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Exciting Times :)

Hi everyone,

I’m now back from the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia Stadium. I had three lovely days teaching there, I met some fantastic people and it was so lovely to see familiar faces too.

I also helped out on the Quilters Guild stand for a while and got to meet Region 1 members…..

here’s the  a few of my favourites….

We had a busy time in the Sewing Studio too as the kids are busy working on their entries to the Festival of Quilts and the weekly crochet group come out with fantastic results….

I’ve got a couple of Easter workshops running for children ……. please seeHere

We’ve also had the Making Memories Quilting Group this week……which is always very creative…..please feel free to join us next me……


Theres are few various workshops coming up soon including proggy mats, sewing for beginners, textile Art Canvas, Art Quilting, thread painting and free motion …… please see

thanks for reading,



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Where Did January Go?

Hi everyone,

Time seems to be flying by here and it’s been a few weeks since I’ve blogged 😣

As always it’s been really busy with workshops, craft groups and the Sewing Bee.


Lets st start with the little ones……….

we’ve had rag dolls….



Free Motion Embroidery….

The crochet group have been working wonders with wool …….


The craft groups are always growing in numbers all the time, please feel free to join us  …… Look here for times and dates

The two week course on the Vintage Botanical Fabric Journal finished last week and we had beautiful results ……

Theres another date Available for this one plus more workshops Here

I’ve  finally got around to uploading my new kits on to my website……. Embroidery box kits……the price includes postage  Available here…

It’s getting close to the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia Stadium. There’s a ticket giveaway competition going on over at my Facebook page …..Here

Thanks for reading



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Amazing Start To The Year……Warning, lots of workshop photos ❤️

Hi everyone,

Its been so busy here in the Sewing Studio which is brilliant and the diary is filling up quickly.

Theres a new craft club starting here on Monday at 10am-12pm. It would be lovely to see you there…..

The Crochet workshops have already started back. This runs every Saturday morning 10am-12pm. There’s no need to book, just come along and learn new skills. They are a friendly bunch that progress very quickly ………

The Kids Sewing Bee has also started back and as ever they are all enthusiastic and creative. We’ve had cowls, pencil cases and pouches being made and rag dolls and doorstops in progress……

My adult workshops have also been busy and so far this year we’ve had rag ruggging, beginners sewing and the Free Motion Embroidery workshop…….

The Craft & Chat and Making Memories Quilting Group have also started back 😍…..

All dates coming up are available to see on my website here

that’s all happened in 13 days 😳………….. I’m one very happy tutor


thanks for reading





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The Next Chapter ………

Hi everyone,

Its been a few weeks now since the Haberdashery closed its doors and I’m finding time to breathe. I have to admit it’s been a shock to my system having spare time but I’ve had the time to sit down and plan next years courses and workshops.

The most popular workshops are back as well as a few new ones thrown in too.

All the dates and details can be found here at

There’s been quite a few workshops that have took place in the last few weeks so I’ll run through them and show you the projects.

Paper Pieced Christmas Stocking workshop last week…..

Free motion embroidery workshop last week …..

The Textile Art Canvas Workshop this week…..

Thread Painting Landscape Workshop this week …..

We also had our Craft & Chat evening and the Making Memories Quilting Group…..

The children in the Sewing Bee have also been extremely busy too making quilts, advent calendars, bows, bags and baskets…

So I’m keeping busy making sure everyone gets creative 😊


thanks for reading, make sure you pop over to the website to look at all the new dates.




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The Past, The Future And Now

Hi everyone,

Most of you will now know that the shop side of my business will be closing it doors at the end of the month but that’s not the end of Simply Needlecraft or the Children’s Sewing Bee

The workshops have always been my favourite part of the business. Teaching adults and children has always been the part which has me excited me to see everyone getting creative and learning new techniques.

The workshops are getting booked up quicker than ever and with the Sewing Bee which now has a recorded number of 22 children per week joining me in the Sewing Studio per week it’s turned into a full time job on its own.

I’m honoured to be asked take part in various workshops around the country next year too. With all that in mind I needed to rethink what my priorities and unfortunately the shop side of the business was holding me back from where I wanted to be. It wasn’t an easy decision that came quickly.

