radpatchco

Embroidered goods, vintage finds & other fun stuff.

Wirral, United Kingdom · 929 Sales

radpatchco

Embroidered goods, vintage finds & other fun stuff.

Wirral, United Kingdom 929 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars
(168)

Announcement   All orders will be sent via a trackable delivery service and will require a signature upon receipt. Please note that I cannot guarantee delivery dates/times. If needed for a specific date, please order in plenty of time, particularly customers outside of the UK.

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Last updated on Jan 16, 2018

All orders will be sent via a trackable delivery service and will require a signature upon receipt. Please note that I cannot guarantee delivery dates/times. If needed for a specific date, please order in plenty of time, particularly customers outside of the UK.

Rachel Alveston

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Rachel Alveston

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(168)
Jordan

Jordan on Jun 15, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Great vintage paperback for a brilliant price, really happy with my order 😊 Many thanks! 💐

Jordan

Jordan on Jun 15, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Bought this as an extra little gift for someone 🐼 The perfect addition, I couldn't not buy 😻 Thank you!!

Jordan

Jordan on Jun 15, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

My books arrived perfectly packaged, will definitely be shopping again from this absolutely awesome seller 😺😺

lyndae48

lyndae48 on Apr 27, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

love the patch, it was in great quality

Lanie Saunders

Lanie Saunders on Mar 4, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

This is the 2nd pin from RadPatchCo. I LOVE the message. I have the patches too, btw....Awesome pin! Well-made. Old-school style enamel. Rachel's stuff is quality. Thank you!

Lanie Saunders

Lanie Saunders on Mar 4, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely LOVE this patch. I love Rachel's stuff. Not my first purchase and won't be my last! The patch is soft--not like the crappy hard iron-on patches sold at the teenage stores at the mall. Hand-sewn, with love. Thanks Rachel!

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Updates

My Bengal cat, Max, snuggling under my denim cut-off earlier today when I was sorting out the fresh batch of Cats Not Kids pins.

About

About the Artist

My name is Rachel Alveston. I'm a self taught embroidery artist from Wirral, UK and I specialise in hand embroidered portraiture.

I have always loved fabric and thread. I enjoyed arts and crafts as a child and as a teenager, I elected to take Art and Textiles as my chosen subjects in high school and sixth form. After I left school, I experimented with selling my artistic creations online, along with working a full time job, but I was yet to discover embroidery.

Then 2014 comes along, and it leaves me, and everyone I know, utterly devastated. Lyam, my sister's boyfriend, my band mate and one of my closest friends, passes away unexpectedly, from a spontaneous bleed on the brain, caused by a high grade brain tumour. He was 26 years old.

I suffer with anxiety and depression and after Lyam's passing, I was drawn into an especially dark place. However, this forced me to admit that I had a problem and that I needed help. I visited my doctor, who put me on medication and referred me to a councillor. During one of my counselling sessions, my councillor told me that working with my hands was a good way to keep myself 'in the moment' and keep the flashbacks and bad thoughts in check.

This is where embroidery entered my life.

I collect patches and thought it may be interesting to make some for myself. I bought a hoop, some floss and some fabric and just gave it a go. No instructions. No rules. The first few patches I made were terrible. I mean, just awful. It took a lot of experimentation and months of solid practice to get to a standard I was happy with. That said, the development period, where I found my process, was extremely therapeutic. I believe it helped me greatly in getting to a better state of mind; along with the support of my friends and family, of course. Before I knew it, my patches were gaining new admirers everyday. All I wanted to do is stitch. I felt I had found my calling.

In September 2015, I was forced to quit my day job after being diagnosed with a myriad of illnesses, including Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue. I decided to focus on embroidery and work for myself full time. That brings me to where I am now. It's tough, but I'm scraping by, doing what I love, and for that, I'm grateful. Even though the journey that has led me to this point has been extremely painful, I'm still grateful.

If you would like to further support me and my art, you can also pledge via Patreon:
Patreon.com/radpatchco

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Shop members

  • Rachel Alveston

    Owner, Creator, Everything Else

    Embroiderer, patch maker, vintage hunter, cat botherer, hermit.

  • Mabel

    Sidekick, "Helper"

    Rescue kitty and embroidery companion.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Dec 2, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalised orders

Please note, although all custom requests will be reviewed, not all will be accepted. After all information has been received and approved, you will be sent a quote. The fee will be based upon the size and complexity of the project, however, please note, there is a minimum cost of £50 per one-of-a-kind hand embroidered piece. If you accept the quote, payment will be due immediately, unless otherwise discussed. Work on the commissioned piece will not begin until payment has been received in full.

Care instructions

Hand embroidered patches: Do not machine wash or iron your patches. Gently spot clean with a damp cloth or consult a dry cleaner.

'Collaborating' with promoters/influencers

Sorry guys and gals, I don't do this. If you like my art, the best way to support it is to buy it.

Wholesale availability

Unfortunately, I'm not able to offer wholesale at this time.

Shipping & Delivery Info

All orders will be sent via a trackable delivery service and will require a signature upon receipt.

This is due to a large amount of orders going ‘missing’ using the standard service. Particularly overseas. The trackable method means that everything I send is insured, we can see exactly where the package is and if for some reason, the package cannot be delivered, it will be returned to me. I apologise for the cost to my overseas customers but unfortunately, the prices are out of my control.

Please note that I cannot guarantee delivery dates/times. If needed for a specific date, please order in plenty of time, particularly customers outside of the UK.