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Featured Member: Katie's Shed

Date: 08/07/2013 | Posted by John Garton
Katie Luce makes beautiful personalised cards and gifts which she sells around the world.  Her Faceboook Page, Katie's Shed, becomes a frenzy during her well-known "market nights" where shoppers can snap up handmade products from the comfort of their own homes. Katie has kindly given us a few minutes to tell us a bit more about her successful business.

My name is Katie, I am a self-taught maker and I create unique textile cards and gifts.  I use free machine embroidery to decorate a wide range of home decorations, personalised keepsakes and Christmas decorations.  I use vintage fabrics, lace and buttons as well as lots of pretty local and UK sourced cottons, linens and ribbons.

I had always worked in offices until 2009, when my passion for sewing began.  I treated myself to my first sewing machine and I couldn’t tear myself away from it!  I started by making accessories for my home and handmade cards and before I knew it Katie’s Shed was born.

I am inspired by what I think would look pretty in my home and gifts that I would love to receive.  I am a vintage fan so am always scouring local vintage markets and brocantes.  I like my creations to raise a smile and that is very much in my thinking when designing.  As a lot of my work is personalised so I get inspiration from my customers when they ask me to design something for them.

I sew every day in my home workroom, I like to start as early as possible, usually about 8.30 a.m. and I sew straight through until about 3 p.m.  I get lots of orders for personalised cards which I love making because each one is different. After sewing has stopped for the day I spend an hour or two packing up orders, taking photos and pricing up goodies and I do admin on my facebook page in the evenings.

Katie's products can be found at the Harbour Gallery in St Aubin (on the ground floor opposite the till). Katie also sells at local events, and on-line market nights on her facebook page. If you'd like to order something specific from Katie you can see her work on her facebook page, and order though the contact tab or via email