About Me

I’m Gem and I have a passion for sewing to create my own quilts, patchwork, clothes and bags.

I used to be a high school science teacher but decided to change my career to something a little more me. I’ve been a sewist for as long as I can remember, but only in the last few years did I learn to quilt and make clothes. I love making things that are unique to me, especially as I like bright colours and modern piecing that you can’t find on the high street. Since receiving a sewing machine as a gift and then taking a class at my local sewing shop, my fabric stash has snowballed and my house has slowly filled with handmade items that change with the seasons.

I love it when someone who has never sewn, or maybe hasn’t sewn since childhood, creates something unique in just a few short hours and gains a love for creating their own items. At Bobbins & Bolts we aim to give beginners, whatever their age, a skill for life and a love of all things fabric. If you’ve been put off sewing by a bad experience then why not give us a go? We have the patience to get you sewing and before you know it, you’ll be as hooked as me! If you’re more of a fabric aficionado, we aim to provide you with beautiful fabrics and patterns that enhance your collection.

If you’re local (or visiting the area) come and see us at 148 Kings Road, Harrogate, HG1 5HY. There’s even free parking right outside the shop for an hour and some other lovely indie shops to visit on our little parade.

Thanks for visiting and if you have any queries or requests, get in touch.

Happy stitching!

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