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A Catchup!!!


It’s been a few weeks since I’ve blogged but we’ve still been busy.

I’m starting to prepare workshops for the rest of the year where I’ll be joined by other tutors to bring you more workshops in a variety of crafts….. I’ll update you as soon as I can.

But back to what’s been going on.

The Free Motion Embroidery workshop has been back and yet again a great success. This is a two hour workshop which always ends in fantastic results …..

and also a new workshop that was introduced this year…… the rag bag workshop….

Our monthly Craft & Chat Night also took place this week. A really lovely bunch of crafters covering a huge range of crafts…..

Easter was a busy time for the children as they prepared for the holidays…..

But we fitted that in between the quilting entries that are progressing nicely….

I have a new session starting up on the 1st of May for children aged between 8-12years…..

Don’t forget all the workshops on offer are available to book on the website https://www.simplyneedlecraft.com/workshopsclasses.html

The crochet workshop had a break over Easter but our tutor is back tomorrow but this is what they’ve been up to…..

I’ve been busy doing my coursework….the end is in sight ……

And im really pleased to say I’m taking part in this years Belper Art Trail. But this year I have the time to be an artist in situ and I’ll be at the Lion https://www.belperarts.org/

That’s it for now, thank you for reading.

 

Ami

xxx

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Exciting Times :)

Hi everyone,

I’m now back from the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia Stadium. I had three lovely days teaching there, I met some fantastic people and it was so lovely to see familiar faces too.

I also helped out on the Quilters Guild stand for a while and got to meet Region 1 members…..

here’s the  a few of my favourites….

We had a busy time in the Sewing Studio too as the kids are busy working on their entries to the Festival of Quilts and the weekly crochet group come out with fantastic results….

I’ve got a couple of Easter workshops running for children ……. please seeHere

We’ve also had the Making Memories Quilting Group this week……which is always very creative…..please feel free to join us next me……

 

Theres are few various workshops coming up soon including proggy mats, sewing for beginners, textile Art Canvas, Art Quilting, thread painting and free motion …… please see http://www.simplyneedlecraft.com

thanks for reading,

 

Ami

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Busy, Busy, Busy

Hi everyone,

What miserable weather, so I thought I would cheer you up with a blog  post.

Lots to update you with again, so let’s start with the Sewing Bee.

I have a few classes in the middle of projects but we have finished coin purses from my youngest group……. zips included

My two groups have finished their entries for this years International Festival of Quilts. They have worked so hard and we are extremely proud of them…..

Videos of these fantastic entries are on my fb page http://Www.facebook.com/simplyneedlecraft

Don’t forget we have the Young Quilters event here on the 20th May

full details on http://www.simplyneedlecraft.com/young-quilters.html

We are also teaching at Sainsbury’s in Swadlincote on the 27th May, and you can find details here https://billetto.co.uk/en/e/free-kids-sewing-workshop-tickets-194255

Our monthly evening of Craft & Chat took place this week and as usual a lovely bunch of people. We meet monthly to craft, drink tea, eat cake and a good old gossip. The first Thursday of every month, so if your interested in joining us please come along….

The very popular free motion class took place this week. I love this workshop…..

New workshops have now been setup for June and July. Please visit my website for all courses including quilting, Lace making, textile arts, free motion and hand embroidery http://www.simplyneedlecraft.com/workshopsclasses.html

This last few weeks I’ve been really busy with my own work.

A few new pieces ready for Derbyshire Open Arts……

Its now time for me to separate my textile art away from Simply Needlecraft so you can now follow me on …..I’d love to see you there.

http://Www.amijamestextile.com

http://Www.facebook.com/amijamestextiles

Thanks for reading and supporting me.

 

Ami

xxxx

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It’s An Amazing Time !

Hi everyone,

Its been an amazing time for us here and even more exciting things ahead.

So it’s been half term and my little man has had to put up with all things Haberdashery related. He’s been a lovely little helper and we’ve had board games to keep us entertained……I’m sure my mum was cheating though….

Half term in the sewing bee has consisted of appliqué and quilting on the selfies …..

Some super hand sewing to finish the rag dolls……

Also further updates on the quilting entries….

My younger group have started to piece together….

And my older group are free motion quilting….

Now it’s time for the adults…..These ladies have been an absolute pleasure to work with. They have cut, pieced, quilted and binded their quilt and the results are amazing…..

There’s still a couple of spaces available on my May quilting course.

You can see full details of this course and other courses here

The deliveries this week have been huge…

A whole new collection of sewing boxes, tote bags and knitting bags arrived and have been very popular….

And an even bigger delivery from Stylecraft….

