Mother’s Day Gifts at Emporia

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and we have plenty of exciting crafty gifts to give to your mum (or ask your children to buy you) in the shop; from lovely handmade crafts created by our local crafters or gifts that they can use themselves for a spot of sewing or knitting, there is plenty to be inspired by.

Cake Pattern Weights
These gorgeous little cake themed pattern weights are just too delicious for words. Bag Mum a box of macarons, doughnuts or some cute little fondant fancies! Priced between £19.99 and £24.00.

Ceramic Hearts
Hand thrown, glazed and fired by local potter maker R. J. Laurenson, these beautiful ceramics would make the perfect gift for any mother who’s been inspired by the likes of The Great Pottery Throw Down. Nothing says I love you like one of these stunning hearts, or the chance to have a decent sized cup of tea from a beautifully decorated cup and saucer.

Sewing Patterns
Gift your mum the gift of craft with any of our fabulous sewing patterns – choose from a wide range, including the whole selection of Sew Over It dress patterns, and of course the wonderful Emporia designs created by Clair herself.

Dress Fabrics
If you’re thinking of getting her a pattern, why not give her the fabric to go with it? We’ve recently got a whole range of exciting dress fabrics, including poplin and lawn, on our shelves, so check out these gorgeous prints and see what you think would be in her style.

Cotton Yarn
Does your mum love to knit or crochet? We’ve got a whole host of lovely spring and summer bright coloured cotton yarn in the store just waiting to be transformed into something amazing. Rowan Handknit Cotton comes in a pastel range of pretty double knit, Designer Yarns cotton is bright and funky, and the Natura XL is an extra chunky version which is great for homewares and all kinds of crochet projects.

Knitting Patterns
Inspire your mum to knit some truly beautiful designs with our range of Rowan pattern books. From beginners to slightly more advanced styles, there’s plenty to get stuck into for knitters of all abilities. Is your mum a complete newbie knitter? Bag her the Lotte Jamieson Irvine cowl pattern, which will gently introduce her to the world of knits and purls.

Fat Quarters
For those on a smaller budget, a selection of fabulously funky fat quarters makes a really thoughtful gift. Choose from our enormous range of cottons and make up a selection that suits her.

Sewing Machines
If you feel like really splashing out on Mum or you are a mother who feels like you deserve a really  big treat, then come and take a look at our lovely Brother sewing machines. From the very basic models at the budget end, up to the all singing, all dancing embroidery machines, these babies are bound to make some mother’s have a very happy Mothers Day. Click on the Sewing Machines link at the top of the blog for a full rundown of all our sewing machines and overlockers, or pop into the shop for a test drive.

Mother’s Day takes place on Sunday 26th March 2017. For more information on any of our fabrics or crafts, give us a ring on 01233 612278 or pop in and see us in person at Park Mall shopping centre.


Mother’s Day at Emporia


It comes around every year at about this time and even though we know it’s coming (and some of us are actually mothers ourselves), we still manage to forget about it until the very last minute, and have to scrabble about panicking over what “thoughtful” gift we can buy at the supermarket on the way. We are, of course, talking about Mother’s Day, which takes place this Sunday, 30th March 2014. So if you haven’t booked the fancy hotel for afternoon tea, or ordered her a ginormous bunch of flowers, like every other advert on telly seems to suggest that’s all mothers ever want, then you should perhaps consider something a little bit more personal.

Lots of mums love receiving handmade gifts for special occasions, but even if you don’t have the time to whip up something using some of our gorgeous fabrics, you could always bend the rules a little and get her something handmade, just not by you.


These unusual tealights and candle holders come from Terre et Lumiere, a ceramic designer based in Rochester, and would make the ideal gift for someone who appreciates organic and natural forms in delicate materials. (The tea light holder with a double frill costs £18.50.) Crafty mums will be extra pleased with these Stitch Kits from Nancy Nicholson of Tenterden, so she can embroider herself or someone else a little bird or a teapot design in retro colours.


Mums who are always in need of somewhere to put all their stuff would definitely appreciate one of Aye Aye’s makeup bags (£7.00 each), available in a choice of funky and floral designs; or why not get her a tote bag from Pink Gecko designs (£18.00) in a very summery print, which fastens with a simple magnetic clasp – great for the town, the beach or just carrying your knitting wherever you go.

More decorative wear for the body comes in the form of the delightful applique t shirts from Pickles at £12.00 each – mixing up different fabrics and buttons, these large scale flowers transform an ordinary t shirt into something special. Or for mothers with an eye for fabulous hair, go for the fabric hair flower clips (£7.00) from Aye Aye , perfect for pairing with sunglasses and some spring sunshine.


And if all that loveliness hasn’t inspired you (or your mother is simply too tricky to buy for) you can always book her a place on one of courses so that she can create something special for herself, or you can get her Emporia Fabric and Crafts gift vouchers, available in any denomination you can think of.

So all that’s left to say, is happy Mother’s Day mums! We hope you have a smashing day. And if you don’t get the lovely treat you were hoping for, just pop into the shop and pick yourself out something super-duper. After all, mother knows best.