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Hi! We're The Eternal Maker - a modern sewing, fabric and yarn store based in Chichester, on the south coast of England. We stock an extensive collection of over 5000 bolts of fabric ranging from quilting cotton, jersey, and double gauze to linens, and specialist dressmaking fabrics, so there is always plenty to choose from! We also stock haberdashery & notions, and have a large selection of yarns as well as knitting and crochet supplies in our yarn department. After a hard day's fabric shopping you can retreat to our cafe, The Eternal Baker where you can relax and unwind and treat yourself to a coffee or two with one of our delicious cakes! We also run classes, so come and learn a new skill!
At The Eternal Maker we'll always aim to help as much as possible - if you can't see what you're after, get in touch - we may still have it but it hasn't made it's way online yet, or it may be on it's way in. And if we don't have it - well, we'll try our hardest to find you someone who does!
Anna: Owner and founder of The Eternal Maker & Two Stitches Patterns
Anna has always had a passion for sewing and fabrics, starting out with a saturday job in a sewing shop, and later as the editor of a sewing magazine. She opened up The Eternal Maker in 2007 and hasn't looked back since! Anna can turn her hand to almost anything creative, and enjoys spending her spare time whipping up new outfits for herself (and her dog Athos!). Anna is famous at The Eternal Maker for her many hilarious anecdotes, there's never a dull moment when she's around!
Favourite fabrics: Anything by Nani Iro
Favourite cafe order: Latte and bagel
Phil: Eternal Maker Accounts & Finance
Phil is the financial head of the business. Whilst he doens’t claim to be a sewing enthusiast he has been known to try his hand at a bit of lampshade making and is the proud creator of a quilt displayed in the shop showing different fabric cuts. Phil is a bit of a shopaholic - although strictly only on amazon, and is a sucker for a gadget. He works from his office in the back of the shop, and can often be seen building or fixing various things.
Favourite cafe order: Fentimans Dandelion & Burdock drink
Rachael: Shop Manager
“The fancy Dress Queen”
Rachael is the longest standing member of staff, having been with the company since 2008. She is a knitter, sewer and all round craft enthusiast. When Rachael isn't working part time in the shop, she spends her time looking after her two little boys and making the most amazing fancy dress costumes!
Favourite cafe order:
Amber: Shop & Cafe Assistant
“The Rainbow Maker”
Amber started at The Eternal Maker in September 2015. Originally from New Zealand she studied interior design before finding her feet here in the UK. Amber is super organised and has a meticulous eye for detail, and can often be found organising the large selection of Kona Solid fabrics into lovely coordinated rainbow displays. Always happy and positive, Amber is a hit with customers, imparting her ever growing knowledge of dressmaking and quilting.
Favourite fabrics: Alison Glass fabrics
Favourite cafe order: Soy dark hot chocolate and salted caramel millionaire slice
Sarah: Graphic Designer & shop assistant
“The list maker”
Sarah Started at The Eternal Maker in October 2015 and is our in-house graphic designer and co-designer of Two Stitches Patterns, our very own clothing pattern brand. Sarah has 10 years experience in the design industry previously working as a surface pattern designer for a greeting card and gift company, and has been sewing ever since her first visit to The Eternal Maker in 2010. In her spare time Sarah likes to work on her dressmaking skills with the "help" of her cat Denzel, and in the shop she can often be found ticking off her various to-do lists, or creating the latest patterns and designs on the computer.
Favourite fabrics: Cotton + Steel / Dashwood / anything with cats or pandas
Favourite cafe order: Hot Chocolate & Brownie
Ingrid: Shop Assistant & Knitting expert
Ingrid has been working for The Eternal Maker since April 2014 and is our expert in all things knitting! She has two textiles degrees and can often be found in the yarn department or knitting up a storm on Thursday evening's drop-in "Knit ,Sew & Create" night. In Her spare time Ingrid likes to knit various items for her daughter and enjoys geeking out over vintage knitting patterns!
Favourite Yarn: Alpaca yarn
Favourite cafe order: Vanilla tea and cappuccino cake
Dhurata: Shop Assistant / Pattern creator
Dhurata started working at the Eternal Maker in October 2014 and as well as working in the shop is co-founder and Pattern designer for Two Stitches Patterns. She has been sewing practically her whole life and is an expert at sewing with jersey. Dhurata spends most waking hours sewing new garments - rarely a day goes by when she isn’t wearing one of her many creations! She can often be seen helping customers in the shop, teaching classes or whipping up new clothing samples on the sewing machine.
Favourite fabrics: classic geometric styles & jersey
Favourite cafe order: Earl grey and cappuccino cake
Janette: Shop & cafe assistant
“The Cheeky One”
Janette has been working at the Eternal Maker since April 2014, and when she's not busy organising and tidying the shop she can be seen helping customers and encouraging confidence in new sewers. She has a positive outlook and can often be heard singing or making people laugh with her infectious giggle! In her spare time (when she has any!) Janette likes to make bags and regularly teaches various classes in the shop throughout the year.
Favourite fabrics: all the fabrics!
Favourite cafe order: Skinny latte
Millie: Shop & cafe assistant
“The Calm One"
Millie has been working for The Eternal Maker since 2010 where she started out as a Saturday girl at the age of 16. Since then she has come a long way and is one of our most knowledgable members of staff. Millie is a very calm and approachable person, and always looks super stylish! She has a degree specialising in knitwear, and is a self-confessed crochet addict, she always has a hook in hand and is our go-to crochet tutor.
Favourite fabrics: anything a bit quirky or with a polka dot
Favourite cafe order: Soy mocha and salted caramel millionaire slice
Ashleigh: Saturday shop assistant
“The straight talker”
Ashleigh has been working at the Eternal Maker since November 2012. Having worked in the shop since the tender age of 15, Ashleigh is now one of the longest serving team members, and knows everything there is to know about The Eternal Maker. Ashleigh is very friendly, outgoing and is known to be a bit of a chatterbox! She previously studied textiles at school; even made her own prom dress, and is now training to be a primary school teacher. Ashleigh is always super organised and can often be found tidying the shop.
Favourite fabrics: Riley Blake
Favourite cafe order: Vanilla Latte
Lucie: Saturday Shop Assistant
“The Quiet one”
Lucie has been working at The Eternal Maker since August 2015, after she made a great impression during work experience and was asked to stay on as a Saturday girl. Lucie has always had a keen interest in fashion and is currently studying textiles, She is confident making complex garments such as evening dresses and even leotards! Lucie is always polite and friendly and can be seen in the shop on Saturdays helping customers with their fabric choices and advising on different sewing techniques.
Favourite fabrics: jersey
Athos: General Troublemaker
“The Cute One”
Athos has been around since May 2016. He isn't very good at sewing but can often be seen sporting a coat or bow tie made by Anna. In his spare time he enjoys eating everything in sight, trying his best to distract people with his cuteness and generally being an energetic bundle of fun!
Favourite treat: Stealing crabs legs from the beach - even though he's not allowed!