A STAY-at-home mother-of-two has developed a former cow shed into her dream sewing studio.

Harriet Ward of Scruton, near Northallerton, held the grand opening of The Sewing Ward on Tuesday, where she hopes to hold teaching classes.

Ms Ward has been running her seamstress and craft business from home for three years, but has long wanted premises to share some of her traditional skills.

Along with her family, she has transformed what was part of an old cow shed on the farm her father-in-law grew up on.

Ms Ward said: “Opening the headquarters is the fulfilment of years of work building up my business. I want my studio to be a hub for people who love craft, sewing and making things.

“For many crafting and being creative is a healing process and is great for your mental health and general well-being.”

The Sewing Ward will offer a range of services including clothing alterations, sewing classes, clubs and an exhibition space for her children’s clothing range; Betty and Bob.

“My family often tell me I was born in the wrong decade, I have a very eclectic style. I love vintage fabrics, clashing colours and mixing all the things you like together to create something as unique as you.

“I cannot wait to welcome visitors to my new studio. So many friends, family and customers have helped me get to this point, I am so grateful.”