A hobby which began as a way of making presents for friends is quickly turning into a second career for a Maltese nurse living in the Ribble Valley.
Deborah Catania, who works as a nurse in Nelson, has always enjoyed making handmade gifts to give to family and friends at Christmas but when she made some woollen handbags for Christmas 2012, demand for her bespoke pieces took off.
“I love relaxing after a nursing shift by making something which will be enjoyed by other people. Since I made my first handbags at the end of 2012, I have had a number of requests from friends of friends and gained the confidence to start selling my unique, one-off pieces at craft and vintage fairs.
“I take inspiration for my designs from all over the world and recently bought some lovely fabric from New York which has been a big hit when I’ve used it and I’m excited about using more linen for some summer designs I have come up with.
“I love being a nurse but I am really enjoying furthering my hobby and meeting lots of other like-minded people at the vintage fairs I’ve been attending. I recently sold my handbags at the Lytham Vintage and Antiques Market and was overwhelmed by the response from customers and other traders. It took me two and a half hours on the bus from the Ribble Valley to get there on my day off but it was well worth it and I am definitely looking forward to returning to this event whenever I can.”
The Lytham Vintage and Antiques Market is held on the final Saturday of each month (with the exception of June) at the Assembly Rooms, Dicconson Terrace, Lytham, FY8 5JY.