The Apple Basket business was started in September 1998 in Kaiwaka, Northland, New Zealand. The patchwork and sewing shop is in a quaint villa just off State Highway One. Ngaire has been designing her own patterns which have been selling extremely well. Her daughter, Tegan, is also a designer.
Her main aim is to be able to design more and sell to the patchwork world. "My patterns started with a sewing bag which I taught in a class, and so many people wanted them that I turned it into a pattern to sell and I haven't stopped since then."
Classes continue and are taught mainly by Ngaire, Gwen Lawrence, Gay Jaques or Liz Saunders. Our clubs are very popular we run a Pfaff Club and a Patchwork Club once a month. Our classes range from beginners to advanced. Projects include bags, cushions, table runners, cot quilts, dolls and gollies, medium quilts, large quilts, Christmas decorations and wall hangings. We do Orders and send out a newsletter twice a year. The shop is open Monday - Friday 9am and 4pm and Saturday 9am - 2pm. But if we are here at other times we will no doubt have the door open and you are welcome to come in and shop.