Covid has brought about so many changes to our lives with survival a constant challenge. Stitches by Frieda has equally faced many challenges as being in lockdown has meant no events. This has had a serious financial impact on our business. Staying alive with no financial support has not been easy but we have managed to keep going so far.
In the past years there has been a serious shortage on raw materials for the manufacturing of foam, crumb and wadding. This has caused prices on these products to sky rocket. Sadly, we can no longer absorb all the price increases that have come our way, so it is with a heavy heart that we have had to adjust some of our prices. The increases are on all our donut and flat beds, with prices on the balance of our products remaining unchanged for now.
Hopefully our lives will return to some form of normal in near future. For now, be careful and stay safe.
We are moving on 26 June 2018, only to the next village, but it’s still a big job packing up a whole household, workshop and stock. Whilst I will try my utmost to get orders out asap, I am not sure how long I will be without an internet connection so there might be a slight delay in processing orders and booking deliveries. Hopefully it will be a smooth transition but should your order be affected, you will be notified accordingly.
I have tried to absorb most of the price increases in fabrics etc over the past year, but can unfortunately no longer do so. The 14oz 100% heavy duty navy cotton denim is currently not available in the UK. I have a little bit of stock, but am using a 12oz 100% black cotton demin for now until such time that the navy will be back in stock.
As from 1 February 2018, all denim items have gone up as well as some of the snoozys. Current prices will remain the same until stocks last but all new stock made will be at the new price. The dog coats and caps prices remain unchanged for now.
I also make the following items:
- denim aprons with with coloured trims – adjustable neck strap – £8
- denim market trader aprons – two zip pockets – 2 or 4 open pockets – adjustable strap – £12/£15
- kiddies aprons in various bright cotton prints – 4 to 6 years and 7 to 10 years – adjustable straps – £5
- waterproof double zip cross body bags in red, green, purple, navy, black and also in navy denim – ideal for walking your dog – adjustable strap – £10
- large backpacks in various bright cotton prints – drawstring – one zip pocket – adjustable straps – £10
- small denim backpacks with coloured zipped pockets and straps – drawstring – adjustable straps – £10
Please note that the all above prices exclude delivery.
Because the above items are all different it is impossible to list everything. If interested, then please contact me directly. I’ll gladly forward pictures or you can come and visit me at one of the events where I will be.
Amber was a rescue that we got at 10 weeks old and ended up having him for 15 years. He made the move with us from South Africa and was just the best trooper right through everything. We sadly had to put him down last year after he suffered a major brain haemorrhage which left him blind, paralysed with no bowel/bladder control. Really one of the worst days of my life to have to let him go, as he was always my anchor and new intuitively when I needed comforting. Having lost my mom very suddenly just 6 months before losing him was really hard to overcome. He was always somewhere near me, just wanted to be with me, so I’d like to continue to have him close through this dedication. I have always called him my model and quality controller. He just had to try out everything I made over the years, especially quilts. Attached are some of my special pictures that I’d like to share with you all.’
A little bit about myself. I was born in The Netherlands and moved to South Africa with my parents and two sisters when I was in my late teens. Sadly, I lost my father after just a few years in South Africa. By then my sisters and I had settled down resulting that my mom didn’t want to move back. My husband is British who also moved to South Africa as a child. Neither of us ever gave up our respective nationalities, so when it became time to retire, and not wanting to do this in South Africa , the UK seemed the most obvious choice. We were grateful that our daughter and family decided to take this big step together with us and they now live a two minute drive away instead of 1100kms. I’ve been looking after our little Katie since she we moved back here and still do so every day. Watching her become her own person has been an absolute joy and I realise that I’m very privileged being able to have her with me all the time.
I’ve always done sewing and have been a quilter for as long as I can remember. Quilting really is my passion and I go weak in the knees when I see lovely fabrics. I started up Stitches in South Africa in 1988 and for years supplied shops and vets, mainly in and around Port Elizabeth on the east coast, which is where we lived. I have always been around horses as my grandfather bred racehorses in The Netherlands. With my daughter sharing this passion, Stitches became a successfull hobby that helped to help pay for another hobby for many years, allowing me to enable my daughter to be around horses every day..
Back in the UK, we realised that living here is a lot more expensive than we thought. Starting up Stitches again seemed the most logical thing to do. I started up a workshop at home to supplement our income and at the same
time being able to look after my granddaughter.
I am still not tired of making pet products, not by a long shot! Our little Katie shares our love for animals and is forever trying to help me to make all warm beds and coats for our four legged friends as there are loads out there that we haven’t spoiled yet as she puts it. Whenever we see a dog in the village she asked me if it has a bed and a coat, so I’ll have my work cut out for me for now.