I’ve been busy prepping for exhibitions and getting a bit nervous.

The  stands arrived….

And I’ve been busy, designing and stitching a wall hanging of Swadlincote history which is finished and ready to hang.

Dyed fabric, free motion sketching, hand stitching, thread painting and a ridiculous amount of threads…..

Over the next week or so I have two exhibitions lined up…

Firstly Belper Art Trail this bank holiday weekend

Details here

and Derbyshire Open Arts in May

You can keep up to date on all events and news on

http://Www.simplyneedlecraft.com

http://Www.amijamestextileart.com

Www.facebook.com/simplyneedlecraft

http://Www.facebook.com/Amijamestextiles

http://Www.instagram.com/amijames_textiles

Thanks for taking the time to read and supporting me in my dreams.

Have you lovely Bank Holiday

Ami

xxx

 

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We’ve Done It …..We’re Finally In :) (lots of pics)

Hi Everyone,

I hope you’ve had a fantastic Christmas.

We’ve been so so busy over the last few days….packing, moving and unpacking. But it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my hubby, family, friends, loyal customers and little stitchers. It’s been overwhelming to see how many people have given up their time over Christmas.

I’m pleased to say I am now unpacked and settling in. The shops ready for opening day on the 3rd January and my Sewing Studio is all set up, Singers all unpacked and ready for some more creativity….( I can’t wait to get my little switchers back in action).

Ok here comes the pics ….

 

The Cavalry……

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The End Result…..I’m so happy

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And The Sewing Studio

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There’s also a great selection of Timeless Treasure Cotton fabrics also joined us in time  for opening. These are 100% cottons which are beautiful quality and the designs are stunning.  Available in fat quarters, half and full metres. …. take a look.

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It’s been a fantastic year here. I never imagined that 2016 would be so successful and creative. I would like to thank everyone that has been part of it. I’ve met so many wonderful people, the most amazing talented youngsters. 

2017 is set to be even bigger with the shop move, guest tutors, more workshops, Sewing Bee increasing, festival of quilts, Open Arts Derbyshire and even more coursework for me. 

I really can’t  thank everyone enough. 

HAPPY NEW YEAR X 

See you next year 

Ami 

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We’re On Count Down !

Hi everyone,

We’re getting ready and really excited for the Yarn Bombing display to start now.

In June this year we asked for your help to decorate the town this Christmas…. task was to knit or crochet 10.5 inch squares.  At first we panicked thinking we had probably asked for too much (we needed hundreds of squares)…….however you have proved us wrong. We have reached our target and more.

As we speak we are joining them together to make tree blankets.

These will go on display every day until December 20th, so please pop down and have a look.

A huge thank you to everyone that has donated their time and skills.

The kids have been busy too this week. Christmas gnomes are in the process of being made, Christmas stockings being cut, gifts are being planned and more bunting was finished …… all in all a very successful and enjoyable week.

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We have also opened up the diary for the birthday parties for next year. So if your child would like a creative party please take a look at the website for more details.

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On Wednesday evening we had a full class for our Free Motion Workshop. This workshop is designed for beginners and is a great chance  to join others and have fun…

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And that spurred me on to get creating……pencil to stitch.

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That’s it for this week…….I’ll catch up with you next week.

Thanks for reading and following.

Have a fab weekend

Ami xxx

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My Top Tips to Finding The Perfect Machine

Hi everyone

Its getting to that time of year where you may be hoping Santa brings you a new machine or your buying a machine for a present. I’m getting lots of people in the shop and emails regarding my opinions on different machines. I thought it was be a good time to blog my tips on finding the perfect machine for you.

Its mind blogging searching for a machine that will meet your needs. There’s so many different brands and models that sometimes can hinder rather than help you….so let’s begin

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1 – My biggest tip is without a doubt is to stick to a well-known brand. Singer, Husqvarna, Brother, Bernina, Janome and Pfaff are the main players. You can buy with confidence knowing that your going to start off with good quality. You will normally find that the after sales and customer service is better and that YouTube will offer tutorials on many of theses brands. (Perfect when learning to thread your machine).

2- Ok,  so it’s research time and you’ve got a budget in mind. Now let’s say for example that you have a budget if £100 -£200, my advice to you is spend the £200. The only reason I say this is buy the best machine you can afford…..you’ll only be kicking yourself later when you start to outgrow your machine and you wished you had the pricey machine with more features.

3 – very important…….make a list of the things you need your new machine to be able to do. For instance if I was buying a new machine I would need to drop the feed dogs and have a longer arm and be reliable and easy to use because of my quilting. They would be my priorities, however at the back of mind I would be thinking about top loading bobbin, needle threader…..would help a lot in textile art. Now I know there’s a good chance that you might need to negotiate on but a list will quick you on the right track.

