“I listen to podcasts all the time, and one was talking about whatever you love to do at 10 is what you should do as a grown up.” That sentiment makes a lot of sense for Jennifer Boyne, who’s been a sewing fanatic since she was making Barbie clothes at 10. A “maker by nature” who’s also a pro when it comes to knitting, needlepoint and making custom bespoke clothing, she’s making her 10-year-old self—and her family—very proud by opening Bedford’s first sewing supply shop and makery, The Makinso (1129 Bedford Highway).
“It’s a full retail space of fabrics, yarns and notions,” as well as indie patterns, unique craft supplies and bespoke clothing, says Boyne. She’ll also offer classes and workshops in the space, inviting students to either bring in their own machines, or use one of her four sergers and four sewing machines. “Sewing is for everyone,” she says. “The younger I can get people sewing, the better.”
After spending some time fixing up her harbourview space—the little yellow building that used to house Dapper Dogs—Boyne is hosting a sort of pop-up opening, from Monday, August 10 to Friday, August 13 (from 11am to 5pm). But her Makinso will officially open its doors full time on August 29. Start planning your fall projects now, Bedford. “I’m super passionate about this, it’s all I want to do. If I ever did anything else it wouldn’t be enough,” she says. “Making things is very rewarding.”