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Jan 8, 2016

by Ruth Oliver

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hi there! My name is Ruth Oliver, and I’m the owner, designer, and maker behind The Make Arcade. My studio is located in the beautiful Fisherton Mill arts and crafts complex in Salisbury, UK, where I live with my husband and our two little boys.

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Although I have a background in fashion and accessory design from the London College of Fashion, I am a largely self-taught designer, sewer and craftsperson. I’ve been hooked since the first time I sewed something at my mother’s sewing machine at the age of eight. After some interesting fashion experiments during my teenage years, I ended up pursuing a design career and working varying positions designing bags, luggage, accessories, and fine millinery.

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When I had my youngest son, I decided I wanted to carve out a business for myself that would offer more flexibility than a 9-5 job, allowing me to work school hours and have a go at being my own boss. I did a lot of research while I was on maternity leave, and I found a gap in my hometown market for sewing and craft classes. So, I took the plunge and started offering workshops so I could pass my skills on to sewing novices and people who wanted to learn something new.

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I love making and crafting, and I believe that being able to create something is good for the soul. After seeing the popularity of my workshops, I became inspired to expand on their success, so I started developing my own line of DIY craft kits. All of my kits are carefully designed and tested – whether a mindful ‘Tea is the answer’ cross stitch kit, a tactile felted cactus kit, or a fun and glittery brooch-making kit, all of my sets contain as many of the materials needed as possible (normally just scissors are needed), so the buyer and sit down and be transformed from sewing novice to craft goddess.

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Etsy has enabled me to push my craft workshops out of a small city and into the big wide world in kit form; it’s immensely exciting to make kits to send out to buyers across the world. I have a lot of plans for the coming year. I want to keep moving and pushing myself as a maker and designer, so I’m planning a new collection of kits. I have some ideas for creating video tutorials for the kits as well, along with a craft-based DIY blog!

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All photography by Martin Jones Photography.