4 – shop around DO NOT rush in to buying a machine. It’s an exciting time and you can’t wait to get going, however listen to recommendations (however every person requires different features), compare machines and brands. If possible visit a machine showroom (I know they are few and far between).

5 – not really a tip but many of customers that have only used a manual machine are petrified of buying a computerised machine. Having tried many manual and computerised machines I can honestly say that after a play and practice you will no doubt wonder what you were fussing about.

My machines in the studio are all computerised and most of my ladies and children prefer them. If I had a £1 for every person has left the classes saying they want a machine like ours I’d be a millionaire and that’s just because they have sat for a few hours getting to know the machines.

Look at your sewing machine as an investment. Whether you will be  using a machine for business use or hobby you are using a machine to create something spectacular. So instead of getting frustrated when you should be creating make sure you do your homework.

Trust me I have experienced awful machines in the past …..but you live and learn.

I’m happy to help where I can, you can either pop in the Haberdashery, contact me on here, email me or fb me.

Ami x

 

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A Whirlwind of a Week…..warning lots of pics!

Hi everyone,

Wow wow wow……What a week it’s been.

Let me take you back to Saturday where the sewing bee was in full swing. We had so many finished projects from wall hangers to clouds and owls and even patchwork pj bags….

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On Monday its was the start of the two day summer school for my older girls. These girls range from 11-14yrs old. After sewing with me for a number of months now I thought it was time to introduce them to the world of quilting…..big task I know.

My girls have learnt how to use a rotary cutter, mat and rulers. They have learnt piecing, basting, quilting and binding and have all made a lap quilt. I’m amazed and so proud of all of them, it’s been a fabulous couple of days…..here is how the got on.

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Wednesday I decided to recoup a little and start crocheting the squares together that have been donated for our yarn bombing campaign. I thought I’d better try out the first of the tree blankets for a dress rehearsal…….

looks pretty good doesn’t it?

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Thursday was another amazing day as mum and me travelled to Birmingham NEC for this years International Quilting Festival. We go every year as a treat to have some girly time and it did not disappoint.

Seeing quilts and art quilts from all over the world and we even had a workshop with the super talented Deborah o Hare and Sally Holman. Here are some of our favourite bits…

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Today (Friday) I’m in the shop but recovering ready for tomorrow’s Sewing Bee 🙂

It’s been an absolute fantastic week!

 

Ami x

 

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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

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Hi everyone,

Its been another great week here in the Haberdashery & Sewing Studio. So let’s crack on with this weeks gossip.

Monday…..well what can I say. We had a meeting with Stof Fabrics. The company rep turned up with hundreds and hundreds of samples of their range. Absolutely gorgeous designs and the quality of the cottons are outstanding.

I’m happy to say we are now officially Stof stockists and our first delivery is arriving mid May…..So excited.

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Carrying on with the fabric theme. I actually managed to get time to play with some of our fabrics from Dear Stella.I warn you now this concept is cute, unique and extremely addictive.

Wee Garden – Dear Stella Fabrics.

So the idea is, you have both fabrics. One comes full of outfits, shoes, hats, glasses….everything you could think of. The second is printed with the garden scene filled with adorable animals that need dressing up. So you pick your outfits, cut them out and dress your animals. Whether it by hand stitch, machine appliqué, free motion  or simply glue.

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These fabrics are available on our website (our new look website). …..

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Next topic of conversation is the beautiful on 100% cotton from Stylecraft and patterns.

We have this is six different colours…amazing quality.

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The Sewing Studio has been busy again this week…..

The lampshade workshop was first up on Monday evening –

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Followed by the new workshop – Thread painting on Thursday evening.

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All of our workshops and courses are available to book online….Click here for further info

Its time for our ‘I made the’ Campaign.

This week I want to introduce you to a very talented lady ….Helen. I’ve known Helen from opening the Haberdashery (so 2 1/2yrs). In that time I’ve seen many of Helen’s creations. However like many of us life sometimes gets in the way and sewing is put on the back burner. But I’m chuffed to bits now…Helen has found her love for sewing again recently and now say I’m seeing her beautiful and stunning creations again 🙂  Can’t wait to see what you do next Helen…..Get sewing 🙂

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So that’s been our week in a nut shell.  We are closed on Bank holiday Monday next week so I’ll see you on Tuesday.

I want to thank everyone that take time out to  read our blog posts. And to everyone that follows us on FaceBook, Twitter or Instagram. Social media can be a mind field so seeing all of you is very reassuring…. Thank you.

Have a fab weekend.

Ami

xxxx