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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.

Shop The Make Arcade

 

Bella Bee Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
Bella Bee Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$12.15 USD
Prince Whale DIY Felt Sewing Kit
Prince Whale DIY Felt Sewing Kit
TheMakeArcade
$9.45 USD
Leopard Rainbow Cross Stitch Craft Kit
Leopard Rainbow Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$15.52 USD
Rainbow Badge Making Craft Kit
Rainbow Badge Making Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$5.40 USD
Sammy Sloth DIY Felt Sewing Kit
Sammy Sloth DIY Felt Sewing Kit
TheMakeArcade
$9.45 USD
Make Today Amazing Cross Stitch Craft Kit
Make Today Amazing Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$15.52 USD
Do What You Love Cross Stitch Craft Kit
Do What You Love Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$15.52 USD
Lenny Llama DIY Felt Sewing Kit
Lenny Llama DIY Felt Sewing Kit
TheMakeArcade
$9.45 USD
Cacti Pin Cushion DIY Sewing Kit
Cacti Pin Cushion DIY Sewing Kit
TheMakeArcade
$12.15 USD
Billy Budgie DIY Felt Sewing Kit
Billy Budgie DIY Felt Sewing Kit
TheMakeArcade
$9.45 USD
Summer of Love Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
Summer of Love Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$12.15 USD
Pizza Time Felt Sewing Craft Kit
Pizza Time Felt Sewing Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$9.45 USD
It will be OK Cross Stitch Craft Kit
It will be OK Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$15.52 USD
I Can't Adult Today Cross Stitch Craft Kit
I Can't Adult Today Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$15.52 USD
Hell Yeah Cross Stitch Craft Kit
Hell Yeah Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$15.52 USD
Girl Gang Cross Stitch Craft Kit
Girl Gang Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$15.52 USD
Magical Narwhal Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
Magical Narwhal Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$12.15 USD
Cross stitch trio - christmas cross stitch- cross stitch patterns- snowflake cross stitch- modern cross stitch
Cross stitch trio - christmas cross stitch- cross stitch patterns- snowflake cross stitch- modern cross stitch
TheMakeArcade
$26.99 USD
Magical Unicorn Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
Magical Unicorn Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$12.15 USD
Over the Rainbow Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
Over the Rainbow Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$12.15 USD
You have the Power DIY Embroidery Craft Kit
You have the Power DIY Embroidery Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$20.92 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
$12.08 USD
Earth Love DIY Felt Sewing Kit
Earth Love DIY Felt Sewing Kit
TheMakeArcade
$9.45 USD
Hello Coffee Cross Stitch Craft Kit
Hello Coffee Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$15.52 USD
Retro Cassette Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
Retro Cassette Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$12.15 USD
Love the Planet Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
Love the Planet Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$12.15 USD
Stork scissors- diy craft- diy- sewing kit- scissors- vintage style
Stork scissors- diy craft- diy- sewing kit- scissors- vintage style
TheMakeArcade
$9.38 USD
Tea is the Answer Cross Stitch Craft Kit
Tea is the Answer Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$15.52 USD
Watermelon Badge Making Craft Kit
Watermelon Badge Making Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$5.40 USD
Flash Badge Making Craft Kit
Flash Badge Making Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$5.40 USD
Doughnut Badge Making Craft Kit
Doughnut Badge Making Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$5.40 USD
Gin Time Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
Gin Time Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$12.15 USD
Pretty Flamingo Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
Pretty Flamingo Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$12.15 USD
You Got This Cross Stitch Craft Kit
You Got This Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$15.52 USD
Lush Lolly Felt Sewing Craft Kit
Lush Lolly Felt Sewing Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$9.45 USD
Bernard Bee DIY Felt Sewing Kit
Bernard Bee DIY Felt Sewing Kit
TheMakeArcade
$9.45 USD
Fernando Flamingo DIY Felt Sewing Kit
Fernando Flamingo DIY Felt Sewing Kit
TheMakeArcade
$9.45 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
$10.12 USD
Pastel Rainbow Felt Sewing Craft Kit
Pastel Rainbow Felt Sewing Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$9.45 USD
More Gin Please Cross Stitch Craft Kit
More Gin Please Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$15.52 USD
Cool Kitten Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
Cool Kitten Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$12.15 USD
Good Things Will Happen DIY Embroidery Craft Kit
Good Things Will Happen DIY Embroidery Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$20.92 USD
Read My Lips Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
Read My Lips Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$12.15 USD
Donnie Dino Felt Sewing Craft Kit
Donnie Dino Felt Sewing Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$9.45 USD
Sprout decoration, king sprout, sprout ornament, christmas ornament, christmas decoration, DIY decoration, craft kit, gifts for her, craft
Sprout decoration, king sprout, sprout ornament, christmas ornament, christmas decoration, DIY decoration, craft kit, gifts for her, craft
TheMakeArcade
$10.12 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
$10.12 USD
Christmas Pudding Craft kit, craft kit, christmas ornament, christmas decoration, craft kit, diy kit, felt sewing kit, stocking filler
Christmas Pudding Craft kit, craft kit, christmas ornament, christmas decoration, craft kit, diy kit, felt sewing kit, stocking filler
TheMakeArcade
$10.12 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
$4.05 USD
Cute Cacti Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
Cute Cacti Mini Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$12.15 USD
Heart Badge Making Craft Kit
Heart Badge Making Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$5.40 USD
Tropical Pineapple DIY Felt Sewing Kit
Tropical Pineapple DIY Felt Sewing Kit
TheMakeArcade
$9.45 USD
Sprinkle Doughnut Pin Cushion DIY Sewing Kit
Sprinkle Doughnut Pin Cushion DIY Sewing Kit
TheMakeArcade
$12.15 USD
Treat Yourself Embroidery Craft Kit
Treat Yourself Embroidery Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$20.92 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
$10.12 USD
No Place Like Home Cross Stitch Craft Kit
No Place Like Home Cross Stitch Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$15.52 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
$12.08 USD
Neon Leaf Pins- Pin wheel- sewing supplies- pins- pins for dressmaking
Neon Leaf Pins- Pin wheel- sewing supplies- pins- pins for dressmaking
TheMakeArcade
$1.35 USD
Juicy Watermelon Pin Cushion DIY Sewing Kit
Juicy Watermelon Pin Cushion DIY Sewing Kit
TheMakeArcade
$12.15 USD
Scissors Badge Making Craft Kit
Scissors Badge Making Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$5.40 USD
Lips Badge Making Craft Kit
Lips Badge Making Craft Kit
TheMakeArcade
$5.40 USD

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