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….

Preparations going well
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

Posted in Butterick patterns, children's sewing bee, Crochet, in the hoop, New Stock, sewing studio, Uncategorized, Workshop and classes

It Just Gets Better & Better !

Hi everyone,

Its been an incredible creative week for both young & old (or older).

I’m going to start with our evening workshops that have ran this week…..

The Knicker Party and the 2nd night of our quilting course.

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I like to just add quickly that due to the quick sell out of June’s Quilting Course I have decided to add a Quilt in a Day class on the 30th June – For full details CLICK HERE

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Now lets move on to my little stitchers. For a couple of weeks they have been busy behind the scenes, but now I can share the end products and I must say I proud I am of them…..take a look.

My 8-12yrs Sessions

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My 12-16yrs Group

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Aren’t they fantastic……and we have more, much more planned.

I’ve been busy too recently, fitting in some quality stitching time in between coursework…

My Town & Country Project is off to a good start.

Firstly with a textile collage of one of my favourite places….the stunning Dovedale.

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and then it was on to free motion embroidery …..Meadow Scene.

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And then to finish off the week I managed to finish an unfinished project. Lap blanket using Stylecraft Chunky Yarn.

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New stock in this week….

Buttons, Pin Cusions, Tape Measures and Tilda Fabrics
  Buttons, Pin Cushions, Tape Measures and Tilda Fabrics

The new Butterick Catalogue came out this week and we have over 2000 patterns in stock and ready to go.

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Thats it for this week. An amazing week, absolutely worn out but can’t wait until next week.

See you next week.

Ami

xxx

Posted in children's sewing bee, Crochet, home makes, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

Job Satisfaction !!!!!

Hi everyone,

It’s an under statement to say I love my job. A shop filled with fabric and yarns is bliss, a Sewing Studio that is an inspirational room, light, airy and full of laughter. But the pinnacle part of my job is sharing passion of creating with others in our workshops and seeing what they go on to do at home. And this is my starting point on this weeks blog.

My Mum joined our  April’s 3 part quilting course as a complete beginner (as were the other ladies). She made a beautiful lap quilt using the rail fence design…..And then produced this gorgeous around the world quilt at home.

I've created a quilt addict x
I’ve created a quilt addict x

The quilting courses are extremely popular and within days of advertising June’s course the places had been snapped up. Bearing this in mind I I’m considering running day long quilting workshops if the demand is there. I have no confirmed dates as yet but if you are interested in joining us please email me with your details – 

Overwhelmed by how quick its sold out!
Overwhelmed by how quick its sold out!

The May 3 part course kicked off on Tuesday.  My four ladies are on their way to making a lap quilt using the disappearing  nine patch design.

Part One – Learning about equipment, choosing fabrics, seam allowances, piecing blocks.

Part one complete….

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And my little stitchers have been at it again….

So our Sue took over the Sewing Bee with her needles, hooks and yarn and introduced them to knitting & crochet. Now this isn’t my forte so I was eager to join in…… Kids were a lot better than me 🙂

Anna's Crochet
Anna’s Crochet
Hollie's Knitting
Hollie’s Knitting

We fitted in a little bit of sewing…

8-12 yrs Group
8-12 yrs Group

Now who’s ready for the return of The Sewing Bee and Patrick Grant?

Every  year Singer hook up with the Sewing Bee ( which starts on Monday ) to run a fab competition. Prize……win a sewing lesson with Patrick Grant.  Anyone purchasing a new Singer  from an authorised dealer will be able to enter. The competition runs until 31st July .

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One last thing before signing off. We have a new section on our website….The Guest Book.

If you have visited us in the Haberdashery or Sewing Studio and would like to leave us any feedback please visit Our Guest Here. All feedback and comments are appreciated.

Its been a great week, thank you for all of your support in the haberdashery, sewing studio and online. I’ll see you all again next week.

Keep crafting!

Ami xxxx

Posted in children's sewing bee, Crochet, Workshop and classes

Amazing What You Can Do With Socks!

Hi everyone,

It’s  been a very colourful week here in the Haberdashery. The sun has been shining ( a little bit ) …….

Opening up to a sunny scene
Opening up to a sunny scene

 

The colour then spread to our new window display courtesy of my Mum

Thanks Mum, you've done a wonderful display x
Thanks Mum, you’ve done a wonderful display x

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Next up in the colour chart are the sample book covers made up for our next Textile Art Techniques workshop ….

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We have so many great workshops running throughout May …..fancy one ? book via the website.

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http://www.simplyneedlecraft.com

 

So whats been made this week. I finished a blanket and cushion pattern by Sytlecraft and using Stylecraft Aran. I love the colours….reminds me of a garden.

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But wait to see what our Sewing Bee students have been up to..

1st group - 8-12yrs
1st group – 8-12yrs – Draw String bags
2nd group 8 -12years - pj bags
2nd group 8 -12years – pj bags

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Sock Teddies made by the 12-16yr group
Sock Teddies made by the 12-16yr group

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As you can see, a very colourful and creative week had here in Derbyshire.

 

Thats our news for the week….Make sure you follow our blog so you don’t miss any gossip.

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

 

Ami

xxxx

Posted in children's sewing bee, Crochet, Customers, I Made That Campaign, Workshop and classes

A Very Creative Week :)

Hi everyone,

Its been a short week but still packed full of fun and creations.

I had an extra long weekend to spend with the family and my little man and also gave me some crochet time 🙂

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And first day back and straight back to creativity when a lovely customer came in with a gorgeous elephant that she had made. Now the picture does not show how big he is…… 400g of Stylecraft Super Chunky Special XL.

