Rebecca: Founder & Owner of Bugweed’s Fabrics & Crafts Ltd

“The Boss”

Rebecca has sewn from a young age, taking inspiration from her mum and sister. One of her earliest memories is making use of a biscuit tin full of buttons, which she inherited from her grandmother, to finish off her sewing projects.  Rebecca studied textiles at GCSE and A-Level and has now been sewing for more years than she cares to admit!

One of the best things about running Bugweed’s is that it enables Rebecca to share her passion and knowledge with people of all ages.  She enjoys helping people find just what they are looking for in order to achieve their crafting ambitions.  The fact that she can stroke fabric whenever she pleases is, simply, the icing on the cake!

Favourite Fabric: There’s too many to choose from, but anything jazzy or slightly unusual.

Favourite Yarn: Again, there’s too many to choose from.  I am drawn to some of the more unusual colours however.

Essential Haberdashery: Stitch ripper – how can anyone sew without one?

Favourite Patterns: Two Stitches, for little people – they’re gorgeous!  Sew Me Something for adults – the instructions are so easy to follow.

Emelia: Future Owner of Bugweed’s & Sewing Guru

“The ‘Real’ Boss”

Emelia received her first sewing machine at the age of six, having shown an interest in her Grandma’s quilting.  Since then she has become proficient at making quilts and has, more recently, begun to sew her own clothes (on her new, adult, machine).  Emelia has taken commissions for quilts and was profiled in British Patchwork & Quilting magazine in January 2017.

Emelia takes a great interest in all aspects of the business and says she can’t wait until she can work in the business full-time!

Favourite Fabric: Like most things in life, I can’t limit myself to just one!  I love quilting with Lewis & Irene fabrics – they feel so luxurious!  When making clothes, I like anything bright and quirky – particular favourites are Robert Kaufman’s Urban Zoologie and Copenhagen Print Factory. 

Favourite Yarn: Sylecraft Special – it’s great for those of us on a budget (a girl can only spend so much of her pocket money on craft supplies), has a great range of colours and I just love the Candy Swirls

Essential Haberdashery: Crochet hook – I rarely leave home without it and usually crochet in the car and on my journey to and from school.

Favourite Patterns: Tilly & The Buttons (especially the Cleo dungaree dress) and New Look (because the skirts can be whipped up in double-quick time).

Josiah: General Manager

“The Numbers Man”

With both a mother and a big sister who were keen sewers, Josiah had little choice but to take an interest himself.  Josiah loves making his own jelly rolls or charm packs from his mum’s scraps and turning them into gifts or items for his bedroom. His next project is to make himself a Star Wars beanbag for his reading corner.

When not playing rugby, tennis or going to the gym, Josiah likes to help with all aspects of running Bugweed’s Fabrics & Crafts Ltd.  His favourite jobs are unpacking, sorting and putting away fabric deliveries (which comes in handy), keeping the inventory up to date, preparing invoices for customers and helping with the accounts.  Josiah pleads with his teachers often that this practical use of maths skills should mean that they excuse him from homework – but he’s yet to succeed!

Favourite Fabric: Jersey (preferably Star Wars).

Favourite Yarn: Star Wars crochet kit (to crochet Star Wars characters).

Essential Haberdashery: Fiskars for Kids sewing scissors – proper, sharp, fabric scissors adapted for little hands.

Favourite Patterns: Simplicity (because they have Star Wars costumes).

Albert: Assistant Manager

“The Little Loud One”

Like his older siblings, Albert has been “helping” his mum to sew since he was old enough to sit on her knee and now has his own machine.  He likes making presents for his teachers and cushions for his teddies.  He is keen to make himself some cushions out of Minions and Paw Patrol fabrics.

Albert enjoys helping to sort fabric deliveries, keeping the inventory up to date and generally winding up Josiah (who often threatens to sack him)!

Favourite Fabric: I like fabrics that have characters from my favourite children’s books, such as Clothworks’ “Guess How Much I Love You” and Makower’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.

Favourite Yarn: [TBC].

Essential Haberdashery: Animal tape measure – we all need a bit of fun in our lives!

Favourite Patterns: [TBC].