Hello there, thanks for dropping by. A New Mills girl born and bred, Alison to you. I strive to run up crafts using fabulous fabrics. Both my Gran and Mother were machinists and I have picked up the bug from over their loving shoulders. Watching as they often made clothes for us kids when times were hard and Stockport was a trip you made twice a year!
I have a distinct love of our little town and therefore like to make products associated with days gone by. Although some may call this Vintage, I’d rather refer to them as Heritage.
Pinnies worn everyday for cleaning or cooking, pot holders for pans full to the brim of boiling taters. Table cloths for Sunday tea, and cushions to be plumped up for sinking into at the end of your work horse day. Tea cosies to show off to Aunty when the fine China comes out and pot towels as they are known round ‘ere for when the dishes are washed.
Shopping bags for carting home the bread and onions, and if your lucky a smart quilted bag for a trip to the seaside, and gay coloured bunting for Wakes Week! Pump bags for your urchins and book bags for school or swimming.
All these items come from my memories and I will soon be adding baby quilts and pram quilts so you can add to yours.
I only use quality fabrics and much care and attention to detail goes into my work.
My bits are born from memories, hopes and aspirations. All the things that take you from a child to an adult.
I will post some pictures past and present.
Knitted beards in a variety styles, all handmade in New Mills.
Very comfy and they suit everyone, whether you can grow your own beard or not! Available in a range of colours, check Etsy or facebook for the latest (and I can do special requests) in either loopy or hairy styles. Ribbon tied at the back of the head above the ears secures the beard to your face.
I am a News and Communications officer working on a freelance and voluntary basis for a number of local organisations.
I was previously the Senior Journalist at High Peak and Ashbourne Radio; Communications Officer for Derbyshire Constabulary, and the Research and Innovation Division at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
I am currently supporting a number of organisations with communications activities including Hartington C of E Primary School, New Mills and District Volunteer Centre, and Visit New Mills.
Please visit my website to find out more and to read some of my articles: https://rebeccacass.wordpress.com/
Spring Bank Arts Centre operates for all the community in New Mills. In an exquisite Grade 2 listed former church, next to the landmark Almshouses, the property has been restored and refurbished to the highest standard. There is now a generous performance space, a meeting room, kitchen area plus a pretty pollinator garden designed and managed by local volunteers. All parts of the venue are available to hire. See website for details.
Run by volunteers the Centre is a busy place seven days a week. There are regular concerts, theatre productions, film shows, exhibitions of art and of local heritage. It is home to an extensive range of activities including Science Club, Yoga, creative arts workshops, Salsa Dance and groups for French, Photography, Philosophy, and Tai Chi.
Visitors are more than welcome to call in and look round the stunning interior either during office hours or by appointment for an out-of-hours tour.
We can be followed on Facebook and Twitter and by email.