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Meet Gemma...

Hey, I’m Gemma!

Welcome to It Started With a Stitch, the home of craft workshops and embroidery!

My earliest memory of crafting is of a brown felt, cat hand puppet that I stitched in Infant’s school, with embroidered whiskers and sequins for eyes and from then on quite clearly I was smitten.

Mum was a crafter, cross stitch was her thing so likewise my sister and I would constantly want to give it a go, she had a cupboard full of kits that she’d lovingly collected and only now can I appreciate the dread that she must have felt we’d rummaged to find one that we wanted.

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22nd November 2018

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Thank you so much for my custom order

"Love these unique items. Thank you so much for my custom order. The Christmas tree baubles are fab!"

- Lisa Marie -

2018-09-02T09:42:58+00:00

- Lisa Marie -

"Love these unique items. Thank you so much for my custom order. The Christmas tree baubles are fab!"

So patient and has a wealth of knowledge

"I’m new to crochet and am learning so much from Gemma she’s so patient and has a wealth of knowledge x"

- Ann Whitelaw -

2018-09-02T09:27:14+00:00

- Ann Whitelaw -

"I’m new to crochet and am learning so much from Gemma she’s so patient and has a wealth of knowledge x"

My go to place for treats and Birthday gifts

"Gemma's bits are truly beautiful it's my go to place for treats and Birthday gifts I highly recommend xx"

- Rhea McIntyre -

2018-09-02T09:21:45+00:00

- Rhea McIntyre -

"Gemma's bits are truly beautiful it's my go to place for treats and Birthday gifts I highly recommend xx"

So friendly

"Great workshops (attended 2).
So friendly.
So knowledgeable.
Really great value for money with all the equipment supplied."

- Kelly French -

2018-09-02T09:39:31+00:00

- Kelly French -

"Great workshops (attended 2). So friendly. So knowledgeable. Really great value for money with all the equipment supplied."

I would definitely recommend this business



"I recently purchased a 12” embroidery hoop as a special, memorable gift (the recipients loved it !) Gemma took onboard all of my ideas to create it & had fabulous customer service, I would definitely recommend this business to anyone & I shall be returning for more."

- Abbie Censi -

2018-08-23T09:58:47+00:00

- Abbie Censi -

"I recently purchased a 12” embroidery hoop as a special, memorable gift (the recipients loved it !) Gemma took onboard all of my ideas to create it & had fabulous customer service, I would definitely recommend this business to anyone & I shall be returning for more."

Gemma is lovely, patient, creative and fun with the kids

"Went to a pom pom making party with daughter and friends. Highly recommend Gemma is lovely , patient, creative and fun with the kids. A great few hours, thanks so much x"

- Helen Kingsford Jacques -

2018-06-07T09:55:34+00:00

- Helen Kingsford Jacques -

"Went to a pom pom making party with daughter and friends. Highly recommend Gemma is lovely , patient, creative and fun with the kids. A great few hours, thanks so much x"

You are the shit!

"Gemma is my go to person for all things haberdashery... what she doesn’t know about crafts isn’t worth knowing. She’s one of the hardest working people I know and and not only am I grateful to have her in my network of creatives, I am also blessed to call her my friend! #GoTeam!"

- Paul Jamie Kidd -

2018-06-07T08:44:56+00:00

- Paul Jamie Kidd -

"Gemma is my go to person for all things haberdashery... what she doesn’t know about crafts isn’t worth knowing. She’s one of the hardest working people I know and and not only am I grateful to have her in my network of creatives, I am also blessed to call her my friend! #GoTeam!"

One of the best things I’ve done in a long time

"I'm currently taking part in the Pom Pom and prosecco class and I've got to say it's one of the best things I've done in a long time."

- Kathryn Broadburn -

2018-09-02T09:24:22+00:00

- Kathryn Broadburn -

"I'm currently taking part in the Pom Pom and prosecco class and I've got to say it's one of the best things I've done in a long time."

It was absolutely perfect

"I cannot thank you enough for stitching a poem onto a handkerchief for my Dad on my wedding day. It was absolutely perfect, he loved it! Beautiful stitching for a very special item that I was unable to do myself, but it was very obvious you put as much effort and love into it as I would have done. Thank you so much xx"

- Becky Hirst -

2018-09-02T09:28:40+00:00

- Becky Hirst -

"I cannot thank you enough for stitching a poem onto a handkerchief for my Dad on my wedding day. It was absolutely perfect, he loved it! Beautiful stitching for a very special item that I was unable to do myself, but it was very obvious you put as much effort and love into it as I would have done. Thank you so much xx"

I can finally crochet!

"I liked the idea of crochet but just couldn't see how to go about it on my own then Gemma showed up on my Facebook with her classes and I thought I'd give it a go. The class is so helpful, small group and lots of advice and support from Gemma, oh and tea and cake too! I can finally crochet!"

- Samantha Wright -

2018-06-07T09:50:23+00:00

- Samantha Wright -

"I liked the idea of crochet but just couldn't see how to go about it on my own then Gemma showed up on my Facebook with her classes and I thought I'd give it a go. The class is so helpful, small group and lots of advice and support from Gemma, oh and tea and cake too! I can finally crochet!"

Absolutely beautiful!

"My baubles were absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much! They were pride of place on our tree!"

- Faith Rogers-Draycott -

2018-09-02T09:44:31+00:00

- Faith Rogers-Draycott -

"My baubles were absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much! They were pride of place on our tree!"

We had an amazing time

"We had an amazing time at Gemma's pom pom headband making session. Great fun!"

- Ellie Jones -

2018-09-02T09:25:51+00:00

- Ellie Jones -

"We had an amazing time at Gemma's pom pom headband making session. Great fun!"

The finished item was absolutely perfect

"I contacted Gem to see if she could make me a very special embroidery hoop for an incredibly poignant day. Nothing was too much trouble and she was quick to respond to all of my questions and requests. The finished item was absolutely perfect and due to the sentiment behind it, it brought tears to my eyes. I cannot post a photo as it’s far too personal for the recipients, but trust me it’s absolutely beautiful.
What a very talented and all round lovely lady to deal with.
Thank you It Started With A Stitch, I will be ordering again"

- Penny-Jane Cramphorn -

2018-09-02T09:17:36+00:00

- Penny-Jane Cramphorn -

"I contacted Gem to see if she could make me a very special embroidery hoop for an incredibly poignant day. Nothing was too much trouble and she was quick to respond to all of my questions and requests. The finished item was absolutely perfect and due to the sentiment behind it, it brought tears to my eyes. I cannot post a photo as it’s far too personal for the recipients, but trust me it’s absolutely beautiful. What a very talented and all round lovely lady to deal with. Thank you It Started With A Stitch, I will be ordering again"

Made a lovely keepsake

"Loved the Easter bunny you made for Zach's first Easter. It was lovely to be able to get him something as he was too little to eat chocolate. Made a lovely keepsake x"

- Beverley Whiting -

2018-09-02T09:41:22+00:00

- Beverley Whiting -

"Loved the Easter bunny you made for Zach's first Easter. It was lovely to be able to get him something as he was too little to eat chocolate. Made a lovely keepsake x"

Great evening

"Great evening and excellent and patient teacher xxx"

- Mags Guest -

2018-09-02T09:30:17+00:00

- Mags Guest -

"Great evening and excellent and patient teacher xxx"

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