drooled over looked at overseas fabric stores and thought “why is no-one doing that here in NZ?”.
Dare to dream of a community based store where fabric is beautifully displayed, you can hire sewing machines (akin to an internet cafe) and there are workshops to learn new skills.
The cute cafe oozes crafty inspiration to help get you in the sewing mood. Or you can just buy something that makes you look crafty without the effort.
In a spacious room by the cafe, you’ll find a workspace with sewing machines you can use for a nominal fee. There are also various workshops held here.
You’ll also find inspirational magazines, Martha Stewart stencils and a couple of tables laden with lovingly organised fat quarters.
Kirsty is the owner and founder of The Make Cafe and she is just as inspirational to chat with. Having launched the physical store in November 2012, she has transformed a dirty old deli into this sewing lovers mecca.
Despite juggling this brick and mortar store along with her “Sew Pretty” online fabric store and motherhood, she still exudes a calm and gentle confidence that leaves me rather in awe.
The Make Cafe often run various workshops, so if you live in Christchurch you may want to stay in the know by joining their Facebook page.
While there I allowed myself to indulge in a little Echino fabric so I can’t wait to work with that. I’m not even brave enough to cut into it yet though … it’s too sacred!
I have dreams of turning it into a cushion sometime. I wonder if I can do that without cutting at all?
*I have not been paid for or compensated for this post in any way. This is purely a personal post with my own ravings.