MAKE DO AND MEND

Because vintage loving lads and lasses sometimes like to have a go at the crafts and DIY. Learn to sew, knit, make your own hats or grow your own veg!

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Fabric Warehouse, 6/8 Swan Lane, Norwich
Another great shop to pick up a variety of fabrics for both upholstering and dress making. You can also pick up a bag of material cutoffs for only £3! Staff are friendly and helpful, and able to give advice on project ideas you may have.

Sew Simple, Taverham Nursery, Taverham
In their own words “Sew Simple is one of the UK’s leading independent retailers of arts and crafts supplies, and is a specialist of needlework and craft products”. Sew simple also hosts a range of craft events, which will be posted on Vintage Norwich as details become available.

The Craft Room, HalL Road, Norwich
Cute shop selling craft supplies and running workshops as well as stocking gifts and cards.
Grapevine Ceramic Studio, 109 Unthank Road, Norwich
Fancy doing something different in your spare time? Then try painting your own pottery in Norwich! Choose what you want to paint, use you creativity to design your own patterns with a choice of 30 colours, and 3-5 days later your own beautifully designed piece of pottery will be glazed, fired and ready for collection!
Cost £4.50 for studio time (including glazing and firing) + cost of item you decide to paint.

Hobbycraft Unit 7, Riverside Retail Park, Albion Way
A newly opened store that has loads of accessories for sewing, knitting and practically any other craft you can think of! Also check out their website as they have an ideas library that gives instructions on making your craft items including aprons, broaches, corsages etc.

John Lewis
The habadashery department in John Lewis is full of buttons, beads and beautiful fabrics to help you create and customise your own look. Great place to find feathers and netting for making your own fascinators and hair pieces.

Grow-Our-Own, Sustainable Living Initiative Bluebell Road
If you have ever fancied turning your hand at growing your own fruit and veg well here is your chance, in the 1940’s growing your own was the norm and now you can try it. This great scheme provides comprehensive advice and help on how to grow your own produce for people who are interested but don’t have the experience, either through purchasing a small allotment at the Bluebell South site or giving it a go at your own home.

Wombling CIC
A Norwich based social enterprise which collects and recycles unwanted items that might otherwise end up in landfill. Also provides repair courses (e.g. furniture, electronics …) and  teaches groups about environmental issues, reducing waste, recycling and sustainability.

Arts Desire 6 St Benedict’s Street
Craft shop and craft lounge in the Norwich Lanes offering workshops and locally sourced hand made and vintage gifts and goodies

Jarrolds, London Street
This classic Norwich department store has a small but perfectly formed crafts and haberdashery department on the top floor.



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