A Crafty Life is a new business venture. After many years of working in event management and museums I took the leap into self-employment and fulfilling a long-held dream of having my own haberdashery. I love textiles and the magic of creating a 3D form out of flat fabric and threads.

My intention with A Crafty Life is to offer a range of haberdashery items and creative experiences. The online store has photographs of the actual product but there is nothing like touching the real thing so you are welcome to visit the studio to collect your order and to look at the available stock.

I will be holding regular workshops and drop ins, particularly on Sundays. The workshops will be based on a specific activity either ran by myself or a craftsman/artist who has specialist skills that I cannot provide. The drop-ins will be an opportunity for you to bring along a project you are working on and enjoy some quality craft time away from the distractions of home. Sweet snacks will be supplied!

So a little more about me – I started creating clothes for my dolls as a child although I was petrified of my Mum’s sewing machine and I had a very old-fashioned hand powered machine. My parents have always encouraged my creative ideas. I was lucky to be taught how to use a spinning wheel at junior school and a teacher at secondary school ran an after-school club where she taught traditional bobbin lace. I went on to study art & design at college and university. Whilst studying in Exeter I worked at a local museum and art gallery within their education programme delivering creative workshops to young people. With this background it’s probably not surprising to learn that I have an interest in social history and traditional crafts.

If you do visit the studio then you will probably meet Peach, she’s an elderly spaniel who I like to describe as ‘pre-loved’ as she came to me from the Dog’s Trust at the age of 9 years. Peach isn’t very creative but will ask you for biscuits.

Finally I must pay tribute to my Mum, Barbie, who was one of the many people who have been a huge support to me in getting A Crafty Life from an idea in my head to real life. Barbie became seriously ill just as I took on the lease of the studio, she managed to visit it after the partition walls had been removed and the stock had arrived. Although she is no longer with us, she will always be part of the business.

Oh, are you thinking why the hedgehog? I admit that hedgehogs and haberdashery do not automatically go together but the hedgehog is me! I’ve been volunteering with Girlguiding as a Brownie Leader for a rather long time and when I started, I was named Hedgehog. Although I later took on the role of the person who would have been called Brown Owl, I never changed my Brownie name so I am still Hedgehog and this little icon is my signature.