Kris Stevens - Textiles

Kris Stevens

Handmade clothing and household accessories designed and made by myself and my son.

I design and create clothing, accessories and household textiles, often combining fabrics, knitting, crochet and using historical techniques. My inspiration comes from the world around me and a love of history.
I create my items using traditional techniques to the point of sewing with antique Singer sewing machines, hand stitching hems and button holes and hand embroidery. I have to thank the late Mrs Betty Garrill for her patience and persevering with me many decades ago, encouraging me to knit when I was on the point of giving in. I also have to thank my late Grandma, Mrs Edith Fox too for teaching me to smock, crochet, embroider and sew and for passing on my great great grandmas sewing machine.
Im a member of the Heritage Craft Association and am passionate about retaining traditional skills and knowledge. My methods are extremely eco friendly, no power is used except for lighting. All materials are sustainably sourced and I am very careful to minimise my carbon footprint. No single use materials are used.
My son who has learning disabilities, developed an interest in knitting and became my apprentice. He is now designing himself but leaves the maths to me.
We live on the edge of the Fens in Lincolnshire and an appreciation of nature has led us to be as eco friendly as possible in our creativity. All items are made without the use of electricity except for lighting as the workroom is naturally heated for around 10 months of the year by the sun. A warm sweater, socks and a mat made from recycled t shirts deals with the rest of the year.
Our yarns, threads and fabrics are vegan friendly, unless specifically requested. I am occasionally able to access wool that is naturally vegan friendly by the way that it is gathered, no shearing involved!

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Kris Stevens

Boston, Lincolnshire