Meet the Maker – Stitch City

Next up on our meet the makers series we have Alex of Stitch City.


Can you tell us a little about what you do?

I love to embroider and I am totally obsessed with maps, so I make all manner of map related products including embroidered wall hangings, notebooks and badges, along with some other fun stuff like earrings and pin cushions.

How did you get started?

I studied Illustration at Uni and realised during that time that I was much more confident with a needle and thread than drawing with a pencil! On our course we were encouraged to look at alternative, interesting ways to sell our work and that was when I discovered Etsy!

Where are you from? 

I am from Cardiff and apart from 3 years at Uni in London I have lived here all my life. Cardiff has a great balance of affordability, opportunities and culture, and its so easy to get out into the country too, so I just think its the perfect area to live. I currently live in Penarth and totally love it!il_570xn-979965090_a5ja


What’s your favourite part of what you do? 

I think I really enjoy the freedom it gives me, I have a part time job and so am not a full time maker but I think I have the balance right. Also I love to create items to be sold to customers, I get a real buzz out of making a bespoke product for someone or getting some awesome feedback from a buyer on Etsy. It makes it all seem worthwhile. I also love selling to international customers as I love the thought of my products travelling the world!

What’s your favourite item to make?

Really hard question! I make what I feel like making and I tend to work on all my product lines in rotation so I’ve never had a favourite! I do love to make recycled map notebooks (as is clear from the huge number of them on sale at the moment!) I like it because I am able to work in a very efficient way, and complete them all in stages, I just really enjoy the process of picking the map from my giant collection, cutting it, and folding the papers for binding.

What inspires you? 

I love recycling and I would say at the moment that my main source of inspiration is looking at ways to integrate my recycling practices into my work. Most recently I have made pincushions make from %100 recycled stuffing and fabric remnants, which will be on sale at the Tramshed!

stitchcity3What was your proudest moment? 

Having my most successful Xmas season last year, lets hope I can top it this year!


If you could pass any law what would it be? 

Make it compulsory for all adults to vote!


If you won a million pounds what would you do? 

Buy a house, live mortgage free! and then give the rest to charity.


You can find Alex on Etsy at any time, and of course she will be with us at Tramshed on the 4th of December with her amazing makes!


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