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Homemade wares revival helping Shenna to flourish

Shenna Swan and her daughter Isabel who run textile workshops from Worden Arts and Crafts Centre in Worden Park, Leyland

Shenna Swan and her daughter Isabel who run textile workshops from Worden Arts and Crafts Centre in Worden Park, Leyland

A mum-of-two who runs a textile studio in Leyland’s Worden Park says business is thriving thanks to the revival of people wanting to try their hand at making homemade goods.

Shenna Swan, 48, from Heath Charnock, holds popular workshops to teach her skills to others.

And she reckons the revival of homemade products on TV has helped her to succeed.

She said: “I don’t think the tradition of passing on textile skills from grandparents and parents is really done anymore.

“My daughter is my inspiration but Kirstie’s Homemade Home and other TV shows like The Great British Sewing Bee have really helped to encourage people to give it a go.

“That’s really helped my business, and I’ve revamped the studio to make it more functional as a classroom.

“I’ve found there’s a huge demand for workshops for traditional crafts, and we’ve got a big programme of events coming up.

“I specialise in traditional textile skills, like sewing, embroidery and patchwork.

“I’d also like to introduce parent and children sessions and ‘crafternoon teas’.”

Shenna, who worked in learning support and teaching for 20 years before deciding to try something different, moved into the unit in the Arts and Crafts Centre in 2012.

She’d achieved a masters in surface pattern design, and her daughter Isabel suggested she start her own business, Shenna Swan MA Textiles.

She started by holding workshops around the area before she began renting the space at Worden Park.

“We run the unit from Sunday to Tuesday, and the rest of the week I still do the external workshops, and private tuitions and talks,” Shenna said.

“We’re hoping to open in Leyland a bit more in the summer now, because things are going so well.

“People just want to have a go and they soon realise that they’re more crafty than they first thought. The workshops are very social too, and we normally head over to the coffee shop in Worden Park afterwards.”

For more information about the workshops, visit www.facebook.com/shennaswanmatextiles.

 

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