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Spring has sprung in the Sail Loft

We're so excited that our Spring Exhibition opens on Saturday - here's a little preview...

And talking of previews, why not come along tomorrow evening from 5pm to 8pm where you can meet some of the 50 amazing artists that are displaying their work with us from Saturday until 1st April?

We're really delighted to have so many talented, local people, represented in just two rooms above our NaviStitch shop and we can't wait for you to see it. We've been working hard on the layout and we've carefully curated artwork and displayed it in categories: for example, landscapes, abstract pieces, coastal studies etc and, alongside all of the fabulous framed work on our walls, there are also plenty of browsers full of unframed prints for you to peruse. Open every Wednesday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm all of this month - you're sure to find something that you just can't leave behind!

Follow us on social media for introductions to some of the artists exhibiting with us - we've got some familiar faces but also many creatives that are new to NaviStitch. Our exhibition is a huge mixed bag of incredible work - don't miss this one.

Calling those of you with amazing mums...

Did you know that there are just two weeks to go until the day that you show your mum just how oarsome she is?! Call in when you can - we've got plenty of cards and gifts as well as our own nautical stitched art and that's without all of the creativity upstairs in the Sail Loft - whatever floats your mum's boat, we've got it here! If you can't make it to the NaviStitch shop on Manningtree High Street, there's still time to order cards online, from my website shop, or from Etsy too.

The Sail Loft...

We introduced you to Ian Longhurst in our last issue - he'll be joining us for his own exhibition from April 5th for a couple of weeks - you could make this a special Easter trip out? We're open Good Friday as usual.

Our Sail Loft is now getting quite full up of fabulous new exhibitions and workshops from a range of different artists and makers - if you're thinking of having an exhibition yourself, we've got spaces in May, part of June, September and October that are as yet unclaimed. We love introducing new artists so, if you've not exhibited before, we'd be delighted to hear from you. We offer plenty of help with displaying your work and have lots of display materials that we can share. With your exhibition, you also get space in our shop window and, if you don't want a solo exhibition, we can pair you with another talented artists who may want to collaborate. Get in touch and let's find the best plan for your exhibition.

Coming up...

From 19th to 29th April our Sail Loft welcomes artist Kay Lucas and knitwear designer Pamela Hatswell. Pamela will also be offering a 'Taste of Tatting' workshops from Wednesday to Saturday each week: the first week from 10:30am to 12:30pm and the second week from 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

With a small ball of mercerised cotton yarn, a little shuttle hook and a few beads, you'll earn how to flip the knot, make a ring, complete a picot and more... take a look at our calendar for more details

In other NaviStitch news...

I'm busy working on more nautical stitched art and greeting cards for the NaviStitch shop and for my various stockists around the country and further afield. If you're a coastal retailer or a gift shop selling nautical themed wares, I'd love to chat to you about stocking some of my work - we've partnered with Faire for wholesale orders and, if you join today, you can get £100 off and 1 year of free shipping.

I'm also busy working on pieces of art that people have commissioned, but I've always got room for more! If you want to give someone a personalised gift, why not consider a piece of nautical stitched art? For anyone with a nautical bent, with coastal memories, or just a love of the sea, sailing or a place that they hold dear, I can find a chart from my extensive collection and we can take it from there - take a look at how easy it is.

We look forward to seeing old friends and new over the coming weeks. Until next time, I wish you calm waters and plain sailing


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