Posted in Ami James - Textile Artist, Butterick patterns, children's sewing bee, Fabric, in the haberdashery, New Stock, sewing studio, textile art, Workshop and classes

Isn’t Technology Great ………

Hi everyone,

I’ve got issues with the Simply Needlecraft website at the moment but will hopefully be back up and running over the weekend.

Id like to thank everyone who has shown support and caring words towards my son Ben. I can say he’s still a bit bumped and bruised and strapped up but in typical Ben style …….he’s still smiling …..

We are on count down now for the Festival of Quilts which is on Thursday 10th August. The shop will be closed on this day as we are all going to Birmingham.

Lets start with the adults and the free motion embroidery. I had four lovely ladies join me in the sewing studio to master the techniques of free motion sketching. This workshop is extremely popular and books up very quickly so I will be arranging more very soon…..

lots of new stock in recently, Stylecraft Candy Swirl…

New fabric by Robert Kaufman…..

The Butterick half price sale has started and runs until the end of August……. make sure you don’t miss out…

Right let’s get down to the sewing bee, we’ve had pillow pals galore…

Herds of elephants….

Bookmarks….

Neck cushions ……

And finally PJ’s

Ive been busy hand stitching lately, something I’ve not done for a while but I’m finding it very relaxing. Using upcyled, vintage fabrics and lace to make a botanical book……

I’m also getting for my first exhibition with Midlands Textile Forum at Bishops Castle…….not long now…

Thanks for reading, have a fab weekend.

 

Ami

xxx

 

Posted in Ami James - Textile Artist, Butterick patterns, children's sewing bee, Fabric, New Stock, News, Workshop and classes

New Quilts, New Fabrics and New Workshops!

Hi everyone, 

Its been a busy time here with lots cracking off and some exciting dates.

Lets crack on with Sewing Bee….

Monday group having been stitching lovely wall hangings….

My new little stitchers on a Tuesday  have been making needle cases, an essential for any sewer….

The Wednesday group have been working hard over the last three weeks and produced Lolly the Owl and they are very proud of themselves and so they should be…. 

One of my groups on Saturdays have finished off their selfies…..

And the hard work continues on the quilt entries…..

I have spaces available on the sewing bee due to a reshuffle.

Saturday 11.30am- 12.30pm for 8-12yrs

Wednesday 4-5pm 8-12yrs

please contact if you are interested and need more details.

The quilting course for beginners came to an end this week. Amazing results and gorgeous quilts. It’s been an absolute pleasure having these ladies join me in the sewing studio…..

And carrying on the quilting theme…..

The date for the Patchwork Guild/ Young Quilters Workshop has changed due to double booking ……ooooops

The venue is still the same but is now on Saturday 20th May.

A new workshop has been added to the list. The talented Lace Make, Rachel Patrick will be joining us in June to offer to Course in Lace Making. All details and booking info are now on the website http://www.simplyneedlecraft.com 

The Butterick sale has now started and all patterns are half price until 24th April, along with a brand new catalogue….

New Fabric has arrived this week, with many bolts still due to arrive shortly…..

Mum has been a busy bee too. She’s been quilting this lovely cot quilt which has been now sold and has a new home…..

I’ve also been quilting and have finished my kaleidoscope quilt….

All that’s the run down of what’s been happening.

lots still to come on my next blog post.

Have a lovely weekend and I’ll catch up with you next week.

Ami

xxx

Posted in behind the scenes, Butterick patterns, children's sewing bee, Christmas, Crochet, Fabric, in the haberdashery, New Stock, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

The Bird & The Hare !

Well hello and happy Autumn to you :).

I can’t quite work out where this week has gone……time is flying by which means we are close to Christmas now (in a crafting sense). So it was perfect timing to increase our Christmas fabric range. Not only have we got the gorgeous festive prints from Timeless Treasures now we have these yummy ones in stock too. image image image image image image image image

AND we’ve also had a new range of fabric paints in…… 24 different shades which become permanent after ironing.

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It’s that time of year again where Butterick drop the price of their sewing patterns. Patterns are now half price until the 15th October. Over 3000 patterns in stock.

This week was the end of our last quilting course of the year 😦 I just love tutoring these courses. It’s a daunting task to people new to quilting but every single one of my ladies have done me proud. The evenings and day courses have been fun, relaxed and productive so it’s a definite that I will be running courses again next year.

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The kids in the sewing bee have been busy (as always). At the moment when have two groups making patchwork bags, a group starting to make a rag doll, two groups making doorstops.

On Saturday we have finished off appliqué cushions and book covers.

The book covers are a great project, it allows to pick you own colour scheme (and is great for using up scraps). Then designing the layout followed by thread choice and the most exciting part……picking and experimenting with stitches.

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Our Sue and her lovely ladies from the crochet workshop have been following the Stylecraft crochet along……..the crochet workshops run every Saturday 10-12pm. Beginners very welcome.

