Party Deal – Make and Cake

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Check out our new party deal available on selected dates only call or email us to take advantage of this offer.

There are a wide range of cake decorations to choose from and many different makes including beaded bracelets, Jumping Clay magnets and badge making.


If you would like to see more information about our normal party packages please look at our party page.

Merry Christmas Everyone!


Gosh, I’ve gotten a little behind with writing up my Stories From the Studio over the past few weeks – it has been so busy here that I’ve barely had time to sit down at my desk!! The pictures on the left of this page will give you a little peek of what we’ve been up to!

Our Tree Decoration Auction ended on Wednesday night, and raised over £90 for the RSPCA Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Branch. The auction saw the crafty contributions made by our lovely customers for our bright purple tree at the Crooked Spire Festival of Christmas Trees back in November auctioned off to the highest bidders. Thank you to everyone who either created a decoration or placed a bid!

After such a busy December, Karen and I are taking a little break over the Christmas and New Year period for some much needed rest and relaxation, but we’ll be open on Christmas Eve from 10am – 11.30am, and on Wednesday 28th January from 10am-12.30pm and from 6.30pm – 9pm where we’ll also be running Woolly Wednesday as usual! Otherwise, the studio will be closed until 10am on Tuesday 3rd January when we’ll return to our usual opening hours.

We’ve got just two party slots left in January – 3pm on Saturday 7th January and 10am on Saturday 28th January – February is also beginning to fill up so please Contact Us to reserve a slot if your little one would like a crafty party in 2017!

Don’t forget we don’t just do children’s activities – we’ve got lots of crafty courses and workshops for adults starting in January, including beginners courses in crochet, sewing and knitting, as well as more advanced courses in these skills, or maybe you’d like to try your hand at something a bit different – perhaps Art Felting or creating a Needle Felted Woodland?

All that’s left for me to do is wish you all MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY & HEALTHY 2017 – whatever you’re up to over the festive period, I hope you have a wonderful time.

See you in the new year! xxx

25th November – Stories from the Studio


Many apologies for only being able to do a blog each fortnight at the moment, it’s just so busy, busy, busy here! If you’ve seen Karen or I in the past week or so, you’ll have almost certainly heard us exclaim that we can’t believe where this year has gone. Seriously, how is it December next week??

The studio has been busy over the past few days – our dressmaking, pattern cutting and crochet courses are all well underway, and we’ve also had our felted elf, reversible square skirt and needle felting flower workshops as well as running a BRAND NEW Joining Granny Squares crochet course!

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We’ve also been out and about a lot – we were at the Christmas Lights Switch On celebrations in Sheffield and Chesterfield on Sunday, attended the BabyLuv baby shower event on Friday, and have even found time to put up not one but two trees at the Festival of Christmas Trees in St Mary’s Church (the Crooked Spire) – the bright purple StraightCurves tree is adorned with crafty creations, all of which have been made by our lovely learners, and the other is a Jumping Clay tree!

Gosh, that lot makes me feel tired just typing it – but I’d better save my energy, this evening we’re in FOUR places at the same time!! Come along and see us at:
Hady Primary School Christmas Fair
St Peter’s and St Paul’s School Christmas Fair
Brookfield School Christmas Market
Dronfield Hilltop Sports and Social Club Christmas Market

This Sunday, it’s the penultimate Chesterfield Artisan Market of the year – we’ll be entertaining the kids with Jumping Clay mini makes and FREE colouring in, and then next Friday looks to be just as crazy as this week with events at Eckington Camms, Westfield Infants School, and Holmehall Primary!

Most importantly, it’s our annual FESTIVE FAIR & STUDIO OPEN DAY on Saturday 3rd December! Pop in and see us between 10.30am and 2.30pm for a cuppa, mince pie and a nosy around the building – you can even partake in a festive mini-make or two!

I hope to see lots of you over the next few weeks!

11th November – Stories from the Studio

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I know it’s only mid-November, but Christmas preparations are in full swing at StraightCurves!

Whilst I’m very against putting decorations up before 1st December, those of you who have met me will know that I am all for being prepared and – especially if you’re planning to make any of your gifts or decorations – it’s never too early to start making!

