In just seven days' time a new and exciting venture will open in Grantham and I for one can't wait! We are going to get our very own quilting, patchwork and stitching centre! Until now we have had to travel for shopping and workshops but very soon all this will be on our doorstep! I've blogged about Stitchcraft before when I first went to meet the ladies who are starting it up but it's now looking much more like a shop and the workshop is already in use.
When I called in on Friday Sharon, above, was already bringing everyone up to speed on the first workshop she is going to be teaching on basic patchwork.
The cafe is lovely and large and airy and is being cleared of its previous occupants to make way for lots of happy stitchers we hope.
Just one side of the shop with its stock of dyes and fabric paints ready stocked and fabrics beginning to fill the shelves. I had a sneak preview and there are some beautiful, very tempting fabrics on display!
This is where I will be on Saturday morning (8 September), sharing my quilts and sketch/notebooks and talking to people about my journey towards textile art over the last 5 years. My friend Wendy Skinner, who actually started me on the whole art journey back in 1988 (!) will also be showing her textile art. Dawn Cameron Dick is giving a lecture entitled 'One Woman Quilt Show' and also a one hour quilting demonstration so the place will be jumping.
If you live in the East Midlands (UK) or are anywhere near Grantham on Saturday come and give me some moral support and be in on the start of this new venture. I have no affiliation but I do wish Kathryn, Christine, Sharon and all the tutors who have made a commitment to Stitchcraft the very best of luck and a long and happy stitching future in Grantham. If you can't come on Saturday please spread the word. (Facebook page for Stitchcraft is here). These are difficult days to be starting a new business but hopefully Stitchcraft will become a happy meeting place for local stitchers.