Hello! I’m Kate
I've run a business linked one way or another to the craft industry since 2009, although my desire to teach people how to make things started long before. I love teaching people how to make things, but also thrive on helping others run their own creative businesses, doing what they love.
I started The Makery in 2009. After a decade in Marketing and Branding, I quit my day job to follow my dream. I spent a year planning The Makery, creating the brand and figuring out how to make it a success. We very quickly found our first premises, signed the lease and got the keys just 10 days before our first baby was born!
The Makery grew quickly. Within the first year we’d taken on a second premises, had a regular column in the UK's largest subscription magazine, been featured in national newspapers and magazines - Elle Decoration being a highlight - I cried for days - and had slots on BBC Breakfast & Woman’s Hour.
The time felt right; I knew I was on my path. The appetite for craft was growing.
Our crew grew fast, and before we knew it we were a team of over 30, teaching people all sorts of creative skills in our workshops and parties.
We were approached by a Book Agent in 2010, and I fulfilled another dream!
I’ve written 2 books; 'Makery' & 'Makery: Sewing', both of which were published internationally.
We were invited to appear on Dragon’s Den in 2011 which was one of the most terrifying and exciting experiences I can recall. It resulted in a massive boost to our business, overnight.
Shortly afterwards, we signed a licensing deal with Wild+Wolf and launched our range of merchandise. This was such a fun time: Designing, coming up with the ideas and seeing them brought to life. Our range was distributed in thousands of retailers worldwide and helped us achieve exactly what I set out to do: Help break craft into the mainstream and get as many people as possible to learn to love making things.
I was contacted by John Lewis soon after. They already stocked our kits and books, but now they wanted us to start hosting our workshops in their flagship store. Our relationship with John Lewis has developed ever since; our team hosts workshops in stores across the country, and I regularly host online workshops for them. I love it: My first weekend job as a teen was in John Lewis, so it's come full-circle!