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Newark craft shop completes renovation for messy stimulation




A popular craft shop in Newark has renovated its tea room kitchen into a new teaching space to allow for extra classes.

The room at Crafty Betty on London Road will now be used for messy crafts, such as fabric dyeing and painting.

The new facility enables owner Michelle Baker to teach courses in candle and soap making, printing and pottery.

Michelle filming for the Newark Business Awards. (50804865)
Michelle filming for the Newark Business Awards. (50804865)
The new craft room at Crafty Betty. (50804841)
The new craft room at Crafty Betty. (50804841)

Michelle said: “I no longer run the tearoom side of things because the sewing lessons have really taken over, so I had this fully-equipped kitchen that wasn’t being used.

“I had the opportunity of buying a kiln and I suddenly had this brainwave. I’ve got all this worktop space, I could do messy crafts. Because I do a lot of art textile classes, which is quite messy stuff and I’ve got my shop area, it’s nice to be able to separate the two so people can just make as much mess as they want.

The new craft room at Crafty Betty. (50804848)
The new craft room at Crafty Betty. (50804848)
Crafty Betty's new kiln. (50804862)
Crafty Betty's new kiln. (50804862)

“We constantly have to change the way we do things to keep customers happy and to keep us going. You have to come up with new ideas to keep things fresh.”

Crafty Betty offers after school clubs to children aged six to11 on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3.30pm until 4.40pm, 11 to 18s are welcome from 4.30pm to 5.30pm the same days.

Youngsters have the opportunity to learn how to use a sewing machine, alongside other crafts.

A garment produced in last terms' after school club. (50804868)
A garment produced in last terms' after school club. (50804868)

“They’re learning skills for life,” Michelle said. “There’s lots and lots of different sewing and crafting activities.

“They’ve all got excited about the pottery because they don’t get the opportunity to do that in school any more.”



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