So as the blog title says…….let’s look at the past……the last two weeks

lets start with the Sewing Bee. The children have been working extremely hard on hoop art……

Crazy patchwork book covers …..

Next fabric weaved baskets…

The projects are WIP so I’ll definitely show you the finished items soon.

The latest Quilting Course has also started. This course takes people through every stage of quilting and over three weeks they create a beautiful lap quilt.Were on week two at the moment and we’re making great progress….

The Making Memories Quilt Group had its first session too. I great new group set up to get everyone interested in quilting together. We had a great turn out with lots of different projects being stitched. Our next meet up is on the 13th of November. Please free to join us…..

Let’s move on to the future…….

all my workshops are available to see up to Christmas on the website

very soon I’ll be arranging the dates for next year. There will be more choice, more advanced workshops and a choice of more times.

We’ve also got the Young Quilters Halloween event coming up soon. A great way to get little ones stitching. Please check the website for details Young Quilters

As with all workshops and Sewing Bee carrying on, I’m pleased to tell you our crochet group with also be continuing. Sue has been with us from the start and every Saturday morning for three years she has inspired and taught lots of lovely ladies. These workshops run on Saturdays 10-12pm.

So what’s happening in the now, well a podcast of an interview between me and Stitchery Stories has just been released on iTunes and can be found on

and also

The other thing that’s happening right now …….the sale in store….

20%off wool

50% off knitting and crochet accessories

35% off all books

50% off cross stitch kits

20% off selected fabrics

Thanks for reading




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New Adult Quilting Group, New Sewing Bee Class and Young Quilters Event.

Hi everyone,

I’m back from my Holidays and raring to go……

I’m currently as we speak getting ready for the Melbourne Festival which starts on Saturday. I’m really excited to be part of this amazing event. I’ll be exhibiting at 52 Blanche Croft…….

I’ve  got new groups and classes starting.

The first is a quilting group which is affiliated with the Quilters Guild. This is a great new group which is set up for everyone interested in patchwork and quilting. To bring along their projects, share ideas and advice and plan any future projects. This group is be held on the 1st Monday of every month here in the Sewing Studio.

I also have a new Sewing Bee starting on Thursday 28th September. The group is aimed at children aged between 8-12 years. The sessions will run every Thursday 4-5pm and the cost £7.50 per week.

I only work with a small number of children and the classes are ongoing, so if you want your child to have a place please let me know asap to reserve a place…..

We also have an event set up with the Young Quilters Guild. This event is taking place here at the Sewing Studio on Thursday 26th October 10am – 1pm.

This event is for children aged between 6-18yrs.

Projects include Halloween themed decorations and treat bags. Hand and machine sewing will be learnt.

Non members -£7

Members – £5

All children if not ready a member will get a years free membership to the Guild after visiting us.

Last night was this months Craft and Chat evening. This is a great evening for us crafters to get together with our projects. There’s lots of different types of crafts every month and the atmosphere is fantastic……if you would like to join us pop along on the first Thursday of the month….

My workshop dates have increased this quarter of the year. I’m really pleased how quickly they are booking up. If you’ve not had a look at the dates then please visit

workshops include hand embroidery, quilting, mother and daughter sewing class, beginners sewing, fabric journals, art quilting and fabric collage and vintage workshops.



Thats it for this week, have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week.



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The asewing Studio!

yes it’s my favourite part of the building. It’s a place that’s full of creativity, laughter and proud moments.

So this blog post is dedicated to everyone’s hard work.

Lets start with my groups that entered the Festival of Quilts…

Lets start with my younger group. This is a group made up of three girls, Hollie, Dolcie and Ellie and one boy Luke.

Their entry to the competition was a quilt called Up, up & away. They have been working hard since Christmas to get the quilt finished before the deadline.

They used applique, weaving, embellishing and quilting techniques. They received a highly commended in the competition……

My older group is made up of four girls, Elizabeth, Hope, Mia and Molly. Their quilt was named Natures Wardrobe. They used hand dying, raw edge appliqué, free motion stitching and free motion quilting techniques. The win 3rd place in the competition….

Both groups have worked extremely hard and I’m so proud of them.

Both quilts are on display in the shop for another week…..

Carrying on with the Sewing Studio ….

