Meet the maker Lesley Bywater

My name is Lesley Bywater and I live in Bristol. I have a passion for making things from fabric, wool and other fibres. I have been interested in crafts from a young age. My first knitted project was made in junior school, and was a yellow drop stitch scarf with pompoms. My granny let me use her treadle sewing machine for making dolls clothes, and I made my first pinwheel bed quilt aged 11. My enthusiam for crafting has continued to grow, and I have recently learnt how to spin and dye my own yarns for knitting. This means that I can now create unique yarns for my knitting projects. With all these raw fibres around, I have also found that my creative experimentation has now progresssed into wet felting and weaving.
I still love to quilt and belong to The Piecemakers Quilt group in Bristol. I always have patchwork and quilting projects on the go - some small, some large. Many of these are embellished with embroidery and my own printed fabrics to create unusal one off pieces of art.

I also have a website at, so please visit me here too, to see a complete slide show of my work, projects I have designed for you to make and find out which craft fairs and events I will be attending.

I am running workshops from my home studio in 2015. Please see
for more details.

Terms and Conditions:
Payment method is by Paypal to ensure that your transaction is protected and that you can have full peace of mind in your purchase. Payment must be completed in full before any item will be dispatched. Unfortunately I do need to reserve the right to cancel any orders where payment is not completed within 24 hours. Please remember to check that your Folksy and paypal address details are correct and are the same. If not, please email to let me know your correct shipping address.
I aim to dispatch all items within 2-3 working days (Monday to Friday) from payment being completed. All items will be sent out packaged in a way that will protect them as much as possible during transit. For international shipping the buyer will be responsible for paying any customs or import taxes or duties.
Please email before making returns to make sure I am aware to expect a package. Return the item in the condition I sent, with the original packaging, within 7 days for refund of the item cost. Postage and packing, including return postage and packing will not be refunded. Your original payment will be refunded to you in full once I have received the item back. Please obtain and keep a proof of postage receipt.