I started making pillows from the vintage textiles I'd collected over the years. With a stressful desk job I needed some balance in my life and what better way to do that than to return to the sewing and needlework I'd learned from my grandmother (that's her in the photo). As a child I spent summers with her in the country and she taught me everything she knew about sewing, embroidery, and needlepoint. I come from a long line of women who were needlework experts and I'm proud to carry on the tradition.

I started Primrose Design in 2004 and over the years it's expanded to include a wide variety of handsewn items including lavender sachets, accessories, kitchen textiles, and home decor. All featuring the beautiful vintage textiles that I source from my weekend treasure hunting trips to flea markets, estate sales, and antique malls.

In addition to handcrafted items you'll find a selection of vintage items, too—mostly sewing and needlework-related products like fabrics, butons, and trims. You'll also find my own line of embroidery patterns based on my extensive collection of vintage stamped-for-embroidery linens; these are available as digital downloads. You'll find even more vintage items in my two Etsy shops—Primrose and Primrose Buttons

Visit my Stitch School blog for step-by-step instructions and photos of popular hand embroidery stitches. Like Primrose Design on Facebook and visit my Pinterest boards for more vintage goodness!