Sunday, 14 June 2015

Found - a new, local(ish) sewing shop

This weekend started early for me as I was off work on Friday afternoon for a little trip over to Heswall for afternoon tea in a sewing shop.

Love Stitch are based in the centre of Heswall and although the shop and cafe have been open since January, this Friday saw the launch of afternoon teas in the cafe. Through a Twitter giveaway, I had won afternoon tea at their launch event. Unfortunately I was so busy chatting and enjoying tea that I forgot to take any photos, but the lovely ladies at Love Stitch have kindly allowed me to use some from their Instagram and Facebook pages.

The official ribbon cutting was done by Paul Clarke (whom many of you will recognise from series three of the Great British Sewing Bee) and Betty Pamper, a local blogger and crafter.

(Photo credit: Love Stitch)
After we had enjoyed a glass (or two) of fizz, it was time to sit down for afternoon tea. Much to my delight I was seated at the same table as Paul (hark at me on first name terms!) who was more than happy to answer our many questions about GBSB, but conversation soon turned to fabric and yarns. An hour quickly passed filled with chatter, cups of tea, dainty sandwiches, delicious cakes and fresh-from-the-oven scones with cream, jam and strawberries. Too soon it was time for me to head home, but not before I had made a quick purchase of a couple of fat quarters of Liberty fabric to add to my Liberty stash.

(Photo credit: Love Stitch)

As well as a carefully curated selection of Liberty lawns and silks, Love Stitch have a range of dressmaking and patchwork fabrics, haberdashery and yarn. They also run various sewing, knitting and crocheting classes in the upstairs studio. More details can be found on their website, Facebook page and blog, or on Twitter and Instagram.

(Photo credit: Love Stitch)
It is always nice to find a new fabric shop and it is even better when that fabric shop sells Liberty and is short trip from home. I expect this first visit will not be my last, especially I am tempted to make an apron for their Apron Festival and am trying to resist signing up for their amigurumi workshop.