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Happy Easter Everyone – A Quick Catch-up Post x

Hi everyone,

A day off and it’s grey weather……. typical 😂

Anyway it gives me a spare five minutes to blog 😊

So let’s start off with my opening hours over Easter.

I’m closed today (Good Friday), open normal hours on Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday and then normal hours resume on Tuesday.  

All the Sewing groups are mid way through projects at the moment so I haven’t got many pics to show you. 

Monday group – Hanging hearts

Tuesday – Rag dolls

Wednesday – Selfies

Saturday – Quilts are still progressing.

All groups are working extremely hard 😊

I have a couple of places on the Sewing Bee for children 8-12 yrs. Please contact me for further details.

You can now view the details for the Young Quilters Workshop in May.

Here on the Quilters Guild Website

We’ve had lots of quilting going on in the Sewing Studio. 

The April beginners course kicked off……. fantastic fabric choices, giggles and cups of tea……

And the follow on course to make a table runner was definitely a fun packed class……

It was time for our Craft & Chat night. This monthly meet up takes place on the first Thursday of every month – 6pm – 8.30pm and cost £5 towards refreshments……..a lovely group of people and a great atmosphere, take a look…..

A few new bits and bobs have arrived in the Haberdashery as well as a restock of the favourites.  New in ……

I’ve  been extremely busy, working away on coursework the last couple of weeks…… handmade paper and stitchery…….

I’ve also finished off my collection of Fairies (still need naming though)…..

The Egyptian wall hanging has been finished ……

And I’ve tried something a little different for me…….

You can keep up to date with all my makes by visiting 

My own Facebook page  

or 

http://www.amijamestextileart.com/

I hope you have a fantastic Easter break…..hopefully the weather will improve.

Thanks for reading 😊

Ami 

xxx

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Get Creative

Hi Everyone,

This week has certainly been a creative week with fabrics.

Firstly my older group are using their hand dyed fabric to make text art….

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Whilst my younger groups are in the middle of making patchwork book covers….

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And selfies…

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My new group of little ones (are that little they need steps for the pedal) have been getting used to our machines and have made pin cushions….

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My Monday and Wednesday groups are all half way through projects so I’ll update you more next week. 🙂

The love of fabric continues with the 2nd part of our quilting course. This week it was all about piecing the top layer and organising the design…..

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Following the popularity of the quilting g course and them being fully booked I have released another date and can be booked online Here

Our Craft and Chat night was back this week and I can honestly say we have a lovely and extremely talented bunch. 

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Ive been doing a little bit too this week and putting together some quilted textile collages using Hand dyed and batik fabrics…..

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That’s it for this week….lots happening again next week again next week.

Thank you following and supporting us.

See you next week 

Ami 

 

Posted in children's sewing bee, City & Guilds, Fabric, textile art, Workshop and classes

They Are So Talented…….

Hi everyone,

Hope you are warm and well. 

This weeks blog post is dedicated to the kids. Yet again they keep producing amazing results. 

My younger groups have been finishing the latch hook cushions off and starting on the quilt blocks……

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Then I spent time with my older group that afternoon getting to grips with Hand dying and painting fabrics. Great fun…..

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Here are some of the results (more to come later)….

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Roll on to Tuesday and our new group started. Three little ladies joined me for their first session of the Sewing Bee. We had a lovely time and they can’t wait to have a go on our machines next week….

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Later on ………. we hosted a birthday party for an extremely  talented little stitcher of ours. Happy 10th birthday Ellie x 

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I’m celebrating this week too. I’ve passed my latest module in my course, now on to the next.

2d accessory using Dorset buttons, machined cords, toggles and beads in complimentary colour scheme….

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That’s it for another week. 

If you would like to join us on one of our workshops please Click Here To See Dates

Thank you for following, see you next week

Ami

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Merry Christmas Everyone x

Hi everyone,

Its been insanely busy here and next year looks like a huge year…

Lets fill you in with what’s happening.

We had our monthly Craft and Chat evening but with a twist… it was our Christmas party night. A fab evening and a big thank you who has become part of our group….

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Our craft night start again in 2017….. come and join us. X

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It was also the last of our children’s sewing bee of 2016. All the little stitchers have had an amazing year, I really can’t wait to have to back in our new Sewing Studio in January.

