Craft so­lu­tions for ev­ery­one

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the medieval days of the Bayeux Ta­pes­try to the fast-paced 21st cen­tury, arts and crafts have sewn them­selves through our past and into our present.

For the many peo­ple tak­ing up knit­ting nee­dles, cro­chet­ing hooks and patch­work frames once more, Week­end Shopper's Arts and Craft sec­tion can pro­vide $200 quilt­ing frames and $110 spin­ning wheels as well as patch­work fab­rics, knit­ting wool, and sewing threads.

Like many of her peers, Les­ley McCon­nell en­joys work­ing with fab­rics. Her Faeries In My Gar­den patch­work shop re­flects her love for pretty sim­plic­ity.

While a mul­ti­tude of de­signs and ac­ces­sories is avail­able in Faeries In My Gar­den, the store is also filled with pas­tel and flo­ral colours and the gen­eral flavour is unashamedly ro­man­tic.

“I’ve al­ways loved pretty flo­ral colours and I love the look of pas­tels,” Mrs McCon­nell said.

“I’ve been patch­work­ing and em­broi­der­ing since I was a child and I couldn’t live with­out this craft­work - I’m to­tally smit­ten with it.”

Faeries In My Gar­den is un­usual in that Mrs McCon­nell cre­ates and sells most of her de­signs rather than some­one else’s cre­ations.

“Designing is a kind of ther­apy for me,” she said.

“It feels as if the de­signs live in­side me and they have to come out.’’

Mrs McCon­nell also en­joys patch­work­ing for its sen­ti­men­tal ori­gins, with the craft be­gin­ning with women cut­ting up old dresses and chil­dren’s clothes to cre­ate quilts and other items.

“Peo­ple still swap fab­rics and de­sign kits and so the round of re­cy­cling con­tin­ues,’’ she said.

With a range of se­cond­hand sewing ma­chines, fab­rics and frames on of­fer, Week­end Shopper is a great place for patch­work be­gin­ners to start their own craft­work cre­ations.

“Most peo­ple can set them­selves up for un­der $100,” Mrs McCon­nell said.

Faeries In My Gar­den is at 70 Park Pa­rade, Shorn­cliffe.

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