meet-the-maker-folksy-peggy-pegThis week we have Folksy shop owner and mum of four Beth Pegler AKA ‘Peggy’ coming in to talk about her transition from primary school teacher to jewellery maker.

For those unfamiliar with Beth’s work think ‘Marni-esque’ chunky rope pieces beautifully bound in delicate muted shades of silk embroidery thread.   Beth is a multi talented maker with her shop also carrying charming handcrafted homeware.

If you’d like to read a bit more about Beth before Fridays session then there is an interview with her on the Folsky blog which you can access here.

Beth’s lust-worthy Instagram gallery also provides a wonderful snapshot of her daily life and is definitely one to check out! @peggypeg_


MEET THE MAMA // Beth Pegler


  • Who are you?

Hi, I’m Beth Pegler, a mum of 4 (3 girls including identical twins and a little boy)

  • Where are you from?

I’m originally from Stroud in Gloucestershire but have lived in Sheffield for about 18 years.

  • How did you end up in Sheffield?

I came to Sheffield for University in 1997. I did a degree in English Literature and creative writing and later a primary years PGCE.

  • What’s your brand?

My brand is called ‘Peggy’ (a nickname) and is mainly embroidery thread and rope jewellery.

What do we need to know about your brand?

I enjoy combining colours to create wearable pieces out of thread and rope. Everything that I make is something that I would wear myself.

  • Where can we see your brand?

I sell through my online folksy shop and also in shops in North Wales, Leeds and in Sheffield in the wonderful Moonko. Over the Christmas period I sold my necklaces in a Sheffield makers shop in the winter gardens. I also did my first stall at Julefest which was great fun, it was so nice to meet the people that buy my work.

  • What’s your favourite thing to do as a family in Sheffield?

We love to walk through the woods to Forge Dam, the girls can take their bikes and scooters, Arthur can find lots of sticks and at the end there is a park, ducks to feed and a cafe for ice creams and hot drinks so everyone’s a winner.

  • Top mama tip?

Just to enjoy it all really. Everyone says it but it really does fly by so fast. My eldest is 8 and a half now and it only seems like yesterday that she was a tiny baby.

GUEST SPEAKER // Roanna Wells

imageWe’re honoured to have local artist and woodcarver, Roanna Wells as our speaker this week.  Roanna is coming to talk us through her career as an artist and in particular her latest project which your little ones have the opportunity to be a part of.

Roanna says of her new work “this latest project is a way of linking me back to my interest in child development and communication through the aesthetics of children’s drawings and spontaneous mark making. Following on from my curiosity into child psychology and how I might explore this with my artwork”.

We’re looking forward hearing about the project and seeing some new faces this week!


Mama Social x


You can read Roanna’s interview with the Toast blog here

MEET THE MAMA // Sally Mastin

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  • Who are you?

Sally Mastin, owner of Vintedge and mum of five

  • Where are you from?

I grew up in Sheffield

  • What is your business?

Vintedge – a vintage shop based on Abbeydale Road in Sheffield’s Antiques Quarter

  • What do we need to know about your business?

I set it up when my youngest daughter was only 6 months old it started as a pipe dream in 2013 and has grown into a vintage arcade with various trades people all under the one Vintedge roof including the newly opened tea room which is available for hire!

  • Where can we find you?

444 Abbeydale Road our opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 11-3


or Instagram @vintedge448

  • What’s your favourite thing to do as a family?

I spend hour after hour looking for cheap deals and book weekends away for us all;  sometimes the shitter the place the better it is!

Lazy Sunday watching Zack play rugby, taking the dog for a walk, eating a roast an watching Disney films in bed with my girls whilst they do my hair and nails.

  • Top mama tip…

Get out of the house, don’t stay in and go crazy in the first few weeks/months.  Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t breastfeed or don’t want to. Drink Gin.

FEATURE // Partus



It’s a massive life or death thing that happens every minute of every day in every country of the world.

The expectations, the exhaustion, the euphoria. The shock, the sadness, the stupidly long shifts. The joy, the pain, the mess. Oh, and that first cup of tea that tasted better than anything, ever.

Third Angel delves into the myths, the statistics and the politics of birth, engaging with real people and real stories. There will be laughter, hand-gripping tension, dancing, tears, shouting, singing and love..

Third Angel has been making extraordinary, funny, curious and adventurous theatre for the last twenty years.

Partus is currently at the Crucible and looks like an amazing production. There is also a child friendly matinee perfomace at 10:30 on Tuesday where you can take babe in arms. (Please note that the performance is recommended for ages 15+)


MEET // 15/01/16

This week we braved the freezing temperatures to see Rosie from The Sheffield Sling Surgery speak at our meet.  It was a truly enlightening talk which not only saw us trying out the slings (sleepy nico slings went down a treat) it also left us all feeling a lot more relaxed and confident about parenting.  Rosie’s views on attachment parenting and in particular safe co-sleeping left me feeling less guilty and more reassured about having my little one in bed with me!

Here is the link to the Durham Institute of Sleep website which Rosie talked about (unfortunate acronym!)

Mama Social x



MEET THE MAMA // Rosie Knowles

Rosie Sling Surgery - Mama Social - SheffieldWho are you?

I am a mum of two, a GP, and also run an educational resource showing parents in Sheffield and around the country about the importance of carrying children from birth, in arms or in a sling.

  • Where are you from?
I grew up in South Africa and then in the South of the UK.
  • How did you end up in Sheffield?
My best friend comes from Doncaster and lived in Sheffield for a few years after we finished medical school; I came to visit her one Christmas when it had snowed and she took me out to Mam Tor. I loved the city and its attitude and applied for medical jobs here ten years ago, and have been here ever since!
  • What’s your brand?
I run the Sheffield Sling Surgery and Library; and the online retail arm Sling Spot.


  • What do we need to know about your brand?
The Surgery is a teaching, supporting and borrowing service for parents to find out more about carrying their baby in various safe and comfortable slings  – and toddlers and preschoolers too, as little legs get tired of walking and life has to carry on! I do a lot of educating and training further afield as well. The Sling Spot is the retail side of things, selling beautiful and comfortable slings and accessories for parents.


  • Where can we see your brand?
instagram @rosieattheslingsurgery slingspot
twitter SheffSlSurgery


  • What’s your favourite thing to do as a family in Sheffield?
Be outside, eat out, laugh and be silly.
  • Top parenting tip?
Keep your children close and be responsive – children need to be carried and they thrive when they are carried.