Creative Sewing workshops from Needle Point Cafe – Blog

Needle Point Sewing Cafe

Hi, I’m Caroline from Needle Point Sewing Cafe. I opened my shop in August 2013 on Station Parade, Harrogate. We offer a variety of services from a cup of tea to lunch, sewing accessories, craft kits and gifts to children’s birthday parties, adult sewing workshops and lessons as well as Hen parties and Baby showers.

I have always been really interested in sewing and crafts. I can remember even from a very young age all my pocket money would go on craft kits, stickers to do scrap books or thread and beads to make friendship bracelets. My passion for all things creative continued throughout school and University where I studied Textile Design.

Turning a hobby into a business has been challenging so far, however it has certainly had its rewards. In the four months I have been open I have met some wonderful people.  I have some lovely regulars who keep me company throughout the week chatting (or putting the world to rights) over a cup of tea and cake. I also have met a lot of people who are really interested in starting sewing or taking their knowledge and skills to the next level. My evening workshops are proving successful; they are so much fun to do as even though I am teaching the class I learn so much from the people that come. Popular classes include; an Introduction to the Sewing Machine, Soap Making, Owl Cushion, Quilting and Patchwork and Bunting. This enthusiasm for being creative is what I enjoy the most therefore I have started a coffee craft morning every Friday  to encourage customers to have a drink, meet new people and share their love of craft. My aim is to set up an evening session too, even if it’s once a month to bring people of Harrogate together and create a crafty community.

Children’s birthday parties are another element of my business I really enjoy. Over 2 hours the children participate in sewing or craft activities. Making an owl cuddly toy, mosaic tile or soap making are something new for the children of Harrogate to do. Each child goes home with their finished product and a sense of achieve. It’s all done in a relaxed friendly atmosphere and the children even enjoy a birthday tea after their products are made. I hoping to grow this part of my business as it is so rewarding.

A big part of why I love sewing is passing on my knowledge to people and sharing ideas.  By being on the School Trips and Workshops site, I am hoping to go into schools or community groups and teach children the basics of sewing as well as encourage them to have fun, be creative as you never know what you might make. My workshops fit around the current curriculum for primary school children, activities include fabric painting, felt puppets, fabric collages relating to your home town or Yorkshire and I have a very fun workshop on embellishing your own yellow jersey for le Tour De France this summer. Working with School Trips and Workshops, especially Liane Levine has been a happy experience. They are easy to contact and extremely friendly. Liane even helped me develop a workshop idea (fabric collage turned into a quilt) which is unique to my business and gives the school a beautiful sentimental quilt to treasure.

Looking to the future and creating awareness are my aims for this year. As a new business I would like more of the residents of Harrogate to know where I am and what I do. I would like to grow the workshop, lessons and party’s side as it is unique to my business. Interacting with schools is my next big project and I am always happy to welcome new faces to my cafe as you can never have too much tea and cake.

Please visit my website @ www.needlepointsewingcafe.co.uk or contact me via phone on 01423 522229 or email @ caroline@needlepointsewingcafe.co.uk if you are interested in any of the above.

Why not also have a look at my workshops on the School Trips and Workshops site?

Thank you

Caroline

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January 30, 2014

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