We met in the summer of 2019 through mutual friends and, having similar backgrounds and a passion for sewing, we soon started collaborating with each other on various projects – one lockdown later, we decided to work more together and an idea for a little business started to grow…
More lockdowns and everything else we went through in 2020 and 2021, we have quietly carried on building a little business of our own; although essentially we are both sole traders, we collaborate on many projects when many hands make light work! (Or someone just needs to hold something in place, just there).
We love just being creative (hence the name) and finding solutions to customers’ design dilemmas. We initially worked from home, which provided us with greater flexibility for both of our families’ needs and meant I got to bring Pipkin the Cocker Spaniel to work every day! We soon came to realise we were outgrowing our space and have been looking for a larger premises somewhere.
Read on to find more about us individually…
Born and bred in Lincolnshire, Jane studied Engraving at Birmingham School of Art, before moving to Scotland way back when. One husband and two grown up children later, Jane and her family have spent much of their lives in Clitheroe, nestled in the Ribble Valley.
Latterly, Jane has spent the last 15 years as the main sewing power behind one of Clitheroe’s interior design shops. What she doesn’t know about making curtains or blinds, isn’t worth knowing!
Jane’s attention to detail is second to none and this means she is our top-quality assurance checker before we let you have any of the lovely furnishings you order.
Here’s a few key facts about Jane:
Champagne – if not, a nice white wine will always go down well, unless there’s a good cup of tea on offer, and then it’s always tea…
Green. It’s the colour of the Highlands – and reflects her passion for gardening, when she’s not stitching.
Favourite thing to do when not working?
Reading a good book. Although not too good, otherwise I can’t put it down!
I really, really don’t like coriander…(just leaving that one there)
“Time spent on reconnaissance is rarely wasted”
Like Jane, Sally harks from Lincolnshire and studied Fashion, Design & Textiles at Nottingham before teaching Textiles for 25 years. Having relocated ‘oop north’ in 2015 to care for her husband’s elderly parents, she met Jane in 2019.
Upon moving, Sally decided to update her Textiles skills by gaining her professional upholstery qualifications through a local college – learning how northerners do it up north!
Sally’s crazy family includes one husband, two not-so-grown-up children, two dogs (Jumble, the Cockerpoo) and Pipkin, the honoury ‘Workshop Dog’.
Here’s a few key facts about Sally:
Decaf mocha – but it’s rare to get a really good one these days. If in doubt, a G&T will do at parties.
Green. And pink. And – well, let’s face it, I just love colour!
Favourite thing to do when not working?
Secretly watching TV whilst ironing (but don’t tell anyone!)
Spiders, mess and misogynists – but not necessarily in that order.
“We have standards”
We could only have a little dog from Lincolnshire to remind us both of home! Pip’s mother is my sister’s dog – so a little piece of Lincs family is always with me. Pip lives in Clitheroe with my family and is often seen running around the Castle Park or Brungerley Park, chasing his big brother, Jumble – or looking for a ball to play with!
Whilst in the workshop, Pip is in charge of looking gorgeous and constantly in need of a tickle behind his ears – so when you come to collect your orders, make sure you do this! He’s also good at chewing & chasing old cotton reels at lunch times.
Our Interior Design Service is completely ‘bee-spoke’ to your requirements; whether you need a whole room updating or just key pieces – we have the skills to do just that. Spending time with us in order to ascertain your requirements, we can advise you on the best options available to you.
We work with a range of skilled, local crafts and trades people – assuring you the best quality for your project at all times.
We will travel to your home, meet you and discuss your thoughts and ideas. (Don’t panic if you don’t know what you want either – we’ve got bags of ideas!) We will take relevant measurements and take notes of what you wish to achieve.
After our initial consultation, we will create a moodboard just for you and your project. We will then provide a breakdown estimate of the service so you can see exactly what we are going to do. We will return to your home to discuss these with you in person.
If you decide to go ahead with the service, we will book you into our diary (at this point a non-refundable deposit of 35% is required) and all systems are go! We will co-ordinate everything for you to complete your project in the most timely fashion with the minimum of stress.