Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Congratulations Ruth Singer

Textile designer, author & tutor Ruth Singer, has won the Haymarket Shopping Centre's Big Idea competition to kick start her creative business. Her mission is to get Leicester sewing & making by opening a studio and running sewing and craft workshops.

To get to this stage, Ruth had to submit a proposal, get past the Dragon's Den style panel of experts and win the public vote. Ruth has won a month's rent-free shop unit in Leicester's Haymarket Shopping Centre and a cash prize of £1000 to spend on the business.
Ruth's Big Idea is to run a craft & design studio where anyone can learn new practical skills. Ruth will use this opportunity in Leicester city centre to run a month of taster workshops and activities for all ages to raise the profile of her studio in the run up to opening in its permanent home later in 2012.

The studio opens in the Haymarket Shopping Centre on 29th March for a month which will include the following:

Free regular Learn to Sew taster workshops
Easter holiday activities for children 5th April
A day of activities for local schools 25th April
Customising clothes workshop tbc
Dressmaking classes 15th April
Lampshade restyle workshop 1st April
Fabric manipulation Masterclass 14th April
Coffee & Craft Mornings
Open studio & Craft Cafe 8th April
After school activities 18th April
Handbag making workshop 22nd April
Sewing machine hire by the hour
Private hire for groups

Full programme will be available online in March

There will be a small retail area with Ruth's own kits & patterns, vintage fabrics, sewing patterns, haberdashery and lots of books including Ruth's own Sew It Up and Sew Eco. Visitors to the studio will also be able to see and buy Ruth's work  including wall panels, customised clothes and small gifts. 

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