Dear Students of Bits of Thread,
I am writing with some unfortunate news. About two weeks ago, I came to the very difficult decision that I will have to close the studio at the end of December, after eight years in business. The studio had been struggling for the latter half of this year, but usually Fall is a busy time that helps us recover from slow periods earlier in the year. However, we have had record low registrations for a few months, and have had to cancel more classes this fall than ever before in the studio’s history.
In a creative business like this where overhead is high and margins are low, going through such a slowdown pushed things underwater very quickly. I tried as much as I could to keep things afloat for the sake of our students and the creative community in DC, but unfortunately these efforts were not enough and it is time to let go. Our last day of classes will be December 17th, 2016.
While it is sad to come to this conclusion, it is also an honor to have had the opportunity to be in business for so many years. I am so thankful for every student who has come through our doors to learn this craft and explore their own creativity. We hope you have learned to love sewing, even if just a little bit for a little while. And we hope you will keep that learning going! Several of our instructors will be offering will lessons and small classes, either on a house-call basis or from their own homes. We are putting this information together and plan to post it on our website the week following Thanksgiving.
We recognize there will be many questions about classes and logistics for these final days, and invite you to contact us at email@example.com. If you are registered for an upcoming class, it will still take place as long as we meet the stated minimum for a class (usually 2-3 students). If a class does not meet this minimum we will cancel it and will refund your registration fees. If you have package credits or an account balance remaining on your account we encourage you to use them soon. Unfortunately we will be unable to honor refunds of account balances or package credits.
Please do not hesitate to be in touch, and thank you again for the chance to serve you all these years.
Owner, Bits of Thread