Meet the Maker: An Interview with Little Stitch of Nature

I thought I would do something a little different with this months 'Meet the Maker Interview'. So far we have seen lots of wonderfully talented individuals on my blog who all do crafts outside of my own. The assumption may be that I shut myself away from other embroidery artists or am scared of a little competition. That couldn't be further from the truth, in fact I love discovering embroidery artists! I can still remember when I first started out, how difficult it was to find anyone else who did embroidery, particularly in the UK. I love discovering other embroidery based businesses and seeing what they have made with this skill. I have followed Megan's work for quite some time now and I love how different it is to my own. I can honestly say I haven't seen anything else like it which, given how vast the crafting world is now, is a big achievement in itself.



1. Tell us a little about you and your business.


Hiya, my name is Megan and I run Little Stitch Of Nature. I’m a 22 (soon to be 23) year old craft and sewing addict with a serious fabric stash! I live in Surrey which is amazing as I am super close to beautiful countryside – I especially love going for walks in nearby National Trust locations.



2. What inspired your business name?


I spent quite a while trying to work out the perfect business name and eventually came to Little Stitch Of Nature. It seemed to encapsulate everything perfectly! I’m inspired by nature, I stitch all my products and I focus mainly on little artwork.



3. How did you first discover your passion for your craft?


I’ve always been crafty, sewing is my main passion and after textiles at GCSE I went on to do Art and Fashion at college. We had free reign for our last project so I decided to focus on homewares. I made curtains and cushions inspired by an English Country Garden. There were lots of different embellishments including freehand machine embroidery, and that’s what stuck! I first saw it on Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade TV show. She described it as the crack cocaine of the crafting world!



4. How long has your business been running?


I started it not long after I finished college so it’s nearly 4 years. It’s amazing how quickly it goes! There’s still lots for me to master so hopefully the journey will continue.



5. What inspires your creations?


Nature! I’m inspired by animals, plants, flowers, insects…everything! I do tend to get a lot of suggestions from lovely customers so I have a never ending list of designs that need to be embroidered, coming up will be pheasants, peacocks, squirrels and maybe cows!



6. What is your proudest achievement to date?


Ooo that’s a hard one. I’ve had a few big orders which have definitely made me all warm and fuzzy inside! Getting orders from abroad such as Australia and USA is always such a proud moment as it’s so amazing to think that these people have found me in the depths of Etsy!



7. What is the biggest lesson you have learned?


I’ve learnt not to doubt myself when you get rubbishy feedback. I’ve had a few people at craft fairs decide to tell me what they think about my business in not such a nice way shall we say. Although it’s horrible to hear you just have to let it blow over as I know there are hundreds more people who like my work. I will never forget one particular lady, who seemed to be outraged at the price I was charging for my lavender bags. It got to the point that she was so disgusted by the fact that I wanted to make money out of my business (how dare I!) that it was just funny. So I try not to take these things to heart.


8. What is your favourite make?



Arghh I don’t know. I’ve always had a soft spot for my duck embroidery! I don’t know what it is I just think he’s super cute. I love the deep green against the browns and the bright orange feet are just perfect! So I think he’d probably be my favourite.



9. What is the best feedback you have received?


Hmmm … I think my best feedback has to be for this custom order that I created, it had such a special personal meaning behind it!


“I had an idea in my head of what I wanted, and went to Megan with it. I never expected to get the service I received! Megan got exactly what I meant straight away and sent me a mock up and helped me choose fabric etc. The finished product was perfect and of such great quality. It was a gift for a very dear friend, who shed a very happy tear when she opened it. I 100% recommend Little Stitch of Nature. Megan is very talented and her customer service is superb. I also love her shop ethics with regards to helping our countryside!"



10. Is there anything you regret?


I think maybe the only thing I regret is not having a part time job to go alongside it at the beginning of my business journey. It can be quite lonely running a business by yourself (although I do have all my craft fair buddies) so maybe that would have been good to do.



11. What are your goals for the future?


I would love to continue growing the business and maybe even start doing more workshops and lessons. I’ve really loved teaching a friends daughter how to sew and have got an embroidery workshop coming up. If that goes well then maybe I would like to do them more often! If we are talking life time goals, I would absolutely love to own a fabric shop/workshop – somewhere that would be a haven for people who love crafting! But that’s way way in the future...



12. What is the best part of being a maker?


Getting to be creative everyday! I love sewing and the fact that I get to do it all the time is amazing – I go a bit stir crazy if I can’t craft or sew. I even took my sewing machine on holiday as I couldn’t not sew for 2 weeks!



13. What is your least favourite job to do?


I hate tying off thread ends! It drives me crazy and it’s a job I have to do a lot !! But I know it makes everything neater and in the end it will be better.



14. What advice would you give your old self?


Keep learning! Don’t get stuck in a rut with the skills you know, strive to keep learning whether it be randomly trying new things or researching new methods. Even trying to make something different is a big deal!



15. What advice would you give other makers?


Don’t compare yourself to other people. I’ve always struggled to remember that everyone is at a different stage in their business so don’t compare yourself to them! It’s hard but it does make you feel better.



To find out more about Megan and to see more of her beautiful work, follow her here:


www.etsy.com/uk/shop/littlestitchofnature

www.instagram.com/littlestitchofnature

www.littlestitchofnature.wordpress.com



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