An Invitation to the Basement Launch at The Fibre Lounge
If you are a regular reader of my blog or follow my adventures on social media, you will know just how much I love the Fibre Lounge. Mostly because it was set up by fellow Girl Boss and craft enthusiast Louisa but also because it is so refreshing to see a craft shop back on our high streets. Sadly there are no shops like this in my local area so I have to buy all my supplies online. I am proud to say that I only shop small when ordering all of my supplies but it isn’t quite the same as physically going into a shop, seeing the products first hand and building those relationships between supplier and maker.
I have worked with Louisa for almost a year now and it with future workshops planned, it was time to promote them just that little bit more and get back into the swing of things. Louisa very kindly invited me to the launch of her basement a few weeks back. This was once a place that was rented out by a dog groomer and had all the smells and appearances of such a place. Louisa, Mel and the team worked tirelessly to turn this place around and make it as inviting as their shop upstairs. They had visions of using this space as an extension of their shop and the perfect place to house their workshops, which are growing in both numbers and popularity.
The basement is unrecognisable from how it was before and has so much charm. Some much needed colour and fun has been injected into the space- where else do you find pipes hidden under crochet, old schools desks transformed into planters and toilet walls covered in vintage patterns?
I was lucky enough to be one of the first to see it completed and invited to use it for a drop-in event, where potential clients and regular customers could stop by and chat to some of the people behind the workshops at The Fibre Lounge as well as see them in action. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to share my craft with others who may have felt it was out of reach as well as network with other local makers in the area. I set up camp in the basement, utilising one of the restyled old school desks as a stall to show off my kits and a variety of pieces I have made. I sat and happily sewed all evening, stopping to chat to those interested in my craft and sharing stories with other small business owners about the trials and tribulations of working in the world of craft.
The event was a success! Not only did we have numerous people stop and congratulate Louisa on the transformation of the basement but connections were made and sessions were booked! Beyond that we also discovered that spending an evening together, whether anyone had visited or not, was 100% worthwhile. It gave us a chance to share our experiences, knowledge and skills with one another and get a spot of work done too! I myself finished a hoop in a couple of hours; if that isn’t a success story in itself then I don’t know what is! We all agreed that meeting up again and allowing customers the opportunity to stop by and speak to us was definitely worthwhile and I can’t think of a place I’d rather sit and sew.
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