Today on the blog we speak to Penny, who will be joining us at our Brighton Racecourse fair on 6th December! Find out more about her…
Please introduce yourself and your brand….
My name is Penny Edwards and I am the embroidery bird. I am known for my naive-style detailed embroideries, with a vintage feel. I make these into cushions and cards, also creating bespoke, personalised treasures for all kinds of special occasions.
Tell us a bit about your creations and how you make them….
I adore vintage linens, faded and floral fabrics, ribbons, mother of pearl buttons and all kinds of trimmings and notions. Combining these I use a variety of stitching, embroidery, appliqué and collage techniques to create something truly original. I make unique home accessories, cushions, lavender-filled pillows, pictures and bags.
How long have you been making your creations?
For as long as I can remember I have been designing and making pretty things using all kinds of textiles, having first been inspired by patchwork and quilting, traditional embroidery and vintage clothes.
Do you have a best seller or most popular item
My best seller is my lavender-filled pillow, personalised and hand-embroidered as a ‘postcard’ or ‘telegram’, depicting an address, or a wedding celebration, a special birthday or anniversary. These are on display and available to order from several independent shops in West Sussex and customers also email me directly to discuss their personalised requests.
What do you enjoy most about your craft/ work?
The most enjoyable aspect of my sewing world is having a wonderful outlet to express my ideas and to create beautiful and unique items, which are also loved by their new owners.
Will you be selling some festive themed creations at The Fairy Tale Fair?
On sale at the fabulous Fairy Tale Fair will be my Christmas wreath pillow, embroidered and filled with soft stuffing, cloves and cinnamon for a gorgeous Christmassy scent, together with a variety of scented hearts and pillows.
What are your plans or ambitions for the future, or have you already achieved them?
In the future I shall be bringing out a range of kits for sale, providing all the materials, trimmings and fillings for anyone to make their own bespoke, beautiful creations. I am also planning to run workshops and I hope to develop my website and spread the word.
Describe what Christmas means to you in 5 words or less!:
Magical, Joyous; given with love
How can we find out more about you?
Facebook page – theembroiderybird
My creations are for sale all year round at The Toll House, Lindfield; Mabel’s Emporium, Burgess Hill and to order from Gorgeous Gerties, Dorking