Crafter hopes for Sewing Bee boost

Crafter hopes for Sewing Bee boost

Following the resurgence in baking after The Great British Bake Off, a shopkeeper from Buckinghamshire is hoping that the same will happen now that the Great British Sewing Bee has come to an end.

The popular BBC2 programme recently finished and each week saw amateur sewers, knitters and crocheters take on a variety of challenges.

This was all with the target of being named Britain's champion at sewing.

Speaking to Bucks Free Press, Sally Baker from Sally's Sewing Box in Princes Risborough claims that she has always witnessed an increased interest in all things crafty.

She said: "People have been coming in and saying I haven't sewn for years but I think I will have a go after watching the programme."

The 55-year-old, who used to make wedding dresses and gowns for bridesmaids, opened the shop in January and explained to the publication that although it has certainly been hard work, she has always dreamed of opening up her own shop.

After beginning sewing at the age of four or five, Ms Baker said that she learnt these skills from her mum and nan.

Her shop sells a range of fabric, haberdashery and handmade gifts, and offers workshops and personal advice to customers.

"If they come in and want to start a project I can help them. I can give them the confidence to do it," she added.

Ms Baker said that the popularity of sewing, knitting, quilting and crochet were all rising thanks to a recent resurgence in all things handmade, partly thanks to shows like the Great British Sewing Bee.

The shop is offering plenty of workshops in time for summer, so that people can learn to make their own quilts and fascinators.

Wedding season is a great time to put your craft skills to work, crocheting a few floral brooches or embroidering your very own fascinator.

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