Stitches and Threads

The Hidden Kiosks are a must find when visiting Colchester. Located in the old newsagents at Colchester Bus Station, you’ll often  stumble upon  a real gem.

The latest ‘pop-up shop’ launches on Saturday 18th June with thanks to Carly Adam who brings
 â€˜Stitches & Threads’ to the kiosks, selling an affordable collection of carefully selected arts and crafts made by local artists and designers.

What’s on offer at Stitches and Threads?

Handmade, hand printed, unique, cushions, bags and jewellery made in an environmentally conscious way with love using recycled materials (Tumf).

Locally designed and hand print awesome T-shirts (Worship).

Unique lampshades and bowls made using recycled records (Sam Wright).

Fun lino cut prints inspired from an array of subjects such as musicians and animals (Adam Merchant).

Crocheted and knitted cushions, blankets and much more with a modern twist (Fen Murray).  

Specially selected vintage clothing items to compliment the‘Stitches & Threads’ offering   (Katie Kennedy).

Carly Adams has been slowly building up Tumf designs, but had not been able to find an outlet to sell her work until the Hidden Kiosks opportunity arose.   “My idea is to have a shop that sells unique local artists’ and designers’ works at a reasonable price, and in turn helping out the local artists and designers involved with the Kiosk.”

‘Stitches and Threads’ will host a special showcase event at 1pm at the Hidden Kiosks on Saturday 18th June, where members of the public will have an opportunity to meet Carly and some of the other artists involved. Also on offer on the day is live music and vegan cakes courtesy of previous Hidden Kiosk winner, Ps… it’s Vegan, along with tea and coffee for all.

The shop will continue to be open Thursday-Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-4, until Saturday 9th July.

The Hidden Kiosks project was established to contribute to Colchester Borough Council’s vision of developing a Cultural Quarter for the town. The idea is to create a small, easy-to-manage creative project to help showcase how culture in Colchester might feel.

The concept offers the Kiosks to people with ideas for short-term ‘pop up’ ventures with a lifespan of no more than 3 months. To make it interesting, proposals had to demonstrate that they could simultaneously animate a largely disused area of town whilst benefitting the local community.