About Us

Welcome to The Patchwork Shop. An exciting, contemporary specialist patchwork & quilting shop based in Ross-On-Wye. We stock a wide range of patchwork and quilting notions, tools and fabrics and also run regular workshops for both adults and children on all aspects of patchwork, quilting and sewing.

Whether you want to get into patchwork and quilting for the first time, have just started or are a complete expert, everyone is welcome. We’re always open for a cuppa, a natter and love to share project ideas and tips with our customers.

Who We Are

Kim O’Rourke – Owner

Started and owned by Kim O’Rourke, The Patchwork Shop in Ross-on-Wye was born out of a realisation that life is too short to be spent on things that don’t bring you joy. Kim ran a marketing business for 10 years, and before then a corporate career in marketing for another two decades. Many board rooms, successful client campaigns and cups of coffee later, she realised that perhaps the spark of joy wasn’t there that should be.

Taking a patchwork and quilting course a few years previously she found her ‘joy’. Skill, technique, colour and design all melded together and she was both smitten and inspired. Life needed to change from the manic, but not so fulfilling, marketing career and so, the seed was planted for the shop.

A year of research, planning and thinking saw the birth of The Patchwork Shop and we opened in Ross-on-Wye in July 2017.

“I knew I wanted to create something a bit different.So, my vision for the shop is to inspire you and make you smile with our bright, cheerful and contemporary fabrics.All excellent quality, all beautiful, and even some designer.I also wanted to inspire a brand new generation of quilters with our kids’ classes – so I do apologise if you walk in and it’s all gone a bit wild!

Our team is growing with creative and enthusiastic individuals and we’re continuously thinking about what to offer our customers next, new workshop ideas, and how to reward our customers.

If we can make all our lovely customers leave with a smile on their face or in their heart, then we’ve done our job correctly.”

Katy Sykes – Marketing Manager

I’m Katy the Marketing Manager for PWS. Prior to PWS, and much like Kim, I had a corporate career in Marketing which involved a lot of travel, boardrooms and long days!

Whilst I relished in that, and Marketing is my passion, I jumped at the chance to work with Kim. And when she came up with the PWS concept, I was very excited; I love textiles and all that come with it.

I was raised by a mother that possibly has one of the largest stashes of fabric you have ever seen and keeps every single remnant plus buys more on a regular basis. I’m sure you can identify with that!I love the longevity and cycle of fabric; it can be initially used for one item, then recycled for a completely new creation whether this be a bag,quilt or a dress.Just the other day, mum arrived with a beautiful pinafore dress for my youngest daughter. I recognised the fabric; it was the duck blind that I had when I too was four years old, the ducks appliqued on and with buttons from an old cardigan of mine that my grandmother had knitted!

This made me smile, beautiful fabric makes me smile and as Kim says,’If we can make all our lovely customers leave with a smile on their face or in their heart, then we’ve done our job correctly.’

We’re looking forward to getting to know you all and sharing all your creations. xx

Karen Tacey – Part Time Sales Assistant and Window Dresser Extrodinaire

Hello, my name is Karen and you may see me helping in the shop or putting up the latest window display.

Much of my working life has been in Social Work but along came a husband who serves in the Royal Navy and two children.Married to a blue suit has taken us to some fascinating countries and we haven’t stood still for nearly 20 years.Unlike Social Work, working with fabric has been a constant in my life, it’s portable and flexible and has saved my sanity on many occasion with a husband at sea for months on end!

So, what is fabric to me… My (ever growing) collection comes from the most beautiful of places, and holds wonderful memories, some of the streets of India, the markets of Naples, the souks in Oman (still with the smell of frankincense).I know I will never work my way through these fabrics but I’ll never grow tired of searching through them to find the right piece for a particular project.

For anyone creative, fabric in my opinion is a medium of expressive art therapy and it works wonders! I’ve met some wonderful, talented and inspirational people keen to share their passion and what better environment to do it than the Patchwork Shop.