Abigail Crafts : How it all began

Founded in 1988 by Gail Smith working from home, Abigail Crafts supplied embroidered birth samplers and bibs. Local shops and craft centres were interested in bibs and other gift items, and began selling them. Later Gail sold through craft fairs and craft parties, adding other craft workers goods to the range. Cross stitch kits were also sold

A move to Gloucestershire in 1994, and the arrival of Baby no.3, prompted Gail to enroll on a City and Guilds Embroidery and design course at Gloscat. Completed in 1998, Gail gained her City and Guilds part 1.

Shortly after this a small shop unit became available in the village where Gail lived. and in October 1998, The village shop was opened.

Because of her links with other craft teachers, a range of lessons and taster sessions were organised, which have included decoupage, beginners patchwork, bead classes, papermaking and creative embroidery. In the summer of 1999,  a fully fitted classroom was added at the rear of the shop, where regular classes were held. Including, rag rug, patchwork, parchment craft, and machine embroidery.

Local handmade crafts are also featured, salt dough, jewellery,  cards, painted pots to name a few. 

During the school holidays, children's classes were started, and are still very popular. We became the exclusive stockist of Kits For Kids, a range of  sewing and craft kits for children age 5 to 12years.

It is now fifteen years since the shop opened, with clientele growing, in September 2002 we expanded by moving to new premises in the nearby town of Stonehouse stocking over 1100 bolts of fabric.

To order fabric from us online, check out Quilters Cloth website or contact the shop.

Please contact the shop on 01453 823691 if you have any queries.