttons and reels from Filoforte and Filati Cucirini; Cotton thread from Sylko, 1.50 euros;  Needles from Prym, 2.25 euros; Vintage hook & eye by Appointment Makers, 10 euros

Photo Credits: Camilla Del Zotto 

Recently on Bloesem


What makes Cocoknits different from the rest is their drive to create products that help enhance and simplify the crafting experience…

Lucile Trichet

Crafting can be fun, but dipping fingers in a pile of different creative projects isn’t something for everyone — unless you’re a multi disciplinary artist like Lucile Trichet.

Libby Moore

Libby Moore, an embroider from Australia is best known for her cross stitch portraits and works on plants and flowers. We’re pretty sure you would have seen at least a piece of her on Instagram (she’s @threadfolk!).

Totem By Poppy

We fell head over heels with Poppy's (better known by her Instagram handle as circular weaves the moment we set eyes on them.