This Sunday we will have been resident in Park Mall for one whole year! This is what the shop looked like when we had first moved in:
Our very first window displays were made in a crazy rush just in time for the shop launch, which was attended by the deputy mayor George Koowaree, and loads of excited sewers and creative types from Ashford. And the rest of the summer seemed to disappear in just as much of a rush as we spent our time moving furniture around, stocking up on new fabrics, buying in new products and sourcing our lovely local crafters. We also started working on our future plans for the shop, getting excited about all the possibilities being in our new location could bring.
It seems like much longer ago than one year we moved out of the tiny unit on Bank Street and into our much bigger, lighter and more spacious unit here because so much has happened since last summer: we’ve expanded our range of fabrics hugely, introduced a whole lot more sewing equipment, started selling yarn and knitting accessories, and increased the range of classes we offer, including ones that use our very own patterns, which is probably the achievement we are most proud of.
Emporia Patterns started off with the cute and simple Reversible Dress which has been flying off the shelves since it was launched back in February; loads of you have made your own fantastic versions of this and we’ve been really pleased to have introduced lots of newbie sewers to the delights of sewing little girls dresses in our classes. We recently then added another girl’s dress to the range, with the slightly more advanced Amelie Dress. This too has proven very popular so we can expect to see more amazing versions from all our customers soon! And with more patterns currently under development, there will be more new releases hitting our shelves over the coming months.
To celebrate all our achievements and our one year anniversary, we are having a flash sale this weekend – on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th all our full priced fabrics will be 15% off. We will be open from 10am – 5pm on both days, so if you’ve had your eyes on a particular print for a while, now is the time to pop down and bag it! And we will be announcing the winner of our very exciting basket of crafty goodies – and if you haven’t managed to enter the draw to win it, there’s still time before Saturday.