Rose-May is a family owned, independent business. We can usually be found at the artisan fair in our local town of Helmsley and country and gift fairs around the country. Due to lockdown we have had to change not what we do but the way we work so have moved more online. We still make things exactly the same but have added more to our range, less time on the road has given us chance to add more to our quirky wildlife range. We get our inspiration for this range from our local woodland. The main one of these being our kits which we previewed on the shopping channel Hochanda in January and hopefully will be returning to in a couple of months. All our kits have a video tutorial as well as full illustrated instructions.
We support local makers wherever we can, from our gift boxes made by Whoopsy Daisy a local paper crafter, our ceramic buttons made by a ceramic artist from Scarborough. Our fabrics are chosen for their quality but also we choose ones that are made near to us like our Moon tweed.
All our makes are from our own patterns Tracey is the main maker, she chooses the fabrics draws the patterns and makes the products. Our award winning bears was where our brand started they are available as one of a kind creations and limited editions.
Robert used to be found manning the stands at shows, servicing sewing machines and doing the general running about behind the scene jobs. This past year he has added more strings to his bow and cuts out fabric, takes photos, packs all the orders and does the post office run.
We use vintage sewing machines for all our sewing mainly Singer 201's. Which we find are great work horses for sewing thicker fabrics. We have amassed a collection of around 20 all in working order that we rotate in use. Everything is sewn together on these and finished by hand we use no glue for making anything.
Together with our small team we take great care in every aspect of Rose-May, we pack our products using the least plastic we can in order to reduce out carbon footprint as much as possible.