radpatchco

Embroidered goods, vintage finds & other fun stuff.

Wirral, United Kingdom · 885 Sales

radpatchco

Embroidered goods, vintage finds & other fun stuff.

Wirral, United Kingdom 885 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars
(160)

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

Kitty Krueger 38mm Button Badge

Kitty Krueger 38mm Button Badge

$2.88

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Pennywise - You'll Float Too A5 Art Print

Pennywise - You'll Float Too A5 Art Print

$4.31

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Vintage Teddy Bear Enamel Pin

Vintage Teddy Bear Enamel Pin

$5.03

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Vintage Hellraiser Promotional Postcard

Vintage Hellraiser Promotional Postcard

$9.35

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Jason Voorhees Handmade Embroidered Back Patch

Jason Voorhees Handmade Embroidered Back Patch

$28.76

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Vintage 1990 Die Hard 2 Movie Promotional Badge

Vintage 1990 Die Hard 2 Movie Promotional Badge

$4.31

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Girl Power Handmade Patch

Girl Power Handmade Patch

$6.47

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Gizmo Gremlin Hand Embroidered Patch Art

Gizmo Gremlin Hand Embroidered Patch Art

$93.48

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Greta Gremlin Hand Embroidered Patch Art

Greta Gremlin Hand Embroidered Patch Art

$143.82

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Eat Fast Doughnut Embroidered Patch

Eat Fast Doughnut Embroidered Patch

$4.31

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Lemmy Kilmister Badge

Lemmy Kilmister Badge

$2.16

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Collectable Hellraiser Photo Pin

Collectable Hellraiser Photo Pin

$18.70

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Hemp Leaf Catnip Sachet Cat Toy

Hemp Leaf Catnip Sachet Cat Toy

$5.03

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Eat Fast Pizza Slice Embroidered Patch

Eat Fast Pizza Slice Embroidered Patch

$4.31

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Cats Not Kids Handmade Patch

Cats Not Kids Handmade Patch

$11.51

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Miss Argentina Hand Embroidered Cameo Brooch

Miss Argentina Hand Embroidered Cameo Brooch

$11.51

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5 out of 5 stars
(160)
Mandy

Mandy on Feb 12, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

You can tell a lot of hard work went into the design and production of this patch. Its dope! Thank you

Lanie Saunders

Lanie Saunders on Jan 20, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Great pin! Absolutely love the message. Adopt a cat, don't procreate. Be smart. Get a cat. Thanks RadPatchCo!

Lanie Saunders

Lanie Saunders on Jan 20, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

YEEESSSSSS! Cats NOT kids!!! Love the patch, LOVE the message. Adopt, don't procreate. The world is waay overpopulated as it is, and you know all your friends from highschool are having babies like its goin outta style, so be the smart one and get a friggin cat! Love this patch. This is my first handmade, handsewn patch and Im amazed at the softness. So much nicer than those hard, plasticky-backed ones from the mall. No more! Thanks RadPatchCo!

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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.

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Cats Not Kids Enamel Pin

Cats Not Kids Enamel Pin

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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.

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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.