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The Next Chapter ………

Hi everyone,

Its been a few weeks now since the Haberdashery closed its doors and I’m finding time to breathe. I have to admit it’s been a shock to my system having spare time but I’ve had the time to sit down and plan next years courses and workshops.

The most popular workshops are back as well as a few new ones thrown in too.

All the dates and details can be found here at http://www.simplyneedlecraft.com/workshopsclasses.html

There’s been quite a few workshops that have took place in the last few weeks so I’ll run through them and show you the projects.

Paper Pieced Christmas Stocking workshop last week…..

Free motion embroidery workshop last week …..

The Textile Art Canvas Workshop this week…..

Thread Painting Landscape Workshop this week …..

We also had our Craft & Chat evening and the Making Memories Quilting Group…..

The children in the Sewing Bee have also been extremely busy too making quilts, advent calendars, bows, bags and baskets…

So I’m keeping busy making sure everyone gets creative 😊

 

thanks for reading, make sure you pop over to the website to look at all the new dates.

 

Ami

xxx

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Merry Christmas Everyone x

Hi everyone,

Its been insanely busy here and next year looks like a huge year…

Lets fill you in with what’s happening.

We had our monthly Craft and Chat evening but with a twist… it was our Christmas party night. A fab evening and a big thank you who has become part of our group….

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Our craft night start again in 2017….. come and join us. X

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It was also the last of our children’s sewing bee of 2016. All the little stitchers have had an amazing year, I really can’t wait to have to back in our new Sewing Studio in January.

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I still have two spaces open to join me in January on a Tuesday ….

Please look at a website for details Children’s Sewing Bee

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Our new adult classes for 2017 are now available on the website. We are being guest tutors too. The amazingly talented Emily Notman (mixed media) and Maria Dent from Creative Bumblebee (felting and embroidery.

Workshop Dates

http://www.emilynotman.co.uk/

http://www.creativebumblebee.co.uk/

A quick shop update…

We having started to pack away the Sewing Studio…

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Mum, Dad and hubby have been a big help…

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And the new sign is now up….

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We have a massive Christmas fabric sale on now….

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And lastly I have been working hard on a coursework project, making a new quilt and a little bit of hand stitchery….

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I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas, thank you for following us it really does mean the world to me.

I’ll blog again between Christmas and New Year to update you all on the shop move.

Merry Christmas

 

Ami

 

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Oooops Forgot To Blog…..Lots Going On x

Hi everyone,

I apologise for the lack of blogging. Lots going on here so I have plenty to tell you and lots of pics.

Ok let’s start with my little stitchers. They have been busy bees creating festive decorations, Christmas gifts and learning new skills.

Lets start with the decorations

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Then on to the gifts…..

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My older group have been mastering the skill of free motion embroidery. They are part way through a Christmas gift project but I’ll show you what they have been up to…..

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We’ve also had a birthday party here in the sewing studio. It’s was a tote bag themed party…..

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They are so talented that I decided to hold an awards evening for them all but with a twist.

Most of them were aware they were coming…..but I had a secret that only me and their mums knew.

We had a guest, the lovely Jade Earley from this years The Great British Sewing Bee. Jade was live via link to all the children, she has signed all the certificates personally and if that wasn’t enough, jade had made them all gifts to say well done. We had an amazing evening of certificates, food and fireworks.

A huge thank you to Jade x

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The adults were busy too last week when their challenge was to make a Christmas appliqué cushion. Four lovely ladies joined me in the sewing studio for tea, biscuits and lots of sewing…

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It was time for the yarn bombing to start too….told you we’ve been busy. I would like to thank everyone who donated their time and skills on this project. The town looks fab…..

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Mum’s also been busy decorating the window for me as our Sue just stood there looking like a turkey 🙂

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We’ve had some lovely new fabrics in from Kaufman and Dashwoods….

