The Thrifty Stitcher is 7!- enter our birthday competition to win a bundle of Girl Charlee fabric!

October 4th is the official  7th Anniversary of the launch of The Thrifty Stitcher!

 

So much has happened since 2009 when I ran the first ever Starting from Scratch beginners sewing class from our sewing studio in Stokey.

  • I became the Sewing Producer for The Great British Sewing Bee.
  • Wrote a best selling  sewing book.
  • Am now studying a Master’s degree in pattern cutting and garment technology!

We are now one of the oldest private sewing schools in London!

To celebrate hitting our 7th Anniversary, we have an amazing competition for you!

Girl Charlee Fabrics  have kindly donated a fabulous bundle of their best knit fabrics! There’s 10 metres of knitted fabrics, and a gorgeous Girl Charlee tote bag too!

Autumn is the season to start layering, and knit fabric is perfect for cosy tees or sweatshirts. Not only is knit fabric lovely to wear, it makes fitting soon much easier. Girl Charlee Fabrics offer a fabulous selection of all kind of knits that just aren’t available anywhere else! I wish I could enter myself!

Thrifty Stitcher 7th anniversary prize

Girl Charlee Fabrics who have kindly sponsored this competition have offered the a bundle of their latest knit fabrics as a prize! Some of the fabric is yet to be listed on the site!

To enter please answer the following questions by commenting below.

  • Where in London is The Thrifty Studio?
  • Who runs Girl Charlee Fabrics?

This Competition closes on October 30th 2016.

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84 Comments

  • Barbara Fynn

    30.10.2016 at 08:02

    The answers are Stokey aka Stoke Newington and Heather Peterson and friends Mark, Ben & Jen.

  • Nicky Magee

    29.10.2016 at 08:46

    Thrifty stitcher is in Stoke Newington to n London and Girl Charlee is run by Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey in the uk.

  • Catherine Briscoe

    29.10.2016 at 00:26

    Happy 7th birthday to your sewing baby! Thrifty Stitcher school is in Stoke Newington and Girl Charlee is run by Mark, Jen and Ben Creasy and Heather Peterson. X

  • Helena Wagstaff

    28.10.2016 at 22:38

    Congratulations.
    1. Stoke Newington
    2. Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey in Uk and Heather Peterson in USA

  • Elizabeth Connolly

    28.10.2016 at 21:36

    Thx for competition
    Stoke Newington
    The Creasey family – Mark Ben and Jen – usually Mark in UK.
    10m knit fabric would be ace

  • Hannah Abbott

    28.10.2016 at 21:19

    1) Stoke Newington
    2) Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey run the UK/Europe part of the business

  • Rebecca Lloyd

    28.10.2016 at 17:36

    Happy birthday!
    The answer is no.1 Stoke Newington and no.2 is Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey and Heather Peterson.
    Would love to win, have just got back into sewing and I love the vibe happening in the sewing world: so many great patterns to use for all those fabulous fabrics!

  • Petra Kovarova

    28.10.2016 at 17:32

    1) Stoke Newington
    2) Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey in the UK, Heathes Peterson in the US
    Happy birthday!!

  • Victoria Fletcher

    28.10.2016 at 17:00

    Happy Birthday !!

    The Thrifty Studio is in Stoke Newington
    The Girl Charlee UK Team is Ben, Mark, and Jen Creasey

  • Sam Patchitt

    28.10.2016 at 13:59

    The Thrifty Stitcher is in Stoke Newington, London . Girl Charlee Fabrics was started by Heather Peterson in the USA, but the UK is run by Mark, Ben and Ben’s wife Jen Creasey

  • Georgina NIchols

    28.10.2016 at 10:04

    Answers are
    Stoke Newington and Girl Charlee is run by Mark, Jen and Ben Creasy and Heather Peterson.
    Congrats on 7 years and heres to the next 7!

  • Tracy Heaton

    28.10.2016 at 10:03

    Happy anniversary!
    Stoke Newington, London
    Mark, Jen and Ben Creasey and Heather Peterson

  • Anna Haskell

    28.10.2016 at 10:00

    Hi! Congratulations!
    1) you are based Unit 21, 4-6 Shelford Place
    Stoke Newington
    2) Girl Charlee is run by Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey in the U.K. (And Heather Peterson in the US)

  • Donna Wilson

    28.10.2016 at 09:59

    Happy birthday. Answers below.

