Monday, 13 February 2012


A little way down the road from me, a veritable sweet-shop of a haberdashers called Raystitch has opened its doors.
Upstairs they display an array of pretty printed fabrics, ribbons and notions alongside a sleek cafe counter where they brew the best coffee and tempt with delicious looking pastries. You could lose many an hour, sipping coffee and browsing their books and magazines, patterns and kits; or assembling, in your minds eye, a dream outfit from the eclectic choice of fabrics all around you.

Downstairs there is a bright and well-designed work space where they run courses in stitchery. I taught a one-to-one class in curtain-making there last week - helping Dorothy get to grips with a vast pair of velvet curtains for her bay window. Rushing to cram the making up time into a reasonable period, she trundled home happy, curtains assembled though pinned in places so she
had a little bit of homework to do before she could hang her curtains. She promised me a photo when she finally gets them up!

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