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New Bishop's Stortford crafting business The Making Place raising awareness of 'reuse and recycle' movement

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A new crafting business is hoping to raise awareness of the 'reuse and recycle' movement after setting up shop in Bishop's Stortford.

Suzanne Harding has launched The Making Place at the Peek Business Park in Dunmow Road to provide craft workshops, classes and drop-in sessions.

She is running some workshops focusing on sustainability, reusability and upcycling, as well as renting space to small handicraft businesses to display and sell their handmade items and artwork. These include Luna Products, who offer natural, herbal beauty items.

Suzanne Harding. Picture: Vikki Lince
Suzanne Harding. Picture: Vikki Lince

Suzanne, 41, grew up in Basildon and has lived in Stansted for eight years. Her husband Jonathan is a Stansted parish councillor and they have a six-year-old son, Isaac.

"I have crafted since I was little," said Suzanne, who has completed her City & Guilds levels 1 and 2 in fashion.

"My nan taught me to knit and also started to teach me lacemaking, but I never got the hang of it.

The Making Place. Picture: Vikki Lince
The Making Place. Picture: Vikki Lince

"I craft a lot now, mainly with my mum and sister – we go to The Handmade Festival every year and try to go to workshops for things we haven't done before – and my son, who has his own sewing machine at home and loves finger knitting and bracelet making. I am mainly a sewist but have tried almost everything, from hand embroidery and needle felting to calligraphy and mosaics.

"Lots of people have said there is a gap in the local area for crafting, especially children's crafts, and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to do what I love and help others to learn and enjoy crafting, as well as move some of my crafting things out of the house!

"I put a message out on local Facebook groups and got replies from Olivia Lynes and Claire Nicholson, who helped me organise everything for the opening weekend, social media activity and will be helping with the sessions."

The Making Place is open for drop-in sessions, unless there is an organised event, on Mondays and Tuesdays 10am-2.30pm and Fridays to Sundays 10am-4pm. After-school sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays are also in the pipeline.

The Making Place is at the Peek Business Centre, Woodside, Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Vikki Lince
The Making Place is at the Peek Business Centre, Woodside, Bishop's Stortford. Picture: Vikki Lince

A regular Crochet, Knit and Natter session takes place on Thursdays 6pm-8pm, while a fully-booked Christmas wreath making workshop was held yesterday (December 6).

Other events in the run-up to Christmas include cupcake decorating, fabulous fascinators and paint your own pot.

Visit www.facebook.com/makingplace to find out more.

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