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Lastly, I’ve been experimenting again with raw edge appliqué …..neither of these are finished but I’d thought I’d share pics to prove I’ve been busy 🙂

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That’s all  my news for this week, it’s been another busy and vibrant week here. Thanks for following.

see you next week

 

Ami x

 

 

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

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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great straight line sewing plus corners older

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…

Not bad for a first attempt
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

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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Posted in behind the scenes, Butterick patterns, Fabric, in the haberdashery, in the hoop

This weeks roundup!!!

Hi Everyone

Its been a lovely week again.

The new season Butterick catalogue went on sale on Monday with hundreds of different patterns which are all in stock. And it seems like  Butterick sewing patterns are all the rage at the moment with their gorgeous retro designs.

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I got into the quilting mood again this week after the arrival of all the new fabric last week.

I made up my quilt blocks using 2 metres of white cotton and a Fabric Freedom Layer cake.

My blocks are complete but I’ve been asking my lovely customers to see which layout they like the most…..

Choice A
Choice A
Choice B
Choice B

 

Offer time….

This week we also start a selection of our planned summer sales. This week the cute Kitty Kay felt kits have 20% off until 9am Thursday the 9th July 2015.

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The kits come in 2 age ranges and 6 different designs – fab for keeping the little ones busy if we have a wet summer or if your travelling as these kits include everything you need. Was £15.00 now £12.00.

If you our of our fans on fb then you will know that me & hubby celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary on Wednesday this week. I would like to thank everyone for their lovely comments.

We had the day off (what a rarity) and we trundled over to the historic town of Buxton. We love the Derbyshire Dales but we haven’t ever visited Buxton before. We had a lovely time visiting the old Pavillion and gardens, the quirky shops and we even got to see a spectacular thunder and lightning display on the dales.

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Pavillion.

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After my day off and spending a day with hubby I was feeling very inspired. 🙂 So Thursday I had a day off from my coursework and design and make a canvas mounted textile art piece.

I quite like it, what do you think???

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So it’s that time of the week again to say a massive thankyou to you all. Its been a busy and bustling week and it wouldn’t be possible without your support and lovely comments.

Have a fab weekend and we will see you on Monday

 

Ami, David, Sylvia and Glyn

 

Posted in behind the scenes, Fabric, home makes, in the haberdashery, in the hoop, New Stock, News, Workshop and classes

A Sale, New Fabric and Shop Alterations

Good Evening Everyone,

I hope you have had a good week because we certainly have.

It started off on Monday with other huge fabric order arriving with fab cottons, poly cottons and a little bit of gingham for good measure….

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Then Butterick decided to have a huge sale and all patterns are half priced until Saturday 2nd May…

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In between that we’ve had some exciting alterations happening to the haberdashery which means I can order even more fabric…….it still wont be ready for a week or so but here’s a sneaky peek…

my gorgeous hubby working hard :)
my gorgeous hubby working hard 🙂
This week I managed to finish my topsy turvy lap quilt …(seems to be everyone’s favourite and I’m quite pleased with it)

mum kindly modelling the quilt.
mum kindly modelling the quilt.
On the subject of quilting I’m getting asked more and more if I would run a workshop so I’ve finally picked up the courage and I will organise some dates and times and let you know ASAP. I’m also looking at doing a few blog tutorials and a quilt along.

All in all a fantastic week.

Thank you for all your support its so amazing and we are so grateful.

Have a good weekend and we will see you on Monday.

Posted in behind the scenes, Butterick patterns, Craft Books, Fabric, in the haberdashery, New Stock

Wow …..What a Week xxx

Its been such a busy week this week and its been so much fun 🙂

Monday started off with a trip to Birmingham NEC for this years trade show. So me and Mum hopped on a train to see what was on offer and to see all the new products that were in the pipeline.

Looking very important with our badges on :)
Looking very important with our badges on 🙂

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So what did the show have to offer….well it was great to see most of our suppliers there and see their goodies, we gained two new suppliers. We made lots of orders and the deliveries have started to arrive. So all in all a good days work.

Tuesday….The famous Pancake races in the middle of town and right outside the shop window so we had an excellent view.

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Everyone seemed to have fun and everyone seemed very competitive. 🙂

The first delivery that appeared this week came from our new supplier Freedom Fabrics. Gorgeous fat quarter bundles, charm packs, jelly rolls and layer cakes.

fq bundles
fq bundles
Gorgeous charm packs
Gorgeous charm packs
jelly rolls
jelly rolls
layer cakes
layer cakes

Then arrived the new books

sewing patterns included
sewing patterns included
Tilly and the buttons (Sewing Bee finalist)  Brilliant book
Tilly and the buttons (Sewing Bee finalist)
Brilliant book

And then last but not least,

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If you have been watching this series Sewing Bee and you have watched this weeks episode you will have seen them using the Butterick Retro walkaway pattern. Well now Butterick have officially released that pattern and its now stock store ready for anyone wanting to have a go. This pattern comes with full instructions.

walkaway dress pattern.
walkaway dress pattern.

Well that’s all for this week, next week we have more new arrivals AND its our 1st birthday on Saturday. We are having a celebration. I’ll keep you updated with the details.

 

Thank you for your continued support.

 

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