New business ‘knits’ new activities for Portsmouth youth, adults

Stitchery, a new business, is offering original classes on traditional arts at its newly opened needle arts education studio.

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Stitchery, a brand new business, is offering original classes on traditional arts at its education studio on East Main Road. 

Stitchery held its grand opening Saturday, Feb. 25, officially opening its doors to the public. 

Created by two friends and needle arts instructors, Karen Katin and Traci Vaspol, the new education studio will focus on keeping alive traditional crafts. 

“Their shared passion for the preservation and instruction of traditional needle arts brought them to the realization that an instructional studio space would be a perfect environment for sharing and nurturing the joy of such traditional arts,” according to the Stitchery website

The studio is located at 14 Potomac St., off East Main Road, in the same plaza as the dance studios. 

Stitchery’s initial classes will focus on hand and machine sewing, and beginning knitting classes for both adults and children.

In the future, the owners plan to include many additional crafts, guest instructors, weekend workshops, and other disciplines. In addition, the studio will be available for private events. 

Stitchery also plans to host its own club in the future. “Come and knit or sew with friends and make new ones. Bring a treat and we supply coffee and tea,” according to its website. More information about the club is expected. Stay tuned! 

The classes are held on different days and times, and vary in price. 

Click here to view the Sewing class schedule and to register

Click here to view the Knitting class schedule and to register

For more information about Stitchery, visit its website at or the Stitchery Facebook page

Featured below are photos from the grand opening and studio. 




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