Similarly to the morale of independent businesses who strove to continue working throughout lockdown is the morale of the public who strove to help in any way they could. One of the ways we saw our communities helping from home was through making masks, bags, and scrubs for the NHS. Independent fabric and haberdashery shops helped to keep the sewers and stitchers stocked up on all of the fabrics and threads needed. In York, Duttons for Buttons and Gillie’s Fabrics continued to take orders throughout lockdown, supplying textile experts and novices alike with mask-making kits, an online button-matching service, and even sewing machines themselves to keep Britain stitching.
Fabrication Crafts and Bish Bash Pot are two more of York’s independents that have kept the people crafting during lockdown. Bish Bash Pot’s ‘Paint at Home’ delivery baskets allowed families to get creative at home, painting pottery of their choice which would then be picked up and returned fired. But they didn’t stop there, as a perfect time for many to catch up on the slime-trends, Bish Bash Pots also posted deliveries for families to create their very own slime. Fabrication Crafts also helped people find a hobby at home; on their online store they provided fused glass kits and other small craft projects for the whole family.