TRADER SPOTLIGHT: FLO-JO FABRICS
DELIA ADEY AND ERIKA PETO
Established – We started ‘Flo-Jo’ in 2004 selling our hand made clothes on stalls and markets. The business took off more seriously with a web site and the start of our kits and sewing parties in 2010 but the shop on Gloucester Road opened in 2012, it’s been a long journey!
Talking shop – We offer a beautiful range of quality printed fabrics, cottons, linens, jersey,
swimwear, lawns, wool, for quilting, dressmaking and home furnishings. We have a huge range of
haberdashery especially for the size of the shop! We do alterations and repairs and teach children and adults how to sew and host craft and sewing parties.
What did you want to be when you were growing up? – I wanted to be a Blue Peter presenter when I was growing up, I feel like I managed to fulfil the ‘here’s one I made earlier’ part of my ambition!
Why fabrics? – We met whilst studying “Garment Construction” and “Pattern Cutting” at Silai Sewing school. We were in the same class and our 1 year old’s, Florence and Jonah, were in the creche.
Adventure leading you to where you are today – I’ve travelled quite a bit around India and Asia in my twenties, I think the colours used in women’s saris were a real influence on me. I do love colour and I think our shop reflects that!
Community – We feel that we serve as a real hub for makers in our community as we have lots of regular people who like to come and sew here rather than sitting at home on their own. We offer friendly advice and cups of tea! Our teen sewers participated in a great up-cycling project for Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary, creating garments from donated clothes for a fashion show. The event raised lots of money for them, we plan to take part in this event again next Spring.
We offer 10% discount on fabric to traders in the BID area, so come and get creative!
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