October Stockist of the Month: From Rags to Stitches

From Rags to Stitches is a delightful fabric emporium offering metres and metres of fun! We caught up with the very busy owner Jayne Maxwell to find out about what inspires her, some exciting future projects and much more. 

Tell us about the history of your shop and the team?
I’m Jayne, owner of From Rags to Stitches.  From Rags to Stitches is a delightful fabric emporium offering metres and metres of fun, modern cotton patchwork, quilting and crafting fabrics to spark your imagination and provide you with endless creative possibilities.

Located in Maltby, in the stunning county of Yorkshire, we’re a friendly gathering place where myself, Ann-Marie and Kerry encourage stitchers of all skill levels, including children from the age of 8 upwards, to come to learn, create, share, and socialise in a relaxing, fun atmosphere.

My long-time love of sewing and quilting, as well as the growing interest in sewing in the UK, prompted me to open my fabric emporium in June 2014, stuffed with fun, modern fabrics (all hand inspected for quality), notions, patterns, and more, to meet the creative needs of sewing enthusiasts in the scenic Yorkshire County area.

Popular television programmes, such as the Great British Sewing Bee and many interior design shows, have inspired people to sew their own clothes and soft furnishings for their home. Unfortunately, sewing is no longer taught in many schools. Seeing the increasing demand for sewing instruction, I was thrilled with the idea of opening a business where I could share my knowledge and experience (I am a Jenny Haskins accredited tutor, machine embroiderer, qualified corsetiere and teacher) with others who hunger to learn the time-honoured skills of sewing and quilting.

What do you offer that makes you stand out from other retailers?
My shop provides a friendly gathering place where stitchers of all ages and skill levels can learn, share, create, and socialise with fellow sewers and quilters in a relaxing atmosphere.

I am dedicated to 100% customer satisfaction, often going the extra mile to ensure a fulfilling and successful sewing experience for each person who walks through my doors.
What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about the creative process and enjoy watching others discover their own sewing talents. That’s why I offer a wide variety of sewing workshops in quilting, soft furnishings and free motion embroidery, along with boot camps for beginners, and inspiring classes for professional sewers, interested in learning new ideas and techniques.
I want to help people be creative with a needle – not just machine needles, but needles of all kinds.
How do you choose what you stock?
I enjoy working closely with our suppliers to ensure that we carry the very latest modern collections and offer something for every customer to spark their imaginations and provide them with endless creative possibilities.  I specialise in bold, bright, fresh looking fabrics with Riley Blake being one of my favourites. I tend to choose with my heart, not my head and love the modern, vintage look.
What do you love about quilting?
The challenge of creating a picture or pattern in fabric and the company of other quilters. To a quilter this is just as enjoyable as painting or photography is to others. I also love to show off the finished project, be it hung in the shop window, on display at shows, draped over a sofa, or spread on the bed. A quilt is a forever gift!

Recent studies have shown that quilting is good for your health, but quilters didn’t need any experts to tell them that. Quilt shows, quilting groups, social media etc, it’s so rewarding to share ideas, get/give advice, and compare fabric etc with like-minded enthusiastic people.
What project are you working on at the minute?
Lots of UFO’s!!!
I have just completed a fab quilt out of the ‘Bunnies and Cream’ collection. I import my quilt patterns from America and was inspired to make this particular one as soon as I saw it. It was love at first sight, and only a fellow quilter will understand that! I am also trying to finish all my UFO’s in preparation for a couple of projects that I have lined up for the new Liberty fabric when it arrives in store

Are there any future plans you wish to share with us?
I was lucky enough earlier this year to attend AQS week at Daytona Beach in Florida. I had an absolutely amazing week taking part in all kind of workshops, both on the domestic and Long Arm Machines. I’m a big fan of free motion quilting and I am working towards specialising in this on the domestic machine. Dare I say I have been checking out flights to return to the US next year to actively take part in more workshops that will help and advise me on the skills needed to keep on top of the game.

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