Situated at the lake end of Fenton Street, Rotorua rests the charming patchwork shop Cottage Flair and in-store cafe, Coffee and a Yarn.
Packed with inspiration, whether it is patchwork & quilting, knitting, dressmaking or craft you are interested in you are assured of finding something to take home…
Celebrating more than 20 years in business, owner Jill Brake is joined in store by Shelley, Tracy, and Tracey who collectively, have experience in dressmaking, craft, fabrics, embroidery, sewing machines, knitting, and patchwork. This wealth of knowledge more than qualifies the team to give any craft enthusiast a helping hand. Cottage Flair is open Monday-Friday from 9-5pm and Saturday 9-3pm.
I have owned Cottage Flair for the past 20 years and my passion for patchwork and quilting keeps growing every day! I love fabric colour, textiles and girly things, my business and inspiring people to give patchwork a go. At Cottage Flair, we are continually striving to create fresh ideas, a place that is fun and has a warm friendly atmosphere and helpful service. I have a team of wonderful girls who are very dedicated to Cottage Flair.
I have 9 beautiful grandchildren which I am sure will follow in their granny’s footsteps with sewing, well at least the girls will! My Pfaff sewing machine is my ‘best friend’ and I also enjoy gardening, knitting, clothes, jewelry and my home life.
I am married with three children and grandmother to four.
I have sewn for as long as I can remember with learning to sew on my nana’s sewing machine and making dolls clothes.
In later years I moved on to dressmaking for myself and others. Since Cottage Flair was born I have made many different crafts and over the last eight years have done lots of quilt making which has been very rewarding.
Having only dabbled in patchwork many years ago I was reintroduced to the craft in 2008 when I was asked to join a quilting group who met on Thursday evenings at Cottage Flair.
I love bright bold textiles and vintage fabrics and I have a passion for reclaiming and up-cycling fabrics. As well as enjoying a renewed interest in patchwork in 2009 I also started working part-time at Cottage Flair bringing my skills of financial and office administration to the team.
25 years ago I bought a sewing machine and thought how hard could it be?
This began a journey that started with dressmaking for myself and my children, making and costuming porcelain dolls, entering and placing 2nd and 3rd in the colour and creations awards Rotorua, making cloth dolls and many other projects. Five years ago I decided to try my hand at quilting and discovered a new passion that led to part-time employment with Cottage Flair.
After 15 years in various roles within the Rotorua hospitality industry, I joined the team at Cottage Flair as Cafe Manager in 2015.
I love providing all our customers with superb coffee, yummy homestyle food, great customer service all in a relaxed and friendly environment.