Simply Needlecraft started trading in March 2013. Our bricks and mortar shop is based on the High Street in Swadlincote in Derbyshire.
We stock fabrics, yarns, knitting and crochet accessories, ribbons, trimmings and haberdashery.
Before lockdown in 2020 the downstairs was just a shop with a sewing studio upstairs for adults and kids to learn the basics of sewing and moving onto advanced techniques for quilting and wider range of craft classes.
Over the years kids and adults have continuously kept coming back to us as its inspired them and really helped with their well being and confidence. Its not just a one off its helped them focus and go onto bigger and better things and find their feet in the world of crafting world. Along with the new skills of crafting they have built up solid relationships and friends and love the environment in which they learn, its been an ever evolving community and its only getting stronger with children and adults taking up crafting.
In 2020 many people have suffered with social isolation and used crafting to help with isolation, anxiety depression. On social media weve built up an online community and want to take that community from isolation into our building at Simply needlecraft.
Now in 2021 as lockdown measures across the country and restrictions are are lifted, the people that we have helped during isolation, we want to create an environment where people can come to not just to shop but to to use the building upstairs and downstairs as a facility for people to freely come and craft allowing them to meet new friends and share ideas and experiences in a refreshing and laid back environment.
We will use the money to transform the upstairs into a spacious area for crafters and sewers, expanding our range of fabric. Downstairs the money will be used just like upstairs for seating areas for people to come freely to get together with tea and coffee and drink facilities. Downstairs we will use the money for wool and an extend the range of knitting and crochet patterns. To achieve this we will use the money for shop fittings, paint, new seats, tables, carpets, drinks facility, lighting, cubes, cameras, shelving units and new stock.