It's a lovely place, tucked away in a parade of shops along one of Rainford's main streets. Just the kind of shop that you'd like to find in your village, where you can buy special gifts and learn new skills as easily as buying a loaf of bread or a newspaper.
And this is Catherine, who owns the shop. She's lovely too, friendly and welcoming, and doing what so many of us would like to do for a living by owning a craft shop.
She has a good eye for what people like, and her shop is filled with all kinds of treats - some to buy and some to make.
Catherine runs regular workshops on sewing, crocheting and lots of other crafts - you can find out more here on her Facebook page. She even teaches people to turn old books into unique ornaments by folding the pages in clever ways which seems like some kind of magic to me!
Whatever your craft, I'm pretty certain you'd find supplies here. From yarn for knitting and crocheting to buttons and material to card-making resources, it's all here! I could have spent a very long time poring over every item; there's so much to see and I know that I would have loved a shop like this in my village when I was growing up. I always had something creative on the go and this would have fed my habit nicely!
One of Catherine's specialties is re-painting old wooden furniture and she has a good range of paints for the job. I love shops like this, they make me itch to try out new skills!
On this particular Saturday, a certain sock knitter was visiting for a sock clinic and drop-in knit n natter session. It was lovely to meet new people who were able to try out the various sock needles and stay to chat for a while. Knitting and nattering is such a sociable activity! The workshops all take place around this table too; small groups who have the chance to get to know each other as well as what they are learning. Why not make new friends at the same time as honing new skills? It sounds perfect to me!
I've written before about how important I think it is that shops like this one should be supported by the local community so that they - and the community - can thrive. How wonderful to have an oasis of crafting calm in the centre of a busy village! It's something that every village should have, in my opinion, and aside from it being someone's dream and all dreams should have the opportunity to flourish, I feel that if we don't support our local businesses, we all become the poorer for it. We will be left with generic superstores that offer us what they think we should want, without any room for individual taste or desires. That would be a very sad day.
The Makery, 12 Ormskirk Road, Rainford, WA11 8BT