Katherine Bennetton – Markat Designs

Katherine and Abi are a mother and daughter team with a passion for designing and making beautiful textile items. They use high quality novelty fabrics (the more animals the better, they say!) and are always on the lookout for new creations to add to their range. Katherine has been sewing for as long as she can remember, making everything from curtains to prom dresses. She began creating fun and unique textile items to sell in 2016 and decided to bite the bullet, giving up the day job to pursue her dream full time.

She now travels around the North of England attending various craft, country and food fairs with her collection. Katherine has also taken to sourcing new fabrics on her travels including materials from Peru and Spain. She joined forces with Abi in 2017, having inspired her daughter to take up sewing. Abi enjoys experimenting with new products and spends far too many hours on Pinterest, taking in the bright and bold designs.

Their products include cosmetic bags in a range of sizes, purses, bunting, tea cosies, tote bags, cushions and aprons. All items are styled on things they would (and do) own, as well as by requests from family and friends. Wherever possible, the duo personalise each product, making them unique and special for each person. They pride themselves on doing their small part as a sustainable business – making long lasting items which can be kept for years and avoiding plastic wherever possible.

Katherine and Abi operate online Etsy and Amazon Handmade shops, as well as stocking local outlets with a range of their products. However, they have always loved being able to meet their customers face to face, valuing the feedback and enthusiasm they receive and hoping to inspire other people to take up sewing. Their products are accessible to customers of all budgets, selling a large number of products under £20 with a wide price range overall.