Today we welcome Miss Sew and Sew, who will be part of the Patcham Fairy Tale Fair for the first time on November 15th. We look forward to meeting her and all of her lovely creations!
Hi! I’m Miss Sew & Sew and I like to describe myself as a Seamstress – a lovely old fashioned word! I can’t ever remember a time when I couldn’t sew, in fact some of my earliest memories are of sitting on a little chair by the side of my mother’s Singer treadle machine watching her create amazing clothes.
I have always sewn things myself rather than buy them ready made – I can’t tell you the number of times I come back from shopping empty handed because I’ve looked at things and thought ‘I could make that!’ My attic workroom is always a hive of activity – bursting at the seams with fabric and work in progress – along with a pile of ironing that need to do!! If I go a couple of days without sewing I start to get withdrawal symptoms and my mind is always buzzing with new ideas.
After taking redundancy 14 years ago I decided to start sewing for a living – a decision I’ve never regretted. I started off making curtains, blinds and soft furnishings but last year decided I wanted to be more creative and Miss Sew & Sew was born! I love making things from vintage fabrics – French linen sheets and grain sacks are a particular passion. Most of the year I am making cushions, lampshades, aprons and bags and one of my most popular items are my personalised cushions to celebrate a birth or a wedding.
But it’s Christmas time I love the most when I can turn my hand to decorations and stockings and unique gifts. I’ll be bringing all these along to the Fairytale Fair this year as well as my cushions and bags. Christmas to me is about family, friends, homemade food and gifts and love.
I have recently launched a website www.misssewandsew.net and also have a very successful Miss Sew & Sew Facebook page with over 3000 followers! I have lots of exciting plans for the New Year including running sewing workshops for budding crafters – so watch this space!