It seems like about time we heard from another one of our brilliant local businesses. This week we’re meeting the super popular and creator of all things colourful Sam Sabido aka Re-made by Sam. Since beginning the blog I’ve been inundated by people telling me how great Sam’s classes are and what a great subject she would be for the blog. Well we are not ones to ignore popularity and let’s face it, which of us country-dwellers don’t hanker after a bit of Kirsty style revamping and home-making? If you’re more Doctor Hook than crochet hook, Sam is definitely the lady to sort it out.
So let’s hear how Sam remodelled her career to become Tring’s very own queen of crochet.
Tell us about Remade by Sam – what do you do?
I’m a craft and crochet designer and teacher. I take my inspiration from vintage designs and love to recycle vintage craft patterns, fabrics and even furniture! With Re-made by Sam I celebrate the traditional art of crafting, while adding a modern twist. I lead one-to-one and small group sessions at my studio in Tring and run larger clubs and retreat days at Ivinghoe Old School Hub. My classes include: beginners crochet for adults, follow-on crochet workshops, crochet clubs, candle making and rag wreath making and I have recently introduced craft and crochet classes for children which have been great fun! I also teach crochet workshops at The Knitting & Stitching Shows at Alexandra Palace and Olympia.
Has this always been your career and if not what did you do before running your own business?
Before I established Re-made by Sam I was a primary school teacher, and my specialism, teaching children with special needs. I loved teaching but as my family grew I realised the cost of childcare would make going back to work impossible and I was feeling the strain of juggling school and home lives. As a mum of 4 young children I valued craft time as time for me: I was always crafting so I decided to have a go at running some stalls at craft fairs and markets to see if people wanted to buy the things that I made. They did! My first few fairs went really well and the business grew from there. At first I was just selling the things I made but a few years ago a lovely lady approached me and asked if I would teach her to crochet. This was a great success so I started teaching a group from my home, and before I knew it I had a waiting list and was teaching several classes a week in venues around Tring. Last September I made the leap of moving the business into my studio and I haven’t looked back. I love having a work space and have really enjoyed making it my own! I now teach at least 6 classes a week and still spend every spare minute crocheting and crafting.
What do you love most about what you do?
Meeting lovely people and getting to spend every day being creative!
What are your biggest challenges running creative business?
The biggest challenge I’m finding at the moment is switching off!! Running your own business can be all consuming because you feel so passionately about it. I am constantly thinking of new ideas for classes and designs and sometimes have to tell myself to step away from my crochet hook!!!
If you could crochet anything what would be in your wildest crochet dreams?
I love the idea of upcycling with crochet – we have an old sofa that needs some TLC and I would love to re-upholster it with crochet covers.
Sounds crochet-tastic Sam!!
More details of Re-made by Sam can be found on the Tring Buzz Directory