HOMETOWN opened in 2008 and was an opportunity for owner Marion Haslam to combine two passions - her career as a retailer and her love of quiltmaking. After working for companies such as Habitat, John Lewis and IKEA, she swapped her job as a global product developer for textiles to become a small town haberdasher. Throw into the mix 30+ years of quiltmaking and teaching (no, I’m not 150, I started young!), plus a stint as a magazine editor and author and HOMETOWN was inevitable.

Everyone who is part of the team is a keen quilter and fabric geek, so when you visit us, you’ll definitely feel at home, as we live and breathe fabric!

Stop Press - we are hiring - see the bottom of the page for details.

And why the name HOMETOWN? Well after seven years of working abroad in the UAE and Sweden, England was definitely calling. And to quote from the Irish novelist George A Moore, "A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it". 

Marion says, "working in the shop every day means that I'm surrounded by a picture book of patterns and colours. So whilst I may not have much time to sew, the shelves are a constant source of inspiration."

Shown here are the latest images from Hometown's instagram page. For the full set, click on the link at the bottom of the page and follow our feed for the visual 'ramblings of a haberdasher'.

Marion Haslam next to Rochester Castle

HOMETOWN is hiring!

We’re looking for someone to join our happy sales team, as we have a weekend vacancy (2-3 Saturdays per month 10-5pm). Applicants should be keen quiltmakers / sewers. You should be great at communication and have good numeracy skills to enable you to help customers with their sewing projects. Enthusiasm and bags of energy are essential as you’re on your feet all day and we’re a busy shop! A love of fabric is a given. Previous retail experience is a bonus.

Staff discount, paid holiday and other benefits available.

Starting date ASAP, once we find the right person. Please drop in or post a CV to the shop. Include a cover letter which should detail your sewing/craft experience and level of skill. Please also tell us why you’d like to work at Hometown. You can also email it to Marion at hello@hometownrochester.co.uk For more information, please speak to anyone at the shop.

I’m sorry, we do not contact unsuccessful applicants.