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Dust off your old sewing machine and donate to Re-styled by St Oswald’s Hospice

As the UK celebrates National Sewing Machine Day (13 June 2017), our boutique style charity shop, Re-styled by St Oswald’s Hospice is welcoming donations of any unwanted appliances to help its creative team tailor a new programme of craft workshops, and raise funds for St Oswald's. 

Nestled amongst a selection of independent retailers in Newcastle’s Eldon Garden Shopping Centre, Re-styled is one of our new concept stores.

Selling an eclectic mix of unique, upcycled furniture - all handcrafted by its skilled team of staff and volunteers, alongside crafts, homewares and new retro-style products, the shop also runs interactive workshops for those looking to enhance their craft skills.

All profits from the shop and its creative classes go towards supporting the Hospice in delivering our specialist services to North East people with life-limiting conditions, and their families when they need it most.  Each year, we must raise over £7m to continue to provide our services free-of-charge.

Shop manager at Re-styled by St Oswald’s Hospice, Sophie Adamson said:

We’ve had a lot of positive customer feedback about our range of bespoke upcycled furniture, and that it’s all for a good cause – it’s fantastic to hear. The shabby-chic style of our pieces is very popular, and a lot of our customers are eager to try upcycling themselves, which is why we introduced our workshops. Plus, upcycling has grown massively as a hobby over the past couple of years thanks to the likes of TV shows such as the Great British Sewing Bee, Gok Wan’s Fill Your House for Free and the Great Interior Design Challenge. This week, we’d like to take advantage of the traditional sewing machine being in the spotlight for National Sewing Machine Day by encouraging anyone with an unwanted, working appliance lurking in the back of the cupboard to donate it to our shop – it would be an invaluable tool in allowing us to extend our range of workshops and meet the demand for this fashionable trend.

According to global sewing pattern company, Simplicity New Look, using a sewing machine is now considered to be a chic hobby favoured by the younger generation, as well as the over 55s. 

In 2016, a survey of almost 1.5k  Britons[1] revealed one in four 18-30 year-olds  find sewing one of their top pursuits to relax and had given the craft a go in the past year, spurred on by popular culture. Meanwhile, 37% confessed they would rather upcycle existing clothes and home furnishings than buy new items. 

Sophie added:

With so many people now taking up sewing, we’re very keen to add sessions to our workshop programme to teach the basics, as well as more advanced techniques. The classes are all based in the shop in quite an intimate setting, so we only need around four machines in good working order to get started and hope the people of the North East can offer their help.

As well as the appliances, the Re-styled team is also looking for unusual furniture pieces to transform and quirky materials that can be re-purposed, such as off-cuts of fabric, buttons, handles and more. 

Sophie continued:

We’re also always on the hunt for anything that could be used to give a donated item a new lease of life - we’ve even beheaded plastic toy dinosaurs to make handles for an item of children’s furniture! That’s one of the great things about Re-styled – there’s no limit to our imagination, and as we also offer a commission service, it means the piece of your dreams can become a reality.

To make a crafty contribution to Re-styled, donors can drop-off their items at any of our 28 shops across the North East or the main Hospice donation point, open 24 hours a day at Regent Avenue, Gosforth. Larger or heavy donations, such as furniture or multiple bags can be collected free of charge by St Oswald’s Collection Service by calling our Collection Line on 0191 246 8123 or emailing retailhelpdesk@stoswaldsuk.org.

To find out more about the creative workshops on offer at Re-styled – from painting to upholstery, wreath making and more, please contact the shop on 0191 230 3184, call in at Unit 19 Eldon Garden Shopping Centre, Newcastle, NE1 7RA (open Monday to Saturday 9am – 4pm), or email re-styled@stoswaldsuk.org.

Re-styled by St Oswald’s Hospice can also be found on Facebook and Instagram by searching ‘restyled st oswalds’.

The following workshop classes are being run at Re-styled by St Oswald’s Hospice from June – August 2017. Spaces are limited and first come first served so why not book now!

June

  • Saturday 17th - Needle felting with Dizzy Daisy Felt (£30 per person) 4 HOURS 11am-3pm
  • Thursday 22nd – Beginners painting (FREE) 1.5 HOURS 1.30pm-3pm

July

  • Friday 7th – Basic upholstery (£30 per person) 2 HOURS 2-4pm
  • Wednesday 12th – Rag wreath/embellishments (£30 per person) 3 HOURS 1-4pm
  • Thursday 20th – Decoupage (£25 per person) 2 HOURS 10am-12pm

August

    • Tuesday 1st – Beginners painting (FREE) 1.5 HOURS 10-11.30am
    • Saturday 12th – Intermediate upholstery (£45 per person) 3 HOURS 1-4pm
  • Friday 18th – Rag wreath/embellishments (£30 per person) 3 HOURS 4-7pm