Welcome to Catkin & Olive!
I'm Catherine, mum to 4 mini munchkins and a love of all things made from beautiful fabric!
At school, I always loved art and was torn between making a career in science or interior design. I chose Science~ did a degree in Genetics & a PhD in Rheumatology, but always dreamt what would of happened if I'd pursued the other option!
Then I moved to the Countryside, married, had children and decided to leave the corporate world and follow my dream.
In the summer of 2013, I bought my first sewing machine, a foolproof guide to sewing, taught myself to sew, had plenty of disasters, but totally fell in love with it!
In between mummy duties and whilst my little ones were tucked up in bed, I practised and practised to turn my ideas into products! I taught myself to freestyle embroider, or "draw with a sewing machine". The inner artist in me was free again!
Little, by little I grew in confidence with my making and started to create things for friends and family. They persuaded me to take it one step further. So, in the Autumn of 2014, Catkin & Olive was born! I can whole heartedly say, it's one of the best things I've done. In the daytime or whilst my youngest daughter sleeps, I dream up ideas and buy too much beautiful fabric! And when my munchkins are tucked up in bed, I turn into the "elves and the shoemaker" and sew whilst they sleep.
I try to buy beautiful fabrics and linens, often made by British Designers and normally with country-inspired themes. Or create freestyle embroidered designs that incorporate the above! I love simple, fresh designs, often with a Scandinavian style to them. And, the rest as they say, is history! So once again, "Welcome" to Catkin & Olive and thank you so much for visiting my shop.
Hope to see you again soon!
Catherine ~ Catkin & Olive x