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In between all of that I have managed somehow to fit in some sewing…

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Raw Edge appliqué- Tree House
Raw Edge appliqué- Tree House
Victorian style Christmas tree decorations
Victorian style Christmas tree decorations
New quilt on the go
New quilt on the go

Now I know many of you have heard….I’ve tried to tell as many as possible. We are moving in the year and sooner than I thought. We are moving to 66 High Street.

I am closing on Christmas Eve until the 4th January I hoped to be moved in that time. The plan was not to move until February and its difficult to do when I have classes and an open shop. Hopefully everything we be in place for the new year. I’ll keep you updated as we go. My contact details will still be the same.

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Thanks for reading and following.

keep warm.

Ami

xxx

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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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Time To Sit Down With a Cup Of Hot Chocolate……

And organise the workshops and classes for 2017.

Since the Sewing Studio opened upstairs in February this year we have been able to offer a range of workshops ranging from beginners sewing to quilting, drawing with a sewing machine to textile arts, bunting to cushions and of course the knicker party.

Its been an amazing to see so much creativity. So it’s time to start thinking about next year…

Dates to follow x
New 2017 diary …. Dates to follow x

Back to this year though and still plenty happening….

The kids are still preparing for Christmas and so far they have produced over 30 metres of bunting between them…….

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And a huge achievement for one of my groups that have designed and made their own patterns for a mermaid tail. They have been left to their own devices on this project …..I just supervised.

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We had our wool delivered at last yesterday which has been a huge relief after it seems to taken a life time to arrive….

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We have stocked up on the essentials  but have also had a couple of new contenders arrive which are new to the Stylecraft range.

Firstly their new sock yarn ..Head Over Heals.

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And then it was time to unpack to beautiful new Chunky Tweed along with the patterns ….

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And a few more patterns for good measure ….

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Our new vouchers have arrived …..perfect for Christmas gifts.

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This week I’ve been doodling and thread painting this week….. it’s nice to hand stitch for a change.

 

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And on that note a have two spaces left on the Free Motion Embroidery class….contact me to book.

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That the lot for this week, have a great bonfire night…..stay safe.

Ami x

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The Sewing Studio !

Hi everyone,

Yes it’s blog time again and this time it’s all about the Sewing Studio.

My favourite part of the building where all the magic happens…..

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It’s amazing fully equipped room with sewing machines, cutting tables, chill out area for the crochet ladies and a kettle 🙂

Our children have been very busy in the here the last couple of weeks making, dolls, owl cushions, bunting, door stops and even mermaid tails…….

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We are also putting an awards evening on for all the children in our Sewing Bee. This is going to be a lovely evening full of nibbles, drinks and certificates. Friday 25th November at 6pm.

And yes it’s true….. I’m opening setting up more sewing bee sessions for children aged between 8- 16yrs old in January. These sessions will be after school on a Tuesday or Thursday. Some slots have already been reserved so I have some limited spaces left.
The sessions run weekly 4pm – 5pm.
I have 24 children already attending my classes. All of them are doing fantastic and have made so many gorgeous items which have included hand stitching, embroidery, designing patterns, machine sewing, quilting and much more.

If your interested in this for you child please contact me for registration forms, further details and to reserve a place.

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On to the adults now and this week we’ve had the first of our Christmas workshops of the year…..appliqué cushions.

Dont forget to check on the website for more dates and classes. X

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New stock arrived earlier in the week……. perfect for Christmas presents….

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That’s my news this week, thank you for reading.

Dont forget to change your clocks this weekend.

 

Ami xx

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Warning This Blog Contains Lots Of Crafty Pics!!!!

Hi everyone,

I’ve lots to show this week…

lets start with festivities. After the Christmas fabrics arrived it was shortly followed by bits and bobs.

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I must admit though that I haven’t started any Christmas crafting as yet (hanging head in shame).

But enough Christmas talk for a minute and let’s look what the kids have been making. 

