Embroidery? Isn’t that for Grannies?

Hi!

I’m Lorna (aka Stitching Creature). I’ve set up this website as a platform to share tips and tricks as well as a place for me to natter on to no one in particular.

So here’s a little about me.

I found embroidery in 2016. It all started when I stumbled upon a needle, thread and an old Gap denim jacket. Bored of the plain acid wash denim, I decided to outline the seams of the jacket with lemon yellow thread. I didn’t separate out the strands, no, I just jumped straight in there with a six thread strand of floss. I did a shoddy job of running stitch all around my jacket. It completely ruined the jacket, don’t get me wrong, BUT it opened my eyes to the possibility of customisation of clothes. A couple of months later, I embarked on my first ever ‘proper’ embroidery piece. I went to a second-hand shop and picked up an old M&S suede trimmed denim jacket for £2.99. Equipped with nothing but of piece of chalk, a blunt rusty needle and a couple of strands of white and red thread, I started my first project. Three days later, a Pink Floyd covered jacket emerged. Inspired by the album ‘The Wall’, I embroidered some white bricks on the back of the jacket along with the lyrics of ‘Another Brick in the Wall’. I completed it with lyrics around the pockets and collar, and it was done!

I didn’t discover the magic of the embroidery hoop until 6 months later. After that, there was no stopping me. After practising some more, I set up my small shop on Depop called ‘Oxalis Clothing’. All I sold was plain Fruit of the Loom tshirts with small embroidered flower designs on them. It was a bit slow at first, I only sold a tshirt every two weeks. Then, as I got better at my designs, it picked up. I started to sell tshirts every day, and within 8 months I had sold 100 tshirts.

I have Asperger’s Syndrome (a form of Autism) which means I have intense but short periods of obsessive hobbies. So, eventually I got bored of embroidering tshirts and decided to take to embroidering art pieces. And here I am. Embroidering badgers smoking pipes and parrots looking in mirrors.

I’ll be back soon.

Thanks for reading,

Lorna x

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Forestwood says:

    Nice to meet you, Lorna. I like embroidery too, and other crafts but have far too little time to do it. Congratulations on turning your hobby into a business. Well done! I haven’t heard about Depop, is it just clothing for sale on that app?

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    1. Hi! It’s mostly clothing but you can find pretty much anything x

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      1. Forestwood says:

        Thanks, I will investigate. Is there a fee attached? Did you ever have success with Etsy?

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      2. I started selling vintages clothing on depop but then I started embroidery and I just stayed there. I’ve just opened an etsy shop but haven’t sold anything yet. Depop does have fees, I think around 10%

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      3. Forestwood says:

        Hmm I guess nothing is free. There will always be fees

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