Posted by: Laura Hammond
Fri 24th June 2022
A fabric retailer based at Alfreton House is celebrating after expanding the business into a second room.
Maisy Moo Fabrics now occupies two rooms at the Grade ll listed building on Alfreton’s High Street – one for use as a shop and the other to be used as a space for delivering craft workshops.
The business was founded in the spring of 2014 by Cerian Moncaster, with just £140 worth of fabric.
At the time, Cerian was working from home and had been suffering with post-natal depression following the birth of her daughter.
She said: “After I had my daughter, I was really struggling with my mental health. My husband bought me a sewing machine – apart from at school I’d never done anything like that.
“I started making personalised items for children – cushions with their names on, things like that. In order to keep the costs down, I started buying it [the fabric] wholesale and I started selling the little bit that I didn’t use.”
She put every penny back into the business and eventually moved to a base in Huthwaite. Two years ago, she moved Maisy Moo Fabrics to Alfreton House.
Now, Maisy Moo Fabrics stocks a wide range of brands including Rose & Hubble, Makower UK and more.
It also sells a range of products including zips, ribbons, buttons and sewing patterns.
The new room at Alfreton House has been turned into a beautiful shop, where customers will be able to browse and purchase products.
Cerian hopes to use the other room to deliver workshops on things such as embroidery and how to applique.
Following the expansion, which officially took place last weekend, Cerian said: “I got quite emotional.
“I’m not what you would regard as a traditional business. It was mainly to do with giving me something to do. I’ve always worked but I wasn’t capable of working where someone relied on me. Me starting this up was me still working but on my terms.
“I sat and looked around the other day and thought ‘this is all mine, I’ve done this’. I feel quite blessed to be honest.”
Maisy Moo Fabrics opens Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9.30am until 2pm.
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