SEWING has always been a part of her family fibre, and now Canadian-born Maeri Howard is bringing her craft expertise to a new workshop at Waterstones in the Golden Square.

Inspired by the BBC Two programme, The Great British Sewing Bee, the mum of three is hosting a workshop for local crafters to meet up and chat while browsing Waterstones’ new craft book section.

“It’s about giving people the chance to express their creativity,” said Maeri, who now lives in Stockton Heath.

“Sewing has changed a lot from when I was younger. Back then, my mum needed to be able to sew so she could make us clothes. It was a necessity. But now it’s about taking time out and enjoying it.”

In 2009, Maeri set up The Make and Do Studio on Beech Road - a haberdashery and fabric shop and workshop studio.

“Since the first series of The Great British Sewing Bee last year, the number of people coming into the shop has definitely increased,” said Maeri. “It’s a lot more popular than it used to be.”

The 47-year-old has always enjoyed sewing since she was a little girl but has not always found the time to indulge in her favourite pastime.

Previously working as a publisher in New York, Maeri moved to Warrington as part of a two year secondment with the company but ended up staying for a lot longer than she expected.

“When I look back I wonder where the last 21 years have gone. I never intended to stay for this long,” she said.

It was during this time that she realised there was a gap in the market and the idea of the The Make and Do was born.

The event takes place on April 2 from 6pm to 8pm at Waterstones Tickets are free but must be booked in advance at Waterstones or by visiting or by calling 211506.