    Thrifty Stitcher is in Stoke Newington.
    Girl Charlee is run by Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey in the UK/Europe and by Heather Petersen in the US.

  • Carol Andrew

    28.10.2016 at 09:30

    Studio in Stokey (Stoke Newington)
    Girl Charlee (uk/Europe) run by Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey

  • Victoria

    26.10.2016 at 22:08

    Happy birthday!

    The answers are: 1) Stoke Newington and 2) Mark, Ben and Jan Creasey

  • Karen Grattan

    26.10.2016 at 18:51

    1. Stoke Newington
    2. Mark, Ben, Jen and Heather

  • Kate Shurety

    26.10.2016 at 10:04

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY

    Thrifty Studio is in Stoke Newington (Unit 21, 4-6 Shelford Place to be exact)
    Girl Charlee is run by the Creasey family (that is Mark, Ben and Jen) in partnership with Heather Peterson from the US

    Keeping my fingers crossed!

  • Sarah Smith

    25.10.2016 at 21:41

    Congratulations on the 7 years and all you’ve achieved since then!
    1) you’re based in stoke Newington (Stokey!)
    2) Girl Charles UK is Jen, Mark and Ben Creasey and they are a subsidiary of Girl Charles US run by Heather Peterson.
    Sarah xx

  • Mrs Phillips

    25.10.2016 at 21:08

    Happy Anniversary!

    The Thtifty Stitcher is based in Stoke Newington ‘Stokey’. Girl Charlee is run by Heather Peterson (US & UK)and Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey(UK).

    I would love this bundle as I split my favourite jeans this morning and all I have to wear is summer clothes and a battered fleece. I want to look and feel good for a change and use my pattern stash.

  • Emma Coady

    25.10.2016 at 20:30

    Happy Blogiversary!!

    My answers are:
    1. Stoke Newington (Stokey)
    2. The Creasey Family (Mark, Ben and Jen) and Heather Peterson

    Great giveaway, the fabrics look really cute!

  • Emma Barnes

    25.10.2016 at 14:54

    Stoke Newington and Mark, Ben and Jen. Love the look of this and happy anniversary!

  • Archie The Wonder Dog

    25.10.2016 at 11:05

    Happy birthday!
    Thrifty Stitcher is in Stoke Newington, Girl Charlee is run by Heather Peterson and Girl Charlee UK is run by Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey.

  • Melanie Valentine

    25.10.2016 at 10:59

    1) Studio is in Stoke Newington
    2) Girl Charlee is run by Heather Peterson plus Mark,Ben and Jen Creasey.

    Fingers crossed!

  • Lindsey Cullen

    25.10.2016 at 10:56

    Happy anniversary CL!

    1) the Thrifty Stitcher is based in Stoke Newington in London.
    2) Girl Charlee fabrics is run by Marc, Ben & Jen Creasey.

  • Laura

    19.10.2016 at 18:16

    1) You can be found at: Unit 21, 4-6 Shelford Place – Stoke Newington – N16 9HS
    2) And Girl Charlee UK is run by Mark, Ben, & Jen Creasey along with Heather Peterson , with the USA side run by Heather Peterson.

    :-) fingers crossed!

  • Sheona McMahon

    19.10.2016 at 12:34

    Massive congratulations on you 7th business anniversary Claire-Louise, I don’t underestimate the amount of hard work you must’ve put in!
    Competition answers;

    Your studio is in Stoke Newington and Girl Charlee UK is run by Mark, Ben & Jen Creasey!

    Thank for the competition!

  • Katie k

    17.10.2016 at 07:52

    Happy birthday x it’s my birthday’s in October too but I’m a lot older than 7!
    The answers are stoke newington and the answers are the crease family and heather Peterson.

    • Katie k

      17.10.2016 at 07:54

      Sorry should be creasey family, silly predictive text!

  • Jackie Moffat

    16.10.2016 at 15:59

    Hi Claire-Louise

    Loving your inspirational new videos ?

