Posted in City & Guilds, I Made That Campaign, in the haberdashery, New Stock

A very talented lady ( this weeks ‘ I Made That Campaign’)

Hi everyone

What a cold and miserable week its been however it has been half term so I guess I should have expected it.

But its been warm and cheery in the haberdashery with new stock, new makes and a new machine to try.

First on the agenda though this week …….

I Made That Campaign.

I would like to introduce you to an extremely talented lady from Derby.

Louise West …..

Louise started Bobbin Lacemaking in 1992 and through numerous courses progressed quickly, gaining extensive experience in traditional English Bobbin laces.  She then studied City and Guilds courses, in both traditional and contemporary design. Then  continued with a BA (Hons) in Textile Design.

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Louise states  – While lace is the main focus of my working practice, it has taken on many formats and continues to inspire and develop in many ways, some of which are unexpected. The jewellery design is a much more permanent and lasting vision of the historical textile, recounting memories and forms contemporary wearable art of the future.

I don’t know about you but I find Louise’s work absolutely exquisite. Clearly I’m not the only one to think this as Louise regularly exhibits her work, gives talks and runs workshops…..thats right ladies, you can have a go yourself (which I intend on doing).

Have a look at Louise’s Website

But (I’ve not quite finished yet) Louise is so talented that she’s  been nominated to an award ……Craft & Design selected award. To have a look at more fabulous lace detail in contemporary and modern design please take a look at this Craft & Design.

And please vote for our local lady.

New Stock

 

Ok  something for all of fabric addicts.

New cottons in this week……are you ready?

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Next week my Dad will be covering the shop on Monday as me and Mum make our annual trip over the Birmingham NEC for the trade fair.

I’ll be testing out the Singer One machine even more so keep your eyes peeled.

I hope you all have had a fantastic half term even though the weathers not been great. Have a lovely weekend and I will see you on Tuesday.

Ami

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Posted in behind the scenes, City & Guilds, Crochet, Fabric, I Made That Campaign, in the haberdashery, New Stock, Workshop and classes

New Workshops, New Fabrics & ……Lego Bricks

Hi Everyone,

Its blog time again 🙂

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 🙂

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APRIL WORKSHOPS

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

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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.

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If you would like your makes to appear on our blog for this campaign then please pop me an email to Email me

NEW STOCK

Yes we’ve had more new stock in this week……..Fabric.

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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….

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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.

Ami x

Posted in City & Guilds, Crochet, in the haberdashery, in the hoop, New Stock, News, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

Where to start………….

Hello everyone,

I’ve had little to no time to blog for a couple of weeks, however soon that should hopefully changed very soon as we are finally becoming a bit more modern and having broadband installed in the haberdashery 🙂

You might have already heard but if not then …….Its finally here

 

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 Simply Needlecraft’s Childrens Sewing Bee – Starting Saturday 5th March 2016

This is a weekly club which will run on a Saturday.

There are two different age ranges – 8yrs -12yrs and 12yrs -16yrs.

Our Sewing Bee will include all crafts – Hand sewing & Embroidery, Machine Sewing, Patchwork & Quilting, Crochet and Knitting as well as others.

Everything is included including the use of a Singer sewing machines. The fabric, sewing supplies, scissors, tools and threads needed to complete the projects. A project folder to keep patterns and instructions in.

Spaces available – Saturdays

10am-11am – 8yrs – 12yrs – £6.50 per session  – paying a month in advance – 2 spaces left

11.30am -12.30pm – 8yrs – 12yrs – £6.50 per session  – paying a month in advance – 1 space left

1.30pm-3.pm – 12yrs- 16yrs  – £8 per session – paying a month in advance – 3 spaces left

For booking details please visit our website – http://www.simplyneedlecraft.com/page_3436338.html

Still on the subject of workshops, we had a lovely Mother & Daughter Patchwork session last week. We had an amazing afternoon and look what my little sewers made…

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We have a few new workshops that have been announced…..

First up

Beginners Crochet – This is perfect for complete beginners – this workshop is designed to show you basic stitches and you will leave with knowledge and a finished granny square – Full details here

We also have a new Lampshade workshop on offer – this is a no sew class – Full details here

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and last but by no means least …..

