November Stockist of the Month: The Pumpkin Patch

Described by a customer as "an Aladdin's cave full of wonderfulness", The Pumpkin Patch based in Hailsham, East Sussex, offer fabrics galore and their experienced staff go the extra mile to answer customer queries and source their requirements.

With a craft room above the shop always buzzing with creative people, many customers think of The Pumpkin Patch as not just a shop but a friendly meeting place to share ideas.

We caught up with owner Julie Ellis to find out more...

Tell us about the history of your shop and the team?
The Pumpkin Patch is a well-established sewing shop based in Hailsham, East Sussex, and has been in business since 2002.  With a great stock of over 1200 bolts of fabric, knitting and crochet yarns, haberdashery and craft books; our customers come from far and wide.  Our staff are widely experienced in sewing and crafts and are always happy to help with advice.

What do you offer that makes you stand out from other retailers?
The Pumpkin Patch offers a vast range of fabrics for patchwork and craft together with the relevant haberdashery.  We listen to our customers’ requests and queries and offer them advice.  Often this requires us to go the extra mile to source unusual requirements. 
Our craft room above the shop is full of creative people learning new skills or friendly groups getting together and sharing their sewing and crafting.
Many of our customers view The Pumpkin Patch as more than just a shop but as a friendly meeting place to share ideas in a relaxed and happy environment.

What are you passionate about?
We enjoy helping customers make their choices and offering them advice.  All types of craft are our passion and we love to see our customers’ finished projects.  We help to inspire them and they thrill us with their imaginative creations.

How do you choose what you stock?
We are guided by our customers and tutors and we listen to their suggestions.  We also take note of our suppliers’ advice and keep abreast of current trends.

What do you love about quilting?
We love the fact that a beautiful piece of artwork can be created from scraps of fabric.  Quilts come in all colours and designs and each is unique and personal.  Quilting is a great opportunity to explore creative ideas and skills with friends and like-minded people.

What project are you working on at the minute?
A Christmas Sew-a-Row quilt is being made by our students and we have enjoyed sourcing all their requirements.  We are thinking ahead for ideas for the shop window and projects for the New Year and are often inspired by our customers’ ideas.

Are there any future plans you wish to share with us?
Lots of new fabrics are due in the New Year which will inspire us with new projects.  We will no doubt make the most of 2020 being an Olympic year and look to support our local events.

Get in touch with the Pumpkin Patch or find out more

Tel. 01323 442821

Shop Address
10a St Mary's Walk
East Sussex
BN27 1AF