Hello, I'm Lauren – owner and founder of fabric emporium and sewing school Guthrie & Ghani, which I set-up in 2013 with my husband Ayaz.

I used to be a physiotherapist but decided on a change of career to something where my true passion lies – sewing! After planning and renovating the building that houses the shop and sewing school for over a year, I was then a finalist on BBC Two's inaugural series of The Great British Sewing Bee in 2013.

I source and choose only the most gorgeous and special fabric, yarn and haberdashery for the shop because I believe that making the effort to make your own clothes and homewares deserves the best of supplies!

Ayaz and I want to show that we are proud of what we do and what we offer; that’s why we’ve stamped our names on the business – I'm the Guthrie bit, and he's the Ghani!

Our bricks and mortar shop in Moseley Village, Birmingham, is in the most fantastic mock Tudor building, built in 1898. Our staff are all as passionate about sewing and sharing their knowledge as I am and are here to help you plan your next sewing project!

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