Hi, I'm June
Pritchett, one of the five friendly people you will find if you
visit our bustling shop on the main road in Waikanae, New
All of us are
in love with many different aspects of craft involving fibre. We
enjoy meeting and working with the thousands of people who take
the time to come and see us.
I started my
working career as a teacher. I had always been interested in embroidery, and in 1967 I took lessons in spinning and found
myself hooked on craftwork. My Pipy spinning wheel will be 43 years old next July 10. It was my
first purchase on Decimal Currency Day!
After 19 years
living in Christchurch, we returned to the North Island. Spinning groups were very active at
that time, so I extended myself in spinning techniques and began
weaving.. I enjoyed tapestry weaving, but time became very
limited when I accepted Pat Mills' invitation to join her in
partnership in the business "Creative Woolcraft Supplies" that
had evolved out of a business, "Creative Display," started by
Jack Clarke, a weaver, in 1975.
retired, I decided to continue the business. Many of my
customers were embroiderers who asked if I could stock
embroidery threads and save them trips into Wellington! I changed the
name of the shop to "Fibre Flair" to reflect the variety of
yarns and fibres carried.
Six months later, the chance came to
move into a larger site on the Main Road. Then we began to stock a much bigger
range of embroidery supplies and patchwork fabrics.
and quilting really complement the agency we have for Pfaff
Sewing Machines, with their wonderful dual feed mechanism that
makes quilting such an easy and trouble-free experience.
has been wonderfully resourced over many years by salespeople
who have all been skilled and helpful craftspeople themselves.
They have never stinted their time in giving our customers the
undivided attention and assistance they often require when
making important decisions with fibres and fabrics.
Walker has a background of talent that enables her to produce
outstanding designs like our current 'Blocks of the Month', She was a senior vision
mixer for TVNZ for 30 years; has three diplomas in music,
including a prestigious Fellowship of Trinity College, London,
and has been an enthusiastic embroiderer since she was a child.
Meech specialises in patchwork and has been doing it
since 1985. She had always been a sewer and finding
herself with more spare time as her children got older, she
entered the fascinating world of patchwork.
She loves the fabric, the
colours, 'and the fact that you can get six ladies doing
the same pattern and they will all choose different
fabrics and colours and they will all produce something
fascinating in its difference.'
Her other interest is
gardening, which probably has the advantage of introducing
colour and variety into her patchwork thinking at
different times of the year. You could say, however, that
it isn't a patch on her main interest.
Sheryl, like others on the
staff, has won several awards for her talented work,
including 'Best of Category' and 'Best of Show' in the big
'Rose City Quilters' event celebrating their 21st
birthday, at Palmerston North in 2002. At the 2003
National Quilt Symposium in Christchurch she won
'Traditional with a Twist' and took second prize for 'Best
use of Quilting'.
Sewing and embroidery
classes are popular at Fibre Flair and Sheryl, who is a
trained Pfaff demonstrator, says these are a sure way to
quickly gain essential knowledge in this fascinating