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Jan 8, 2016

by Ruth Oliver

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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
$12.11 USD
Superhero mask making kit, make a superhero, party favours, gifts for children, superhero, superhero costume, craft kits, diy craft
Superhero mask making kit, make a superhero, party favours, gifts for children, superhero, superhero costume, craft kits, diy craft
TheMakeArcade
$9.26 USD
sloth keyring kit, felt sloth, sloth, felt craft kit, party favour, DIY kit, kids craft kit, live slow, keyring
sloth keyring kit, felt sloth, sloth, felt craft kit, party favour, DIY kit, kids craft kit, live slow, keyring
TheMakeArcade
$8.48 USD
Cross stitch kit, flamingo, counted cross stitch, modern cross stitch, kit, needlepoint, galentines day, valentines, gifts for her, gift
Cross stitch kit, flamingo, counted cross stitch, modern cross stitch, kit, needlepoint, galentines day, valentines, gifts for her, gift
TheMakeArcade
$12.11 USD
Sewing kit- scissors- stock scissors- pins- rainbow- needle threaders- haberdashery- sewing- heart pin
Sewing kit- scissors- stock scissors- pins- rainbow- needle threaders- haberdashery- sewing- heart pin
TheMakeArcade
$12.75 USD
Cross stitch kit, gifts for her, funny cross stitch, gifts, gifts for tea lover, galentines day, stitch pattern, starter kit, home decor
Cross stitch kit, gifts for her, funny cross stitch, gifts, gifts for tea lover, galentines day, stitch pattern, starter kit, home decor
TheMakeArcade
$14.18 USD
Cross stitch kit, modern cross stitch, counted cross stitch, DIY kit, prosecco gifts, gifts for her, galentines day, home decor, craft kit
Cross stitch kit, modern cross stitch, counted cross stitch, DIY kit, prosecco gifts, gifts for her, galentines day, home decor, craft kit
TheMakeArcade
$14.18 USD
Funny cross stitch kit, cross stitch kit, pattern, gifts for her, gift, craft gifts, easy cross stitch, craft kit, galentines day
Funny cross stitch kit, cross stitch kit, pattern, gifts for her, gift, craft gifts, easy cross stitch, craft kit, galentines day
TheMakeArcade
$14.18 USD
Craft kit, DIY craft kit, felt cactus, beginners kit, craft activities, home decor, craft gifts, party favours, sewing pattern, botanical
Craft kit, DIY craft kit, felt cactus, beginners kit, craft activities, home decor, craft gifts, party favours, sewing pattern, botanical
TheMakeArcade
$12.11 USD
craft kit, modern, home decor, cross stitch pattern, kitsch, Cross Stitch, rainbow, needlepoint, cross stitch, pride, galentines
craft kit, modern, home decor, cross stitch pattern, kitsch, Cross Stitch, rainbow, needlepoint, cross stitch, pride, galentines
TheMakeArcade
$14.18 USD
You Are Brave' Cross Stitch Kit- cross stitch- needlework- galentines day, modern cross stitch- craft kits
You Are Brave' Cross Stitch Kit- cross stitch- needlework- galentines day, modern cross stitch- craft kits
TheMakeArcade
$12.11 USD
Embroidery kit, hoop art, embroidery design, nursery decor, craft kit, DIY kit, needlepoint, sewing kit, starter kit, embroidery pattern
Embroidery kit, hoop art, embroidery design, nursery decor, craft kit, DIY kit, needlepoint, sewing kit, starter kit, embroidery pattern
TheMakeArcade
$19.95 USD
Sewing kit- pouch- purse- -cnavas purse- sewing supplies
Sewing kit- pouch- purse- -cnavas purse- sewing supplies
TheMakeArcade
$21.30 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
$12.11 USD
Snowflake cross stitch- snowflake bauble- cross stitch kit- modern cross stitch- stocking stuffer- scandi christmas decoration
Snowflake cross stitch- snowflake bauble- cross stitch kit- modern cross stitch- stocking stuffer- scandi christmas decoration
TheMakeArcade
$12.75 USD
