Vintage Stitches was established in March 2017, by me, Sandy with lots and lots of help from my mom, Kathy. We were both taught to knit by my Nan, who passed away and left us with a house to clear! Over many conversations, we recalled different knits we had made from the patterns we found, and realised just what a collection of patterns we now had.
I started with a Facebook page and our iconic Victory Jumper, and i quickly realised just how many re-enactors required "home comforts" to complete their impressions. I took a basic stand to Living History events and built a simple website. We began the endless search for "the right khaki" shade of wool, and continued to buy patterns!
Now, 18 months on, we have a great number of self-employed knitters who make the garments, and have developed the pattern design process.
I have Fibromyalgia/CFS now, so trading at events is difficult, though I still do several a year. However, loving history as I do, I can be found at lots of events through the season. I re-enact (as part of "US Army Service Forces 39-45 Society", "1st Canadian Parachute Battalion LHG" and also promenade as Home Front) at predominantly Midlands based 1940s events. I am often joined by my son, and always joined by my partner (or should I say, I join him).
Prior to establishing Vintage Stitches, I have worked as a Funeral Director & worked as a tutor on the NAFD qualifications and also part of the course development team at the University of Bath. I gave this up after the birth of my son, and focused on a career in Adult Learning, specialising in those with disabilities and learning difficulties, looking at Enterprise and self-employment.
I have a BSc from the Open University. I nearly always have a crochet hook in hand (believe it or not, I am not a huge knitter!), love Dr Who and Cosplay, and am more than addicted to the Jeremy Kyle Show! I spend an unhealthy amount of time on Pinterest looking at fashion history projects and patterns, and love BBC4.
I am happy to discuss knitting and clothing with anyone! I also write and teach where possible, on anything to do with knitting, crochet, embroidery or fashion/craft history.