The Rag Rug Cushion Workshop –  A vintage craft with a modern twist – Full details here

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We also have the rag rug tools in stock 🙂

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I’ve been quite busy myself crafting the last few weeks……

Fabric printing for my coursework

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great fun and very messy 🙂

I’ve made a crocheted bag ……

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which I’m quite proud of BUT………….I’m really proud of my elephant ……George

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What do you think?

Anyway that it for another week, we have so much going on in the pipeline with work shops, classes and the children’s sewing bee. Hopefully I’ll be able to give you lots more to look forward to in the next couple of weeks.

But for now……Thanks for reading, have a lovely weekend and thank you for all of your support.

 

Ami, David, Glyn and Sylvia xxxxxx

 

Posted in behind the scenes, Christmas, City & Guilds, Crochet, Customers, Fabric, in the haberdashery, News, rainbows, sewing studio, Uncategorized, Workshop and classes

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…

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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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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…

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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, 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 ….

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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

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New patterns too….

Childrens
children’s
Baby's
Baby’s
Blankets
Blankets
Adults
Adults

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…….
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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

Posted in City & Guilds, Crochet, Customers, Fabric, in the haberdashery, in the hoop, New Stock, Workshop and classes

Fabrics, Hedgehogs and More Discounts

Hi Everyone,

Now its this time of year that I love…..(people think I’m mad).

I love the cold frosty mornings, dark cosy nights, hot chocolate, bonfire night, snow, being cosy and of course Christmas. But this the perfect time of year for crafting and you lot have definitely proved it this week both in the Haberdashery and online.

Lets start with this weeks discounts.

As you are aware we have reduced our price on our sewing classes right up until the end of the year. So now its time to reduce our Knitting & Crochet Workshops.

From now, up until Christmas there is a 10% discount for booking online through our online shop…..BOOK HERE  

Please note – all of our workshops are on a first come first serve basis, the workshops are booking up quickly. If the workshop you are interested is booked up we do have a waiting list. You just email to pop me a quick email with your details and I will add you to our list.

New stock has also arrived this week (even though one delivery didn’t turn up on time)

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I’m still busy working away on my City & Guilds Coursework in the hope that I can get the majority of the course finished before the Christmas break. However I have started a new project 🙂 As many of you know I am a huge fan of Hedgehogs so I’ve decided to make a Hedgehog themed quilt….. and this is the first couple of blocks…

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Can I also remind everyone about our Free Workshop Open Day in a few weeks time

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And lastly, thank to everyone that has donated Christmas Decorations so far, we still have a month to go, so please keep them coming….

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Thank you all for your support, it’s so over whelming to have your custom and to see your lovely makes, you are so talented.

Next week – hopefully the final delivery will turn up, fingers crossed.

Thanks for reading and following.

Don’t forget to change your clocks tonight.

See you next week

Ami, Dave, Sylvia & Glyn

Posted in Christmas, City & Guilds, in the haberdashery, in the hoop, rainbows, Workshop and classes

This weeks Blog…….Catchup with us here at Simply Needlecraft

Hi everyone,

It’s the end of the first week back at school for many of us in Derbyshire and I have to say I’m missing my little man coming to work with me 😦 however half-term will be here in no time at all 🙂

So whats been going on here…

Mother has been busy preparing for her Chistmas decorations and bunting workshops (still a couple of places available, please book via the website).

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Weve had a delivery this week which was mainly a top up of stock but we’ve also had some lovely new buttons in, loads and loads of new bias binding and motifs……but I forgot to take pictures apart form some of the motifs………I’m useless aren’t I 🙂

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On Thursday this week the new Butterick catalogue came along with a brand new Autumn collection. There’s lots of choice and sizes 8 – 24 in stock so come and have a browse next time your passing.

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We’ve had some fab Christmas decoration donations this week for our Handmade Chrsitmas Rainbows Appeal……Please remember all donations have to be in by the 29th November so keep them coming, lets smash our target.

Thank you to Sue Pole for her gorgeous decorations.
Thank you to Sue Pole for her gorgeous decorations.

This week I’ve been researching and stitching textures as part of my city & Guilds.

Denim textures
Denim textures

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and machine braids
and machine braids

I’m well on my way to finishing my 2nd module (only one more to do) so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can finish it by the end of the year.

Anyway, have a fab weekend looks like the weather is going to be good for us here in the Midlands. Thank you for all your continued support and recommendations.

We will see you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Monday morning.

Ami, Dave, Glyn andSylvia.

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