My name is Julie Filmer and I work from my garden studio in Norfolk, UK. I can't remember a time when I haven't stitched. It's an addiction, together with my obsession for collecting beautiful fabrics, trims and buttons!
As a child, I loved sewing and making, and this passion has never left me. I trained and worked as a teacher where my creativity was put to good use, but after the birth of my first child I started stitching again in earnest. I achieved a City and Guilds Level 3 in Stitched Textiles during this time and mainly made gifts for friends and family. I established the Peacock Emporium in 2011 when friends and family told me to 'go for it' and I haven't looked back! I now spend my days stitching whilst listening to the radio, with occasional breaks for tea, biscuits and a play with the cat! In fact, I still can't quite believe how lucky I am to have made my passion into a career.
The Peacock Emporium is a shop full of fabric lovelies that I have stitched using the techniques of raw-edge applique and free machine embroidery. You will find products ranging from tiny button brooches to larger pieces such as bags and cushions. The fabrics I use are vintage or patterns with a vintage feel. In particular, much of my work uses Cath Kidston and Laura Ashley fabrics and also fabrics from my ever-increasing stash of vintage finds including tweeds and liberty floral prints. I am inspired by many things - from vintage cups and saucers I find in charity shops to my neighbours clucking hens I can hear when I stitch! Each textile has been carefully designed and is a unique one-off. I gladly take commissions - so if you like what you see I can make more or similar.
I hope you get as much joy browsing through my shop as I get making these little treasures.