My name is Tracy-Louise; I am married with two grown up children (Daniel and Abigail); two cats (Marmalade and The Stig) and two wonderful grandchildren (Jack and Louisa) and I love crochet, knitting and sewing, in fact I love crafting in general!
One of my earliest memories was of my mother, Irene, teaching me to use a peddle Singer Sewing Machine when I was about 5 years old. I can recall sewing a long rectangular piece of blue patchwork type cotton fabric to make a skirt by sewing only three straight lines, one back seam and a narrow hem at the bottom and a wider hem at the top for the elastic, I was so proud when I wore it.
As you would expect, I went on to study Needlecraft, eager to learn I started creating, designing and making my own clothes, curtains, children's clothes and of course having a daughter and a grand-daughter lots and lots of dolls clothes. Nowadays I prefer to just knit and crochet and my poor sewing machine rarely gets used.
Looking back over the years to when these life-long skills were taught in school you would find several haberdashery and wool shops dotted around your local high street / town or city; now a days, they are far and few between. I believe over the past 30 years or so, these skills seemed to have lacked importance especially in schools and within family groups; the knock on effect meant the interest in haberdashery and yarn naturally decreased. Which is why I decided to launch Haberdash-a-doo. I buy direct from the supplier so I can offer quality products at affordable prices and having no overheads I can keep my costs low.
Although this is primarily an internet business, I also trade at craft fairs and markets in my home town of Hull selling haberdashery, yarn, books, knitting and sewing patterns as well as hand and machine knit baby and toddler wear as well as a few crochet items and much more. It is lovely meeting customers and chatting with them about their projects and being on hand to answer any questions they may have. I have noticed quite a few children and young adults taking an interest. Who knows, hopefully one day I will take the plunge, take another step forwards and I will open a shop!