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Cross stitch kit, unicorn, galentines day, unicorn decor, counted cross stitch, gifts for her, craft kit, easy DIY kit, modern cross stitch
Cross stitch kit, unicorn, galentines day, unicorn decor, counted cross stitch, gifts for her, craft kit, easy DIY kit, modern cross stitch
TheMakeArcade
$11.15 USD
Sprout decoration, king sprout, sprout ornament, christmas ornament, christmas decoration, DIY decoration, craft kit, gifts for her, craft
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TheMakeArcade
$9.84 USD
Cross stitch kit, flamingo, counted cross stitch, modern cross stitch, kit, needlepoint, party favours, mothers day, gifts for her, gift
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TheMakeArcade
$11.15 USD
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TheMakeArcade
$13.05 USD
sloth keyring kit, felt sloth, sloth, felt craft kit, party favour, DIY kit, kids craft kit, stocking filler, gifts for teens
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TheMakeArcade
$8.53 USD
Sewing kit, Llama, keyring, badge, DIY felt craft kit, felt craft, craft kit, DIY kit, secret santa, stocking filler, stocking stuffer
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TheMakeArcade
$8.53 USD
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TheMakeArcade
$19.61 USD
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TheMakeArcade
$13.05 USD
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TheMakeArcade
$11.15 USD
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TheMakeArcade
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TheMakeArcade
$13.05 USD
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TheMakeArcade
$13.05 USD
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TheMakeArcade
$13.05 USD
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TheMakeArcade
$19.61 USD
Cacti cross stitch-  cross stitch kit- DIY craft kit - cross stitch pattern- gift- cactus- home decor- party favour- stitch pattern
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TheMakeArcade
$11.15 USD
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TheMakeArcade
$8.53 USD
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TheMakeArcade
$19.61 USD
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TheMakeArcade
$19.61 USD
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$8.53 USD
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$19.61 USD
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$11.74 USD
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$26.24 USD
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$13.05 USD
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TheMakeArcade
$11.74 USD
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TheMakeArcade
$4.59 USD
Craft kit, DIY craft kit, felt cactus, beginners kit, craft activities, home decor, craft gifts, party favours, sewing pattern, botanical
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$11.15 USD
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TheMakeArcade
$34.11 USD
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TheMakeArcade
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Christmas Pudding Craft kit, craft kit, christmas ornament, christmas decoration, craft kit, diy kit, felt sewing kit, stocking filler
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TheMakeArcade
$9.84 USD
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TheMakeArcade
$13.05 USD
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TheMakeArcade
$11.74 USD
You Are Brave' Cross Stitch Kit- cross stitch- needlework- mothers day, gifts for mum, modern cross stitch- craft kits
You Are Brave' Cross Stitch Kit- cross stitch- needlework- mothers day, gifts for mum, modern cross stitch- craft kits
TheMakeArcade
$11.15 USD
DIY Banner kit, banner, motivational banner, mindfulness, sewing kit, sewing, craft kit, craft, breathe, pennant, home decor, craft project
DIY Banner kit, banner, motivational banner, mindfulness, sewing kit, sewing, craft kit, craft, breathe, pennant, home decor, craft project
TheMakeArcade
$11.15 USD
Stork scissors- diy craft- diy- sewing kit- scissors- vintage style
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TheMakeArcade
$9.12 USD
Bah! Humbug Cross Stitch Kit, Christmas gifts, Anti Christmas Gifts, gifts for scrooge, secret santa, modern cross stitch, craft kit
Bah! Humbug Cross Stitch Kit, Christmas gifts, Anti Christmas Gifts, gifts for scrooge, secret santa, modern cross stitch, craft kit
TheMakeArcade
$13.05 USD
Penelope Penguin Cross Stitch Kit, Cross Stitch pattern, cross stitch kit, funny cross stitch, cute penguin, stocking filler
Penelope Penguin Cross Stitch Kit, Cross Stitch pattern, cross stitch kit, funny cross stitch, cute penguin, stocking filler
TheMakeArcade
$11.74 USD
Polar Bear Decoration Kit, craft kit, crafts, diy decoration, decoration kit, ornament, gifts for her, stocking stuffer, stocking filler
Polar Bear Decoration Kit, craft kit, crafts, diy decoration, decoration kit, ornament, gifts for her, stocking stuffer, stocking filler
TheMakeArcade
$9.84 USD
Learn embroidery, kindness, embroidery pattern,  embroidery kit, needlework kit,  valentines gifts, palentines, galentines, gifts for friend
Learn embroidery, kindness, embroidery pattern, embroidery kit, needlework kit, valentines gifts, palentines, galentines, gifts for friend
TheMakeArcade
$19.61 USD
tea cross stitch, PDF download, PDF pattern, modern cross stitch, cross stitch pattern, modern needlework, pattern, tea gifts
tea cross stitch, PDF download, PDF pattern, modern cross stitch, cross stitch pattern, modern needlework, pattern, tea gifts
TheMakeArcade
$3.94 USD
Galaxy badge making kit- badge- pin- DIY kit- favours, party favours, craft kit -craft supplies -jewellery making supplies- party bags
Galaxy badge making kit- badge- pin- DIY kit- favours, party favours, craft kit -craft supplies -jewellery making supplies- party bags
TheMakeArcade
$5.90 USD
Embroidery scissors- rose gold- scissors- craft supplies- haberdashery- small scissors- needlework
Embroidery scissors- rose gold- scissors- craft supplies- haberdashery- small scissors- needlework
TheMakeArcade
$10.43 USD
Neon Leaf Pins- Pin wheel- sewing supplies- pins- pins for dressmaking
Neon Leaf Pins- Pin wheel- sewing supplies- pins- pins for dressmaking
TheMakeArcade
$1.31 USD
five piece badge making set, badge making, diy craft, craft kit, crafts, craft activities, gifts for her, party favours, party gifts
five piece badge making set, badge making, diy craft, craft kit, crafts, craft activities, gifts for her, party favours, party gifts
TheMakeArcade
$23.61 USD
Badge making kit, craft kit, succulent diy, succulent, glitter fabric, pin, flair, gifts for her, badges, teen gifts, party favours
Badge making kit, craft kit, succulent diy, succulent, glitter fabric, pin, flair, gifts for her, badges, teen gifts, party favours
TheMakeArcade
$5.90 USD
Cacti Badge Making Kit, Badge, Cactus badge, cactus pin, favours, party favours, craft kit, cacti gifts, gifts for her, craft gift
Cacti Badge Making Kit, Badge, Cactus badge, cactus pin, favours, party favours, craft kit, cacti gifts, gifts for her, craft gift
TheMakeArcade
$5.90 USD
mermaid embroidery scissors, needlework scissors, scissors, cute scissors, haberdashery, mermaid them, gifts for her, gifts for crafters
mermaid embroidery scissors, needlework scissors, scissors, cute scissors, haberdashery, mermaid them, gifts for her, gifts for crafters
TheMakeArcade
$9.84 USD
John James Needle Threaders- Haberdashery- Sewing kit supplies- Sewing- cross stitch- embroidery supplies
John James Needle Threaders- Haberdashery- Sewing kit supplies- Sewing- cross stitch- embroidery supplies
TheMakeArcade
$1.31 USD
cross stitch kits, secret santa, stocking fillers, modern cross stitch, craft kits, snowflake, snowflake design, christmas gifts
cross stitch kits, secret santa, stocking fillers, modern cross stitch, craft kits, snowflake, snowflake design, christmas gifts
TheMakeArcade
$11.74 USD
Christmas tree cross stitch, christmas craft, cross stitch, stocking filler, modern cross stitch, craft supplies, stocking filler, craft kit
Christmas tree cross stitch, christmas craft, cross stitch, stocking filler, modern cross stitch, craft supplies, stocking filler, craft kit
TheMakeArcade
$11.74 USD
Snowman DIY Decoration, Craft kit, decoration craft kit, christmas crafts, diy kit, felt kit, stocking filler, stocking stuffer, gifts
Snowman DIY Decoration, Craft kit, decoration craft kit, christmas crafts, diy kit, felt kit, stocking filler, stocking stuffer, gifts
TheMakeArcade
$9.84 USD
Hello coffee, cross stitch kit, modern cross stitch, cross stitch, gifts for her, cross stitch kit, stocking filler, stocking stuffer
Hello coffee, cross stitch kit, modern cross stitch, cross stitch, gifts for her, cross stitch kit, stocking filler, stocking stuffer
TheMakeArcade
$13.05 USD
Christmas Jumper sewing kit, sewing kit, craft kit, kitschmas, ugly jumper, DIY ornament kit, kids craft kit, sewing kit, stocking filler
Christmas Jumper sewing kit, sewing kit, craft kit, kitschmas, ugly jumper, DIY ornament kit, kids craft kit, sewing kit, stocking filler
TheMakeArcade
$9.84 USD

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