After months of planning, I'm really excited to finally launch The Splendid Stitch. I love to sew: it's a hobby that I have pursued for over two decades, ever since I learned to sew at school at the age of 11. However, over the years, I haven't always lived in towns or cities with (good) fabric shops. I either had to travel quite a distance to the nearest fabric store or had to shop online. While I liked the convenience of shopping online, I always found it a little frustrating, as none of the existing stores seemed to really meet my needs. I wanted a shop which I could depend on to sell quality, reasonably-priced fabric for making apparel - maybe even a shop that focused on current fashion trends, and offered services that made buying coordinating fabrics and patterns easier.
Last summer, my contract at work ended, and I was faced with finding another full-time job in the same line of work or trying something new. I opted for the latter. I have always wanted to run my own business and was excited to make use of my sewing skills. So, The Splendid Stitch was born. I have spent the last few months carefully sourcing products and building the business. It is lovely to finally open my doors (so to speak!) and I hope you will find this online shop a nice addition to UK sewing scene.
Through this blog and through Facebook, Twitter, etc., I'm also looking forward to finally engaging with the online sewing community. For me, sewing has always been a somewhat solitary activity, as none of my friends or family are active sewers. Also, my previous career was somewhat all-consuming and left me with very little time to sew, let alone blog! I'm looking forward to changing this. :-) I can't wait to meet and engage with other sewers online - and hopefully eventually in person!
Well, I think that's enough introductions for now. Time to go home and crack open a bottle of bubbly!
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