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Hi I am Jenny and this is our story…
From hobby to profession
The thought of retiring from teaching after 37 years was at one time quite a daunting prospect but very quickly became a reality for me when my mum became seriously ill. Mum had taught me to sew as a child and pretty soon I was making my own clothes from material purchased from our local markets. When I married and raised my two sons. I continued to sew making their clothes, but also joined with two other like-minded friends and started a small sewing group.
Throughout life we often come face to face with people and events that influence and shape who we are. I can honestly say that the inspiration I had from a brilliant art and embroidery teacher when I was at secondary school, has stayed with me throughout my life and career.
Retirement could have generated a massive void in my life but I soon rekindled the passion and desire to create and began attending bead-weaving classes and workshops. I also made bags, quilts and other fabric crafts.
Soon I had made enough to take a stall at a craft fair and was delighted with the positive comments I received, and have not looked back since.
Our business philosophy
I have always believed in using the very best fabrics for my creations and this is equally so with my beadwork, where working with only the finest beads and crystals available is really important to me. I believe in value for money but above all else quality.
After several successful craft fairs the desire to have my own premises grew stronger. We (my husband Steve) did not just want a craft supply shop we wanted to use our premises as a showcase for crafts, not just for my own work but also the work of other talented artisans from our local area.
We provide an affordable outlet for some of the most stunning work from around our part of Kent and have selected the very best items and made them available to you at exceptional value.
Our crafters get their inspiration from the beautiful county of Kent “The Garden of England” and the wonderful town of Sandwich, a walk through it’s streets and along the banks of the River Stour are a source of wonder which is reflected in our work and ethos.
Our shop offers a warm, friendly and happy atmosphere with an air of nostalgia and forms the perfect backdrop to our bead weaving classes held every Tuesday evening and Thursday/Friday mornings.
We select the best fabrics available form around Europe and further afield, including oilcloth from the UK and Germany and designer fabrics from France. Miyuki and Matsuno glass beads from Japan, Swarovski elements from Austria and the finest Czech fire polish beads and crystals feature in our beaded jewellery. We are able to supply a selection of glass beads and crystals available in 10gram packets, as well as silver plate, sterling silver and gold plated findings.
We offer commissions and bespoke designs for most of our products, specialising in oilcloth, vinyl and fabric bags and bunting.
In addition we are extremely pleased to offer you hand knitted bags from “Kusan Accessories” of London, made in Nepal from the finest New Zealand wool, whose ethical values fit perfectly with our own philosophy. We also have a range of other gifts and curious objects among other products to adorn your home.
We bring a range of skills to our business obtained through more than 70 years of combined teaching and management experience. We expect the best from ourselves and from the materials we work with and pass this on in our commitment to providing you our customers with the very best service we can offer.
Together with my husband Steve we are ‘Hazeedaze Crafts and Curios’ and we welcome you to our website and hope that you will enjoy your visit.
We owe a huge thanks to our local community for playing a major part in our story and hope that you will also join us on this awesome journey and be a part of our story too.
Jenny and Steve
Hazeedaze Crafts and Curios