Crochet enthusiast Kim Turner has turned her hobby into a business by opening her own boutique.
The 31-year-old has had a busy month as the launch of the business coincided with her marriage to longtime partner Andrew.
Mum-of-three Kim was working as a caregiver when she started crocheting five years ago and started selling items she had made.
When the pandemic hit, she started having trouble getting gear, so she got her own.
After starting to supply other artisans, she began renting out a unit and office space before seizing the opportunity to open a boutique in Smallthorne.
Kim, from Sneyd Green, said: “My mother taught me to knit when I was young, but I never got beyond the headscarf stage.
“I started crocheting five years ago. I just decided to learn, it was just something to do. I don’t like to sit around doing nothing, I like to keep my hands busy .
“For two and a half years I had my own manufacturing and sales business. It was getting harder and harder to get the materials I used.
“I had already set up a website, so when I found suppliers, I started adding the materials to it.
“In March this year I started with a unit in Moorland Road and rented office space but this shop became available so I went for it.”
Kim got the keys to the shop, called Your Crafty Corner, on October 1 – less than a week before she and plasterer Andrew were to marry at the Moathouse on October 9.
The store then opened on October 16 and on the first day customers lined up alongside Smallthorne Bank.
Kim – mum to Russell, 11, Joe, 8, and Dougie, 3 – stocks yarn alongside knitting and crochet accessories, cross stitch kits and macrame supplies. There is also a selection of clever gifts.
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She said: “Stoke-on-Trent lacked a craft shop and so many people learned to craft during lockdown. It’s not the same to buy online because you can’t see or feel what it looks like.
“It’s overwhelming having my own shop. I know what I like, but I need to find out what everyone else likes. I’ve had a few people come to me and say they want start creating, which is great.
“I also have the floor which is empty at the moment, so I hope to expand there in the future and start storing more crafts.”
Your Crafty Corner is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and until 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. You can also visit the store’s website.
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