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Here at Hawthorn Handmade, everything we do revolves around helping you to get crafty and discover your inner creative soul. Our kits are designed for beginners and give you everything you need to bring your creation to life. We’ve searched high and low for the best quality tools and materials; spent hours poring over our detailed instructions to get them just right and packaged everything up on a beautiful box ready to send straight to your door.

Our Story

Owner and kit designer Stephanie has been crafting and drawing since she can remember and spent her childhood with a pencil in hand doodling on anything and everything (see photographic proof!). After a brief spell in hospitality and event management, she was re-introduced to contemporary craft whilst working at a local craft centre and in 2010 branched out on her own to open her very own gallery and workshop space in North Dorset called Hawthorn. It was there that she taught herself how to needle felt on the quiet days (of which there were many!). This quickly progressed to selling her finished wool sculptures around the country at shows and exhibitions as well as teaching hundreds of keen stabbers how to magically turn fluffy wool into beautiful creatures and decorations. Her original needle felting kits evolved from these workshops, and in May 2013 after months of development, Hawthorn Handmade was born.

Stephanie’s initial 6 kits were some of the first UK made needle felting kits. It’s incredible to see how popular needle felting has become over the last 7 years or so and Stephanie is incredibly proud to have played her part in bringing this joyous craft to thousands around the world.

Since then, her love for doodling has come full circle and helped Hawthorn Handmade grow into the multi-craft design studio it is today. Stephanie’s hand-drawn embroidery and cross stitch designs, as well as her collaboration on weaving kits with her mum, Mary have turned the original side-hustle into one of the UK’s best known craft companies, partnering with key brands such as John Lewis and LoveCrafts.com.

Stephanie is still never far from a pencil, and with the support from her creative and hard-working team, is always on the lookout for that spark of inspiration for her next design…

Meet the Team

Stephanie - Founder & Creative Director

Stephanie

Owner, Founder & Creative Director

Stephanie started Hawthorn Handmade in her old craft gallery and has since built a flourishing creative company with the help of her amazing team. Stephanie is also a talented crafter, designing nearly all the Hawthorn Handmade kits. Away from the busy studio, you’ll find her out walking her rescue lurcher and doodling on her iPad.

Becky - Operations Manager & Chief Organiser

Becky

Operations Manager

Becky keeps everything at Hawthorn Handmade running smoothly and is constantly looking for ways to make the studio that bit more efficient! When not at work, Becky can be found snowboarding and spending time with her Super Mario obsessed 6 year old.

Emma - Packing & Dispatch Expert

Emma

Production Manager

Emma is an expert kit packer and hot drink maker! She also loves the water and can often be found wild swimming - whatever the weather! We reckon Emma has packed over 20,000 kits since she started back in 2017.

Claire - Designer & Creative Pro

Claire

Lead Designer

Claire does all the graphic design and illustration for our instructions, packaging, website and more. She also works on new products and is a talented artist who loves all things design as well as festivals, live music and adventures!

Abbie

Abbie

Customer Services and Operations Assistant

Abbie is your first port of call if you need to get in touch with us! She's calm and collected and makes sure your order heads out the door on time.

Irina - Kit Packer Extraordinaire

Irina

Production Assistant

Packing kits by day and crocheting by night, Irina is always making something. She also often arrives with surprise delicious baked goods making her totally irreplaceable!

Alice - Content Creator

Alice

Content Creator

Alice is blast of creative energy who keeps everyone up to date on our social platforms. She has a strong love of all things pink and spends her spare time baking with her sister.

Kerry - Production Assistant

Kerry

Production Assistant

Kerry is our newest team member and has hit the ground running, making up thousands of kits with ease. She is a big fan of all things steam and can often be found working on her own Wallis & Steevens Steam Traction Engine.

Louise

Louise

Production Assistant

Louise joined us in 2020 after moving to glorious Dorset and helps pack all the kits. When she's not at work she's a highly trained jeweller and craftsperson.

Mary - Designer

Mary

Designer and Advisor

Coming from a long and varied business background, Mary is also Stephanie’s mum! Mary designed our best-selling Pop-Up Loom and despite being ‘retired’ is always there for pattern testing, sample stitching, design ideas and business advice!

Clodagh - Studio Dog & Mischief Maker

Clodagh

Belly Rub Requester

A rescue lurcher from Ireland, Clodagh makes sure Stephanie takes plenty of breaks to play tug, rub her belly and throw her much loved ball!

With Thanks

Our core team is also supported by a wide variety of freelancers, temps, suppliers and manufacturing partners and we’d like to say a particular thank you to Dennis, Helen, Lisa, Owen and all of our sample stitchers!