Threads and Patches - the story
Threads and Patches was started by Sally White in February 2001. Having spent years dabbling with various needlecrafts Sally was finally hooked on patchwork and quilting and decided to spread the word!
Initially running a fairly unsucccessful market stall while on the hunt for shop premises, during the cold and damp hours on the stall, she had time to hone her vision of what Threads and Patches should be.
When premises were finally found at 48 Aylesbury Street in Fenny Stratford. This shop was lovely but too small and we soon expanded at first using the church hall for classes, then a slightly grotty garage and finally one of the large offices above.
In May 2009 Sally purchased a local failing Pub (previously called The Entertainer and proceeded to turn it into the 'vision'. A large shop, with two classrooms and two further rooms upstairs - including a Long Arm Quilting Service there was also room for the Tea Room / Sale Room , and area for Sewing Machine Sales and to browse a large range of Craft Books, plus it has loads of parking - ideal.
With lots more plans for the future Threads and Patches is really going places!
The British Craft Awards
Held annually to celebrate the best of craft in the UK. Threads and Patches has been a winner every year for the past 3 years - a huge thank you to our wonderful customers who voted for us!
Meet the Team
Threads and Patches greatest asset! A wonderful mix of individuals who make up the delightful team of cheery faces you will meet if you come in to take part in a class or do some shopping.. Each member has different skills and crafting interests, so we can always find someone who can help with any queries you may have.
I do have the best job in the world. I turned my hobby - passion into a business and love every minute of it. I am always sewing or creating something (usually leaving a mess somewhere). I have numerous UFO's but they do all get finished eventually, plus I am really good at recycling them into other projects. The best thing about working at Threads and Patches is that I get to meet so many creative people, my days are filled with colour, fun and friends - its a hard life but someones got to do it!
I am so proud of my team and what we achieve here, We are committed to helping our customers enjoy their crafting journey..
Angie has worked at Threads and Patches since 2013. She loves patchwork and knitting and can always be found cleaning something (!?) Angie is currently training on the Long Arm quilting Machine and is loving it!
Fiona is our accounts person. She is often found buried under paper in the office. She is not yet a stitcher but we are working on it!
Louise has been into sewing and knitting since her teens, with experience in many kinds of hand needlework such as Cross-Stitch, Long-Stitch, Hardanger, Tapestry, Blackwork and Embroidery. She has a thing about stitched antique maps and her husband says she has the most expensive wallpaper in Milton Keynes, while turning a blind eye to the ever-growing stash. Joining T&P in 2013 after completing the Beginners Sampler Quilt course, she is now a complete fabric addict again and our self-confessed bag lady, cant resist fabric with a bit of bling, and loves gadgets!
She also knits and loves making jazzy socks, is now making forays into the world of crochet, and is an occasional home dressmaker too.
Vanessa has a complete craft cv, running her own papercraft business for over 20 years, demonstrating on Create and Craft TV and teaching card craft, scrapbooking and dressmaking. Vanessa runs our very successful 'Dressmakers Helper' sessions plus she is responsible for our windows - they are always creative and fun Vanessa has worked at Threads and Patches since 2011
Wendy has worked at Threads and Patches since 2011.
She was taught to sew by her mother and grandmother at age 5, and has done many crafts including tapestry, weaving and upholstery.
In 2005 she was taken hold by the Patchwork bug. She now has many projects on the go,and loves collecting new fabric. Especially bright colours, Batiks, threads and anything with cats on. She likes intricate designs and has recently started to crochet.
She has a National Diploma in Design Textiles, and a great eye for colour matching and finding that perfect fabric.
She teaches here at Threads and Patches:- Kumihimo braids, and various patchwork techniques.