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How cute is he…..Sadly he’s going off to his new home now 😦

Later this week we also had some fab lampshades made in Sewing Studio which are also off to new homes. As always everyone with a completed project and very proud of themselves…….rightly so.

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Come and join us on our next Lampshade Workshop and pick the fabrics you want from our Fabric Snug.

I’ve also had a present from one of my customers (yes this proves I have the best job in the world). Look what I’ve got 🙂

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Thank you Kim xxxx

Kim has been featured on our blog recently in our  ‘ I made that’ campaign.

Staying on that subject …..

‘I Made That’ Campaign

This weeks nomination is one amazing lady who some of you will probably know from visiting the Haberdashery….My Mum.

My Mum is absolutely insane about chickens so when she said she was thinking of making a chicken doorstop I wasn’t sure what to think.

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I just love it. Proud of you Mum

So what I have I been up to……

I have started to make the memory canvasses for the shop and sewing studio. I’ve managed one but still have about three more to make so far. These are photo’s of whats been made in our workshops and sewing bee and its a great reminder of what people have achieved here.

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I’ve also been planning April’s Sewing bee plans….

So for our younger groups we are starting using the sewing machines and making pin cushions, drawstring bags, rag dolls.

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For our older ones we will focus on accessories including hand bands, bows, brooches, key rings and starting hand embroidery.

Cant Wait!!!!!

Anyway thanks for joining us again on our weekly trip down memory lane.

Thank you following, reading & supporting us. Keeping sharing us and you can follow us on

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/simplyneedlecraft

Twitter – @sneedlecraft

Would be great to see you there.

Have a great weekend…See you next week x

Ami

Posted in children's sewing bee, Crochet, in the haberdashery, Workshop and classes

Its all about the workshops !

Hi everyone and Happy Easter x

This week has been full of fantastic creations that have been made here in our very own Sewing Studio.

So let me show you whats been going on….

First up – Our children’s Sewing Bee. The children range from 8yrs – 16yrs divided into three groups. It’s amazing how popular this has become and I’ve had to start a waiting list. They get to have a go at all aspects of sewing and here’s what they have been up to…

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Our 8-12yr Club have been making cat bags
Our 12-16yrs have started their needlepoint pictures
Our 12-16yrs have started their needlepoint pictures
Our 12-16yr group have been putting their new sewing machine skills to the test with these gorgeous pin cushions and needle book cases
Our 12-16yr group have been putting their new sewing machine skills to the test with these gorgeous pin cushions and needle book cases

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Our crochet workshop was also in full swing and learning a new skill – Tunisian Crochet.

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Our Crochet and Knitting runs every Saturday just pop me a message to book.

The three-part quilting workshop came to an end on Wednesday evening. I’m so proud of the ladies that took part. Over the three weeks they have learnt to use a rotary cutter safely, measure and cut blocks, piecing their quilt tops , basting, quilting and binding.

The end products are amazing….

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Its seem the ladies have caught the quilting bug :)…

I began a quilting project myself this week …… I’m a huge fan of bargello quilts so I decided to have a go.  This was an experience to say the least, after blunting 3 rotary cutter blades, using over 300 metres of thread and some serious sewing time but I’m so pleased with it…..

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Thats it for another week guys, we are closed Bank Holiday Monday but back open Tuesday normal hours. Thank you so much for your support this week.

See you next week…..Have a fab weekend. x

Ami

xxxxxx

Posted in children's sewing bee, Crochet, New Stock, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

None Stop !

Another week has passed and its been full of fun.

We’ve had workshops, new stock and a visit from Superman (with photo evidence to prove it)

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Lets start off with this weeks workshops.

My little sewers in the Sewing Bee last week got to grips with the sewing machines. So  we began with straight stitches, stitch lengths, decorative stitches and curves…..

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On the same day our Sue was continuing with the Crochet Workshop where the ladies a carrying on with crocheted tops…….progress report –

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On Wednesday evening we had the first part of the three-part quilting course. This session was aimed at design, picking fabric combinations, learning to use a rotary cutter and cutting mat safely and we even managed to start piecing our blocks together.

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On Thursday we had the Beginners Free Motion workshop. Learning about the essentials for free motion and to sketch and appliqué with a sewing machine…

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New Wool Alert

The Stylecraft Yarn we started stocking last month has been a huge hit so it was time to stock up. So we’ve had new colours in DK, 4Ply, Aran and Chunky.

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Its been a hectic but a very enjoyable week, its overwhelming how busy we’ve been. Thank you for all of your support.

Have a fab weekend and I’ll see you next week.

Ami x

Posted in Craft Books, Crochet, New Stock, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

Celebrations, Tutorials and New Stock :)

Hi Everyone,

Well what a week……

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This week more deliveries arrived, new knitting patterns and good old-fashioned craft books….knitting, crochet, quilting and textiles books have replenished our bookshelves.

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Finally after being nagged about blogging a tutorial I sat down and blogged a tutorial 🙂 . A quilt as you go shopping bag which you can find on the blog or  click here

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The Sewing Studio came alive again on Thursday night with our popular beginners sewing workshop.  This time the end project was a enveloped cushion.  So in 2 hours of getting creative, having a laugh, giggle, tea and biscuits the cushions were finished and ready to take home.

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I’ve also had the chance to finish off a couple of UFP’s (unfinished projects) ….

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But we’ve also celebrated our 2nd Birthday this week……. I just wanted to say thank you for everyone’s support over the last two years. Its been so overwhelming and I’ve met some many fantastic people. It’s the best job in the world x

 

Ami x