I’m a life long crafter.
There’s something about seeing a full colour run of threads, or a giant tin of sequins that sparks something in my brain. My earliest memories of crafting are from school, here in Grimsby.
My first ‘make’ was a brown felt cat hand puppet. It had giant sequins as eyes and lanky black stitches for whiskers but I think I was probably quite impressed with myself.
At home I was surrounded by craft. Mum was a prolific knitter, seamstress and cross stitcher, she was the Mum that you sent things to for taking up, zips to be changed or curtains made.
Dad was also crafty, he had a spell of being known as The Waltham Woodworm. He made beautiful wooden toys and bookends, and games and mobiles. My sister and I were the kids in the street that could walk on wooden stilts and played croquet on the grass with our handmade toys.
I loved getting to secondary school where you could actually spend a whole lesson in Art or Textiles and continued to study throughout GCSE’s, A-levels, on to Art Foundation and then to an Embroidery degree at Manchester Met. University.
In 2002, trading as To Have and To Hold from my hot pink and purple studio I produced handmade, embellished handbags and textile pieces. I received an award for Best New Business and stocked work in outlets across the county and beyond. Then the real world happened, I spent the next 20 years or so working in retail management, with creativity being ‘welcomed’ yet sucked from me at the same time.
So now, here we are!https://www.facebook.com/events/346250239192887/
It Started With a Stitch is me, doing what I love. I sell my handmade items via my online shop and you can find my work (and sometimes me) in Emporium 53, Cleethorpes and Crafts and Makes in Didsbury. I love teaching new skills and developing the confidence of my crafty customers!
I’m Mum to Robbie,who’s recently taken to calling me ‘Mother’. If people talk to me about my work or workshops whilst we’re out in public (It must be my distinctive fringe) he says that it’s ‘Cringe’. I’m not allowed to give him a kiss goodbye in the playground and any mention of girls to him causes him to roll his eyes and walk off.
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