CRAFTS: Clitheroe knitting and craft business expands!

OPENING DAY: Customer Rachel Jackson, supplier Janice Quinliven, shop assistant Sue Radcliffe, owner Liz Walker and mum Jean Walker.'Photo: Andrew Hale Photography.
OPENING DAY: Customer Rachel Jackson, supplier Janice Quinliven, shop assistant Sue Radcliffe, owner Liz Walker and mum Jean Walker.'Photo: Andrew Hale Photography.

CUSTOMERS and friends enjoyed a buffet supper and fund-raiser when two businesses opened their double-size showroom in Clitheroe.

Liz Walker has run the Pendle Stiches knitting wool and craft business at 10 Moor Lane, for nearly three years, and business partner Chris Scargill sells painted furniture and runs workshops as Valley Chic.

They embarked on a three-month project to extend into an empty phone shop next door and double their space.

Liz said “We had been somewhat cramped due to the success of our knitting, craft and felt workshops that we run, along with new sessions for bag making and charity knitting events.

“Doubling our space and adding Valley Chic, which is run by my business partner Chris, seemed like a logical step.”

Their opening event included a silent auction, raffle and donations, which raised £155 for the East Lancashire Hospice in memory of Rita Westwell, a founder member of the shop’s ‘Knit and Natter’ group.

The shop was officially opened by Janice Quinliven, from Keighley-based West Yorkshire Spinners, one of Pendle Stitches’ suppliers.

Janice said: “Recently we have seen an upsurge in demand for our product and it is great to be able to meet the people who use our yarns.

“Clitheroe is a beautiful town with a real buzz about and from what I have experienced all the shopkeepers really look after their customers.”

Pendle Stitches is one of the original members of the Shop Clitheroe loyalty card, which is free to all shoppers and is promoted by the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times. The winner of the monthly draw wins £50 worth of shop vouchers.