    The answers to your 7th Anniversary competition are
    Stoke Newington
    Heather Petterson, Mark, Ben, & Jen Creasey

    Congratulations on your anniversary
    Jackie

  • Hellie's Corner

    16.10.2016 at 13:04

    Happy Birthday
    1. Thrifty Stitcher studio is in Stokey.
    2. Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey and Heather Peterson run Girl Charlee fabrics

  • Cassandra

    15.10.2016 at 21:58

    Happy 7th Birthday

    The Thrifty Stitcher is in Stoke Newington

    The lovely Jen, Ben and Mark Creasey run Girl Charlee UK

    Cx

  • Jenny collins

    15.10.2016 at 20:54

    Happy birthday!
    Answers are stokey and the creasey family xxx

  • Anna Brown

    15.10.2016 at 20:46

    Happy happy Birthday month.
    1)unit 21, 4-6 Shelford place. Stoke Newington and the most important sat mac info N16 9HS
    2)Girl Charles is run by Heather Peterson in the US & Mark, Ben & Jen Creasey in the UK.

  • Susie Mazur

    15.10.2016 at 20:35

    Oooooooooo so pretty!! Love the tote bag too!!
    I believe the answers are, Stoke Newington and Mark!

    Congratulations by the way!

  • Val pye

    15.10.2016 at 20:00

    Thrifty stitcher is based in stoke newinton, north London. And girl charlee is run by the lovely mark, Ben and Jen ;) happy birthday to you!! Xx

  • Anne Acosta

    15.10.2016 at 19:02

    1. Stoke Newington
    2. The Creasey family and Heather

  • Alison May

    15.10.2016 at 18:49

    Happy Birthday and what a fantastic prize!
    Your studio is in Stoke Newington and Girl Charlee is run by Mark, Ben &Jen Creasey and Heather Peterson.

  • Carly Whyborn

    15.10.2016 at 18:28

    happy birthday!

    thrifty stitcher is in Stoke Newington and Mark, Ben, Jen Creasey and Heather Peterson run Girl Charlee

  • Dominique

    13.10.2016 at 17:10

    Happy luck number seven years going and many more very impressed and inspired

    1. Stoke newington north london
    2.The Creasey Family & Heather run Girl Charlee fabrics

  • Rebecca McLean

    13.10.2016 at 11:21

    Happy birthday
    Glad I found you just as I reached the edge of my skills level.
    Thrifty Stitcher is located in Stoke Newington and Girl Charlee is run by Heather Peterson and the Creasey Family.

  • Donna

    12.10.2016 at 10:38

    Happy anniversary :)
    1) Stoke Newington
    2) Mark, Ben & Jen Creasey

  • Vivella Hinds

    11.10.2016 at 16:28

    Happy birthday.

    Stokey or Stoke Newington

    Mark, Ben, Jen, and Heather, but Mark, Ben, & Jen Creasey are the
    Owners & Directors.

  • MadebyMeg

    11.10.2016 at 04:19

    Happy birthday! What a list of accomplishments.
    In answer to your questions, 1) Stoke Newington and 2) Mark, Ben & Jen Creasey and Heather Peterson :D

  • Laura

    08.10.2016 at 22:27

    Happy birthday!
    I will never forget trying to find that studio in Stoke Newington… & girl Charlee is run by Mark, Ben, Jen, and Heather

  • Philippa rice-grubb

    08.10.2016 at 19:32

    Heather Peterson and the creasey family run girl Charles and thrifty stitcher is in Stoke Newington. Happy birthday and here’s to many more!
    Phil

  • Stacy Humphrey

    08.10.2016 at 18:52

    The thrifty studio is in Stoke, Newington and Girl Charlee is ran by Mark, Ben, & Jen Creasey (UK and Europe) although started in the USA by Heather Peterson . Xx

  • Debbie Harris

    08.10.2016 at 12:15

    Happy 7th Birthday!
    Answers
    Stoke Newington
    Heather Peterson & Creasey Family

  • Claire Hall

    07.10.2016 at 22:16

    Happy Birthday!
    1. Thrifty Stitcher is based in Stoke Newington (I wish you had been there when I used to live there – many years ago!)
    2. Girl Charlee are run by the Creasy Family (Mark, Ben and Jen) and Heather Peterson.
    I am very new to dressmaking and am just discovering wonderful fabric retailers like Girl Charlee.
    Claire x

  • Teresa

    07.10.2016 at 07:05

    You are in Stoke newington and Mark, Ben , Jen Creasey and Heather Peterson run Girl Charlee. ?

