Explore Indie Cambridge - Backstitch

 Backstich owner Alice Synge

With the help of Indie Cambridge - the community of ‘real’ Cambridge - Cambridge Network continues its weekly exploration of the best independent shops, cafés, restaurants, people, businesses, venues and events in Cambridge and the surrounding area. This week:  Backstitch.

As a keen stitcher herself, Backstich owner Alice Synge is the obvious driving force behind this heavenly haberdashery store based at beautiful Burwash Manor. Stocking only products she would want to use herself, the Backstitch range has been carefully curated to Alice’s modern sense of style and with great attention to quality. Within a rainbow of inspired seasonal colours, the keen crafter can find everything they could possibly need for dressmaking, quilting, embroidery, cross-stitch and knitting, as well as a great selection of patterns, books, kits and gifts too.

Backstitch is also a dealer for Brother sewing machines, in addition to offering sewing machine servicing and repairs – and it’s so easy (and free) to park at Burwash, there’s no problem with dropping off and collecting.  

Existing online for nine years and in good old bricks and mortar at Burwash for five, Backstitch has very much made its place in the UK and Cambridge craft scene. But never one to rest on her laurels, Alice adds to her needlecraft heaven with a busy schedule of ever-evolving craft clubs and classes, offering lively sessions in everything from hand and machine stitching, dressmaking and free-motion embroidery, to smocking, quilting, knitting and crochet – all held in the light and bright studio space, and Alice helps keep everyone’s skills up-to-date via her blog and social media channels.  

Conscious about the environment too, Alice recently made the commitment to reducing the business’s waste and environmental impact. Backstitch has always used paper packaging in-store but had previously used plastic parcel bags for posting online orders. They’re now proud to be virtually plastic-free. Customers receive their orders in recycled brown paper ‘tied up’ with brown paper tape – a move that’s proved as popular with her customers as everything else Alice does.

Burwash Manor, New Road, Barton, Cambridge CB23 7EY
Telephone 01223 778118

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