Ever since my dear old Grandma Millie showed me her old Jones sewing machine, purchased in the early 1960s, I was fascinated by making clothes. Haberdashery shops became a source of pure fascination and delight, whether it was for embroidery silks for cross stitching, or fat quarters for making patchworks or evening bags, I was hooked.
This book was for me a true labour of love, into which I poured over two decades of customising dresses, making bags from torn jeans and tips I’d picked up from Grandma on the forgotten art of mending clothes, instead of throwing them away and buying cheap new ones. I was honoured to work with my dear friend, illustrator and designer Sam Tickner on the project, which was written, illustrated, designed typeset, photographed and finished by the pair of us in our tiny studio, in Bolton. Every page was lovingly embellished to create something we’re supremely proud of, and is now in its second edition.
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Published 20th January 2012, Spring Hill (Little, Brown)
Hobbies & Craft, Non-fiction