Coming soon – Warrington Craft Studio
Hello I’m Annie McGee, an alternative embroiderer & seamstress in Warrington, England. I love to create textile gifts, clothes & accessories with an unusual twist, from rock & tattoo inspired pieces, to kawaii & steampunk. I set up my embroidery business when my son was born & I found that the clothes out there just were not alternative or “rocky” enough for my little fella. Quirky threads stitched with a twist soon grew from baby clothes to adult wear & accessories. With a range of home wares now available, Scavenger Annie’s is full to the rafters with all you need to ensure your lifestyle is suitably outfitted with the most rockin’ threads around.
In the last 12 months I have started offering sewing & craft workshops with the Scavenger Annie twist. You can join me to reveal the bare basics of your sewing machine & stitch up a voodoo doll pin cushion, or discover pattern perfection & learn how to decipher a commercial pattern. With each class there’s a rockin’ take home project to help you progress with your stitching.
With your help I am seeking funds to build a sewing studio from which I can embroider, sew, design & teach. I currently work from the family’s dining table so as you can imagine space is limited & it restricts the number of lessons that I can provide as well as student numbers per class. It will cost around £5000 for the make, construction & fitting out of a log cabin studio.
This building project will enable me to continue to work from home, generating a regular income whilst looking after my four year old son. Since being made redundant from my day job last year I’ve found that running a small business from home is flexible to fit around my family commitments, keeps business costs low and is creatively fulfilling. It does however mean that I have taken over nearly every room in the house with fabrics, supplies & equipment, as well as relegating my family to the living room when I host classes in the kitchen/dining room.In order for Scavenger Annie to grow I desperately need the space to stitch in!
- £5 = My thanks & an exclusive Scavenger Annie patch
- £10 = Gift voucher valued at £15
- £12 = Embroidered Death Before Decaf calico tote bag
- £20 = Gift voucher valued at £30
- £24 = 1 x Cheshire Cat Cushion
- £35 = 1 x 3 hour sewing class voucher valued at £40
- £100 = 3 x 3 hour sewing classes valued at £120
Not only will the studio provide me with a space to design & embroider the rockin’ threads, it will provide a space for individuals to learn or refresh their sewing skills, to try out new craft practices and also will enable me to offer guidance to small craft businesses with social media workshops.
Each step of the way I will provide updates on the campaign via my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/scavengeranniesalternativeemporium and this blog.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you are unable to contribute financially then please share my campaign to build a sewing school with your friends & family.
Find out more about the Scavenger Studio campaign here.
Special announcement at 8pm (GMT) Friday 7th November.
Be here or be threadless!
It was a great honour to be featured in The Handmade Fair’s #Handmade100 list of Twitter’s top 100 crafters as voted for by the public.
The Handmade Fair was on this weekend at Hampton Court and from the looks of their Instagram feed it was a great event. I would have loved to have gone but unfortunately it clashed with my Little Man’s birthday. Here’s hoping for next year!
Check out the list here and discover some wonderful creations!
All this week I’m celebrating Christmas in July. Why, you ask? Well believe it or not, it t’is now the season in the handmade gift world. Gift guides are being written, festive magazine articles are being composed and so I thought it best to give an early preview of the rockin’ Christmas threads I’ll have available.
To make it extra special, this week you can find my festive threads at exclusive prices in my Etsy shop here. These are the top threads from last Christmas including the sinister, yet festive, Gothic Tree stocking adorned with skulls and the fabulous tree decorations in the form of nibbled and whole quirky Gingerbread Men.
Of course it wouldn’t be Christmas without a present so be sure to head over to Instagram and join in the competition for your chance to win an embroidered hoop art featuring the cute Kawaii Gingerbread Man.
Happy Christmas in July my dears!
Treasury Tuesday with an unusual twist!A collection of the amazing & very much wonderful hand crafted gifts from the Craft Hour crew that remind me of my literature favourites, from Wonderland to Neverland, Narnia to Oz.
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Rockin’ gifts & cards for Father’s Day are now available in my Etsy shop. Treat Dad to a personalised card and the embroidery can be framed afterwards as a keepsake!