Spinning a revival in homemade crafts

Jacqui Holden has opened a crafts shop called Topstitch in Fleetwood
Jacqui Holden has opened a crafts shop called Topstitch in Fleetwood

There’s something immensely satisfying about making your own things...

In an age when money is tight, a revival in home-made crafts has seen people get creative and explore what they can achieve at little cost in the comfort of their own homes.

TV programmes like the Great British Sewing Bee and Great British Bake Off, and social networking sites, have inspired people to make it themselves and has seen an upturn in home-made crafts and gifts.

For Jacqui Holden however, getting creative on the sewing machine has always been a big part of her life.

And now she is using her fantastic talents to teach others in her new shop Topstitch.

She has moved her small business from Blackpool and is hoping Lord Street in Fleetwood will be the place to inspire others to get crafty.

She said: “I’m selling craftwork for other local people who are trying to get their work out there.

“There has definitely been a come back in homemade crafts, people want to explore what they can do.”

One of the biggest parts of Jacqui’s new venture is craft workshops for the whole family.

She has already seen some of the workshops booked up and is looking forward to a season making lots of quirky things.

“We are doing sewing workshops, wet felting which the children love to do, painting, lino carving and printing, crochet, knitting, making tote bags, mirror making – all sorts.”

Jacqui studied fine arts and textiles at college but it was her mum who inspired her in the early days.

“Mum was always sewing, it was the norm in our house and that’s where the love of it came from.”

Mum-of-three Jacqui can turn her hand to anything.

One of the more unusual crafts she does is making children’s teepees.

She also makes soft toys and fabric family plaques.

Other Fleetwood crafters with work displayed at Topstitch include Beachcomber Creations, Mama Birds Craft Emporium, soap-maker Pretty in Punk and Carol Jordan upholstery.