… the brightly coloured, enticing displays at Sparrow UK, Shaftesbury …
Last week, I stepped into the crafty world of Sparrow in Shaftesbury. It is not often that I have far too many wonderful photographs to choose from for a DDB post, as usually there are a handful that really stand out. However, this time I had oodles of joyous pictures and the decision over which ones to include has taken me rather a long time! I hope you like the final choices…
With Mother’s Day around the corner, I tend to get lots of people asking my advice about where to go and get something small, but thoughtful. Not only is visiting Sparrow a chance to indulge yourself with spending time in a space that oozes creativity, but it also has a wide selection of carefully chosen cards and present ideas.
When the owner, Sarah, first conceptualised the idea of the shop, she felt the importance of showcasing primarily UK items. That is definitely still her mantra and the glass cabinets, shelves and long trestle tables are stacked with UK and local made goodies. The beautiful bracelet above is one of Shaftesbury-based jeweller Nina Parker’s designs.
If you visit (I know you are very tempted now), you must make sure you go upstairs. As you reach the top, the space opens up into the largest, light filled studio that you can imagine. It is bright and airy with a lovely view over the top of the high street. Apparently, Sarah says that she often hears people reach the top of the stairs with a large intake of breath or ‘wow’!
Sparrow shares its space with Enchanted Plants – another local business that produces the finest, organic soaps, right here on the premises. The two businesses merge together well and give you, the shopper, a lovely range of items to choose from.
The large studio space is also where Sparrow’s famous craft courses take place. Not only do you get to sit and bask in the creative atmosphere, while having tea and cake, but you can choose to learn felting, crochet, quilting and lampshade making amongst other things. It is possible to buy gift vouchers that can be redeemed against either a course or items in the shop… a possible idea for a crafty Mother’s Day gift?
The courses that are on the horizon are:
Crochet Sock Workshop – Saturday 21st March 10am – 4pm
Lampshade Making – Saturday 11th April 10am – 12:30pm
Needle Felting (Reindeer Workshop) – Saturday 14th November 10am – 4pm
…and of course, because you know me so well… I couldn’t leave without spending a large proportion of my time adoring Molly, the Sparrow dog-in-residence. She was so good and allowed me to take lots of photos while she posed elegantly on the counter top! Isn’t she gorgeous?
If you would like any further information or want to check out Sparrow’s online shop, please click here. Sarah is always happy to help or answer any queries – I know lots of you have already chatted to her about the famous pom pom makers that I keep going on about!
Enjoy your day! x
A tiny note – just to say, of course I don’t get any money for blogging about the gorgeous gems of Dorset – I do it for the love!