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To each and everyone of you……

This year has been so amazing, busy and productive.

Its been a year of celebrating, alterations and a constant supply of new stock.

In March we celebrated our first birthday in the shop…

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It was a lovely and over whelming day….Can’t wait until our next birthday 🙂

Throughout the year we have had so many talented customers bring in their makes to show us. This is the best part of my job, its so inspiring…..

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Big alterations were made this year too. It started downstairs when we had to find someway of expanding to fit the ever growing amount of fabric. I still can’t believe the transformation…

Before
Before

after
after.
My wounderful hubby did the most amazing job.

Next he started on the upstairs. I wanted upstairs to be an accessible and usable space which was inviting and inspiring…..

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before
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This was without doubt the biggest transformation of all. Its now a welcoming place for people to come and learn. Its now a well equipped Sewing Studio and the workshops are working really well, they are busier than I ever thought possible in such a short amount of time.

The workshops we run are small, we take 3/4 people each session. This means its a more relaxed and easier to learn. They range from soft furnishings, patchwork, quilting, knitting, crochet, textile art and hand embroidery.

Here’s a few photos ……

First session at Free Motion
First session at Free Motion
The Christmas Applique Cushion Workshop
The Christmas Applique Cushion Workshop
Christmas Bunting
Christmas Bunting
We’ve so so many ideas for workshops next year and I can’t wait to get back in the Sewing Studio.

Also this year we welcomed a few new suppliers to the haberdashery..

Fabric Freedom joined us…

jelly rolls
jelly rolls
layer cakes
layer cakes
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as well as the very talented Stef Francis with her gorgeous hand dyed goodies

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At last but by no means least.. Tilda

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This year we called upon all of our fellow crafters to join us and help in our Rainbows Hospice Handmade Christmas appeal. We had an overwhelming and tear jerking response, we had donations brought to us in the shop and posted to us as well.  I can’t thank you enough for your generosity and time.

Paula - Fund Raiser for The Rainbows Hospice
Paula – Fund Raiser for The Rainbows Hospice

On a personal note its been a good year for me crafting aswell. I’ve passed 3 City & Guilds cerficates this year. Hand Embroidery, Design & Stitch and Machine Embroidery AND learning to crochet.

You can view all of my coursework at Coursework Blog

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Not bad for my first try
Not bad for my first try

So what’s the forecast for 2016……We are joining up with Timeless Treasures and Dear Stella Fabrics from the USA and should hopefully be receiving our first order of beautiful cottons in February. These fabrics will blow you away by the quality and designs.

We will also joining up with a few other companies regarding yarns and Sewing Machines plus we will have some exciting news about the Sewing Studio and workshops in the early part of the year.

I’m also hoping that this years success will have paved the way to having another successful year and even more growth and expansion.

But most of all I just want to thank you all, your support is second to none. I’ve met so many fantastic and talented people in store and online, whom which of many have become friends. This year would not have been possible or as enjoyable without every single one of you.

I want to thank our Sue who has worked really hard and learnt so many people to knit and crochet. Mum and Dad for being there for me and helped in the shop and last but no means least, my hubby who has worked so hard making the changes to the Haberdashery and making me a Sewing Studio which is just amazing along with putting up with me talking about sewing, yarns, buttons and everything craft related (but he has learnt a lot lol )

2015 has been a corker of a year but 2016 is going to be so much better…..

HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone….I

Posted in Christmas, New Stock, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

Fabric, Christmas Opening Times and Lots & Lots of Wool :)

Hi everyone,

Well what can I say……the Haberdashery turned in to a tip on Tuesday as the wool arrived a day early and we weren’t prepared 🙂

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However we needed a good stock up and plenty of new shades. So let me show you whats new….

New shades in the Aran with wool - 400g
New shades in the Aran with wool – 400g
New colour in the Robin DK 500g
New colour in the Robin DK 500g
New shade of Robin FX DK - 100g
New shade of Robin FX DK – 100g
Two new shades of Robin Fleece 100g
Two new shades of Robin Fleece 100g
New shades in Robin Super Chunky 100g
New shades in Robin Super Chunky 100g
New in Robin Chunky 100g
New in Robin Chunky 100g
New patterns
New patterns
More new patterns
More new patterns

It took an extremely long time to unpack and put away BUT and its a big but……doesn’t it look lovely out on display.

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We also had a lovely late addition to our Christmas fabric………its my favourite by far.

100% Cotton
100% Cotton

We have also been busy with bookings for our 2016 workshops see here.

A few are getting booked up very quickly especially the Textile Art Techniques. There is a waiting list for anyone that is interested in any of the workshops that are full. It’s great that the workshops are extremely popular so I will be adding more dates if needs be.

Right on to Christmas opening hours –

Monday 21st – Normal

Tuesday 22nd – Normal

Wednesday 23rd – 9-12

Thursday – 24th – 9-12

Friday 25th – Closed

Saturday 26th – Closed

Sunday – 27th – Closed

Monday 28th – 9-12

Tuesday 29th – 9-12

Wednesday 30th -9-12

Thursday – 31st – Closed

HAPPY NEW YEAR

Friday – 1st – Closed

Saturday 2nd –  Normal

That’s it for another week. It’s been a very hectic but very enjoyable week. Thanks to everyone that has supported us in store and online.

Keep warm and safe (and out of the wind) and I’ll see you again on Monday.

 

Ami, Dave, Sylvia, Glyn