Hoop Set, embroidery hoop, hoopla, hoop art, cross stitch, sewing, sewing supplies
Hoop Set, embroidery hoop, hoopla, hoop art, cross stitch, sewing, sewing supplies
TheMakeArcade
$4.99 USD
Let's Eat Cross Stitch kit, burger cross stitch, burger, cross stitch, modern cross stitch, needlework, needlecraft, galentines day gift
Let's Eat Cross Stitch kit, burger cross stitch, burger, cross stitch, modern cross stitch, needlework, needlecraft, galentines day gift
TheMakeArcade
$14.18 USD
sewing kit, Craft DIY, donut, DIY Kits, diy crafts, gifts for her, galentines day, gifts, doughnut craft, sewing kit, fun sewing
sewing kit, Craft DIY, donut, DIY Kits, diy crafts, gifts for her, galentines day, gifts, doughnut craft, sewing kit, fun sewing
TheMakeArcade
$9.26 USD
Hello coffee, cross stitch kit, modern cross stitch, cross stitch pattern, gifts for her, coffee lover- cross stitch kit- galentines
Hello coffee, cross stitch kit, modern cross stitch, cross stitch pattern, gifts for her, coffee lover- cross stitch kit- galentines
TheMakeArcade
$14.18 USD
Felt ornament craft kit, felt kit, polar bear, christmas jumper, gingerbread man, felt craft, sewing kit, tree ornaments, tree decorations
Felt ornament craft kit, felt kit, polar bear, christmas jumper, gingerbread man, felt craft, sewing kit, tree ornaments, tree decorations
TheMakeArcade
$20.66 USD
cross stitch kits, secret santa, stocking fillers, modern cross stitch, patterns, the make arcade, funny crafts, gifts , gingerbread ,
cross stitch kits, secret santa, stocking fillers, modern cross stitch, patterns, the make arcade, funny crafts, gifts , gingerbread ,
TheMakeArcade
$12.75 USD
Stork scissors- diy craft- diy- sewing kit- scissors- vintage style
Stork scissors- diy craft- diy- sewing kit- scissors- vintage style
TheMakeArcade
$9.90 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
$12.75 USD
Cross stitch kit, modern cross stitch, watermelon stitch pattern, gift for her, DIY kit, craft kit, easy cross stitch, craft project, kits
Cross stitch kit, modern cross stitch, watermelon stitch pattern, gift for her, DIY kit, craft kit, easy cross stitch, craft project, kits
TheMakeArcade
$12.11 USD
Make Today Amazing Cross Stitch Kit, Cross Stitch, DIY kit, Craft Kit, Stitch Pattern, Craft Supplies, gifts for her, galentines day
Make Today Amazing Cross Stitch Kit, Cross Stitch, DIY kit, Craft Kit, Stitch Pattern, Craft Supplies, gifts for her, galentines day
TheMakeArcade
$14.18 USD
Cross stitch kit, LOVE cross stitch, valentines gift, modern stitch, counted cross stitch, gifts for her, needlepoint, galentines day
Cross stitch kit, LOVE cross stitch, valentines gift, modern stitch, counted cross stitch, gifts for her, needlepoint, galentines day
TheMakeArcade
$12.11 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
$6.41 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
$6.41 USD
Cacti cross stitch-  cross stitch kit- DIY craft kit - cross stitch pattern- gift- cactus- home decor- party favour- stitch pattern
Cacti cross stitch- cross stitch kit- DIY craft kit - cross stitch pattern- gift- cactus- home decor- party favour- stitch pattern
TheMakeArcade
$12.11 USD
Christmas tree cross stitch, christmas craft, cross stitch, needlepoint, modern cross stitch, craft supplies, stocking fillers, craft kit
Christmas tree cross stitch, christmas craft, cross stitch, needlepoint, modern cross stitch, craft supplies, stocking fillers, craft kit
TheMakeArcade
$12.75 USD
unicorn DIY kit, unicorn crafts, felt craft, craft kits, kids costume, unicorn costume, gifts for her, stocking filler, gifts for children
unicorn DIY kit, unicorn crafts, felt craft, craft kits, kids costume, unicorn costume, gifts for her, stocking filler, gifts for children
TheMakeArcade
