Night feeds with your baby.
Often a time when you feel like you’re the only two people awake in the entire universe!
But it was those quiet moments that gave Lauren Sives a chance to dream up a way to create a business idea using just a needle and thread!
Read all about how she started her business called Xanbrodery.
Being there for my family
Like most other fabulous women in business, I started up because I wanted to be able to stay at home with my young children.
I would spend those night feeds during the early hours of the morning, scrolling through social media being inspired by all these amazing women who were able to run a successful business from their homes whilst being able to look after their kids at the same time.
I knew I wanted to be a part of that community.
I’ve always wanted to have a wee clothing line and when my boys came along I wanted to be able to make them clothes that no one else had.
Keeping it simple
However, printers were expensive and technical and I didn’t have a clue where I would even begin with using one so I decided to try and make something the old fashioned way instead with just a simple needle, some thread and an old stained T-shirt. I haven’t looked back since.
The name Xanbrodery is a mash up of Xander, Brody (my sons names) and Embroidery.
I wanted it to be something unique but special, and I thought it would be quite fitting to have their names in it seeing as they’re the reason I started in the first place.
I’ve been open for just over a year now and I hand embroider everything from hoops and wall hangings to cushions, bags, T-shirt, jumpers, jackets and dungarees.
I make everything to order and I absolutely love it when people come to me with an idea and I get to work beside them to bring their idea to life. Small business logos on bags and T-shirt’s are a firm favourite of mine along side anything rainbow coloured.
I’ve been enjoying making items for Xanbrodery so much that I’m now starting to branch out into bridal wear too. Hand embroidering bespoke denim jackets for all members of the bridal party and I’m currently working on my biggest, most exciting piece to date.
There’s something so special about making things by hand and I’m so grateful for every order I receive, that each item is made with the same amount of love and care as the next one.
No matter what it may be.