Pals hope the personal touch will help their crafting business grow

Local actor Nigel James opens The Crafters Den shop in Tangiers Road, Baffins with owners Christine Judge, left, and Carole Mears. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150252-4)
Local actor Nigel James opens The Crafters Den shop in Tangiers Road, Baffins with owners Christine Judge, left, and Carole Mears. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150252-4)

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Friends Christine Judge and Carole Mears are bringing a personal touch to arts and crafts in Portsmouth.

Their new shop The Crafters’ Den opened on Friday, February 20 and offers workshops, supplies, and advice to local craft enthusiasts.

‘There are no craft shops in Portsmouth and I wanted to get that personal touch, not just somebody coming in, taking something off the shelf and going,’ said Christine, 47.

‘I want to give advice, and help them learn new hobbies and do extra things that other shops don’t.’

Opening day saw friends and family come down to support the pair as they unveiled the new space in Tangier Road.

The shop sells supplies for card-making, scrap-booking, knitting, and crochet, and there will be a suggestion box where customers can suggest items for Christine and Carole to order in.

After being made redundant from her job at a newspaper distributor 18 months ago, Christine, who lives on the Highbury Estate in Cosham, decided to turn her passion for card-making and scrap-booking into a business.

‘I did craft workshops at the Cosham Community centre but I’ll be doing them here now,’ she added.

‘When I was doing my workshops people were saying it’s a shame there’s not any craft shops in Portsmouth. So I said “I’m not working so why not do something about it?”.’

It was at one of her workshops that she met Carole, 67, who had come along around the time that Christine was made redundant.

‘Christine said I’d like to put forward a suggestion,’ Carole explained.

‘She talked about the idea of the shop with a personal touch and the one-to-ones and I said yes.’

For Carole, crafts are more than just a hobby. ‘It has helped me with arthritis and tendonitis in my hands,’ she said. ‘My hands used to claw and as I’ve done more crafting, especially crochet, my arthritis has eased.’

Workshops will be running from Saturday, February 28 and more information on The Crafters’ Den can be found on its website at thecraftersden.co.uk

Their new shop The Crafters’ Den opened on Friday, February 20 and offers workshops, supplies, and advice to local craft enthusiasts.

‘There are no craft shops in Portsmouth and I wanted to get that personal touch, not just somebody coming in, taking something off the shelf and going,’ said Christine, 47.

‘I want to give advice, and help them learn new hobbies and do extra things that other shops don’t.’

Opening day saw friends and family come down to support the pair as they unveiled the new space in Tangier Road.

The shop sells supplies for card-making, scrap-booking, knitting, and crochet, and there will be a suggestion box where customers can suggest items for Christine and Carole to order in.

After being made redundant from her job at a newspaper distributor 18 months ago, Christine, who lives on the Highbury Estate in Cosham, decided to turn her passion for card-making and scrap-booking into a business.

‘I did craft workshops at the Cosham Community centre but I’ll be doing them here now,’ she added.

‘When I was doing my workshops people were saying it’s a shame there’s not any craft shops in Portsmouth. So I said “I’m not working so why not do something about it?”.’

It was at one of her workshops that she met Carole, 67, who had come along around the time that Christine was made redundant.

‘Christine said I’d like to put forward a suggestion,’ Carole explained.

‘She talked about the idea of the shop with a personal touch and the one-to-ones and I said yes.’

For Carole, crafts are more than just a hobby. ‘It has helped me with arthritis and tendonitis in my hands,’ she said. ‘My hands used to claw and as I’ve done more crafting, especially crochet, my arthritis has eased.’

Workshops will be running from Saturday, February 28 and more information on The Crafters’ Den can be found on its website at thecraftersden.co.uk