I'm Victoria, the owner, designer and maker of Parsnip and Bramble baby and children's clothing. I love sewing, especially applique and extra-especially sewing applique on to tiny baby clothes!
Long before I had children of my own I have always been obsessed with baby clothes and beautiful cotton fabrics. I and I was obsessed with dressing my dolls with charity shop finds!officially launched in Spring 2013 but the story of how it all started goes back much further than that. Having worked in the arts and with children and families for more than 16 years I am passionate about creating and making things by hand.
I got my first taste of designing and sewing when I landed a job working backstage in the wardrobe department of Manchester Youth Theatre. This led to me teaching Fashion and Sewing to children resident at Long Lake Camp for the Arts in New York (and gave me my first taste of backpacking!).
After qualifying as a teacher of drama and creating many costumes and props for a variety of productions, I also ran a 'Creativity Club' for primary school children to pass on my sewing and crafting skills. This was inspired by a Play and Creativity course that I did at Grumpy, Salford, I can't recommend this place enough, definitely worth a look!
Why Parsnip and Bramble?
When I was a gangly 11 year old I became hooked on bunnies.
Fluffy bunnies, ceramic bunnies, bunnies on mugs, bunnies in vintage clothing snuggled in hammocks....but as my family already had an aloof cat and an anxious mongrel rehomed from the animal sanctuary another pet was out of the question. I briefly ventured into hamster owning but it just didn't do it for me.
When I moved into my first house I chose two cute fluffballs from the local pet shop. One sandy-brown bunny looked exactly like Peter Rabbit (when he's lost his blue jacket) and the other one was the only white-speckled-with-brown one left in the shop.
This gentle, fuzzy duo became known as Parsnip and Bramble. Their names will always be special for me as they symbolise freedom, following your dream and a LOT of cuteness=:0<