Wooler’s Crafty business booms

SBBA-29-01-15 Craft Collective Wooler
SBBA-29-01-15 Craft Collective Wooler

A Wooler craft emporium has taken over the premises of an old supermarket due to increased demand for floorspace from local crafters.

The Crafty Collective, now at 46 the High Street, has become Glendale’s first port of call for everything from upcycled books to furniture renovation.

The collective (which recently changed its name from Watch This Space) started up just before Christmas 2013.

Within six months it had gone from 10 crafters to a group of 26.

And now, aided by the move to a larger space, membership has soared again to over 60.

The shift of premises means that even more crafters can take advantage of the creative community fostered in the collective.

That includes Vicki’s Handmade Treasures, who recently took up the offer of a space.

Offering their special craft kits - including those designed for kids, Treasures are just on e of the small businesses making the most of this opportunity.

“The other reason that we needed the extra space was that right from the start we wanted to be able to offer workshops here,” said Tracey Parker, whose idea the coll.ective was.

“So now it’s great that we are able to offer hands-on instruction in things like furniture painting, wirework jewellery, basket work, pastel drawing and even chair restoration.

“It’s going to be on an ad hoc basis for the first few weeks, and basically first come first served as to who take part in the workshops, but there are some great teachers here.

“Another great thing is that the collective fits into the town,” Tracey continued. “An important part of that is our relationship with our next door neighbour, Ivan, who has the Ramblers Cafe.

“It’s fantastic that somebody visiting the town can pop into the cafe and then get interested by what we offer - or vice-versa.

“And that’s what it’s all about, really.

“It’s another way of attracting people - locals and tourists - to Wooler, because we have a lovely area here, and the more people that know about it the better.”