Ses­sions lend a hand to im­prove craft skills

Macclesfield Express - - CRAFT LAUNCH - KAREN BRIT­TON

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

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