About Pretty Goods
Hi, I'm Deborah Good, and have sewn for as long as I can remember. In fact my first recollections are of sitting on my mother's lap, pressing the foot pedal of her sewing machine whilst she was making clothes for my sister and me.
As soon as I was able, I'd use her sewing machine by myself, making dolls clothes or soft toys progressing to making my own clothes.
At this stage mum taught me most of what I knew - how to use a paper pattern, how to handle fabrics, how to embroider, knit and crochet.
As a teenager I made all my clothes, following the latest fashions. It wasn't unknown for me to shop for fabric in the morning, make up the outfit in the afternoon and wear it out to the disco in the evening! "Red hot needle and burning thread" my mum used to say!!
I had a sewing machine for my 18th birthday,
and took it to college with me,
where I studied Dress and Design,
qualifying as a teacher of needlework and textiles.
I taught in secondary schools for 16 years,
leaving the profession to start a family.
Once my son and daughter were both at school
I decided to use my sewing skills to start
my own Soft Furnishing business,
keeping it quite low key as a sole owner,
but busy, none-the-less.
I also started teaching Soft Furnishing
at my local Adult Education centre,
and now run private classes too.
I still make soft furnishings to order,
and all the lovely goodies you find here, in my shop.
I love fabrics of all kinds but especially
vintage and retro textiles,
embroidered linens and old lace.
So I try to use these when I can,
also recycling and reusing older garments
to make something new, pretty and useful.
I will also combine vintage and new, modern fabrics.
The Kitsch and Stitch Vintage and Makers' Fairs
are held four times a year.
I co-organise the fairs with fellow stall holder, Suzie Sharp
Previous events have been a
fabulous success and we are busy
working towards our Christmas fair now.