My Saturday groups have been busier than ever and it shows…..book covers, patchwork bags, appliqué cushions and amazing doorstops.

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My new Monday group have been getting used to the sewing machines and I’m amazed by the outcome….

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Whilst on a Wednesday (my second new group) we are practicing hand stitches and making rag dolls…..

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It was also time for this months Craft & Chat evening. This takes place on the first Tuesday of every month 6pm – 8.30pm, bring your own project. £5 including tea, coffee and cakes.

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In between all of that I managed to finish my Hare wall hanging …

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AND pass my module 2 on my City & Guilds certificate….

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It’s been such an amazing week, thanks for following and I’ll see you next week.

Ami xxx 

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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

 

 

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Give a Quilt A Go!

Hi everyone,

Yesterday was the return of my quilt in day course. This course is popular and always show amazing results.

Customers often talk about my quilts and they always assume I have a lot of patience, but I can honestly say when it comes to any type of crafting I have no patience what so ever. I like to see projects growing quickly and have results in no time at all. The reason I love to quilt whether it be a mini art quilt or a bed size quilt is that from start to finish you go through various techniques from cutting, piecing, framing and smashing, basting, quilting and at the very end binding and standing back to see the finished article. Every stage is completely different.

It just proves this in my workshops. I like to use quick techniques alongside traditional designs and it works a treat.

Yesterday was no exception and the ladies made beautiful lap quilts and had a fantastic take…..

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The children’s workshops are still going extremely well and now it’s the time of year to start looking towards Christmas and gift ideas. Obviously I can’t divulge gift ideas on here ……..well maybe a few sneaky pics.

But for this week my younger group are tackling patchwork and are mid way through the challenge whilst my older group are a good way through making Lolly the owls…….and I have body parts to prove it….

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I’ve had lots of fun this week thread sketching on my machine.

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First up was a sketch of my little man…..when I showed him he just rolled his eyes 🙂

Then it was on to a commission piece of a mini…..a little odd as I’ve never attempted a car but I thought I’d give it a go…..

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Lastly I had a spare five minutes to set up my own page on Facebook for my textile art and other experiments. You can find me on here at Ami James Textiles

That’s it for this week…….I’m off to crochet squares together for our yarn bombing campaign.

Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you on Tuesday (closed bank holiday Monday)

Ami x

 

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More Summer School Creations and a New Class !

Hi everyone,

it’s been a fun packed week with summer school.

This weeks been all about our young stitchers and this week we tackled the dreaded zip. However as usual nothing phases them and they coped with it fantastically. All zips fitted and working perfectly.

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Then their challenge was to make a pillow pal. This has been a great project for them as its requires different textures of fabric, yarn, machine stitching, hand stitching, decorative stitching, buttons, beads and ribbon…… they took to it like a duck to water.

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On Wednesday and Thursday afternoon I opened up the Sewing Studio to invite new children to join me. We started off with a bit of hand stitching then it was on to practising and learning about the machines. I had a couple of projects in mind and they went down a storm.

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Sadly my Summer School has come to an end, but I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who join me. You’ve all worked really hard and your so dedicated.

But Sewing Bee still continues on Saturdays and we’ve got lots planned. Alongside other projects we will be planning for a homemade Christmas with gift ideas and essentials……so excited.

The Sewing Bee is growing with my Saturday classes full and a new class about to begin on a Monday and I’ve got plans to open another class on a Wednesday. If anyone is interested please get in touch.

More exciting news….

We are now stocking a gorgeous range of hand dyed yarns by the lovely Debbie at Down Sheepy Lane. They are so soft and the quality is amazing.

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And lastly in between classes this week I did manage to fit in a little bit a sewing time in.

A mini art quilt. It’s a great way to relax when you drawing with your machine…..what do you think?

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As you can see it’s been another fantastic and eventful week. Thank you for reading and supporting me, I couldn’t do it with out you.

 

Ami xx