About Us

The Craft Room

Room 1 in The Craft Room

The Craft Room is a space in Basel where you can come and make things!
The Craft Room has two separate rooms: Room 1 has a table and chairs which makes it a perfect space for paper craft, fimo and other crafts where a surface is needed. Room 2 has comfy sofas and armchairs, which are great to sit in and crochet or knit the hours away. We have a selection of teas including Yorkshire tea. We also have a portafilter coffee machine which makes lovely cappuccinos using freshly ground beans.
At the Craft Room we offer open sessions, where you can bring your own projects to work on, and classes where we show you how to make a project or teach you a skill. We mainly focus on yarn crafts, paper crafts, fabric crafts and polymer clay, however we do sometimes offer sessions that cover other crafts. Have a look at our classes page to see what we currently have on offer.

The Craft Room was opened by Lisa Collins and Helen Gilroy in November 2016.

You can keep in touch with us on our Facebook page.

The Craft Room

Room 2 in The Craft Room

Lisa Collins
Lisa is a British expat living in Basel for 20+ years and is a Mum of two school age boys. Lisa’s always made things for as long as she can remember, as a child she was always drawing or sticking something together. She learned to sew at school and continued dressmaking through adulthood, making everything from everyday clothes to evening dresses and even her own wedding dress. Lisa loves to knit (especially socks and lace), and crochet, and also has an obsession with mandalas and polymer clay. Lisa teaches knitting, sewing, polymer clay and parent and child workshops.


Helen Gilroy

After setting up the Craft Room with Lisa and teaching many classes, Helen sadly left the Craft Room at the end of May 2018 to return to the UK.

Helen has been an inspiration and become an amazing friend over the last years- we’ve had a huge amount of fun together and drunk a lot of frothy coffee (and an occasional prosecco). We wish Helen a safe expat re-entry to UK life, and we send her our very best wishes and hope all her dreams will come true. We also hope to persuade her to pop in for an occasional guest teaching slot sometime in the future once she’s settled !

Jo Todd
Jo has been a craft-loving friend to the Craft room since the beginning of our journey, coming to most of our coffee mornings and getting to know us. This inspired her to set up her own business Get Crafty with Jo, and we are very happy to have Jo teaching some of her classes at the Craft Room as an independent teacher. Originally from the UK, Jo has lived in the Basel region for many years and more recently moved out to Breitenbach. Jo is a crocheter and a trained florist and she loves to craft with children.


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