Cumbria Times
A Voice of the North
4:23 PM 15th April 2021

Textile Partnership Embroiders Mask Optimism

Artisan workwear specialist The Stitch Society has teamed up with embroidery artist Modern Floss to offer embroidery kits for creative individuals to personalise their own facemask and make it unique to them.

Based in Salts Mill at Saltaire, Charlotte Meek’s firm The Stitch Society was ahead of the curve last year when she began producing masks early in the first lockdown, long before their use became mandatory. Using beautiful fabric remnants from their apron manufacturing process, the firm sold the masks with profits going to NHS Charities.

She met fellow Yorkshire businesswoman Charlotte Taylor-Frape, who is based in Sheffield, at The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in 2019, where the two discovered they had more in common than a shared first name and a love of textiles.

Both had founded their respective businesses in the wake of life-affirming battles with cancer. Their collaboration began with the introduction of an embroidered apron, ‘Not Your Average’ added to The Stich Society range of artisan workwear.

The new embroidered face mask kits include all the components to make a personalised face mask, including a choice of linen or denim mask, coloured ties, easy design ideas, colourful threads, needles and clear instructions.

Charlotte Taylor-Frape said:
“I’m delighted to be working with The Stitch Society on this project. We think the face mask as an accessory is going to be with us for a while, and anything we can do to make the experience of living in the new world alongside COVID19 a little more cheerful has got to be a good thing. Wearing a mask that you have personalised yourself provides an opportunity for creative individuals to reveal some of their character that’s hidden beneath the mask”.

The mask kits are available online from The Stitch Society website at