Owner of newly opened Stitchworks in Woodbridge has a ‘passion’ for teaching young people to sew

Karen Meyers at Stitchworks

Karen Meyers at Stitchworks - Credit: Archant

A shop that offers clothing alterations and sewing classes to young people has opened in Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Stitchworks in Woodbridge

Stitchworks in Woodbridge - Credit: Archant

Stitchworks is located near Gobbitts Yard and run by Karen Meyers who says she has a “passion” for teaching young people needlecraft.

She provides alterations for both men’s and women’s clothes, while the sewing classes are aimed at the “teens and ‘tweens” - children aged from 9 to 18.

“I think lots of kids are interested in sewing but because few parents sew they can‘t help them,” she said.

“When I was young sewing was important to me and I remember the frustration of really wanting to learn more and not having the support. I want to help young people get started - it is a true passion of mine.

Stitchworks offers sewing lessons to children and young people

Stitchworks offers sewing lessons to children and young people - Credit: Archant

“Parents I’ve spoken to want their children to learn as well. Two of the high schools in the area offer a GCSE in textiles and there is a demand for outside tuition to back up their learning.”


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Karen, who took a start-up course with Menta prior to launching her business, says she has had a “positive response” since the shop opened in December and has had support from nearby shop Fiona’s Fabrics.

She added: “Fiona has been really supportive - she runs adult classes but hasn’t the time to dedicate to young people, so we complement each other well. She sells fabrics and I offer sewing classes.”

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Stitch works also features a gift shop showcasing the work of local crafts people including wool and felted accessories, prints jewellery, mugs, soap and cards.

Stitchworks offers sewing lessons to children and young people

Stitchworks offers sewing lessons to children and young people - Credit: Archant

“This is a creative area - people are interested in buying and selling handmade items.

“If they come into the shop, there’s a chance they may meet the artist. It’s nice when you buy from the person who made it - there’s a story behind the item and it makes it that little bit more special.”

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