New Plymouth embroidery workshop has a waiting list
Embroidery sessions in New Plymouth have a waiting list that's bursting at the seams.
Katey Pittwood, who teaches part-time at New Plymouth Girls' High School, held a workshop to get more people partial to the sewing pastime.
"I thought I'd get 10 women but I got 30 and then another 10 on the wait list," she said. "I didn't expect anyone to think it was cool.
"It certainly wasn't cool in the 90s.
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"I used to sneak out during my masters to get a little stitching in."
But last week's workshop at Vintage Industries Ltd showed Pittwood that stitching has become a bit of a trendy pastime, with attendees aged 25 to 55.
"We had loud music, smoothies and cakes. It was really fun," she said.
"A regular told one of the staff members that it was so good to see young people stitching."
With such positive feedback, Pittwood posted a second workshop to be held on March 4.
"We're already booked with 30 people and eight on the waitlist.
"I'm bringing embroidery back."
She attributed "cool" designs as a major drawcard in attracting young stitchers.
"They're contemporary and cool. They're swear words, tattoos and skulls. They're not fuddy-duddy."
Pittwood is also setting up a creative space for embroidery at her home - the former location of Eagars Funeral Services.
Fox + Plum Creative Hub, named after children Inky-Lou Plum, 4, and Fable-Bea Fox, 1, will open in April in the front portion of Pittwood's house.
It will be part public art studio, part retail shop and part family home.
"It's going to be a creative hub with tables, chairs and quirky retail," Pittwood said.
"And it will be more craft than paint, with wine, nibbles and talks."