About us


Hello. I’m Diane and I run Stitchscape. I’m a woman who loves crafting of all kinds and always have done. I remember the velvet stuffed penguin I made in high school in my sewing class. I can’t stand the feel of velvet, so I suspect I only used that as the fabrics available to me on Anglesey back then, were fairly limited, so I took what I could. Remind me to show you a photo of me wearing a purple jumpsuit I made – perms were ‘all the rage’ then! That means that I’ve been sewing for over 35 years (scary thought!) and I had reached a happy place, where I can pursue my dreams of being surrounded by creative people in a light and spacious studio.

When my daughter was younger (she turned 16 the day I started the blog in October 2014) we always did crafty stuff at the dining room table. Later on I started scrapbooking and card making for myself and I loved that for years and still love it but just don’t have the time for everything. I still have my Cricut cutting machine which is superb for creating a whole mass of different designs from card and a multitude of other materials.

I have visions of all of us being a part of a vibrant sewing community, doing allsorts of sewing related goodness including workshops, ‘sewcial’ days, trips to stitching shows/fabric shops, charity days and loads inbetween. Be brave and share your dreams and ideas too and let’s see if we can include them.

The building that Stitchscape is located in is grandly called Southworth Business Suites, as it has several small businesses in there ranging from computerey folk to a graphic design company and a charity who helps women with issues during or after pregnancy. It used to be the Bulls Head pub years ago. I got the keys for the room on February 6th 2015, so it’s still fairly new and people are still discovering that we’re here, so now’s a great time to get involved and help make that vibrant community I mentioned, into one which suits your needs.
Stitchscape, Southworth Business SuitesWe’re in room 2, so once you press the buzzer at the front door, you enter the gorgeous light and airy entranceway and we’re just on the right in there. You’re greeted by the lovely wooden and metal staircase going all the way up to the high ceiling but you don’t have to take a step onto that at all. Our room is on the ground floor, the kitchen is on the ground floor as are the toilets. It used to be The Bulls Head pub, where they used to serve great food, I’ve been reliably told by several people.

What are your opening hours?

The studio opens 10-4 every day other than Sunday and Wednesday, as a rule. There are also sessions available on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 6-8p.m.  Please feel free to call by and see what’s what but give me a quick call on 01925 291953 before coming, as I do presentations/talks to community groups and external workshops occasionally, so it’s best to check that I am actually going to be here. If you do nip by and I don’t answer the doorbell straight away, it’ll be because I’m making a brew or I’m ‘otherwise occupied’, if you get my drift.

Where are you and how do I get there? 

I suspect you’re now asking this; well, I certainly hope that you are, as it means that you’re excited to find a stitching place relatively close to where you live.

The postcode is WA12 0HS. We’re on Southworth Road opposite Trebaron Garden centre, which has a ‘Rosie’s restaurant’ for when the lunchtime gremlins come out to play and you realise that you forgot to bring your lunch. We’re at the junctions of Golborne Dale Road (A573), Southworth Road (A572) and Parkside Road(continuing A573).

We’re within 10 minutes of three Premier Inns- think retreats for fun girly, stitchy weekends!

We’re less than 3 minutes drive from Newton-le-Willows railway station. We’re less than 3 minutes drive from Newton-le-Willows, which has a Subway, if those lunchtime gremlins need food and they need it fast!

Coming from the North – Leave the M6 at Junction 23 (Haydock, East Lancs. A580)
Take the A580 East Lancs. road towards Manchester, at the first roundabout turn right and carry on for 1 mile, when you’ll reach a T Junction (where you can wave at me as our room overlooks that junction);  turn right there. Just past the building on your right is the car park. After parking, come through the pedestrian gates and out onto Southworth Road again, where the front door is.

Coming from the South – Take junction 21A off the M6(northbound) onto the M62 towards Liverpool. Leave the M62 at the very next junction, which is junction 9 (A49 Warrington North & Winwick). Take the A49 North towards Wigan. Go past the B&Q entrance and then straight at the  roundabout (keep in the left hand lane). Continue for 2 miles. Once you go under the railway bridge, you’ll see on the petrol station on your left and a set of traffic lights. Turn right at those lights onto Southworth Road A572. You’ll see our big cream building on your left, with the car park just a few metres before the building.

There is also a bus stop right outside the building  – see the Arriva site for all buses which stop here.

 

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