Epic Stitching & Handmade Design (Fibre Bracelets)

Calgary, Canada

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Note from shop owner Thank you for your interest in Epic Stitching. The shop is currently on hold as the mail system is causing too much havoc with orders. If you have an urgent request or outstanding order please email: epicstitching [!at] gmail.com
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Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 4, 2022

Thank you for your interest in Epic Stitching. The shop is currently on hold as the mail system is causing too much havoc with orders. If you have an urgent request or outstanding order please email: epicstitching [!at] gmail.com
Thank you!

Mel Ladner

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About EpicStitching

Sales 2,572
On Etsy since 2011

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A Passion for the Creative that Transcends Age

For me this store is about sharing my passion, love and design with anyone that is interested.
Please come in and look around. Hopefully something catches your eye and inspires you. I do lots of custom jewellery work either variations of the items you see in my shop or unique original requests.
I do custom stitching as well, any pattern your heart desires can be done. Timing and costs are on a per project basis.

When I started making Kumihimo bracelets in 2010. For me they were an absolute blessing. Having been plagued with metal allergies my whole life I don't have any piercings (not even ears) as they are rejected every time. I have trouble with chains and other jewelry that is metal.
Fiber bracelets were a way to make pretty jewelry that I could wear! Kumihimo is an ancient Japanese art that was once used to make Samurai armor. So it's tough & durable as well as original!

I learned to stitch when I was 12. And it was my first love. At 16 I would stitch late at night in my room (as it wasn't cool to stitch)! I won a 3rd place ribbon for stitching at a craft fair at 27, joined a local stitching guild and made friends with other avid (albeit older) stitchers. Some of those ladies are the best friends I have today!

We all have a combined passion for creating things and age doesn't get in the way of loving someone's work, wanting a new pattern, coaxing each other to try the new fibre, or sharing our lives together. A common passion truly transcends age, race, gender and all those things that make each of us different, which is also what makes Etsy such a unique community!

When people weren't busy giving me weird looks for being a bit eccentric they were often commenting on my work. When I started this shop I was an Art Director for a magazine and as I was hating that career, I realized I needed something new. Etsy provided me with the perfect start off outlet to be creative on my own terms; and I've never left! Today I work administrative work full-time during weekdays (yep it's as boring as it sounds) and spend my free time using all my creative ideas for Epic Stitching.

Thank you for visiting Epic Stitching & Handmade Design. I appreciate every sale, favorite and view that I receive. It makes me smile every day.

Shop members

  • Mel

    Owner, Designer, Creator

    As I design, organize, create, package & ship all orders, any errors are my fault (lol). With a prior career in graphic design, and a day job that is administrative, I'm able to put my creative inspirations into Epic Stitching products & designs.

  • Dave

    Photographer, Morale Support, Graphic Designer

    Dave is my spouse and provides morale support for the store. The biggest thing he does however is takes all the lovely photographs you see that display all my products and created my lovely logo and branding! I'd be lost marketing without his help.

Shop policies

Last updated on Jul 20, 2020


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Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

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Cancellations: accepted

Request a cancellation: within 2 days of purchase

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Last updated on May 11, 2022

Frequently asked questions

Wholesale availability

Available on most jewelry products. Quantity will determine discount available.
Discounts begin with an order of 5 or more of the exact same item. Custom bulk orders can be accommodated however more time may be needed for completion than 14 days depending on size of order. Message me for more information and to set-up your wholesale/bulk purchase!

Custom and personalised orders

Jewellery Custom Orders:
I do custom orders on everything. Especially Kumihimo bracelets, necklaces and other beaded (or non-beaded) jewellery orders. Send me a message so we can work out the details and I will put together a special listing for you. Or if you just want to replace a color please make a note in your order and it will gladly be accommodated.

Cross Stitch Custom Orders:
You imagine it, I will create it. Anything from a small ornament or bookmark to a larger wall hanging piece. I will quote on timing and costs. Ornaments are usually complete in 2 weeks, then shipped.
A 50% non-refundable payment is required on all custom cross stitch orders. Custom listing will be posted for you, please message me for more details.

Sizing details

Recommended sizing is the exact size of your wrist as the bracelet slipknots will create some breathing space.
To find out the size of your wrist use a fabric ruler (flexible) or take a piece of string, headphone cords, etc. and wrap around your wrist. Note the start and end, then place next to a standard ruler to measure the size of your wrist.
Keep in mind the slipknots on Kumihimo bracelets allow for some flexibility in making the bracelets larger than ordered but not smaller. Some fibers also stretch so it is recommended to go with the smaller of two sizes if you are unsure.
Want a specific size? Just note in the comments of your order the exact size you want the bracelet (ie: 7.25").

Care instructions

Most bracelets can get wet and be washed. .
Most items indicate any specific care instructions. If you're unsure please message me for specific information. All bracelet fibers are tested extensively before being sold.
Merino and silk bracelets are not recommended in the water as they stretch and fade quicker than others.
All hemp and cotton bracelets are very safe in the ocean, pool or shower. They can be worn all day, every day if you desire.

Do not wash stitching unless directed to by me. All stitching (without beads) can be ironed with a towel over top for protection. Ornaments will not need to be washed or ironed as they are finished and ready for display. Instructions will be provided with stitching.

Gift wrapping and packaging

All jewellery comes packaged in a bubble envelope for protection. The items will be inside an organza bag for safe keeping. Organza bags also give the jewellery a nice finished look when gifted.

If you'd like a card, note or anything added to the package please let me know. Many different cards or notes can be provided.
For the extra special touch ask me about having something typed on my authentic 1940's typewriter!

Stitching items will be protected with firm boards for flatness. Information will be given about shipping for each individual items unique situation.

Order and Shipping Timing

Almost all jewellery is made to order to keep items clean and personalized. Therefore lead time prior to shipping is anywhere between 10-14 days. If it will extend longer I will let you know directly. If you need the item by a certain date please advise upon ordering what your time frame is.

Please note I live in Canada.
Inside Canada usually 7-10 days. To the US usually 10-14 days. To Europe & Australia usually 14-21 days.
Elsewhere worldwide usually 21-30 days.

I cannot control the mail. All shipping is UN-TRACKED unless you upgrade. Default shipping is NOT TRACKED to keep shipping costs reasonable. If your item does not arrive please let me know; however, please ensure you have waited the appropriate time prior to contact.

Why Not Free Shipping?

If I were to follow Etsy’s new shipping ‘plan’ then you would pay extra on EVERY item you order and likely overpay in the end.

You can order an UNLIMITED NUMBER OF ITEMS for the SAME SHIPPING COST. So, buy 1 item shipping cost is the same as buying 10!!

Therefore I chose to keep my shipping costs visible so you can choose what is worthwhile for you! I also believe you should know where costs come from for what you are buying. Shipping costs are zero net profit for me and I think customers should know where their money goes.