Stitch! is a community enterprise launched in May 2019 aimed at satisfying the needs of the fast-growing army of crafters, from beginners to experts, who work and live in north London. The idea of Stitch! was born when Rodwins in Southgate closed its doors in December 2018. The local crafting community in Southgate were devastated so Suzanne, Karen and Carol came up with plans to provide haberdashery, fabrics and knitting supplies with the addition of crafting classes for all ages. There will also be a wonderful selection of original gift items, created by local crafters along with regular opportunities for those attending and running classes to exhibit and sell their creations.
We have discovered an amazing creative community in Palmers Green and Southgate who are excited about Stitch! and are looking forward to running workshops and helping in the shop.
We aim to work with all age groups in the community engaging all ages in crafting and sewing. We plan to provide work experience for young people wanting to develop a career in creative crafts or retail and, in time, we hope to offer apprenticeships to help young people develop their careers in a sustained way.
The Stitch! premises are based in what was the former Grout’s draper’s shop, which served the Palmers Green community for more than 60 years. It retains many of its Edwardian features. A giant corner shop, with high ceiling, a vast expanse of display windows and an interior full of natural light – a perfect environment for crafting workshops and for shoppers browsing to find an impulse buy.