  • Maggie Wicks

    06.10.2016 at 10:15

    You’re in lovely Stokey, and Girl Charlee is run by the Creasey family and Heather!
    See you at the jersey class in a couple of weeks!
    Maggie

  • Mags cawthorn

    06.10.2016 at 07:40

    Happy birthday and what a lovely gift for one of us! My answers are Stoke Newington and Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey. fIngers crossed!

  • Victoria Osborne

    06.10.2016 at 07:24

    Happy birthday. You’re the same age as my son. Hope you get a birthday cake as lovely as he did.

    The answers are: Stoke Newington and Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey (UK).

  • Arlene Aughey

    06.10.2016 at 04:15

    It is located in Stoke-Newington and owned by the Creaseys! (Pick me, pick me – I am American!!!)

  • Michelle Danso

    05.10.2016 at 16:50

    Happy birthday to you Thrifty Stitcher!
    in answer to your questions:
    Your studio is in Stoke Newington and Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey run Girl Charlee UK and Europe.

  • Anneli S

    05.10.2016 at 12:29

    Hi
    My answers are:
    1. Stoke Newington
    2. Mark, Ben & Jen Creasey run Girl Charlee UK

    Happy Birthday Thrifty Stitcher!

  • Caroline Trotter

    05.10.2016 at 12:29

    Happy 7th Birthday. Those fabrics look gorgeous!
    The answers are:
    – Stoke Newington,
    – Mark, Ben and Jan Creasey

  • Jane Nodder

    05.10.2016 at 10:40

    Happy Birthday CL. Really missing you all up here in York. Looking forward to delving in to the mini sewing course as a refresher!! Jane xxxx

  • Sue Thurman

    05.10.2016 at 10:39

    Happy birthday!
    My answers are (like most of the others above!)
    1. Stoke Newington in North London
    2. Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey run things in the UK in partnership with Heather Peterson in the USA

    Enjoy the celebrations

  • Laura Trinder

    05.10.2016 at 10:34

    Happy 7th Birthday

    Stoke Newington
    Heather, Mark, Ben & Jen

  • Elaine Reeve

    05.10.2016 at 09:30

    Happy Birthday Thrifty Stitcher!
    Your studio is based in Stoke Newington & Girl Charles is run by Heather Peterson in the US & Mark, Ben & Jen Creasey in the UK.

  • Jacki Breslin

    05.10.2016 at 08:42

    Happy 7th Birthday. I can believe you have managed to fit in making video’s, which I can’t wait to watch by the way.
    My answers are:
    Stoke Newington
    It started in USA by Heather Paterson in 2004, turned it into a business in the UK in 2013 along with her brother Mark and Ben and Ben’s wife Jen Creasey.

  • WheelyBad

    05.10.2016 at 08:35

    Hi Claire, Happy Birthday!

    The answers to your questions are
    The sewing school is in Stoke Newington, London N16
    and
    Girl Charlee fabrics is run by Mark, Ben, Jen and Heather.

  • Sara Milburn

    05.10.2016 at 08:07

    Congratulations on a fantastic achievement – in these tough times it is something to be very proud of!
    Answers – 1. Stoke Newington
    2. Mark,Ben & Jen Creasey

  • Sharon Foley-Guignon

    05.10.2016 at 07:49

    The Thrifty Stitcher is in Stoke Newington, and Girl Charlee in the UK is run by Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey

    Happy birthday!

  • Tracy Whale

    05.10.2016 at 06:00

    Ooh, I love a good giveaway! Congratulations on your 7th birthday and a massive pat on the back to you for all you have achieved. In answer to the questions, the thrifty studio is based in Stoke Newington in London and the UK branch of Girl Charlee is run by the trio of Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey.

  • Julie Blanchard

    05.10.2016 at 05:46

    Happy birthday TTS!. The answers are Stoke Newington and Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey.

