Hello hello! Happy Tuesday! We’ve got something a little bit unique and special for you this morning… something for those of us that like things a bit old school and definitely beautiful! We’d love for you to meet lovely Daisy from Daisy Sheldon Embroidery and her beautiful creations! Read on to learn more and see some prettiness!
The basic bits…
Q. Well hello there! How the devil are you? First thing’s first… who are you and what do you do?
A. Hi there! I’m Daisy! I am an embroiderer, specialising in bridal & lingerie and also offer embroidery services for film, theatre and fashion.
My bespoke bridal veils push the boundaries of the conventional bride and are unique and personal to each bride. The embroidery techniques I use allows me to create anything I would like on fabric – I had one bride recently who was an English Literature student and loved cats, so I embroidered cats and books onto her veil!
I use old, specialist embroidery machines, including the Cornely, a beautiful 1920’s machine which creates a decorative chain stitch and the Irish, a freehand embroidery machine which ‘draws’ with stitch, as well as embellishing with hand stitching and beading. I am proud of carrying the banner for a craft that could creep into decline and keeping alive British craftsmanship.
Q. And how did you get into the embroidery business?
A. I studied BA Hons Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University and it was there that I discovered the Cornely and Irish machine. I totally fell in love with them and after I graduated I did various work placements with companies and people such as Karen Nicol and Phillipa Lepley Couture. It was there that I found the world of bridal wear and loved the idea of creating a beautiful piece of work that would be a treasured heirloom for years to come. Then came my own embroidery business ‘Daisy Sheldon Embroidery’ !
Q. What do you enjoy most about being the boss at Daisy Sheldon Embroidery?
A. I love that I can manage my own time – often creativity doesn’t work 9-5, so if I have an idea or inspiration late at night I can just pop into my studio and get really creative!
And the fun stuff…
Q. If you could jump on a plane tomorrow… where would you go?
A. Japan! I have always wanted to visit Japan – a lot of my work is inspired by traditional Japanese paintings and textiles, so would love to explore and see the culture there!
Q. It’s Sunday… what’s your all-time favourite thing to be doing?
A. Scouring flea markets and vintage shops for treasures! I come from a family of collectors and we love surrounding ourselves with objects we find aesthetically pleasing – like an eclectic cabinet of curiosities!
Q. Do you have a TV show you’re currently addicted to? (Not a Goggle-boxer? How about a favourite book right now?)
A. Game of Thrones! Daenerys Targaryenvis amazing. I love her long mermaidy hair, her strong independence and her style – arm cuffs all the way!
Q. You’re home alone… guilty pleasure song: GO!
A. I love listening to soundtracks of musicals I have been part of. I recently worked on the embroidery for Disney’s stage production of Aladdin and went to see it, which was fantastic! Putting on ‘Friend like me’ or ‘Prince Ali’ while I work brings back wonderful memories of the show and all the hard work and effort everyone put into making it.
Q. Which would you rather be: a Care Bear or a unicorn?!
A. 100% a unicorn! They are so majestic with their beautiful flowing hair and magical qualities.
Q. Do you have a top tip, hack or any advice for brides and grooms planning their big day?
A. My advice for planning your wedding day would be to enjoy the process! I know there is so much to organise and it can be stressful at times, but it isn’t often that you plan a wedding so relish the time and adventures it takes you on! Remember what the wedding is all about and trust that it will all come together beautifully in the end.
A mahoosive thank you to Daisy for coming over to tell us all about herself, her business and her exquisite craft! A bespoke embroidered veil is a truly magical keepsake from your special day! Fancy learning more? Pop on over to Daisy’s site!
Missed last week’s “Getting to Know You…”? Fear not, we’ve got your back!! Here’s Nikki from Fiesta Fields!