I’ve  been joined by three of my stitchers over a week to make a patchwork and quilted lap quilt…..

We’ve quilted bags from two from my stitchers…..

I’ve had another two finishing off their bunting….

We’ve had four door hangers, hot air balloons …….

We had ten book marks……

And we’ve started fabric weaving baskets that still are in working progress….

The adults have also had a try with Christmas stocking and trees…..more workshops dates for this will be announced soon……

I’ve also got new dates and workshops available in thread painting miniatures….

And paper pieced landscapes…..

I’ve also now announced my last Quilting for beginners course for the year…….all courses and workshops are on my website

Its been a creative time for me too as the Lie of Land exhibition in Bishops Castle has now started. I’m exhibiting with Midlands Textile Forum and my piece is called Mother Earth…..

and after the Festival I set myself a little challenge……. a very little challenge ……. my first mini quilt …..

With all of this I hope you realise how much I love my Sewing Studio.

thanks for reading



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Isn’t Technology Great ………

Hi everyone,

I’ve got issues with the Simply Needlecraft website at the moment but will hopefully be back up and running over the weekend.

Id like to thank everyone who has shown support and caring words towards my son Ben. I can say he’s still a bit bumped and bruised and strapped up but in typical Ben style …….he’s still smiling …..

We are on count down now for the Festival of Quilts which is on Thursday 10th August. The shop will be closed on this day as we are all going to Birmingham.

Lets start with the adults and the free motion embroidery. I had four lovely ladies join me in the sewing studio to master the techniques of free motion sketching. This workshop is extremely popular and books up very quickly so I will be arranging more very soon…..

lots of new stock in recently, Stylecraft Candy Swirl…

New fabric by Robert Kaufman…..

The Butterick half price sale has started and runs until the end of August……. make sure you don’t miss out…

Right let’s get down to the sewing bee, we’ve had pillow pals galore…

Herds of elephants….


Neck cushions ……

And finally PJ’s

Ive been busy hand stitching lately, something I’ve not done for a while but I’m finding it very relaxing. Using upcyled, vintage fabrics and lace to make a botanical book……

I’m also getting for my first exhibition with Midlands Textile Forum at Bishops Castle…….not long now…

Thanks for reading, have a fab weekend.





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My Sewing Studio

The Sewing Studio is the heart of Simply Needlecraft for me. From adults workshops to children’s workshop, from knitting to crochet to sewing to craft and chat ………. oooopppps I forgot to share to the photos on fb of our last evening.  So here they are….. 

Its been a busy time for the Sewing Bee too as the 8-12ys have been making appliqué cushions……


Lampshades …….


Neck cushions ……..


And for the 12-16yrs groups it been all about pj bottoms…….

The Sewing Studio was also home to the Mother & Daughter Sewing class too. This is one of my favourite workshops, where mother and daughters team up to make an item. This months class focused on cushion making…..

I’ve been busy working on my own Textile Art and coursework…….you can keep up to date by visiting


Lots of new fabrics in too………just look at them all…..



Thank you for reading.

have a lovely weekend 



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Colourful, creative and New Stock!!!!!

Hi everyone,

Its been a couple of weeks since my last blog post. It’s been manic here with lots going on and new stock arriving.

We’ve had a top up of Stylecraft Wondersoft and more colour ways added to the collection…..

We’ve also had the new Stylecraft Candy Swirl but we’ve only had the liquorice colour way in with more to follow very soon…..

Now for fabrics…… we’ve increased the plain selection but also had more bolts of Christmas fabrics in from Robert Kaufman…..

Now for the time for everyone’s favourite part….. The Sewing Bee.

All groups have been very busy.

Monday group have working on their own pillow pals….

My little ladies on a Tuesday have been busy working on brooches and patchwork pj cases….

Saturdays are always busy as I have three groups and our Sue has the crochet group…..

My Saturday groups have been working on owls, bunting, dress making and patchwork….

and last but not least – my new window display.

I’ve got a fantastic new summer window display but I cannot take credit for it. A big thank you to my friends Rachel, Lynette, Darren and my mum. Also a big thank you to my stitchers Mia, Molly and Hollie who took time out of their day to help and design the display …..

Thank you for reading and supporting me, means the world to me.