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Haberdashery Heaven.
by Christine Hembling (http://www.paperandcloth.co.uk)
Grandmothers old wooden pegs of planning and I applied for a
with lots of ric-rac and old cotton Prince’s Trust Charity Business
tea towels.” Mentor and small start up loan.”
Laura’s advice to anyone who is
Laura’s obsession deepened as starting their own business is that
she got older whilst working in they should write a business plan
a friends haberdashery, “I loved and take it to a business bank
being amongst the ribbons and manager for further advice and
buttons. I just felt so at home help, “luckily I had no problems
there.” She was studying Textiles, with mine, but he was still full of
Fashion, Art, Sculpture and Media questions!”
and working 36 hours a week just
to pay for all necessary tools and Once you have the funding in
sewing equipment- all the time place that you need, it’s time to find
Laura Croudace owns a beautiful
wishing there was somewhere your suppliers, “Don’t overspend
online haberdashery, Robson &
cheaper to buy from.
Mason. UK Handmade talked to
She then went on
her about her experiences setting
to work for several
up a creative business and how
years after leaving
she got started.
full-time education,
but her business idea
“As a young girl I would create
was always on the
things from anything. I always
back burner in her
had an obsession with handmade
mind. “How did I get
things and haberdasheries in
started? Well I always
particular. My earliest memory
joke that it started
is making dolls from my Great
on me- it took a lot
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