Warm welcome at craft groups

A SEWING cafe is looking to attract new members to two of its new craft groups.

Cheeky Sew and Sew, on Rochdale Road, Todmorden, has started running a sewing group on Thursday evenings and a knitting group on Friday mornings.

Both of the weekly groups are free and run on a drop-in basis.

They are open to stitchers and knitters of all abilities.

Tansy Dyer, who runs Cheeky Sew and Sew, said: “The sewing and knitting groups are there to provide an opportunity to meet like-minded people, come and share ideas and create in company, as well as have an audience to show off your finished work to.

“They are not taught sessions but there will always be someone on hand to help out or give advice, as well as make tea.”

Hand and machine stitchers, rag rug makers, quilters and embroiderers are welcome at the sewing group.

Knitters, crocheters and felters are encouraged to attend the knitting group.

“It’s not just for girls. There’s no gender or age bias,” she said.

“It’s a very welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.”

More than half a dozen people have already joined the groups to pick up a new skill.

Even Tansy is looking to learn a thing or two.

“I learned to knit as a child but then didn’t do it for years and years,” she said. “I have started doing it again now.”

The groups feature a wide age range, from teenagers to senior citizens.

“We help each other out by sharing knowledge but if people want to come and have some companionship, they can do that too,” she said. “We always have tea and coffee. We are fuelled by cake and buns.”

Sarah Browning, who attends the knitting group, said: “It’s a really friendly, neighbourhood atmosphere.

“It’s like we are on a TV show.

“We come down here and knit and talk about our lives.”

Fellow attendee Alison Elliott said: “It’s nice to have something like this to do in our own town.”

The sewing group runs on Thursdays from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.

The knitting group meets on Fridays from 10.30am until 12.30pm.

For more information, call 01706 816181, visit www.cheeky-sew-and-sew.co.uk or call in to the sewing cafe.