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Crafty Betty is sew good at raising money for charities

Posted onPosted on 26th Feb

A Newark craft and sewing studio is preparing to welcome people back in April when coronavirus restrictions allow – as well as continuing to help charities through a range of clothing sold via its shop and online orders.

Michelle Baker, of Crafty Betty, Newark, has created rainbow facemarks, scrunchies and rainbow-themed thank you T-shirts with 25% of each sale going to NHS Charities Together.

She is also helping the town’s Beaumond House Community Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Society with themed face masks.

Michelle thanked her customers for continuing to support the business via social media and online orders during the lockdowns and pandemic.

I know lots of businesses have had to permanently close and the high streets are looking very empty, which is a sad sight,” she said. “I have spent many years building up my business and I am grateful that I am able to still keep things going when others haven’t.

“I am looking forward to April when it seems I am going to be able to restart the classes (in the studio) and hopefully the shop and tearoom can re-open again.”

Crafty Betty is a leading provider of education in the sewing and craft sector for all ages through parties, workshops and corporate events.

The shop, also online, sells handmade items – all inspired by Michelle’s grandmother, Betty Brown.

“She was my dear grandmother; my sewing inspiration and the original Crafty Betty. Inspiring me from the very beginning with her endless supplies of fabric remnants, beads and buttons, Betty taught me to sew,” added Michelle.