Amble Pin Cushion is a busy family business, based in the Northumberland coastal fishing town of Amble.  Our friendly staff are enthusiastic experts for all things fabric and yarn. We provide an outstanding service and top quality products. Please contact us if you have any queries, we are always happy to help you.

2020 has been an ‘interesting’ year, with awards, award nominations, staff changes, making lots of face masks and launching our new Northumbria Knit and Stitch Kits. We now offer cross stitch kits featuring iconic landmarks of Northumbria, such as; Castles, Bridges and Landmarks. View a digital brochure of all our products here.

In July we won the Prestige Award for LIFESTYLE SHOP OF THE YEAR – NORTHUMBERLAND – NORTH ENGLAND.  The judges were impressed with our team’s “personal nature, consistency of reviews and community feel. You seem to go over and above for your clients and I hope this achievement brings more success during these difficult times.”

Later in July, we heard that APC had been nominated by the readers of Sew magazine in the category for the BEST INDEPENDENT HABERDASHERY STORE IN THE NORTH EAST, which is really amazing for everyone at our business, particularly as were up against stores in Newcastle and Stockton-on-Tees.  The results are due at the end of the year.

In November, we were notified that we had achieved HIGHLY COMMENDED in the BRITISH KNITTING AN CROCHET TRADE AWARDS for our Modern Guernsey Cushion Cover Knitting Kit (See here).


Meet Our Team

Out team of highly-skilled, friendly professional staff provide first class service
Norma originally trained for and worked in the clothing industry for 18 years, later gaining qualifications in millinery and soft furnishings, so has a wide range of skills to draw on. Before buying the shop with her husband, Brian, she taught in the South West and in Northumberland.

Laurie joined APC as an apprentice, straight from 6th Form. In 2018, she was shortlisted to the top six for ‘Small Business Apprentice of the Year’. After completing her training, Laurie now works on alterations, maintaining the website and serving in the shop. Laurie particularly enjoys altering stunning bridal and prom gowns, and creating fun window displays.

Diane is the newest member of the APC team, and enjoys the daily challenge of working on alterations as a seamstress. In her spare time, her creative pursuits include sewing, knitting, crochet and musical theatre.

When Anne retired from a long career in admin and IT, she started to attend our knit and natter group, and was asked to join the APC team as a sales assistant and knitting expert. Anne had learnt to knit before starting school, and enjoys trying out new patterns and making changes to customise favourite patterns.