Needlecase was a family owned and family run business; founded in 2010 and based in the North Yorkshire town of Tadcaster, run by mother and daughter team Judith Schur and Jean Walne. Needlecase was always about more than just stocking a wide range of knitting materials, sewing accessories and haberdashery, it was also about sharing the knowledge and skills needed to get everyone doing more knitting, sewing and crocheting.

In June 2016, Needlecase will be closing its doors for the final time as we come to the end of our lease and we will be starting out on new adventures. Who knows what the future will bring!

I have loved being able to share my passion for needlecraft with other people. For me, the best times at Needlecase have been when the place has been full of people learning or sharing skills. We’ve had excellent teachers such as Helen Jordan who came to Tadcaster regularly, to show people how to crochet from the very basics, we’ve made felted scarves with Bridgett Bernadette Karn, Nadine Paver shared her brilliant knitting skills and my lovely friend Karen Willat ran a number of sewing classes in addition to our sewing club where we tried out a variety of techniques. These have all been brilliant occasions where the place has been buzzing and alive with people learning, experimenting and creating.

I also adored being able to teach people to knit myself and ran several learn to knit classes plus short workshops where people could develop a particular skill such as lace knitting or knitting with beads. Often this was something that people were nervous to try on their own and it was great to be able to guide them along the first steps and the pleasure they got from knowing they had another technique that they could definitely use in their knitting from then on!!

I have been studying for a City and Guilds qualification in Hand Knitting and Design which will hopefully be completed by the end of 2016. My hope is that I will share the rest of this journey with you through the blog which is intended to Inspire, Inform and share Ideas.