Mother and daughter crafty business plans

30/10/12  Aimee Allday and her Mum Kathy from Knaresborough who have set up Aimee's Creative Hands craft business at their home  pictured with some of the crafts.
30/10/12 Aimee Allday and her Mum Kathy from Knaresborough who have set up Aimee's Creative Hands craft business at their home pictured with some of the crafts.

A mother and daughter duo who simultaneously launched their craft businesses in September, are now appealing for fellow crafters to rent a table at their first craft fair.

Downs syndrome sufferer Aimee Allday launched Aimees Creative Hands, selling her variety of hand knitted accesories and homewares, whilst her mother Kathy Allday’s business, Heritage Crafts of Knaresborough, sells unusual knitted, crocheted and rag rugged items. The creative pair have also designed a unique range of Christmas cards together.

They set up their first craft stall at Henshaws Arts and Craft Fair in September and hope to build on it’s success by appearing at other craft fairs in the lead up to Christmas, including their own on Sunday, November 25.

Kathy, who ran a successful craft and retail business in the 1990s, decided the two should launch their respective businesses simultaneaously, and work together to deliver craft groups in Knaresborough for people with support needs and their parents or carers.

Kathy said: “The aim of the craft groups will be to teach new skills to people who might not have knitted or made things before in a supportive and sociable environment.”

As well as supporting Aimee with her new business venture, Kathy supports other people with learning disabilities who are exploring the possibility of starting their own business.

She said: “There is no better time than now for people with learning support needs to think positively about their future, and to consider setting up their own micro-business once they leave school or college.

“Many people with learning disabilities are very creative and sometimes these creative ideas can be the start of their very own enterprise.”

Aimee and Kathy are hosting a craft fair at Henshaws Arts and Craft Centre on Sunday, November, 25 from 11am to 3pm to raise money for Interact, a performing arts group for people with learning disabilities. Tables cost £10. Anyone interested should call Kathy Allday on 01423 864381.