Sessions lend a hand to improve craft skills
CRAFTY types now have the chance to learn new skills thanks to a community project started by two friends.
Fiona Messenger runs the Habiknit stall in the indoor market at the Grosvenor Centre selling haberdashery, craft, quilting and knitting supplies.
She says she often has customers ask her about crafts and making and is not always able to answer their questions.
Fiona, of Crown Street West, thought there was a need for craft sessions in Macclesfield to give her customers the skills they are looking for.
One of her customers is Julie Wallinger, 45, a mum-of-two from Macclesfield who is also keen on crafting.
The pair decided to take over a vacant space at the indoor market to run craft sessions such as crochet, knitting, lace making and jewellery making.
They’ve called it Serenity Crafts and those who run the sessions volunteer their time but pieces they make can be sold at the market.
Fiona and Julie charge £4 for the sessions but the money is put into a fund to run further sessions.
Fiona said: “This is not about making profit, the money we take goes back into running it and we have put money into this to get it off the ground.
“It’s about running something for the community, making use of a vacant space in the market and bringing more people into the market.
“There are lots of people in Macclesfield keen to learn these things.
“Some are elderly people who come along to meet other people.
“It’s been really popular so far and is great to be able to do this for the community, but we need as many people to support it as possible.”
Julie makes bunting and other sewing and has been part of the ‘rent-apew’ scheme at King Edward Street Chapel which allows craftspeople to sell items from the pews.
She said: “We’ve loved doing this so far and I’ve had so many people stop and ask questions about what we’re doing.
“Anything to give a boost to the market is a good thing.”
Sessions run from 10am to midday and midday to 2pm Monday to Friday.
Call Fiona on 07462 727292 or Julie on 07805 425899 to find out more.
●● Julie Wallinger (left) and Fiona Messenger