So for our second chat for Makers Month we sat down with the lovely Charlie from
Tell us a little about
Modern typographical cross stitch kits with hand painted fabric. I design every pattern and hand paint every piece of fabric in every kit, no two are exactly the same. You stitch the pattern over the painted part of the fabric making it part of your finished design. This results in bright colourful wall art and a huge sense of pride when you’re finished!
How did you start the business?
While I was stitching it up, I kept having ideas for more and more designs and realised that no one else offered cross stitch kits where part of the finished design is painted on the fabric you stitch onto. So I did loads more research into fabric and paints and dyes and invested in some software, so I no longer painstakingly draw out every stitch by hand! I spent a year researching, designing and stitching my first 5 patterns and
Have you always worked with embroidery?
No. I have always been into textiles ever since I was young, I had a few years out where I made jewellery but moved back to textiles in about 2010. I started with quilting, inspired by my quilter mum and developed a bit of a fabric obsession! I loved sewing but was just a sewing machine kinda girl, I did NOT like hand sewing… or rather I didn’t like the injuries I gave myself with sharp needles! I decided I needed a hand sewing project to do in the evenings in front of the TV, so inspired by a lovely friend who did a lot of cross stitch I decided to give it a try – yay for blunt needles! I started with a freebie kit from CrossStitcher magazine, then moved onto patterns from Satsuma Street and The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I still quilt, I share my quilty journey over at
Do you ever feel the pressure to change how you work to adapt to people’s wants?
I do. But then I snap out of it and remember that it’s my business and if it’s not ‘on brand’ then I won’t do it. I get lots of suggestions for kits which is awesome but I don’t always go with them. I already have a huge list of things I want to do and not a lot of time to do it in so it has to be just right to make the cut!
Where do you see
Everywhere! I don’t know! I often wonder where I would like this little business to go. I definitely want to launch many more kits and other products too, I’d like to get into wholesale and perhaps teach classes and publish books… and… and… and…the list goes on!
Tell us a bit about what you have coming up? any little projects you want to tell us about.
and just for a little fun, a few just plain frivolous questions.
What was the first thing you remember making?
Wow, good question. I spent most of my childhood creating something, even if it was a mud pie! The first thing I can remember making was a long stitch tapestry kit. I can’t for the life of me remember what the picture was but I do remember feeling very proud that I had finished it and all the stitches were straight!
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
Um, more work! I’m a bit of a workaholic – that’s what happens when you love what you do! If I’m not stitching up my latest new release for
See, we told you it was AMAZING! All kinds of beautiful and so vibrant. Just deciding which one to do first is the main problem.
Do go and check out Charlie’s work and let us know what you think.
H & Sammy, xxx