Warrington Craft Studio

Coming soon – Warrington Craft Studio

Warrington Craft Studio

Warrington Craft Studio

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The Scavenger Studio

The Story so far...

The Story so far…

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.

Karina's review of the Pattern Perfection class

Karina’s review of the Pattern Perfection class

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.

Hen party stitching

Beautiful ladies with beautiful bunting!

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!

The money

The cabin will be built by a local company & the costs are as follows:
The log cabin itself (3m x 3.5m) : £3500
Concrete base: £630
Build: £390
Electrics: £400
Total: £4920
Insulation, painting & decorating will be done by myself.

The Perks

By contributing to Scavenger Annie’s Sewing School you can choose from the following perks:
  • £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
You can find full details of the perks & make a purchase from my website here. All funds from this campaign will go towards funding the sewing studio. If the goal of £5000 is not reached within the 30 days of this campaign any monies raised will still go towards the build of the studio, it just may take me a little longer.

The Impact

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.

The Creative Cheshire Etsy Team is born!

Hey Cheshire folk!
Do you have an Etsy shop? (If not use the link in the comments to start yours today with your first listings for free!)
Would you like to get a better understanding of your business by working with other Etsy shop owners to share & grow knowledge?
Would you like to meet other crafty people in real life, out there in the fresh air?
Most importantly, do you like cake?!
Then roll up, roll up to the new Etsy team that I’ve set up for Etsy shop owners based in Cheshire. https://www.etsy.com/uk/teams/20903/creative-cheshire

A Scavenger in Derbyshire for Craft Business Inspiration Day

Yesterday I hopped into the oxo cube (our courtesy car whilst big booty Meggy is undergoing repairs) and took an adventurous road trip over hills and dales to Derbyshire to experience the first Craft Business Inspiration Day run by Photocraft and The Business Shaper. Both companies offer fantastic advice to those who have a small creative business like myself. The live workshop was held in the Haybarn at the most beautiful Beechenhill Farm in Ilam. The venue was a stunning renovated farm building with vast views of the inspiring Peak District National Park.

Beechenhill Farm, Ilam

Beechenhill Farm, Ilam

It was fantastic to get out of the house and meet up with fellow creative types who run their own businesses. One of the most daunting things I’ve found since being made redundant last year is that lack of social interaction that I used to get in a work environment. Now I’m at home with the Little Man (I’ll have to think of a new nickname as he’s not so little any more!) the main way in which I talk to people is through a computer screen, often messaging on social media. Running your own home based business can be very isolating so to get out into the fresh air and chat to like-minded people face to face was a definite plus.
There were around 30 of us there that day, slightly nervous, unsure what to expect but eager to learn new skills that can be of benefit to our businesses.

A hub of creative minds inside the Haybarn

A hub of creative activity inside the Haybarn

After a brief introduction and an ice breaker we were split into smaller groups. This gave us a chance to chat about what we do and learn that we were all pretty much in the same boat. We were all running our own creative businesses from home, we wanted to be more organised and wished give our businesses a boost with a fresh approach.

Discussing the finer points of selling to a retailer

Getting to know you, getting to know all about yoooou!

With a balanced mix of mini workshops and group activities the day was jam packed with information. The workshops consisted of Lyndsey James of Photocraft providing a brilliant insight into product photography for craft businesses; Daniel Philips discussing how to make the most of online marketing and using social media; and Suzy Rai giving advice on how to be confident when selling and perfecting our pitches when talking to retailers about our products.

Essential kit: Notebook, pen, biz cards & a cuppa

Essential kit: Notebook, pen, biz cards & a good brew

With all that was going on the day soon passed. If you get the chance to go to one of these events just do it, you will love every minute! I met some talented crafters and my head was buzzing with ideas on the journey home, so I can’t wait to implement them into my business plan to ensure Scavenger Annie’s threads stay at their most rockin’!