Reticule is owned and run by husband and wife team Dennis and Christine Marshall. The name for the shop came about because Christine originally made special occasion bags for weddings, etc. The original name for a netted purse, was a Reticule.
It was started in 2005 by Christine, a former textiles teacher, whose passion for textile crafts is apparent in the range of products stocked.
Dennis joined the company 1 year later, after 30 years in the car trade, hoping to have time to play golf once or twice a week – he’s still waiting for the first round!
March 2014 saw a move from the New Shambles into newer and bigger premises in Blackhall Yard, which now gives Christine the opportunity to do some teaching in the upstairs classroom, leaving Dennis and Maria (our very hard working assistant) to look after the shop.
As well as selling in the shop, we also take a trade stand to local exhibitions and guild regional days (please check our Calendar for dates). We really enjoy these days although it is hard work packing the car and setting up. It would be far easier if we had a shop where you could park a car outside. However, it is amazing how much stock you can get into a Nissan Note!
We pride ourselves on stocking a wide range of 100% cotton patchwork fabrics along with threads , ribbons, beads and buttons and too many other things to mention.
Visitors to the shop often describe it as an Aladdin’s Cave, but we are also happy to be called the ‘OO-AH’ shop, which one customer told us is how she always refers to it!
Customer Service is very high on our list of priorities:-
If we can help – we will;
If we don’t know – we’ll try and find out and
If we don’t sell it – we’ll try and source it or suggest where it might be bought.
Most of all we like to meet our customers, so please come and see us whether you are local or a visitor on the way to The Lakes or The Dales. Kendal is a lovely town with a good mix of independent and large chain shops and has excellent places to eat.
“Reticule is a shop best described as, ‘small and perfectly formed’ where advice is freely and expertly given on all topics related to sewing, patchwork, embroidery and much, much more; nothing is too much trouble when you enter this establishment, Christine, Denis and Maria willingly and knowledgably help solve problems and advise on new projects, a dizzying selection of wonderful fabric is brilliantly displayed and regular classes take place in the well- equipped upstairs room – no need to bring anything but yourself and anything you need readily to hand; a jewel of a shop for stitchers of all abilities. One of my favourite shops in town and somewhere I can’t resist calling in whenever I’m shopping and where I love to attend courses, thanks all of you!” – Anne Makin-Taylor (Lifelong stitcher)
“Thank you for your interesting talk last night, it is always good to hear about others and how they began their career. It was super to be able to handle the bags and see the workmanship. We wish you all the best in your move.” – Mrs P Hon Sec.
“Just to say a big thank you for all your support that you give to our members and for attending and giving us the prize for our open days.” – Stricklandgate Stitchers.