As you’ll now know if you’re reading this blog post, I have decided to close PlainStitch on 1st April.
I’ve had a flood of kind e mails and comments and I wanted to thank everyone who has taken the time to write and wish us well, we really appreciate it!
Lots of people have wondered why we are closing when the shop and classes programme has been so busy and vibrant and I wanted to explain a little what was behind the decision.
As you all know PlainStitch has been my passion for nearly 5 years now, and my MakeClub (which became the Sewing Bee) for nearly 8 years, springing out of my long love of textiles and quilt making. I’ve loved every minute of the process of teaching so many lovely people how to sew and make a quilt. It’s been truly magical watching the love of sewing blossom in so many people and sharing the journey of your makes! We’ve taught everyone from our little primary school Miss Stitchers through to our work with the Sewing Bee amongst residents of the Cherry Tree Residential home and we’ve loved it all.
PlainStitch has gone from strength to strength with busy classes and a vibrant shop, but as we’ve grown so has the industry of quiltmaking. When I made my first quilts I was pretty much the only quilter I knew and it was all about making the most of the fabric that you could find, picking up bits and pieces here and there, relying on reusing. I made slow quilts over the course of a year and I sewed into each one the experiences and memories of the time making it. Lately, as the speed of fabric collections from the fabric manufacturers gets ever faster, as I look at the 3rd or 4th range in a year from the same creatively exhausted designer, i’ve just started to feel a bit jaded. Like running a sewing retail business was out of kilter with how I feel about making quilts? Fast sewing, busy classes, a relentless wheel of new new new…..I just had a strong overpowering craving for a slower, more meaningful sewing pace. I craved a bit more Make Do & Mend and a bit less Quilt In a Day.
I’ll always cherish the time i’ve had at PlainStitch, it was a dream of mine that sheer hard work made real, and I feel like i’ve lived it fully. I have worked with some of the kindest most supportive women, met the most enthusiastic and encouraging customers and watched your friendships with each other blossom. We hear stories everyday of life’s ups and downs and how sewing sustains you, we know that the friendships made sewing, which exist outside of the usual furloughs of life, are so enriching and we’ve loved seeing the amazing quilts that you’ve made, and for that I will always be really proud. But all of this creative buzz does have a cost, and the hours in the evening and weekends, the administrative pressures, the Brexit currency effect on an industry reliant on imports, the juggling of the needs of my growing family, the need to keep reinventing…..all of these had to be balanced up in my decision.
It was a difficult decision to take but has always felt like the right decision once made, so we will close on the 1st of April and we hope that you’ll remember us fondly as you sew on. I will always be grateful to all of our lovely customers for making PlainStitch such a wonderful adventure. I am looking forward to making some fabulous new quilts that have been rattling around in my too-busy head and spending more time with my family and kids. Life is short and there is a lot more that I want to go on to do, and sew.
xx debs xx