The Back Story

Stitch Gothica is the brain child of Maxine Kirsty Sapsford AKA ‘Scarlett’ of is a space for me to explore and share my embroidery designs and makes. After 11 years online teaching the making techniques of corsetry I wanted to start a new project. My passion for surface design, embroidery and all things gothic led me to start this website back in October 2020.



There are going to be many awesome and quirky designs filling up the shop over the coming months! You can get on my newsletter list for inspiration, freebies and special discounts HERE or by downloading my FREE ‘Bug Collectors Case’ Stitch Along PatternTag me in your photos on Instagram @StitchGothica if you stitch any of my designs as it would be amazing to see what you create and feature them in my stories!



More About Me

The Lady Behind The Crazy 

Hi I’m Scarlett, Since Oct 2020 I’ve been running and since 2009 I’ve been running! The purpose of my websites is to educate, entertain and inspire!

I’m a 3rd generation seamstress from London and as you may have guessed, I love all things Stitchy. I have a degree from Goldsmiths University, London in Fine Art & Art History BA, an obsession with buying fabric & thread and a compulsion to make neat things.

Some fun stuff about me that’s not related to thread – 

I have an addiction to learning new crafts and hobbies from pottery to glass engraving. I made my son a sword for his tenth birthday, (properly, like with fire, an anvil and a large hammer!) I traveled to Japan to eat firefly squid. I own a vintage Victorian top hat and a collection of waistcoats. I love snakes and I pet spiders. My hair changes colour on average once a month but it’s mostly red or a red variant which is where I got the nickname Scarlett.