$18.45 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
$14.18 USD
DIY craft kit, watermelon, sewing kit, beginners kit, stocking filler, watermelon, craft activities, sewing patterns, supplies, felt craft
DIY craft kit, watermelon, sewing kit, beginners kit, stocking filler, watermelon, craft activities, sewing patterns, supplies, felt craft
TheMakeArcade
$9.26 USD
Embroidery kit, botanical artwork, craft kit, embroidery pattern, hoop art, embroidery design, gifts for her, starter kit, needlepoint
Embroidery kit, botanical artwork, craft kit, embroidery pattern, hoop art, embroidery design, gifts for her, starter kit, needlepoint
TheMakeArcade
$19.95 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
$25.65 USD
Magic wand making kit- craft kit- felt kit- craft for kids- felt craft- magic wand- fairy wand- craft- party favours- gifts for children
Magic wand making kit- craft kit- felt kit- craft for kids- felt craft- magic wand- fairy wand- craft- party favours- gifts for children
TheMakeArcade
$9.26 USD
craft a christmas tree, christmas craft, pom pom, stocking fillers, gifts for her, christmas tree, christmas ornaments, christmas fun
craft a christmas tree, christmas craft, pom pom, stocking fillers, gifts for her, christmas tree, christmas ornaments, christmas fun
TheMakeArcade
$12.11 USD
heart pin, party favours, favours, jewellery making- craft supplies, pin badge, valentine's gifts, galentines day, pin game, gifts for her
heart pin, party favours, favours, jewellery making- craft supplies, pin badge, valentine's gifts, galentines day, pin game, gifts for her
TheMakeArcade
$5.70 USD
Polar Bear and Pudding Felt Decoration set, decoration set, christmas ornaments, craft kit, felt craft kit, sewing kit, gifts for her, felt
Polar Bear and Pudding Felt Decoration set, decoration set, christmas ornaments, craft kit, felt craft kit, sewing kit, gifts for her, felt
TheMakeArcade
$12.75 USD
Badge making kits- heart- galaxy-planet-flash-pins- DIY pins- badge making
Badge making kits- heart- galaxy-planet-flash-pins- DIY pins- badge making
TheMakeArcade
$14.25 USD
Neon Leaf Pins- Pin wheel- sewing supplies- pins- pins for dressmaking
Neon Leaf Pins- Pin wheel- sewing supplies- pins- pins for dressmaking
TheMakeArcade
$1.42 USD
Sewing pouch- sewing essentials- sewing kit- scissors- pins- haberdashery- gifts for her- handmade bags- craft gifts
Sewing pouch- sewing essentials- sewing kit- scissors- pins- haberdashery- gifts for her- handmade bags- craft gifts
TheMakeArcade
$31.35 USD
Gingerbread and Jumper Felt decoration set, felt ornaments, christmas decorations, felt, craft kits, christmas crafting, stocking fillers
Gingerbread and Jumper Felt decoration set, felt ornaments, christmas decorations, felt, craft kits, christmas crafting, stocking fillers
TheMakeArcade
$12.75 USD
Christmas crafternoon kit- craft kit- cross stitch kit- stocking filler- gifts for her- stocking fillers for her- christmas craft- pom poms
Christmas crafternoon kit- craft kit- cross stitch kit- stocking filler- gifts for her- stocking fillers for her- christmas craft- pom poms
TheMakeArcade
$27.79 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
$1.42 USD
Embroidery kit, milkshake and doughnuts, hoop art, home decor, embroidery designs, needlepoint, sewing pattern, gifts for her, DIY kit
Embroidery kit, milkshake and doughnuts, hoop art, home decor, embroidery designs, needlepoint, sewing pattern, gifts for her, DIY kit
TheMakeArcade
$19.95 USD
Embroidery scissors- rose gold- scissors- craft supplies- haberdashery- small scissors- needlework
Embroidery scissors- rose gold- scissors- craft supplies- haberdashery- small scissors- needlework
TheMakeArcade
$11.33 USD

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