How it all began for Sew Turtle – with the help of Granny’s Blanket!
Let me inttoduce myself – Im Sarah Kay, an artist from the Shetland Islands. Which is the most northerly set off Islands belonging to the UK
I work from my studio located in Scalloway, Shetland which is open to visitors. It is situated next to my large hillside garden which is also open to visitors as part of Scotlands gardens, raising money for charity.
I am delighted to be part of The British craft house and thank you for looking at my shop! Please note it will be kept up to date and fully sticked with new items as they become available.
What a strange year 2020 has been! Back in January myself and my colleague Keli were working flat out completing wedding stationery commissions ready for weddings happening this year and then the news about the outbreak in China started to seep through. By the beginning of February I said to Keli that we wouldn’t be taking any more orders now as I thought that most weddings were going to be cancelled.
So, at the beginning of March I shut all of my online shops as I wasn’t certain I’d be able to deliver anything as the postal services were likely to be reduced. After about 6 weeks I decided to open up just to simple orders than could be posted in a postbox.
Over the past few months I’ve had lots of time to work on gift ideas like note-cards, prints and notebooks and I’ve found they have kept me quite busy! I think perhaps people are sending more letters to each other or notes of thanks.
Though I will continue to make wedding stationery I’m going to concentrate on small letterbox gifts for the near future and that’s why I decided to open a shop with the British Craft House!
I hope you will support my shop and other small businesses adapting to the times!
A little bit of history about how I came up with the name for my business.
Well, what strange times we are living in at the moment. I was, like most people, at a bit of a loss and feeling very unnerved by the whole Covid 19 situation. I love doing Craft Fairs….love them. Love meeting the customers, the other traders (they always tend to be so friendly, helpful and supportive), talking to people about my work and hopefully selling some items and I had some lovely fairs booked for this year. Then covid 19 happened and everything was cancelled or postponed and I felt at a complete loss and so I started to think about what else I could do. If I’m honest I’d avoided On-line shops. I’d looked at Etsy but it seemed to be soooo big and I couldn’t work out how my items would ever be found amongst all the other seller’s work. Then I started to see The British Craft House pop up on Facebook and Instagram and I looked at the site and talked to Willow and Twigg who follow on Instagram who already sells on here. The support offered by TBCH is brilliant; Dottie, who set the site up, is a wealth of knowledge and the whole TBCH team are friendly and helpful. After a bit of umming and Aahing I decided now was the time to take the plunge and so here I am! HELLO! I’m Sue, I live in Lyme Regis, I love glass (my grandad and great grandad both worked with glass), I still get very excited about designing new stained glass items and I never tire of making stained glass. I love everything about it, each step of the process from design to polishing and I always get a little thrill when I see the finished product. Last Autumn I started to run my own stained glass workshops which I was terrified of at first but I now love them and really enjoy seeing people develop through the day from being scared of cutting glass to start with to going home with a beautiful finished product. The first item I added to my shop was the Rainbow Heart that you see here; I used that as I thought it was a real symbol of this current time we are living through. So I hope you like my work and I hope to keep on designing new and fresh products that you will enjoy looking at. I will write some more another time about the processes that go into making a stained glass piece and what inspires me to make what I do. So thank you for reading this, take care, stay safe and I hope to see you all very soon.
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