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…


It was a lovely and over whelming day….Can’t wait until our next birthday πŸ™‚

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 ……

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…

jelly rolls
jelly rolls
layer cakes
layer cakes

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.

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


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, 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 πŸ™‚

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).


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 πŸ™‚


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.


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


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.


Posted in Customers, Fabric, home makes, in the hoop, New Stock, rainbows, Uncategorized

That’s it……Christmas is coming.xx

Its been none stop this week in the Haberdashery.

But its been half term here in Derbyshire so I’ve had my little man to help me

AND it was his 10th birthday on Thursday. So me and hubby managed to book the afternoon off to spend as a family. Even though I love birthdays it is quite sad to see your little ones grow up isn’t?Β  But I’ve loved having him around to help me out.

So whats been happening this week….

Its been tremendously busy with customers new, old and people travelling from far and wide. We had a record amount of yarn sales, seems everyone is getting set for winter. We’ve met so many talented people of all ages. Here’s one of our young and talented……


I finished my quilt art/thread art. Loopy Sue set me a challenge do make a Tutankhamun, what do you think? I’m quite pleased with it, it’s not perfect but I think I’ve done ok!

Quilt art and free motion embroidery
Quilt art and free motion embroidery


Donations for the Hospice have been coming in thick and fast. All the decorations are gorgeous and the ladies have been working hard. I’m really grateful for everyone’s time and generosity. We have another month to go before we hand them over…….so keep up the good work ladies and gents.

Now are you ready to be bombarded with pics. We’ve had a fabric delivery and its topped us up nicely. Here’s most of them in all their glory. Cottons, poly cottons and muslins.

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And halloween…did you have a good one. I hope you all dressed up for the occasion. But now Halloween’s been and gone it’s now time to get the haberdashery prepped for Christmas and we can’t wait (especially Mum).

It will be our first Christmas in our new home…..can’t wait. I’ll be posting pics of our Christmas window display very soon.

Yet again thank you all for your support. It’s lovely to see your makes. It’s defiantly the best part of my job as well as receiving your lovely comments and feedback.

Have a good weekend and we will see you again next week.

Oh and I hope you like the new look blog πŸ™‚




Posted in home makes, in the haberdashery, New Stock, rainbows

For my blog followers!

I know many of you follow our updates on Facebook but I also know that a lot of our followers don’t like Facebook.

So this post is for everyone who’s not had updates this week πŸ™‚ x

This week our new range of craft kits started to arrive. Its was the knitting that started to arrive this week with adorable rabbits and cute dogs/puppies.


We’ve also had the first of the handmade Christmas decorations arriving ready for Rainbows Hospice and lots more being madeΒ  πŸ™‚ If you feel that you could help us with this donation please feel free to contact me.


This week has been a good week for makes too.

Here's are lovely Sue with a beautiful baby blanket.
Here’s are lovely Sue with a beautiful baby blanket.
One of our many lovely customers made a Peppa pig
One of our many lovely customers made a Peppa pig
I had a go at mini quilt art using free motion quilting
I had a go at mini quilt art using free motion quilting

The Yarn Clinic on the 1st Nov is now on the website and you can reserve your place online to

What’s in store for next week…..a huge delivery of fabric, some more makes and plenty of fun.

But before I go I would to share with you a lovely page

This page is filled with handmade toys and gifts but I love the keepsake bears the most. I shall also post this on my links page for future reference.

Thanks for following and I’ll see you very soon. xxxx