Our First Year in Park Mall – Special Anniversary Offers

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.


2 thoughts on “Our First Year in Park Mall – Special Anniversary Offers

  1. I have had a look at your website and am delighted that you are planning more courses, but I am wondering whether you might help me.

    My daughter is 40 on 31 July the family have bought her a sewing machine, her first. She really needs lessons and I am wondering whether her husband might want to be inspired to book her into one of your beginner’s courses. The only problem with that is that it looks as though you would have children and adults on the same course. I suspect that as she has two children of her own that she would rather be in an adult group and secondly the children will probably leave her behind!!

    She is an absolute beginner so I would be grateful if you could let me know if you are planning anything suitable for her. Needless to say she works four days a week and does housework on her day off!!

    Her husband has come up with getting her to drive around Silverstone or Brands Hatch, but as she won’t drive in a motorway that may not be appropriate!!


    Kind regards Ros Debling

    Sent from my iPad


    • Hi Ros, the date of the next Beginner’s Class is Saturday 3rd September, and currently there are no children booked on it; however all our classes are open to children of appropriate sewing age, so we cannot guarantee that no children will book onto it between now and then. We currently have no plans to host adult only sewing classes. If you have any other queries, please feel free to pop into the shop and have a chat with us. Lotte.

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