TWO women who worked at a long-standing and well-known Bradford district shop which shut after 65 years have launched a new business.

Janice Thornton and Ingrid Johnstone had worked at The Shuttle fabric shop, on Otley Road in Shipley, for many years before it closed back in June.

Owner Antony Johnstone, 85, started the business in the 1960s but took the decision to retire earlier this year. At one stage, Mr Johnstone had shops in Harrogate, Bingley, Keighley, and Preston. 

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The ShuttleNow, Janice and Ingrid have decided to put their many years of experience in the industry to good use.

On Sunday (November 12), they opened Shipley Fabric Sewing School on Dockfield Road. 

The owners are looking forward to working with a wide range of fabrics, as well as sewing and craft equipment.

Members of the public will also be able to join sewing classes.

The school will offer a full range of classes, helping beginners as well as those with a bit more experience.

There will be seasonal promotions - the first one starting this Christmas.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Janice cutting some fabricJanice cutting some fabric (Image: Newsquest)Janice, who works as a craft worker and seamstress, has made everything from her son’s wedding quilt and children’s clothes to home furnishings and banners for local groups.

She said: "With the need for people to supplement their wardrobes due to the cost-of-living crisis and the huge sewing creativity which we know exists in Shipley and Saltaire, we expect to build on the loyal clientele of The Shuttle and further afield in the area."

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The school is on Dockfield RoadThe school is on Dockfield Road (Image: Newsquest)Ingrid has 38 years of experience in garment technology.

She was trained in fashion and manufacturing at the University of Bradford.

She was the design and technical director of a UK-based tailoring company for more than 20 years.

This gave her a background in design, pattern-cutting and garment construction for well-known retailers including Jigsaw, Lk Bennett, Paul Smith, Joules, Next, Hobbs, and many more.

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Ingrid working the sewing machineIngrid working the sewing machine (Image: Newsquest)Both Janice and Ingrid took early retirement but have decided to use their energy and skills to bring fabrics and sewing to the local community.

Ingrid said: “Sewing and pattern cutting is my passion, being able to pass on my knowledge and experience to other people is an absolute pleasure.

"It’s great for people’s health and well-being while giving them a chance to meet and make new friends who are interested in sewing and crafting, it’s a very social activity.

"We are hoping all age groups will come and start their sewing adventure with us."