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About Angels in Gumboots

Angels in Gumboots – Craft Hub is a shop and crafting hub that stocks quality quilting and sewing supplies, is a Janome Dealership, provides a space for people to come and work on their projects, and runs workshops and classes. Our aim is to provide a one-stop-shop for your sewing needs.

The name ‘Angels in Gumboots’ comes from local people doing good and practical things for their community, and our local community certainly does a lot for each other. That is where our roots are, and will continue to be.


On the shop side, there is a large range of quality fabrics, threads, notions and haberdashery, as well as kits and patterns. Main brands include: Dear Stella, Robert Kaufman, Moda, Riley Blake, a large range of Gutermann threads, an even larger range of DMC embroidery threads, buttons galore, Clover, Schmetz, and Olfa. As well as our own Angels in Gumboots patterns, we also stock patterns for Smee Designs, Rivendale Collection, Lynette Anderson, Castilleja Cotton and Mary Hickmott.

On the craft hub side, we have space for you to bring your current project and work alongside others in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We also hold workshops and classes on a variety of sewing and crafting topics.

Angels in Gumboots is also very proudly your local Janome Dealership. Sewing machines, overlockers, embroidery machines, accessories, parts and servicing. Janome is all about innovation and quality, something we hold dear here at Angels in Gumboots. Try it out for yourself.

So, whether you are a quilter, embroiderer, a knitter, a spinner, or simply starting out, we want you to feel welcome. Hopefully, you will find yourself inspired and encouraged.

Helen Thomas

Helen is the proud owner of Angels in Gumboots – Craft Hub, and the face you will see when you walk through the door.


Although a dab hand at patchwork and quilting, Helen enjoys hand-work – namely cross-stitch and embroidery. Her Grandmother told her that “it keeps the hands busy, but the mind free”. 

A Manawatu local and mother to a lively toddler, Helen took on the opportunity (and the challenge) of Angels in Gumboots as a way to balance family life with being a part of the local community. Plus, she gets to go to work doing her hobby! Lucky!

Helen’s vision for Angels in Gumboots is to see it grow as a crafting hub for the local community, embrace needlecraft of all kinds, be a one-stop-shop for sewing needs, and to keep the personal touches that make shopping small and local magical. The reputation of being warm, welcoming, friendly, as well as top-quality in everything Angels in Gumboots offers, is key.

Other faces you might see include a photo of Angela, Helen’s Grandmother, at the counter. She is largely responsible for beginning Helen’s crafting journey when she taught her how to cut with scissors at the age of three. Helen then enthusiastically practised on her mother’s collection of DMC threads… uh oh! You’ll also find some Werther's Originals at the counter in fond memory of Helen’s Grandfather, Gordon. Enjoy! Helen’s parents, Catherine and Allister, are regular faces and an inspiration for her. If you are lucky you may even meet Helen’s son, Theodore. He does not come too often as productivity goes down across the board for everyone! It really is a family affair, and what sets Angels in Gumboots – Craft Hub apart. So, come along and be a part of our Angels in Gumboots family.