There's a great air of great calm behind the cheerful turquoise frontage of A Common Thread, the new craft collective on Junction Road. It's much more than a shop, its main purpose is to serve as a studio, where the founders - Lula and Angel - hold classes in knitting and sewing and related crafts.
When Archway London visited, the two were making blankets and cat toys for the neighbouring Cats Protection League. Sitting at their worktable as they knitted, they explained how the A Common Thread started.
"We've always loved making things. The attraction of craft is taking very basic materials and making something out of almost nothing. It's also a form of protest against mass made throwaway culture. It's a bit strange to find that we are now part of a growing trend; people see craft makers on television in programmes like Great British Sewing Bee, and want to know how they can create too.
We were both born in Islington and have known each other since we were at school together; back then we used to hand-produce a punk magazine. We love Archway because it's got such a strong sense of community: people stop you in street to ask you how you are. We had so much support from friends and neighbours when we first started giving classes.
We love the fact that we can deliver very individual tuition. (The shop can really only contain four or five learners time) We've worked in circumstances where we've delivered large craft classes to large groups. Although that's satisfying in it's way, it's not as effective as teaching in a small group."
A Common Thread's craft supplies shop (all yarns and equipment are ethical and sustainable) is open on Fridays and Saturdays; a full list of the classes they deliver - from beginner to advanced - is available at http://www.acommonthread.co.uk
and see this month's archwaycard offers for discounts.