The team behind renowned textile magazine Selvedge have hand-picked The Stitch Society to exhibit at the cult magazine’s Spring Fair in Bath this month – bringing its founder back to a city full of memories.
The Stitch Society cleverly weaves history with on-line commerce to produce a revered collection of designer aprons and accessories, but regular visits to the beautiful city of Bath, as a child first inspired the Society’s founder, Charlotte Meek, to become a professional maker.
Taught to sew by her grandmother, a professional dressmaker and textile teacher at Bath’s Technical College in the 1950s, Charlotte first fell in love with design, tailoring and textiles as a child; sharing her grandmother’s passion for the finest functional garments and curating cloths that today appeal to many devotees of modern designs.
It is the Society’s appreciation for preserving craftsmanship to make beautiful, functional, handmade garments that so appeals to fans of Selvedge, and has led to the Society emerging as an inspirational design company creating garments for connoisseurs of crafts and cloths.
The Stitch Society, will be one of fifty ‘talented textilers’ attending Selvedge’s Spring Fair on March 25th at the opulent Assembly Rooms in Bath; once home to the upper echelons of 18th Century society and their elite soirees. The opulence provides a sharp contrast to the stories behind some of The Stitch Society’s fabrics, which have been salvaged from Britain’s declining industrial mills. Popular apron-designs are named after factory workers like the Society’s best sellers Betty and Martha.
With a strong commitment to zero waste, The Stich Society’s range now also includes a collection of quirky bags, made from remnant fabrics, a selection of cute children’s aprons, paper patterns and beautiful home accessories.
Charlotte Meek, founder of The Stitch Society said, “Selvedge is more than just a magazine, it is a discerning platform and valuable source of inspiration for devotees and designers; it raises the bar for textiles and I am delighted to be taking part in its Spring Fair in Bath, a wonderful city which holds such magical childhood memories for me. My grandmother would be exceptionally proud of my achievements with the talents she endowed me with, and it resonates that I will be returning to Bath to showcase The Stitch Society at this prestigious event.”
Further inspired by her grandmother’s teaching, this year The Stitch Society has teamed up with a further education college in Yorkshire to launch a Textile Academy, addressing the skill shortage facing Britain’s textile industry and Charlotte Meek is to be a guest speaker at the ‘Make It British’ event held in London in May to promote successful manufacturing in the UK.
For more information and to book tickets, visit www.selvedge.org
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