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Yep, I went Lionel, not Adele! I like them both, but Lionel wins - always.


So, I finally got round to writing something on my blog page! I hope you'll find my posts interesting & educational (from a sewing & embroidery perspective anyway!) but also a bit like having a chat with an old friend! One that you like!


So a little intro first, in case you don't know me already! I'm Rachel ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป I live in Beckenham in Kent with my husband, 2 year old daughter and two cats Daisy & Bruno ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿ˜บ๐Ÿ˜ผ


Bunney & Thread started as an Instagram page where I simply shared the stitched photographs that I love creating as gifts for family & friends ๐ŸŽ I am very happy to now be able to say that it is my job, and that it has transformed into a sewing & embroidery machine tuition business, alongside machine embroidery commissions too. For me, it's the perfect combination โค๏ธ


I started my journey into the sewing world when I was a child - actually not all that interested in my mums sewing machine, or anything to do with sewing in fact! I remember hating being measured for the next batch dancing show costumes or school / college leavers ball dresses - doing my best to avoid the pins as I was removing said costume / dress ๐Ÿ˜ณ The only bits I enjoyed were playing with my mums sewing feet that she wasn't using at the time (I thought they looked like mini skis! โ›ท๏ธ), rummaging through the old fold out sewing box and playing office with the draw full of sewing patterns ๐Ÿ—„๏ธ My favourite part was going to the fabric shops (note: that's a plural there - SHOPS! ๐Ÿช๐Ÿ›๏ธ Nowhere near as many of those gems around these days sadly) Floor to ceiling colour and texture - I loved it!!


As I got older, I dabbled a bit with sewing. Making the occasional project for a Girl Guides badge and helping mum (probably not much! ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ) with the latest costumes.


Fast forward to college & university where I had this fascination with textiles, but still no actual sewing involved in the courses I took, except when fellow students needed their latest vintage dress taking in, up, out - shake it all about! ๐Ÿ’ƒ


I then went off travelling around the world for 8 months which was an absolute dream ๐ŸŒ On my return to the UK in November 2008, my Auntie Val (also a keen sewer) was completing a City & Guilds course at Alison Victoria School Of Sewing, and there was a part time job going in the shop - now called Sew Your Own Wardrobe ๐Ÿชก


It was a job made in heaven for me and I loved every minute of it ๐Ÿฅฐ It wasn't until two and a half years later that I even considering leaving. Auntie Val saw another job advertised in a sewing magazine for an Account Manager & Product Specialist for Brother Sewing Machines and encouraged me to go for it. I got the job and then 10 years later, after travelling around the UK visiting and helping independent sewing machine shops & customers and being trained myself on some of the best sewing and embroidery machines on the planet, by the best product specialists there are - I made the extremely difficult decision to leave to be around more for my family.


I honestly didn't know what I was going to do next. I thought I could maybe do something as a side hustle to a "normal job" but it never really appealed. I had the amazing opportunity to give starting my own business a go, for real, so I went for it! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป I'm so glad I did!! It really feels like it's what I should be doing and I feel extremely lucky to feel that way about my work ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป


Thank you to everyone who has worked with me so far along this journey and I look forward to meeting those of you I'm yet to work with! ๐Ÿค—


Oh, and happy sewing machine day!! ๐Ÿฅฐ


Rachel x

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Jun 15, 2022

Hi, was lovely to meet you at the Festival of Thread last Saturday and nice to read your blog and know a bit more about you! My grandmother is the culprit behind my love of all things sewing and craft related - I was only allowed supervised visits to her sewing room but it always felt like an aladdin's cave to me.

Have had a quick nosey around your website too, and really like the phone a friend bit! Look forward to hearing more in the future.

Debbie

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Hi Debbie, Thank you for your lovely comment! Your grandmother's sewing room sounds like it was an absolute craft treasure trove!

Ah thank you! I'm very lucky that I have family and friends I can call if I get stuck on something sewing related but I know that many people don't have this luxury, so I thought it would be nice to be that friend! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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