My name is Margaret Adam, I was taught to sew by my Mum as a teenager and although not a professional seamstress her skills were always in demand. Her mantra was to aim for perfection and I have always taken that on board.
I have sewn all of my adult life and also paper crafted specialising in Wedding Stationery, this led me to bag making. One of my customers who had bought a Tartan corsage asked if I would make her a bag to match. Using a pattern with an open Angel Policy I made my first bag, and this wee bag was the beginning of the next chapter in my crafting story.
I now make my own designs and often get commissions and special orders. As my customer base increased I opened a permanent stall at the Errol Sunday Market, starting in one of the smallest units, we are now occupying the largest indoor permanent unit in the Market. The Market has been very supportive enabling this wee business to flourish and grow. In addition to selling my bespoke bags, stoles, capes and other tartan goodies, we also display and sell my youngest daughter Rachel’s artwork. This has proved very successful to the extent that customers who have given her commissions recommend her to their family and friends resulting in much appreciated repeat business.
As part of this growth we developed a Website and e-shop using the services of ParadigmIT to create a beautiful and easy to use e-shop website which has just been re-developed to take account of our changing product range.
Hochanda, a crafting shopping channel invited me to sell my own design bag making kits which was an amazing experience and opened up a whole new world of crafting opportunities. However, each one hour show involved two eight hour journeys and 3 days away from home which eventually proved unsustainable; but it was a wonderful experience and I would not have missed it for the world.
As a result we are focusing on the Errol Sunday Market and the newly developed website which has been a while in the making but definitely worth all the hard work. The secure and easy to use website will ensure customers can easily and securely explore the website with it’s unique products safe in the knowledge it is an extremely safe site incorporating the latest protective technology.