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I still have two spaces open to join me in January on a Tuesday ….

Please look at a website for details Children’s Sewing Bee

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Our new adult classes for 2017 are now available on the website. We are being guest tutors too. The amazingly talented Emily Notman (mixed media) and Maria Dent from Creative Bumblebee (felting and embroidery.

Workshop Dates

http://www.emilynotman.co.uk/

http://www.creativebumblebee.co.uk/

A quick shop update…

We having started to pack away the Sewing Studio…

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Mum, Dad and hubby have been a big help…

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And the new sign is now up….

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We have a massive Christmas fabric sale on now….

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And lastly I have been working hard on a coursework project, making a new quilt and a little bit of hand stitchery….

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I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas, thank you for following us it really does mean the world to me.

I’ll blog again between Christmas and New Year to update you all on the shop move.

Merry Christmas

 

Ami

 

Posted in children's sewing bee, Christmas, City & Guilds, Fabric, New Stock, Six Penny Memories, textile art, Workshop and classes, www.simplyneedlecraft.com

Oooops Forgot To Blog…..Lots Going On x

Hi everyone,

I apologise for the lack of blogging. Lots going on here so I have plenty to tell you and lots of pics.

Ok let’s start with my little stitchers. They have been busy bees creating festive decorations, Christmas gifts and learning new skills.

Lets start with the decorations

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Then on to the gifts…..

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My older group have been mastering the skill of free motion embroidery. They are part way through a Christmas gift project but I’ll show you what they have been up to…..

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We’ve also had a birthday party here in the sewing studio. It’s was a tote bag themed party…..

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They are so talented that I decided to hold an awards evening for them all but with a twist.

Most of them were aware they were coming…..but I had a secret that only me and their mums knew.

We had a guest, the lovely Jade Earley from this years The Great British Sewing Bee. Jade was live via link to all the children, she has signed all the certificates personally and if that wasn’t enough, jade had made them all gifts to say well done. We had an amazing evening of certificates, food and fireworks.

A huge thank you to Jade x

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The adults were busy too last week when their challenge was to make a Christmas appliqué cushion. Four lovely ladies joined me in the sewing studio for tea, biscuits and lots of sewing…

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It was time for the yarn bombing to start too….told you we’ve been busy. I would like to thank everyone who donated their time and skills on this project. The town looks fab…..

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Mum’s also been busy decorating the window for me as our Sue just stood there looking like a turkey 🙂

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We’ve had some lovely new fabrics in from Kaufman and Dashwoods….

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In between all of that I have managed somehow to fit in some sewing…

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Raw Edge appliqué- Tree House
Raw Edge appliqué- Tree House
Victorian style Christmas tree decorations
Victorian style Christmas tree decorations
New quilt on the go
New quilt on the go

Now I know many of you have heard….I’ve tried to tell as many as possible. We are moving in the year and sooner than I thought. We are moving to 66 High Street.

I am closing on Christmas Eve until the 4th January I hoped to be moved in that time. The plan was not to move until February and its difficult to do when I have classes and an open shop. Hopefully everything we be in place for the new year. I’ll keep you updated as we go. My contact details will still be the same.

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Thanks for reading and following.

keep warm.

Ami

xxx

Posted in children's sewing bee, Christmas, City & Guilds, New Stock, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

Warning This Blog Contains Lots Of Crafty Pics!!!!

Hi everyone,

I’ve lots to show this week…

lets start with festivities. After the Christmas fabrics arrived it was shortly followed by bits and bobs.

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I must admit though that I haven’t started any Christmas crafting as yet (hanging head in shame).

But enough Christmas talk for a minute and let’s look what the kids have been making. 

My Saturday groups have been busier than ever and it shows…..book covers, patchwork bags, appliqué cushions and amazing doorstops.

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My new Monday group have been getting used to the sewing machines and I’m amazed by the outcome….

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Whilst on a Wednesday (my second new group) we are practicing hand stitches and making rag dolls…..

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It was also time for this months Craft & Chat evening. This takes place on the first Tuesday of every month 6pm – 8.30pm, bring your own project. £5 including tea, coffee and cakes.

