A PLACE TO BUY : A PLACE TO SEW
Claire, founder of In Stitches
I began sewing at the age of seven and learnt to knit sitting on my mother’s knee at five years old. A friend taught me to crochet. That was at a time when everyone made everything, when mothers passed on those skills to their daughters.
In Stitches exists because I still love to sew and can make just about anything, and I want to pass my skills onto others. There is no magic in being able to make things – I believe that with a little guidance everyone can make something to be proud of, and save some money in the process.
My favourite saying is William Morris’s “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful” and I try to live by that adage. I dislike clutter but do like ‘things’. Whenever I buy or make something I run that saying though my mind first. It has to be useful and I have to love it.
I hate waste and am conscious of the tons of fabrics that are sent to landfill. Wherever possible I upcycle materials to give them a new lease of life. When I do create from a new piece of fabric it will usually be from calico, ticking or a printed cotton.
Find out how to give materials a new lease of life. Click on the Workshops tab to view details of current classes.