Exploring Etsy – Patch Happy part 2

Exploring Etsy with loadofolbobbins!

Howdy-do fans of needlecraft! Time to turn back to the wonderful world of patches. I have designed my first one, which you can see below, inspired by the centenary of the first women getting the vote in the UK and the courageous work of The Suffragettes. It arrived a few weeks ago and is now available in my shop. But enough about me, it’s time to visit some of the incredible talent that Etsy has to offer….

Candy Doll Club

Jade Boylan, the creative mind behind ‘Candy Doll Club’ is a Girl Gang themed pin and patch maker, illustrator, artist, designer, aspie, book addict, total geek and full time daydreamer based on the Isle of Man.

Candy Doll Club - Girl Gang Patches

What is your earliest stitching memory?

Being taught to cross stitch at primary school aged 6. Eleven of us in a class and we all spent an afternoon learning to thread a needle, knot the thread and stitch basic hearts into strips of cotton aida for bookmarks.

Candy Doll Club - Girl Gang Patches

What fires your imagination?

Anything and everything! I consume a lot of media so I’m mostly inspired by what I read, watch, listen to and see. I also love anything pastel coloured or glitter coated.

Little Paisley Designs

‘Little Paisley Designs’ creates quirky, nature-inspired illustrative goodies for creative people. Working from her sunny home studio in Bristol, Eleanor designs each piece from scratch using hand painted watercolour illustrations.

Little Paisley Designs - British Bee Patch

What is your earliest stitching memory?

As long as I can remember, my mother has been cross-stitching, embroidering, knitting or crocheting. My earliest stitching memory is probably standing on one of the many needles left around! She tried to teach me to stitch when I was young, but I didn’t have the patience ’till I was older.

Little Paisley Designs - Mountain Patch

What fires your imagination?

As is evident by my work, nature is a huge inspiration! Getting out and exploring in the mountains always fires my imagination, or a trip to my local botanical gardens! I’ve also got a huge collection of vintage nature ‘guide’ books, which always help to bring inspiration!

Little Paisley Designs - Mountain and British Bee Patches

Luna Lotus

The lovely Ella is the brains behind the design brand Luna Lotus, she creates clothing, accessories and home decor inspired by the natural and celestial world.

What is your earliest stitching memory?

My earliest stitching memory is of my wonderful mum and grandma making me some amazing princess and mermaid costumes when I was about 4 years old! I was a bit too small to have a go myself then but I spent a lot of time making weird stuffed animals out of scraps of fabric with my mum and her friend when I was around 9 or 10!

Exploring Etsy - Patch Happy part 2

What fires your imagination?

I am inspired by all the creative women in my family who have always been so supportive and encouraging to me and all the wonderful creative people I have met online since starting Luna Lotus! In my work I am inspired by natural phenomenon: space, mountains, plants and animals to name only a few!

hello DODO

hello DODO are playful printmakers and designers from sunny Worthing on England’s south coast. Working predominantly screen printing their own prints and clothing range, a few years ago they decided to turn a bunch of designs into embroidered patches and have been completely addicted to the format ever since! Their designs are bright, fun and often punny, featuring lots of their favourite animals and things. They also love seeing what items people decide to attach their patches too!

hello DODO - Clever Gull Patch
hello DODO - Cool Beans Patch
hello DODO - Patches

What is your earliest stitching memory?

To be honest , neither of us are very good stitchers! The majority of sewing I do is putting the labels into our tees and sweatshirts. I distinctly remember watching my mum stitching my Brownie and Girl Guide patches onto my sash though! We have designed so many patches now though that we plan to fill a jacket very soon!

hello DODO - Get Lost Patch
hello DODO - Bee Nice Patch
hello DODO - Take a Hike Patch

What fires your imagination?

So many things! Fun, animals, puns that usually originate from us mishearing things, food, adventures and not forgetting our black pug Hero!

hello DODO - Squeegee Club Patch
hello DODO - Dodo Patch

Well that’s it for our grand patch adventure, I hope these last two posts have you all well on the way to forming your very own patch collections – here’s the previous post if you missed it! Every patch by these fab designers is full of amazing detail and it’s so lovely to see so much individuality in each one. So make sure to pop along to the fabulous ‘Candy Doll Club’, ‘Little Paisley Designs’ ‘Luna Lotus’ and ‘hello DODO’ there’s lots of wonderful treasure to be found in their shops!


Jessica Taylor aka Loadofolbobbins is a Textile Artist and Illustrator based by the sea in Portsmouth. At her happiest with a needle and thread, with a passion for genealogy she often explores old photographs in her Textile art. With her fingers in many creative pies she loves to experiment with new techniques, creating illustrated and stitched goodies for her Etsy shop.

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