Crafters & Hobbiest’s Dream
Buttons & Blethers is a new business for Crafters of all kinds so I decided to go along and see what it was all about for myself. After all, that’s what Art Craft Finder is for!!
Maggie gave me a really warm welcome when I went to visit her at her premises in Elgin Industrial Estate, Dunfermline. As you walk through the door of Buttons & Blethers you find that there is a lovely selection of healthy food available from the take away. All Maggie’s cookery certificates are on display, including one for having been on Masterchef in 1997 so you know the standard she is aiming to achieve with her food. After having been shown around and enthusiastically told about how her dream came about, I can see that Maggie aims to offer the best of everything at affordable prices right across the board.
When I first opened the door to go through to the back shop, it almost took my breath away. Where do you start?? It is such a bright welcoming space and whilst it has lots of stock and different workspaces, it is in no way cluttered.
There is a wide selection of beautiful materials, wool, haberdashery, knitting & crochet patterns, crochet kits, children’s craft kits and Maggie is gradually adding to the selection. In the pipe line there are plans for cake decorating equipment and craft supplies of all types.
Sewing Machine Hire
At the back of the room there is a work station with sewing machines which can be hired by the hour. As well as “ordinary” sewing machines there is also an over locker and programmable embroidery machine for the more skilled amongst sewers. Help is always available and a bit of guidance when starting out.
Retail Space for Artists & Crafters
There is a beautiful selection of good quality yet affordable handmade gifts, jewellery and soft furnishings on display by local artisans although some are from much further afield. Anyone who wishes to can hire shelf space by the month for £15. There is no further commission to pay. Maggie is always looking for exciting new things to display and add to the current selection.
There is a lovely area where crafters can come in, take a seat and work on their chosen piece whilst socialising with fellow crafters. Buy a coffee, cake (from the beautiful home baked range) or some healthy lunch from the kitchen – or all of them if you found that you wanted to socialise for longer whilst completing your work.
Group Class Space
Full of cupboards with every type of crafting material you can think of. Filing cabinets full of sewing patterns (1000s of them) and plenty of work space. This is the hub of everything that Maggie is trying to acheive. The Education Centre! Classes of every description are held on an ongoing basis. Mornings, afternoons and evenings, week days and Saturdays too. Take up a new skill or enhance an existing one in a wide variety of subjects ( Even languages!!)…..and for the Kiddies there are birthday parties and craft classes. There is a fantastiic programme of activities set up to cover the summer holidays which will help keep the wee ones occupied.
This delightful oasis has parking right outside the door, is all on one level with no steps to deter the infirm or wheelchairs. I could not fault anything about it. Wonderful staff and a real delight to visit. Thanks for making me so welcome.
Future Plans Include
- Cake decorating classes
- Outside Catering
- Cookery lessons
- Supply of wedding cakes
- Hen parties – Fascinators/Life Drawing
To contact Maggie go to her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/buttonsandblethers/ or visit her website https://www.buttonsandblethers.co.uk/
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