The Story Of House of Needleworks

House of Needleworks is the passion project of Carol Robinson. This is her story.

Hi Everyone, my name is Carol Robinson. I was born in Adelaide and grew up in Oaklands Park, in the Southern Suburbs of Adelaide. My maiden name was Priest. My parents were Australian, but my ancestors were from England. I went to school at St Anne’s Catholic Primary School in Marion, Cabra Convent in Cumberland Park, and Dover Garden’s Girls Technical High School.

It was not until later in life, that I decided to take up embroidery, spinning and making pure wool, weaving, quilting, beading, knitting, & crocheting. 

In 2010, I went to a Craft and Quilt Fair in Wayville, Adelaide, S.A. and decided to purchase a Rose Quilt Kit.  At the same time, I decided to look at Sewing Machines as I had acquired some funds from my Mother’s Estate.  I ended up with a PFAFF Sewing Machine.  I also joined a private quilting group in Elizabeth and commenced making some Community Quilts to donate to the Lyell McEwin & Modbury Hospitals. 

 I had always dreamed of wanting my own business but was never sure on what type of business. It was not until mid-year in 2020 that my supervisor at work referred me to the “RED” Programme being Rapid Enterprise Development.  To start with, the people came out to my workplace and did a workshop to explain what it was about.  I then said “I wanted to name my business to incorporate all my Craft”.  I also wanted a shop.  Eventually the RED Programme and myself negotiated the name “House of Needleworks”.