East Lancashire woman introduces craft café

East Lancashire woman introduces craft cafe

East Lancashire has introduced a new sewing and knitting café, inspired by the resurgence of the 'make do and mend' mentality.

Tansy Dier has opened Cheeky Sew and Sew in Todmorden for people who want to up-cycle their garments and furniture, as well as learning new skills.

Speaking to the Blackburn Citizen, she explained that it can be far cheaper to buy inexpensive garments and alter them to suit your shape or style.

"If you come and learn how to knit it can save you so much money in the long run once you know how to do it," Ms Dier said.

She explained that many clothes are far simpler to put together than people imagine, with a basic skirt essentially being just two triangles sewn together.

The café contains a range of sewing machines which customers can drop in and use while learning new skills and enjoying a coffee and snacks.

Ms Dier went on to say that she feels there has been a rise in the number of people taking up crafty hobbies and was inspired by this to start her own make do and mend courses.

"Throwaway fashion isn't for everybody. I see more people who have spent a bit more money on things to alter them to fit perfectly. It's an easy and good skill once you know how," she said.

This is something the area has really cottoned on to with fellow crafter Amanda Chinery telling the newspaper that she decided to learn to knit by launching her own Stitch and Bitch classes in Blackburn last year.

She has since had females joining from age seven to 78, many of which are keen to make their own clothes.

"People come from all over to learn how to knit. I think people are looking to save money and learn how to knit stuff, make use of a sewing machine and have some fun. Women like to learn a new skill while having a natter," Ms Chinery went on to say.

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