A HABERDASHERY shop in Stroud is still sewing strong after 35 years in business.

Jackie Hall bought Sew and So in February 1977 and over the years has had to keep up with changing trends, from cross-stitch to tapestry and then dressmaking in recent years.

"I only went in for a tapestry kit but ended up buying the place," said Jackie.
"The previous owner was moving to Cornwall and had to sell in one week. It all happened very quickly.

"It has been 35 years of hard work but immensely satisfying. Stroud is a very special place and the people here have such creative talent.

"It is a joy to work in the trade and I have lovely customers, many of which have become my friends. It will never be boring so retiring is not on the cards for me just yet.

The shop in Lansdown sells a huge range of fabrics, buttons, ribbons and threads and has become a real family business over the years.

Her two sons manage the website and the fabric warehouse respectively and her daughter and granddaughter regularly help out in the store.

Jackie also teaches embroidery at Hawkwood College specialising in Japanese silk and has had her work exhibited in Tokyo, New York, Australia and France.