Posted in Christmas, Crochet, in the haberdashery

Hello December !!!!

Hi Everyone,

Its time to post again. The weeks are flying by aren’t they. Its hard to believe that December is nearly upon us.

Last week I joined our Sue’s in a Crochet workshop open day. I have tried to Crochet so many times but never succeeded. I could quite happily sew and quilt all day long however its impossible to keep carting my sewing machine home every night so it was time to try something new, something I could sit by the fire and watch the soaps at the same time.

So this time I was determined to learn how to Crochet and after a few false starts I manage my first granny square. I know its not much however I’m very proud of myself 🙂  I aim to make a small blanket…..fingers crossed.


But the main event this week was definatley Swadlincote’s Christmas lights switch on.

We have lots of events throughout the year outside our shop. We are in the perfect spot to enjoy all of them, however the light switch on is most definalty my favourite by far.

In the daytime there were choirs form all the local schools in the area, we had a bit a Salsa lesson and in the evening live bands played….

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Along with the fairground rides and food, craft stalls.

We were in prime position for the firework display ……

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Then it was time for the switch on ……

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Late night opening meant we met even more new customers, so it was a pretty amazing day.

Thank you to everyone that has visited us online and in store, your support is absolutely amazing 🙂

Next week…..we have a huge wool order arriving and some more Christmas fabrics.

Keep warm and I’ll see you again on Monday.


Ami, Dave, Sylvia & Glyn

Posted in Christmas, in the haberdashery, New Stock, Uncategorized, Workshop and classes

New Stock, New Workshops and a Fab Time !

Well hello everyone,

I hope you are all well AND warm 🙂

This week I’m going to start with the new stock that has come in this week….

I’ll begin with the gorgeous knitting bags

We also have them in spotty fabric ( but I forgot to take a photo 😦 )

Staying on the knitting theme, we now have huge needles in stock…


Next is my favourite of this weeks new stock ….

Delicate 10mm lace  – So pretty


And last but not least – another batch of Guttermann Threads in. Its taking a while to get our stand full…..But we are nearly there. IMG_3226

The Sewing Studio has also been busy this week and on Tuesday eveving  we had one of our bunting workshops.

Again we had a brilliant time 🙂


Everyone did really well.

Staying with the sewing studio – I’ve now released the dates for January’s workshops. Theres a few new features for next year including Block of the Month that will start in January and continue to December. You don’t need to come to every one, you can pick and choose.


And also textile art techniques will also be running once a month. Again you don’t need to come to every one, you can pick and choose.

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But all of the dates are here and you can book online or in store.

Still sticking with The Sewing Studio and new for next year …Baby Showers.

In 3 hours you will have lots of fun, be creative, drink lots of tea and Mum to be will leave with her own handmade baby quilt, made by all her guests.

A truly memorable gift to treasure for life. Using basic patchwork techniques, guests will cut out a selection of square and rectangle shapes from our lovely variety of cotton prints suitable for both baby girls and boys. The cot size quilt will soon take shape with everyone sewing panels, cutting boarders and embellishing areas with embroidery, buttons and ribbon. The more experienced sewers will then quilt a design and sew it all together. All materials and equipment  are provided.


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So that brings us on to Sewing Machines.   We are a stockists for Singer and now I’m finally getting round to advertising our machines online. Perfect Christmas presents or if your looking to upgrade have a look Singer Sewing Machines please be aware that not all models have been uploaded, but I promise to get them all online next week.

Thats it if this week. We’ve had another great week meeting new faces and catching up with our regular customers. Please don’t forget the donations for the Rainbows Hospice need to be in by Friday.

Have a lovely weekend – Stay warm and I’ll see you on Monday.

Ami, Dave, Sylvia & Glyn

Posted in Christmas, Crochet, Fabric, My Favorite, New Stock, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

Its all cracking off here

Hi everyone…….another late blog 🙂

Its been all go here !

Lets have a run down with lasts weeks shenanigans –

The week started off with my Mother itching to get festive, which meant it was Christmas window dressing time.  She’s done a fantastic job ……..



On Wednesday we had a meeting with a new fabric supplier. I’m pleased to say we are now official stockists of Timeless Treasures and Dear Stella fabrics. However our first order isn’t arriving in England until January/February time…….Boohoo. BUT the fabrics we have ordered will blow you away I promise 🙂


Thursday evening, the Sewing Studio was alive with learning and laughter. Our Christmas Applique Cushion was full of creativity, everyone made gorgeous cushions to take home with them. This is without a doubt my favourite part of my job.

Chistmas Applique
Christmas Applique

As we speak I’m working on next years workshops. I’ll let you know ASAP but it looks like its going to be a fab year in the studio.

So on to Saturday – the workshop open day was amazing. we had crochet & knitting,  patchwork and free motion, Christmas decorations and lots of tea and cake…….and I mean lots of cake.

Heres a few pics of things that were made…..

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Next up is our Sue who’s yet again been making gorgeous things, however this time its mermaid’s tails.


Also this week gift vouchers are back in store and online, perfect Christmas presents….

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So that’s it for last week.

Thankyou for all your kind words on the window display, for your support whether it be online and in store and I’ll see you soon.

Ami, Dave, Sylvia & Glyn



Posted in Christmas, City & Guilds, in the haberdashery, in the hoop, New Stock

A Monday Blog Post

Hi everyone,

I bit strange for me posting on a Monday but I haven’t been around last weekend as it was my son’s 11th birthday…….god I’m starting to feel old 🙂

So Tuesday morning I arrive at the shop to find the towns Christmas decorations are being put up ….


We’ve had loads of new yarns arrive which meant we have had to make room. That why the Merino yarn has now been slashed from £6.00 to £2.00 to £1.50.

Kindly being modelled by my little helper
Kindly being modelled by my little helper

So lets take a look at the new stuff

Paintball DK New Shades
Paintball DK New Shades
These Shades of Seriously Chunky are back in stock ......perfect for arm knitting
These Shades of Seriously Chunky are back in stock ……perfect for arm knitting
Aran 400g
Aran 400g
New shades in the Bonny Babe DK prints.....Super soft
New shades in the Bonny Babe DK prints…..Super soft
Huge 500g balls of DK
Huge 500g balls of DK
Wendy Chic - £2.50 Amazing Quality and Super Soft
Wendy Chic – £2.50 Amazing Quality and Super Soft


New patterns too….


This week I have been cracking on with coursework

Textile art/ mixed media project.

I mixture of hessian, jute, ric rac, lace, cord turns in to.......
I mixture of hessian, jute, ric rac, lace, cord turns in to…….
Ta - Da :)
Ta – Da 🙂

And lastly I am proud to say that we are now a part of Made in Derbyshire. Have a look at their great work

And we even get a certificate and a shopping bag….  🙂

Well that’s all folks……have a fab week

Thanks for supporting us. x