How I started

How I Got Here

I’ve been a creative soul all my life, enjoyed life as an actor, gardener, primary school teacher, arts project coordinator and now small handmade indie maker.

I’ve two children, Pip and Bubs, 9 and 6. I started sewing after I had Pip and am entirely self taught. I found a much needed outlet of calm at the helm of the sewing machine.  I enrolled on an adult education evening class in quilting and then became thirsty to know more about the techniques of using a sewing machine.

My distant family were lace makers, think that’s where the creativity comes from. I sew when I can.  I still have a career in the primary classroom and fit sewing between my home and work life.

Pipcicle started off through gifting pieces I made. It wasn’t until I was asked by recipients to make pieces for them to give as gifts that I thought seriously that my work could be popular.

I have a humble sewing nook in my conservatory as I love natural light. Often surrounded by a popped rice cereal and wooden train track strewn floor.

I love a charity shop. From my teenage years in the nineties, with finds of velvet jackets and oatmeal cardigans to the present when most of the family have wardrobes of vintage finds.  All Pipcicle pieces start off as a pair of curtains, dress or unwanted textile fabric.  I reuse fabrics in all of my pieces and never buy new textiles.

I love the band Madness, enjoy a tipple of gin and drink copious amounts of tea.  My other passion is working with Now and Then Theatre, the photo is from our upcoming production Rumble, where I aptly play a seamstress!  Photo credit : (the very talented) Louise Stoner

I am in love with free-motion embroidery and love a pop of colour.

Laura x

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