The Crewel Gobelin - History
When three friends (Marjory Patterson, Evelyn Turner and Judy Jessop) started a home-based needlework shop in Sydney in October 1976 they would never have expected that the business would be going from strength to strength forty years later, yet that’s The Crewel Gobelin's story. Today, The Crewel Gobelin is one of Australia’s leading Needlework shops with an extensive product range available both in-store and on-line to customers around the world.
From their small beginning, the business moved from a house into a shop at 680 Pacific Highway Killara in 1979. First Marjory, then Evelyn, left to pursue other interests, leaving Judy Jessop at the helm until August 1986. Robyn Vincent took over for the following three years, before selling to Robin Holden in August 1989.
The business continued to grow for six and a half years under Robin’s direction, including a move to the shop’s current location at 9 Marian Street Killara. Robin sold to Margaret Fisher at the end of February 1996.
Under Margaret Fisher’s ownership The Crewel Gobelin became well known for its beginner and advanced embroidery classes with talented local and visiting international tutors and extensive product range. Margaret Fisher owned the business for sixteen and a half successful years.
When Margaret decided to retire, Julie Milne who was working in the store part-time alongside long time employee Gill Finney, couldn’t bear to see the store close. Julie took the plunge and bought the business in July 2012.
Through-out its long history The Crewel Gobelin has continued to be a specialty needlework shop, continually evolving as needlework enthusiasts tastes have changed.
Today, The Crewel Gobelin is proudly owned by Julie Milne, and supported by a valued team of employees who have a reputation for their expertise, passion for needlework and helpfulness.
October 2016 is the beginning of the store’s 40th birthday celebrations. Workshops and events are planned, celebrating the passions of The Crewel Gobelin’s talented customers. To get involved, keep an eye on the website and subscribe to the shop newsletter for updates.