  • Faith Archer

    04.10.2016 at 22:42

    Happy 7th birthday!
    The Thrifty Stitcher studio is in Stoke Newington.
    Girl Charlee is run by Jen, Mark, and Ben Creasy and Heather Peterson

  • Esther Linares Borrueco

    04.10.2016 at 22:30

    Thanks for the giveaway.
    The Thrifty Stitcher studio is in Stoke Newington, London, and Girl Charlee Fabric UK is run by Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey

  • Daisy Harvey

    04.10.2016 at 22:03

    Hi! Happy Birthday :) and well done for managing to fit in your studies – even though they do seem stressful at times!
    Answers are:
    Stoke Newington
    Mark, Ben, & Jen Creasey

  • Gill Martyn

    04.10.2016 at 21:01

    The Thrifty Studio is in Stoke Newington and The Girl Charlee UK Team is Mark, Ben, & Jen Creasey

  • Elizabeth Huxley-Jones

    04.10.2016 at 20:45

    Happy birthday Thrifty Stitcher!
    Thrifty Stitcher workshop is in Stoke Newington!
    Girl Charlee was started by Heather Peterson, and is ran in the UK by Ben, Mark and Jen Creasey.

  • Tracey Nixson

    04.10.2016 at 20:24

    So, the Thrifty studio is in Stoke Newington and Girl Charlee is run by Heather Peterson plus Mark,Ben and Jen.

  • Gai Davison

    04.10.2016 at 19:56

    Happy 7th birthday!! What a great achievement and a fantastic sewing school.
    Answers are
    Stoke Newington; and
    Mark, Ben, & Jen Creasey

  • Sarah Johnston

    04.10.2016 at 19:42

    The thrifty Stitcher is based in stoke Newington.
    And the very lovely Mark Ben and Jen run Girl Charlee?

  • Emma Roe

    04.10.2016 at 19:33

    The Thrifty Stitcher is in Stoke Newington.
    Girl Charlee Fabrics was started by Heather Peterson in the USA, but the UK is run by her Brothers Mark, Ben and Ben’s wife Jen Creasey

  • Josie

    04.10.2016 at 19:16

    The Thrifty Studio is based in Stoke Newington, North London.
    Girl Charlee Fabrics is run by Heather Peterson.

    I’m planning to sew a relaxed fit top for the first time and those autumnal knit fabrics are precisely what I’m looking for :)

  • Jennifer Elliott

    04.10.2016 at 18:30

    Hi Claire-Louise, I would love to be entered into the Girl Charlee fabric competition,in answer to the two questions – The Thrifty Studio is in Stoke Newington and Girl Charlee UK is run by Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey. Now I am going to check out your video for newbie sewers. Since I attended my course at your studio I have continued having a go and made another 3 tops and 2 dresses. Looking forward to making more and hope one day to get back to your studio for another course.

  • Heather Arnatt

    04.10.2016 at 18:24

    Stokey
    The Creasey Family

  • Felix Hewison-Carter

    04.10.2016 at 18:02

    Your studio is in Stoke Newington and Heather Peterson runs Girl Charlee.

    But anyway, congratulations on your birthday, long may Thrifty Stitcher continue ???

  • Lorna Hulme

    04.10.2016 at 17:39

    Girl Charlee competition.

    Happy 7th Birthday Claire and Thrifty Stitcher!!

    Thrifty Stitcher school is in Stoke Newington.
    Girl Charlee is run by Mark, Jen and Ben Creasy and Heather Peterson

  • Joanna Maguire

    04.10.2016 at 17:30

    1) Stoke Newington
    2) Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey run the UK/Europe part of the business

    • The Thrifty Stitcher

      11.11.2016 at 16:45

      Congratulations Joanna,

      YOU ARE THE WINNER!

      Please reply to the e mail we’ve just sent within a week so we can get the prize sent out!

      Happy stitching:)

  • Wai Fong LAI

    04.10.2016 at 17:22

    Happy birthday CL!

    Impressed with how you managed to demo the sewing machines whilst standing behind them! And thank you for your great tip about buying a vintage machine!

    Now, over to the competition. My answers are –

    – Stoke Newington
    – Mark, Ben and Jen Creasey

    Fingers crossed!

    Thank you! ?

    Wai