Mad Floral cushion by Sue Ford

Sew Portobello is a social enterprise for women of older working age, developing  networks, using our creativity and making some extra money.

We are looking for friendly, reliable and creative sewing tutors for this new venture in Portobello Rd, from June. Paid at £20 p.h. for those who are looking for work, volunteers welcome too if they want to and can afford it - knitting and other textile-based creative gurus also welcome. Please get in touch if you can help?

The rich heritage of sewing and embroidery in the diverse communites of North Kensington, is linked into making new friends and developing business skills.


We now have a grant from the council, loads of help from community groups, and input from local individuals who want the project to thrive. We have been pleased, but not surprised, to find we have much in common across the many social divides in our diverse communities.  The little project has already shown there is a real human need for more connectivity: women from all backgrounds enjoy sharing the pleasure of making and learning together.


The goods are sold on Portobello market, that runs through the area. In May we are starting some tutoring sessions and recruiting outreach workers. As we develop, the project will expand to offer sewing classes, coffee mornings, creative events - bringing older and  younger neighbours together for a laugh, a chat and an expert sewing lesson.


Creatives, women who love sewing, marketing experts and hosts for coffee mornings are  warmly invited to join.



Retro ceramics, bespoke furnishings

We choose ceramics that go with the textiles we use, so many customers will buy a new cushion then see just the right antique tea set or coffee service to complement it.

The ones in the photo are Spode demitasses, that were sold alongside some bubble gum pink 1950's embroidered napkins.


We have an ever changing stock of 1900's - 1970's pottery and porcelain jugs, vases, bowls, trios and whole tea, coffee and dinner sets, retro tablecloths and linen.


                                            Happy days.