Social sewing studio moves into new, larger premises.

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Just Atelier Trust chairperson Fiona Clements (left) and project co-ordinator Fiona Jenkin are moving the social sewing studio Stitch Kitchen to the ground floor of the Prince of Wales Hotel in Princes St. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

Dunedin social sewing studio Stitch Kitchen has found a new home.

Just Atelier Trust project co-ordinator Fiona Jenkin said the studio had been repurposing textiles, teaching sewing skills and bringing people together for creative community projects in its premises in the Tapley Swift Shipping Agencies building in Vogel St since May 2014.

When more people were registering for its classes, workshops and community projects than the space could accommodate, a search for a larger premise was launched last year.

The search ended when a two-year lease was signed for the ground floor in the “beautiful” Prince of Wales Hotel in Princes St.

The new premises provided about double the floor space of the old premises, Ms Jenkin said.

Now the plan was to “spruce up and put our personality” in the new premises before running classes from July 20.

The classes would open up opportunities for people to meet, connect and develop mental wellbeing, as well as practical life skills, she said

A skill could be mending a favourite pair of track pants they wore every day during lockdown, she said.

Trust chairperson Fiona Clements said she had fond childhood memories of the new premises.

She recalls dining with her family in a railway carriage inside the restaurant Carnarvon Station.

Princes St was an ideal spot for the studio as it was surrounded by people in the textile industry, such as secondhand clothing store Toffs and clothing manufacturer Adventure Outfitters.

A drawcard of the building was its wheelchair access making the new studio more “practical and inclusive”.