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In between all of that I managed to finish my Hare wall hanging …

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AND pass my module 2 on my City & Guilds certificate….

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It’s been such an amazing week, thanks for following and I’ll see you next week.

Ami xxx 

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Never a Dull Moment!!!!

Hi  everyone,

I hope you all had a great bank holiday weekend.  It  was nice to get some extra family time in the nice weather. But it was nice to get back to creating and teaching.

 

Let’s start with the sewing bee…..

my younger stitchers have been tackling patchwork

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Whilst my older stitchers finished off their owls

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All the children I teach are so enthusiastic and take to every challenge in the most amazing way.

Next it was the start of my last 3 part quilting course of this year 😦 (don’t worry I will be back with new quilting courses next year)

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It may be the last quilting course of the year BUT there’s always lots of other workshops happening …..take a look at the workshops for the end of the year Here

I’ve been rather busy this week dying fabrics and making mini art quilts before I start back on my course after the summer break….

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And I also found time to change the window display….

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All in all a very productive week.

thanks for reading x

Ami

 

Posted in children's sewing bee, City & Guilds, home makes, New Stock, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

It’s the holiday’s!!!!

The holidays have started and I have a helper with me 🙂 Although I’m not to sure he’s exactly helping lol……

My gorgeous little helper.

Staying on the subject of little ones, over the last couple of weeks my little stitchers have been stitching away making some fantastic things……take a look

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I think you’ll agree I have a super talented bunch 🙂

Our July quilting course has started but running a week behind schedule, but we are still on the way to make beautiful quilts.

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In between all of that I have managed to fit some crafting time and some essential coursework hours.

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And on the hottest day of the year so far…..a wool delivery came…..yes nightmare.

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All in all a very busy and creative couple of weeks……an absolute pleasure to be here and witnessing it all.

Lastly can I say thank you to everyone who contacted me about the fire on Wednesday night at a charity shop extremely close by. My shop was not affected by the fire but unfortunately other were.

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Very sad

Thanks to everyone for following and supporting me and my business.

Ami xxx

Posted in behind the scenes, children's sewing bee, City & Guilds, Crochet, in the hoop, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

Thanks For Reading x

Hi Everyone,

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 !

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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….

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Preparations going well

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 🙂

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Workshops !

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.

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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

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What I’ve Been Making

I’ve had quite a creative week this week….

A new wall hanging…..

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A book cover using stitch and slash……Please visit the website to see workshops on the technique

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And a crocheted necklace….as part of my coursework.

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Thanks everyone for your support its truly overwhelming….I’ll see you next week 🙂

Ami

xxxxx

Put your feet up, have a cup of tea and catch up on the Haberdashery News


Well hello everyone,

It seems only five minutes since I was typing the last blog post….. 🙂

This weeks been rather quiet but only because since Tuesday I haven’t really be able to hear hardly anything so I’ve asked all my customers to shout at me ……rather embarrassing.

But the haberdashery & sewing studio has been busy and I have lots to show you.

First up ….. Its been manic in the Sewing Studio.

The Sewing Bee – it’s an absolute pleasure to spend time crafting with such a fab bunch of children.

My first group of the day spent the time on our machines completing different practice exercises including lines, corners, mazes, curves, stars and hearts then on the playing with the decorative stitches.

My second group who have already stitched the practise tests last week put their new skills to the test and made pin cushions.

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My older girls have tackled zips this time…

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In the week we’ve had more creative workshops including are beautiful bunting workshop….

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And then an evening of hand embroidery…

Ladies learnt various stitches and used a great range of threads including stranded threads, crewel yarn, perles, vicose ribbon, boucle and linen thread.

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I’ve also been using the Sewing Studio this week. It’s a great space to work, so bright and inspiring. Anyway my attempt at pj bottoms…

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Not bad for a first attempt

I’ve also spent some much-needed time on my coursework and the topic at the moment ……tonal shades.

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So whats new this week. Well we’ve had a lovely delivery from our friends at Stylecraft. We’ve had glorious shades of dk, chunky and xl chunky as well as patterns for all ages.

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So that’s it for this weeks catchup, we’ve another fun packed week in store again next week.

Thank you for all you support whether in store or online, we really appreciate it.

Have a fab weekend and I’ll see you all on Monday.

 

Ami x