Monday, 20 April 2015
The Haberdashery Project
There have been a few crafty adventures on Wardrobe Conversations recently. There was a whole afternoon of it for Hillary's Crafternoon, some gift DIYing for the Girl Gang and not forgetting the amazing Scarf School. It's safe to say the crafting bug is going about around here. One of the things that can sometimes get in the way of this creative spirit is getting my hands on suitable supplies. There's been many a time I've ordered some bits and pieces online only to have lost interest in the project by the time the supplies arrive (what can I say, I'm fickle like that). As a result I'm always on the look out for bricks and mortar locations were I can stock up on supplies and get my hands on the nessacary ingredients as soon as the bug bites.
So, it was with great interest that I headed along to the opening of The Haberdashery Project in Dundee. The city has a few crafty hotspots, most notably the giant that is HobbyCraft. What with this superstore being located out of the city centre though, it's great to have another alternative popping up in town. The brain child of fashion and textile designers Claire and James Adholla, the shop offers a colourful array of crafting supplies with a focus on those pastimes that involve needles. I'm talking embroidery, sewing and tapestry, of course. While the shop is small it has a good variety of stock and plenty of pretty colours. As well as stocking the means for you to create your own items, it also has a nice wee line in local and independent designers. This range includes work by homeware brand Fun Makes Good, DJCAD graduate Jennifer Heilbronn and jewellery designer Collette Paterson. So if you haven't got time to craft up a gift you can always buy one ready made. With a promise of more stock on it's way and whispers of creative classes being held in the space I'm looking forward to see what's to come.
The Haberdashery Project is located within the back aspect of Wool & Co, another business catering to Dundee's crafty creatives. Not being a big knitter ( I leave that particular craft in Kimberley's capable hands) I've never had a look inside Wool & Co but have admired their fun window displays over the past year they've been open. More fool me! Checking out The Haberdashery Projects offerings gave me the opportunity to see that Wool & Co are much more than just knitting supplies. While they do have these in abundance, they also stock jewellery, candles and artwork from the likes of No Nonsense and local lass, Karen Smith. On top of all that they also offer workshops. I might just have to sneak along to one and give Kimberley a run for her money in the knitting stakes.