ENTREPRENEUR Jo Wilson is hoping to have a business niche all stitched up.
The Hartlepool woman has launched a company simply named Workshop.
And it is just the place for people in the Hartlepool area who are wanting to learn how to knit or crochet.
The firm specialises in teaching complete beginners the fine skills involved in all aspects of knitting.
Jo added: “It’s a huge trend at the moment and it is an interesting one. There are loads of magazines out there covering it.”
The Park Road-based venture offers both day and night classes and already has 40 people on the books. The night-time sessions are particularly well supported.
Jo, 41, a mother-of-two, is hoping the numbers increase when she launches more classes next year. She added: “There will be new courses starting in January when I will be doing parent and children classes.
“The plan is to get people more involved. It will be getting them to do things as a family and treat it as a special time together.”
Jo, who has been knitting since her grandmother taught her as a four-year-old, said: “I teach people everything from starting to finishing and stitching up. It starts with your basic stitches and then, because the classes are tailored, people can do what they want to learn.”
She said the beauty of both knitting and crochet was that it could be used as therapy. She found that out while she was doing volunteer work where she held one-to-one sessions.
Jo said: “If you are doing something that makes you focus on it completely, you can’t worry at the same time.
“I did this with a few people and it grew to the point where I thought I could open a shop.”
Yarns are available to be in Workshop where Jo also sells her own line of gifts called CoconutJo.
She said the small size of each class she holds meant students got to specialise in the type of knitting or crocheting they wanted to do.
Her hopes are to expand the range of classes which are currently only open to adults, unless the children who come along are accompanied.
She added: “I want to get children more involved. At the moment I have a range of clientele from 19 to 78 but this is for all people who want to do something different.
“It is for anyone who wants to make handmade crafts.”