I’m writing this sitting in a cosy little sitting room in an AirB&B in Norfolk. Alan and I are having our delayed cycling holiday in the Norfolk Broads which was rearranged from June as then I had only just taken over The Corner Patch. We have had some lovely autumn sunshine – but also some torrential downpours when we abandoned the idea of cycling and spent a day visiting the city of Norwich. One last day on the bikes tomorrow and then home and back to the shop next week.
Have you ever tried an AirB&B? This is our third experience of them – a scheme where people open up part of their home to a B&B guest and we have been to some lovely places and met interesting people. Our host this week is a chef so you can imagine the breakfasts! It’s a good job we’ve been cycling to burn off some of the calories we consume every morning!
It always seems so much effort to come on holiday – making arrangements for all the animals – dog to a friend, alpacas and chickens fed by another friend, cats to be fed by our neighbour, thinking about what clothes we will need – hot weather gear, wet weather gear, footwear – and making sure they are all clean and ready to pack, getting cover for the shop, and then knowing there will be a mountain of washing and ironing when we get back! I sometimes wonder if it’s worth it. But when we do get away, see new parts of the world (although this time it’s new part of Britain) and get a chance to relax and just go with the flow, it’s all worthwhile.
It will be October when I am back in the shop and time for Sewing Week 2019 organised by Sew magazine. The Corner Patch has signed up as a participating store and I think it may involve cake!
As if that wasn’t enough, Barbara Chainey returns to The Corner Patch throughout October for her hand sewing workshops. We are so lucky to have Barbara join us again. Although her workshops are now full this time, we hope she will be back to teach again in March next year. Get in touch if you are interested and we will make sure you are one of the first to know the dates.
I’ve had so many requests too for more Dressmaking for Beginners that I am opening the shop for two workshops – on Tuesday 8th and Tuesday 15th October. Running from 10am – 4pm at just £35 and with only four places on each day, this is a chance to make a personalised garment and is ideal for a complete beginner or if you want to refresh your dressmaking skills. Last time some ladies went home with a new dress ready to wear, others with just a hem to stitch, but all delighted with what they had achieved. Places are going quickly so do book soon.
October also sees the second Block of the Month workshops, the second part of the Mariner’s Compass and new Bag Making workshops. We are going to be busy.
I’ve not even mentioned the new fabrics in store, new lines in haberdashery and sewing equipment and the craft kits! But I must tell you about the Wish List service that we have launched. This is inspired by a customer who said, as she picked up a pack of beautiful sewing threads, “Why does no-one think to buy me something like this for my birthday or Christmas? I get things I don’t want when I’d love to have something like this!” That got me thinking and I’ve tested the idea on some of my regular ladies who think it’s brilliant. We will have a book in the shop where you can record things you would like to be given. When your friends and family ask you for ideas you direct them to us and we deal with the rest. You will soon be unwrapping some bits of equipment, perhaps new scissors or some gorgeous fabric – things you really did want to receive! Just remind your nearest and dearest that we won’t be open on Christmas Eve – our last shopping day will be Saturday 21st December!!
Oh dear, I’ve mentioned Christmas! I think I will be in trouble for that, but another month and we will be into November and things will really be hotting up. If you are planning some makes it is a good idea to get started now.