Specialist suppliers offering unique products are the backbone of the craft market. Generally they are individuals who combine enthusiasm for their craft with a design or technical skill that is enough to create that original concept that will find a secure place in the market. One such company exhibiting with us at the Makit LQ&N 2015 Fair in Peterborough is the Nutmeg Company who have developed a unique twist to cross stitch and whom we have asked to outline their story.
The Nutmeg Company designs and manufactures unique cross-stitch kits which make up into 3D objects. These include miniature houses, Christmas ornaments and cards as well as boxes, vases, penguins and games.It all began just over 20 years ago when the designer, Meg Evershed, began designing cross-stitched buildings. In the early days Meg designed these kits for Fabric Flair but when they ceased trading she began selling her own kits through the Nutmeg Company website (www.3dcrossstitch.co.uk) and at stitching shows.
A major new development started about 10 years ago when Meg began stitching on perforated paper as well as traditional stitching fabrics. This product was popular in Victorian times but fell out of fashion as fabric became cheaper. But once you start working in 3 dimensions it can become a wonderfully versatile material, and Meg has now produced a wide range of designs especially for this medium.
In recent years the business has grown from something run by Meg from a spare room at home to something slightly bigger. Although they are still a small family run business, they now have a workshop and showroom in Swaledale which were officially opened in 2013 by the local MP William Hague. The team at Nutmeg has also expanded to include Meg’s husband Mike (who does the admin), Anne who is Nutmeg’s production manager and two other ladies who help with kit production.
The biggest design Meg has worked on was a cross-stitched model of Windsor Castle which was commissioned by a show company for display during the Queens Golden Jubilee. The smallest are the weekend cottage kits in the Nutmeg range, which some people stitch as dolls-houses to go inside dolls-houses.
Come along and meet Meg and Mike as well as view their incredible creations that are there for you the customer to compete.