Since the Sewing Studio opened upstairs in February this year we have been able to offer a range of workshops ranging from beginners sewing to quilting, drawing with a sewing machine to textile arts, bunting to cushions and of course the knicker party.
Its been an amazing to see so much creativity. So it’s time to start thinking about next year…
Back to this year though and still plenty happening….
The kids are still preparing for Christmas and so far they have produced over 30 metres of bunting between them…….
And a huge achievement for one of my groups that have designed and made their own patterns for a mermaid tail. They have been left to their own devices on this project …..I just supervised.
We had our wool delivered at last yesterday which has been a huge relief after it seems to taken a life time to arrive….
We have stocked up on the essentials but have also had a couple of new contenders arrive which are new to the Stylecraft range.
Firstly their new sock yarn ..Head Over Heals.
And then it was time to unpack to beautiful new Chunky Tweed along with the patterns ….
And a few more patterns for good measure ….
Our new vouchers have arrived …..perfect for Christmas gifts.
This week I’ve been doodling and thread painting this week….. it’s nice to hand stitch for a change.
And on that note a have two spaces left on the Free Motion Embroidery class….contact me to book.
That the lot for this week, have a great bonfire night…..stay safe.
I can’t quite work out where this week has gone……time is flying by which means we are close to Christmas now (in a crafting sense). So it was perfect timing to increase our Christmas fabric range. Not only have we got the gorgeous festive prints from Timeless Treasures now we have these yummy ones in stock too.
AND we’ve also had a new range of fabric paints in…… 24 different shades which become permanent after ironing.
It’s that time of year again where Butterick drop the price of their sewing patterns. Patterns are now half price until the 15th October. Over 3000 patterns in stock.
This week was the end of our last quilting course of the year 😦 I just love tutoring these courses. It’s a daunting task to people new to quilting but every single one of my ladies have done me proud. The evenings and day courses have been fun, relaxed and productive so it’s a definite that I will be running courses again next year.
The kids in the sewing bee have been busy (as always). At the moment when have two groups making patchwork bags, a group starting to make a rag doll, two groups making doorstops.
On Saturday we have finished off appliqué cushions and book covers.
The book covers are a great project, it allows to pick you own colour scheme (and is great for using up scraps). Then designing the layout followed by thread choice and the most exciting part……picking and experimenting with stitches.
Our Sue and her lovely ladies from the crochet workshop have been following the Stylecraft crochet along……..the crochet workshops run every Saturday 10-12pm. Beginners very welcome.
Lastly, I’ve been experimenting again with raw edge appliqué …..neither of these are finished but I’d thought I’d share pics to prove I’ve been busy 🙂
That’s all my news for this week, it’s been another busy and vibrant week here. Thanks for following.
Thank you to everyone that reads our blog. We are gaining more readers and followers recently which means so much.
Lets crack on with the week shall we? Its been a short week but still packed with fun !
Our children’s Party plans are going well. To find out more please click here here you’ll be able to get info on packages and prices as well as booking.
Our party invitations arrived too this week….
The Big News – Yarn Bombing !
Yes you heard right !
The local council has agreed to let us yarn bomb the town (the Delph) for Christmas.
The displays will be put on show on the day of the Christmas light switch on event and will remain up until new year.
We/I am asking for your help to make this possible. ….We need 10.5 inch squares 🙂
I had a very proud moment when my ladies from this months quilting course finished their lap quilts using a disappearing nine patch design.
They have cut, sewn, pieced, basted, bordered, quilted and binded these gorgeous quilts.
All beginners I might add.
Very Proud !
June’s quilting course – 3 part is full I’m afraid but next week I’ll be sitting down with my diary and planning dates for July.
Also quickly I have a new Children’s Sewing Bee starting Monday 5th September 4pm – 5pm for the 8yrs-12yrs…….I have ONE space left. Please contact me if you are interested.
The Craft Room !
This week I have also been bust setting up a new Facebook group – The Craft Room.
This group is for any type of crafter and its a place to meet like-minded folks, share advice and tips and to also share your makes and advertise you crafty pages. Pop over and join us, it’s still early days so little helps. The Craft Room, Join Here
What I’ve Been Making
I’ve had quite a creative week this week….
A new wall hanging…..
A book cover using stitch and slash……Please visit the website to see workshops on the technique
And a crocheted necklace….as part of my coursework.
Thanks everyone for your support its truly overwhelming….I’ll see you next week 🙂
Loads to blog about this week so let’s get started!
Its been a busy time in our Sewing Studio over the last past week. The Beginners Crochet Class was back as well as the Mother & Daughter Workshop…..this time making an envelope cushion. The Textile Art workshop also made a return this month, making gorgeous lace bowls 🙂
I’ve finally had chance to sit down with my diary and plan the workshops for April. There’s some workshops repeated but some fab new ones added…….Knickers, rag rugging and thread painting are just a few. These are booking up quickly so don’t miss out – More details here
I Made That – Campaign
Our campaign has been up and running for a few weeks now and its been a massive success.
This week my star of the week has to be Kim.
Let me tell you a bit about Kim. Kim has been one of our regular customers since she started knitting not so long ago ( since July 2015). Its amazing what she’s achieved in such a short space of time. She works extremely hard and knitting has become part of relaxation time.
My favourite has to be the Lego brick….. however the scarf comes a close 2nd.
The thing that stands out to me about Kim’s makes has to be the use of colours. It’s extremely difficult the use different colours/shades together in one make successfully.
Kim has now decided to give crochet a whirl and took advantage of our crochet workshops……I’m pretty sure I’ll have some of Kim’s crocheted makes very soon.
If you would like your makes to appear on our blog for this campaign then please pop me an email to Email me
Yes we’ve had more new stock in this week……..Fabric.
A mixture of 100% cottons & poly cottons – all available in-store and through our online shop – online here
This week I’ve been busy with a mix of course work and crochet. I’m finding my course work fascinating and so enjoyable BUT I have to have a break every now then…….keeps the creativity following …:)
So I’ve been having another go at crochet….
Its been an amazing week….. Thank you all for your continuing support. Have a look at our new website and tell us what you think.
Have a fantastic weekend and I’ll see you next week.
Its been a hectic week of unpacking new stock, working on the website and fitting in time for a bit of quilting.
So let’s have a run down of the week –
The new website launched with a Click & Collect service which has taken off well. All of our new stock in the future will be loaded straight onto our site for you to reserve and its also available to customers needing postage.
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…
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…..
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…
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…..
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 ……
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…
as well as the very talented Stef Francis with her gorgeous hand dyed goodies
At last but by no means least.. Tilda
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.
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.
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…..