We recently made our way to Create Hobby, a brand new craft and sewing centre in Observatory, for a fun day out of the office. In our group of five girls, we had two relatively experienced seamstresses, Christine and Anneke, and the rest of us were pretty much beginners. The last time I touched a sewing machine was more than 15 years ago. I had a really strict needlework teacher, and I wasn’t any good at knitting or sewing, so I was put off any kind of craft project for a very long time. Even as we arrived, I was still convinced that I would not be able to produce anything. Carin and Roeleen were not any better off than me… But Create Hobby is a place where you can escape into an unintimidating, creative space. The owner Andrea, a fashion designer, is friendly, encouraging and very patient. And we all managed to make a scarf and a pretty beanie. And I left feeling like I’ve just created an Haute couture gown!
At Create Hobby they cover all kinds of projects from cushion covers to fun outfits. The lessons involve learning to use an electronic sewing machine and hand stitching techniques. There is a class to fit every person’s needs. You can learn to sew from scratch, or attend an advanced class. Create Hobby also offers private needlework lessons, parties and team building activities! Once a week, they also offer craft lessons including everything from mosaic classes to origami classes. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their Facebook page.
- Photographer: Christine Meintjes |