Northumbria University graduate eyes up crafty career

Entrepreneur Rebecca Woodward decided she had better get weaving with her business – after all, she was already 21

Entrepreneur Rebecca Woodward decided she had better get weaving with her business – after all, she was already 21.

So the Northumbria University graduate has turned her hobby into her career and set up A Stitch in No Time, a crafts shop on Wallsend High Street modelled on Cath Kidston.

Geography graduate Woodward has always been keen on crafts and is self-taught from watching online tutorials.

She said: “I started doing a lot of crafts with my mum when I was younger and I’ve been making decorations for Christmas and birthdays for family and friends for a while. I started selling my stuff on the internet a few months ago.”

The success of her online sales encouraged her to think about opening her own shop.

It was while writing her dissertation in April that she got the ball rolling and then “it all happened so quickly,” she said.

The shop is a haven of cute, colourful and girly products. Her signature pieces include personalised bunting with children’s names on, handmade stockings, Advent calendars and matching cot accessories, which she makes on the premises.

With the help of her partner David Hadfield, 25, and his parents, who own Wallsend Framing Centre on the High Street, Woodward settled on the street too.

Hadfield, a head chef, was instrumental in the set-up, providing business and money advice.

More than two months on Woodward, who lives with her partner in Thornaby, Middlesbrough, says the business is doing well.

“We have some busy weeks, especially now there’s interest in Christmas things. We’ve already got regular customers from Wallsend.”

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