We’ve got loads of Festive Workshops on at StraightCurves – including these uber-cute Needle Felted Penguins and a Festive Mosaics workshop on 29th November (HURRY if you want to join this, as there’s only 1 space left on each of the daytime and evening sessions!)

Next weekend is one of the busiest in the StraightCurves year as we achieve the impossible and are in two places at the same time on Sunday 20th November!

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We’ll be in the Sheffield Winter Gardens all day as part of the Sheffield Lights Switch On Celebrations, AND we’ll be doing Jumping Clay Mini Makes on the Chesterfield Christmas Market as the town switches on its festive illuminations! We’re also planning to attend lots of School Christmas Fairs over the next few weeks so if you see us out and about make sure you come and say hello! It’s always lovely to see familiar faces – and of course meet lots of lovely new people too!


14th October – Stories from the Studio


Hello everyone! Welcome to the first of what (should be!) a weekly update of everything that we’ve been up to in the StraightCurves studios this week!

As half term approaches, many of our courses have started to come to an end. It’s always sad when this happens, but it’s so exciting to see how far our lovely learners have come and we look forward to seeing lots of you again soon! These are a few of the fantastic dresses created on our Beginners’ Dressmaking Course

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On Tuesday, Karen took a trip out to see Darley Dale WI and make Halloween models with Jumping Clay – it was such a fun evening and our tweets about it even got us a mention from Gogglebox star Rev Kate Bottley!!

And then, whilst our Woolly Wednesday-ers knitted, crocheted and chatted downstairs, the ladies of Chesterfield NWR visited the studio and rustled up some fabulous Rag Rug Flowers!

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We had a BRAND NEW workshop in our Sewing Room on Thursday morning – three lovely ladies joined Great British Sewing Bee semi-finalist Tracey Symonds to create some beautiful evening bags – it was great to see how they went in different directions, with one blingy, one buttony and one set-to-impress at the Captain’s table on a forthcoming cruise!

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Which brings me nicely to the fact that it’s Sew Saturday tomorrow! Tracey will once again be in the StraightCurves studios all day offering advice at her “Sew Surgery” – so whether it’s a pesky project causing you problems, or a snagged stitch that you need to fix, Tracey will be on hand to help you out!

2016 Retail Awards – We Won!!


Ohmygoodness, Ohmygoodness, Oh. My. Goodness. We won! WE WON!!!

We are officially Chesterfield’s Leisure Retailer of the Year 2016!

I’m so excited, and so, so proud of all the StraightCurves team for all the hard work they put in to making us what we are. But most of all, thank you to you. Yes YOU. Our lovely customers, many of whom we are able to now call our friends. Thank you. Without you, StraightCurves would not be what it is. It’s as simple as that.

You make coming to work fun for us, and we hope you enjoy visiting as much as we enjoy having you around!

We’re Finalists Again!


The finalists for the 2016 Chesterfield Retail Awards have just been announced, and we’re finalists for the second year running in the Leisure Retailer of the Year category!

We’re up against our lovely friends at Fred’s Haberdashery and JE James Cycles, so whoever wins it we’ll be happy!

Thank you to everybody who nominated us, we’re really excited for the awards ceremony in May!

Scheepjes CAL 2016 Fundraising Socials

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We are running supported sessions for the Scheepjes 2016 Crochet Along (CAL) to raise money for MIND and CALM.

Details of the CAL can be found here…

If you want to take part please join the event and purchase your wool yourself. There are two options a cheaper and a more expensive one, it doesn’t matter which you choose!

The sessions will start on 22 April and run for at least 28 weeks (the CAL is 14 weeks but we want a slower pace option to avoid stress).

Sessions will run every Friday afternoon from 12 until 3pm and you can drop in at a time to suit you or come to the whole session.

Each session has a suggested donation of £5 that will be split between the two charities. Drinks will be available throughout the sessions.

You will need to bring your wool, hooks and pattern to each session. Links to patterns will be posted on the event wall but we cannot print them as it against the rules so please bring a copy along.

I have picked Dance under the Stars and Lucy has picked Dance in the Rain. One or both of us will be at every session for when you need help understanding the patterns (you should already be able to crochet to attend this session). Looking forward to seeing lots of you there!

Thanks, Karen x