Margaret Brown who runs The Sewing Parlour in Eastwood is closing her shop doors to retire after 25 years.
76-year-old Margaret has had a passion for sewing all her life, and says she opened The Sewing Parlour because she found there was a lack of supplies locally in Eastwood.
“I have always had a passion for sewing,” she said.
“I couldn’t get what I wanted locally when I was making my quilts so I decided to open up a shop and supply everybody else.”
Margaret, who lives in Nuthall, sells all sorts of needlecraft – patchwork, quilting, cross stitch and embroidery.
She also does workshops for members of the public to help them learn her craft.
“I make quilts, bags, place mats.
“I would say fabric for quilting, embroidery threads and cross stitch kits have always been the most popular things in the shop,” she said.
Margaret’s passion for sewing began at school.
“It was the only thing I was really good at,” she said.
And from her classes making aprons, skirts and blouses, she went on to work for a company called Woottons aged 15 where she trained as a dressmaker.
“It was a family business that made clothes.
“I trained there and worked there for about four years.
“I would make dresses, ladies suits and mens jackets,” she said.
From clothes factories, Margaret went on to work in hospital sewing rooms.
“We would do repairs on the nursing uniforms.
“We would alter them and put the hems up and do alterations to anything from the laundry that was damaged,” she said.
Although Margaret has loved running her shop in the town’s craft workshop area, the time has come for her to retire, and spend more time on her gardening.
But she said she will miss her customers.
“I love the customers. They are friendly and they are interested. It’s nice. I will really miss them.”
“I have a huge passion for sewing so I’ll carry that on, but it’s time for me to spend more time on my garden.
“I can’t go on forever.”
Julie Keeble who runs Glint Hair Salon opposite said she will be ‘sadly missed’.
“I’ve had a shop here for 22 years and she has always been there for me.
“I’m really going to miss her.
“We’ve been really good friends. She helps me out as well.
“She’s always been there if ever I have ran out of something. Margaret has always got it.
“It’s nice to have her there for a chat.
“I think a lot of the community will miss her as well, because she’s helped a lot of people with the classes she runs.
“People go every week and she teaches them how to sew and all sorts of needle crafts. Margaret is so talented,” she added.
Talented Margaret also used to be a cook at Larkfields Infant School and Greasley Beauvale Primary School.
She is offering 50 per cent off everything in a closing down sale until mid October.