lisfaith on Aug 16, 2016
Perfect! I looked EVERYWHERE for a box this size to fit my vintage matchbox holder. Very happy with my purchase!
Nora B-B on Aug 14, 2016
Thank you for excellent transaction.
Natalie Penna on Aug 11, 2016
A great store with a beautiful range of products. Couldn't have finished my project without them!
Crabtree Lane - the story so far....
In the beginning…
Crabtree Lane began life as a hobby back in 2010, mainly as a way for me to justify my growing fabric addiction! I've always had a passion for quirky surface patterns and my background is in 3D design. I picked up a basic second hand sewing machine and began making accessories for my own home from these beautiful materials.
My (long suffering) partner suggested I had a go at selling a few things to see if there might be a market for what I was doing. I decided to take the plunge and set up my own website as well as taking part in local craft markets and gift fairs.
I cannot describe how exciting it was when I made my first sale! That gave me the confidence to start designing and making more products with my own twist. I concentrated on making the practical items that I wanted for my own home such as door stops and draught excluders - using fabrics, patterns and colour schemes that appealed to me. I began to take on bespoke commssions for friends, family and customers – and expanded the range of products to include personal accessories such as gadget covers, based on demand. I loved being able to respond to client requests and create or customise products that brought their ideas to life.
From hobby to business...
My product range and sales grew steadily and I was able to turn my hobby into my full-time ‘job’ in April 2011. The business moved from the spare bedroom into a fancy-pants 'shed' in the back garden. In addition to having my own website and online shop – I also started selling through a number of other carefully selected online channels, such as Etsy, Folksy, and Pets Pyjamas.
Milly joins the team....
In October 2011, our beautiful golden Cocker Spaniel Milly joined the team and settled into life underneath the cutting table quite happily! She is more of a 'sleeping partner' than an active team member.
Escaping from the back garden…
The shed started to burst at the seams pretty quickly, so the business moved out of the back garden and up the road into workshop premises at the Stoke Prior Canalside Craft Centre in August 2012 – quadrupling work space. And providing an endless of supply of latte and cake from the cafe on site - what a great move!
From hand-made to hand-picked...
Having more space got me thinking about what else I could be doing - and the answer seemed obvious - supplying fabulous sewing and craft materials and accessories to people just like me with a passion for making things.
A fabulous excuse to indulge my shopping habit presented itself and Crabtree Lane began stocking hand-picked items sourced from both UK and international suppliers. We focus in particular on quirky decoration blanks, mini craft items and gorgeous haberdashery. Plenty of things to tickle the creative taste buds!
A room with a loo...
Well, the business outgrew the space again. We moved 100 yards away to a bigger unit at the same Canalside Craft Centre (so the cake is still on tap) and expanded the range of craft materials, sewing boxes, sewing equipment, craft storage, decoration blanks, craft kits and gorgeous haberdashery available. Particularly exciting was the added convenience (literally) of having our own loo!
From sole trader to Limited Company...
In February 2014, Crabtree Lane went all grown up - and changed from sole trader status to company limited by guarantee. We were very excited to become company number 08887516. And even more thrilled to know that our accounts will be safely handled by wonderful local firm.
Craft supplies take over...
For the first time, sales of Crabtree Lane craft supplies over took sales of Crabtree Lane handmade originals in July 2014. To meet the rising demand for my hand-picked collections of decoration blanks, mini craft items, craft basics and haberdashery supplies - we had to close our bespoke order book.
Claire Mills - Director
Crabtree Lane Ltd
E. claire [!at] crabtreelane.co.uk
Specialist in the sourcing and supply of hand-picked craft materials, haberdashery, home decor and wedding & party supplies.
Milly - the golden Cocker Spaniel - general assistant, chief cuddler and 'sleeping partner' in the business.
I am based in Worcestershire and run my business from a craft unit in the village of Stoke Prior.
Crabtree Lane started as a hobby and a way to justify my fabric addiction! I began by hand making home accessories and gifts from vintage and designer fabrics and was able to turn my hobby into a full time business in 2011.
My business has now vastly expanded to include the supply of fabulous sewing accessories, quality craft materials and superb haberdashery to tantalise the creative taste buds.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Please make payment within 3 days of placing your order. If this isn't possible please contact me so that we can work this out.
All items for delivery in the UK are sent by Royal Mail 1st Class. If the order is worth more than £50 it will be sent via Special Delivery to cover the insurance should the order be lost.
Most orders for international shipping will be sent by International Standard Small Parcel service unless advised otherwise. If you would like a fully tracked service please contact me before placing your order. Taxes and import duties payable overseas are your responsibility.
Your order will be carefully wrapped and sent to you in a waterproof or padded mailing bag.
In accordance with UK Consumer Contracts Regulations - you have 14 days to change your mind about your purchase and arrange with me to return it. Return postage will be at your expense.
Refunds and Exchanges
Postage payable for returning the order is your responsibility.
However, if the order is being returned due to a fault then all postage costs will be reimbursed upon receipt and inspection of the returned item plus proof of your postage costs.