Sewing the last stitch after almost 40 years in business

Tom McMorrow at Fenkle Crafts.
Tom McMorrow at Fenkle Crafts.

A craft and needlework shop which has been serving customers for nearly four decades is to close.

Fenkle Crafts, on Fenkle Street, in Alnwick, has been trading in the town for 37 years.

But now, owners Tom and Julie McMorrow are looking to retire and are closing down the premises.

Specialising in cross-stitch and needlecraft the business manufactures and designs its own kits which have been supplied to more than 50 countries around the world.

And even Harrods has sold the kits made in Alnwick.

Mr McMorrow said: “We have been very happy here but we want to retire.

“We have had some very loyal customers over the years and we are very grateful to them for all of their support.”

The shop is also home to the Heirloom Needlecraft Gallery.

This contains an exhibition of around 100 models of needlework which were designed and stitched in Alnwick.

And the shop also had a branch in the MetroCentre until seven years ago.

When the centre opened in 1986, on its first day of trading three shops were opened, one of which was Fenkle Crafts.

The business traded there for 20 years until it closed in 2006.

It is not yet known when the store will close but a sale is now on.

Mr McMorrow said: “We have really enjoyed our time here.”

The shop still has a number of needlecraft kits left to sell.

It is open from 11am to 3pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The shop can be contacted on 01665 604325 and the company also has a website at