Tue 25 Jun 2019
Have you wandered down Green Lanes recently and seen a new haberdashery opened at No 397, the site of the once infamous Palmers Green shopping institution, Grouts? Well, this is the newly-opened, community hub craft store and class venue Stitch! aimed at satisfying the needs of the army of crafters who work and live in north London.
The brainchild of Suzanne Kelly and fellow crafters and business women Karen Mautner and Carol Balfe, the shop opened in early May and has already seen a whole host of craft classes delivered, with stock of haberdashery, fabrics, quilting materials and wool supplies quickly building up along with a number of curated, handmade gift ideas, all made by local crafters.
The launch of Stitch! is one of several initiatives supported by the Palmers Green Action Team aimed at creating Green Lanes N13 as the go-to local shopping experience. The three partners saw the potential to modernise this local iconic shop by adding various crafting classes for all ages, making it into a real community hub - a good old fashioned haberdashery with a modern twist
Suzanne said: “I have always had a passion for arts and crafts and have been overwhelmed with the interest and support from local people who have welcomed us to the area. We believe that more and more people want to spend their spare time being creative. We have put a lot of time and effort into making a bright, comfortable, welcoming environment for all. We aim to work with groups in the community, including local schools and care homes, young professionals engaging all ages in crafting and sewing.”
The talented tutors will help those attending the sessions gain confidence, new skills and make new friends along the way with people from all walks of life who share a similar passion. With brand new sewing machines that beginners have already started getting to grips with, the classes have really taken off - this half term saw the kids’ soap-making sessions sell out within days as well as the start of the Wednesday morning Knit and Natter sessions in support of North Mid neo-natal unit.
From knitting, crocheting, quilting to making a simple skirt, the team plan on expanding the classes to include a make-do-and-mend style session to help people turn up, tuck in and transform their loved clothes as well, as well as jewellery making for adults and a host of children’s activities scheduled at weekends and over the summer holidays.
To find out more about Stitch! and the summer holiday workshops for children go to www.stitch.org.uk, Instagram: Stitch_n13 Facebook: @N13crafts or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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