Where to buy my work in 2017.
All of my garments are designed,developed and stitched in the Northampton studio. I don’t have an online shop but I do sell at events, preferring to meet my customers face to face and build a relationship. With this aim in mind I am growing my customer audience through my Instagram page @stitchandmakestudio through recommendations and a loyal following of happy clients. An online shop is somewhere in the future still. This year I will be selling at Landmark Arts Contemporary textiles Fair in Teddington on March 17th to 19th and at the Home and Vintage Spring Brocante in Grayswood Surrey. You can also find my collaborative linen apron dresses as well as weekend bags in Ria Rich at The Old Dairy Farm Craft Centre in Upper Stowe.
The majority of the pieces I make are from fabrics which are vintage or older. I will often mix these in with more contemporary cloth such as linen or wool and then combine with some hand embroidery, beadwork, applique or a melange of them all. I like to add contrast bindings, tabs on pockets or french knots.
I spend a lot of time deciding which fabric combinations go together and like to decorate the outfits I design with old trims, buttons and other bits and bobbins I’ve collected and held onto for years, sometimes decades.
I go through phases of making lots and lots of the same style of clothing. Paneled skirts with ric rac and embellishment, jackets with tweed yokes and short kimono jackets from old silks or block printed Indian cottons. My 1950’s swing coats in Sandersons floral linens are a popular style and always sell well when I take them to fairs.