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 the corporate world and a job as a global product developer for textiles to become a small town haberdasher. Throw into the mix her 25 years of quiltmaking and teaching, plus a stint as a magazine editor and author and HOMETOWN was inevitable!

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."

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

                        Marion Haslam next to Rochester Castle