my story

Welcome to ‘The Wonky Giraffe’; a dream that has recently grown into a reality!

My name is Louise and I live in the Scottish Borders with my husband. I have worked in Management Accounts most of my life, but my passion has always been crafting. I can’t ever remember a time when I wasn’t making something – cards, wedding stationery, curtains, cushions, cross stitch, embroidery, knitting, quilting…the list is endless as long as it doesn’t involve glitter!

I love the calm that comes with making something from scratch and seeing a product through to completion brings a real sense of accomplishment. Over the years I’ve made pieces for friends and I’ve knitted countless blankets, hats, cardigans and soft toys for local hospitals. Seeing the joy that a finished piece can bring to people is incredibly fulfilling; it is this feeling that has driven me to create a business out of something that has always been a hobby and with my two girls now left home and settled, it’s now or never!

Currently I am running an online shop providing material and equipment for a range of needle work and quilting activities, but I am planning to hold classes to teach people the skills and techniques that I love most. I believe there is a real desire from people to learn new skills and techniques, but not always places and courses that offer that opportunity. As these skills have been increasingly dropped from school curriculums, learning is no longer passed from generation to generation as it once would have been and so there is a real opportunity for me to welcome people into this supportive, like minded crafting community and give them a chance to learn something new.

Long term, I can’t wait to meet new people and pass on what I know, but for now I do hope you love browsing the selection of fabrics and equipment in my online shop. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to know more.

Louise x

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