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…

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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, 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 behind the scenes, City & Guilds, Crochet, Fabric, I Made That Campaign, in the haberdashery, New Stock, Workshop and classes

New Workshops, New Fabrics & ……Lego Bricks

Hi Everyone,

Its blog time again 🙂

Loads to blog about this week so let’s get started!

Its been a busy time in our Sewing Studio over the last past week. The Beginners Crochet Class was back as well as the Mother & Daughter Workshop…..this time making an envelope cushion. The  Textile Art workshop also made a return this month, making gorgeous lace bowls 🙂

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APRIL WORKSHOPS

I’ve finally had chance to sit down with my diary and plan the workshops for April. There’s some workshops repeated but some fab new ones added…….Knickers, rag rugging and thread painting are just a few. These are booking up quickly so don’t miss out – More details here

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I Made That – Campaign

Our campaign has been up and running for a few weeks now and its been a massive success.

This week my star of the week has to be Kim.

Let me tell you a bit about Kim. Kim has been one of our regular customers since she started knitting not so long ago ( since July 2015). Its amazing what she’s achieved in such a short space of time.  She works extremely hard and knitting has become part of relaxation time.

My favourite has to be the Lego brick….. however the scarf  comes a close 2nd.

The thing that stands out  to me about Kim’s makes has to be the use of colours. It’s extremely difficult the use different colours/shades together in one make successfully.

Kim has now decided to give crochet a whirl and took advantage of our crochet workshops……I’m pretty sure I’ll have some of Kim’s crocheted makes very soon.

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If you would like your makes to appear on our blog for this campaign then please pop me an email to Email me

NEW STOCK

Yes we’ve had more new stock in this week……..Fabric.

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A mixture of 100% cottons & poly cottons – all available in-store and through our online shop – online here

This week I’ve been busy with a mix of course work and crochet. I’m finding my course work fascinating and so enjoyable BUT I have to have a break every now then…….keeps the creativity following …:)

So I’ve been having another go at crochet….

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Its been an amazing week….. Thank you all for your continuing support. Have a look at our new website and tell us what you think.

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

Ami x

Posted in City & Guilds, Crochet, in the haberdashery, in the hoop, New Stock, News, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

Where to start………….

Hello everyone,

I’ve had little to no time to blog for a couple of weeks, however soon that should hopefully changed very soon as we are finally becoming a bit more modern and having broadband installed in the haberdashery 🙂

You might have already heard but if not then …….Its finally here

 

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 Simply Needlecraft’s Childrens Sewing Bee – Starting Saturday 5th March 2016

This is a weekly club which will run on a Saturday.

There are two different age ranges – 8yrs -12yrs and 12yrs -16yrs.

Our Sewing Bee will include all crafts – Hand sewing & Embroidery, Machine Sewing, Patchwork & Quilting, Crochet and Knitting as well as others.

Everything is included including the use of a Singer sewing machines. The fabric, sewing supplies, scissors, tools and threads needed to complete the projects. A project folder to keep patterns and instructions in.

Spaces available – Saturdays

10am-11am – 8yrs – 12yrs – £6.50 per session  – paying a month in advance – 2 spaces left

11.30am -12.30pm – 8yrs – 12yrs – £6.50 per session  – paying a month in advance – 1 space left

1.30pm-3.pm – 12yrs- 16yrs  – £8 per session – paying a month in advance – 3 spaces left

For booking details please visit our website – http://www.simplyneedlecraft.com/page_3436338.html

Still on the subject of workshops, we had a lovely Mother & Daughter Patchwork session last week. We had an amazing afternoon and look what my little sewers made…

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We have a few new workshops that have been announced…..

First up

Beginners Crochet – This is perfect for complete beginners – this workshop is designed to show you basic stitches and you will leave with knowledge and a finished granny square – Full details here

We also have a new Lampshade workshop on offer – this is a no sew class – Full details here

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and last but by no means least …..

The Rag Rug Cushion Workshop –  A vintage craft with a modern twist – Full details here

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We also have the rag rug tools in stock 🙂

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I’ve been quite busy myself crafting the last few weeks……

Fabric printing for my coursework

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great fun and very messy 🙂

I’ve made a crocheted bag ……

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which I’m quite proud of BUT………….I’m really proud of my elephant ……George

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What do you think?

Anyway that it for another week, we have so much going on in the pipeline with work shops, classes and the children’s sewing bee. Hopefully I’ll be able to give you lots more to look forward to in the next couple of weeks.

But for now……Thanks for reading, have a lovely weekend and thank you for all of your support.

 

Ami, David, Glyn and Sylvia xxxxxx

 

Posted in Christmas, Crochet, in the haberdashery

Hello December !!!!

Hi Everyone,

Its time to post again. The weeks are flying by aren’t they. Its hard to believe that December is nearly upon us.

Last week I joined our Sue’s in a Crochet workshop open day. I have tried to Crochet so many times but never succeeded. I could quite happily sew and quilt all day long however its impossible to keep carting my sewing machine home every night so it was time to try something new, something I could sit by the fire and watch the soaps at the same time.

So this time I was determined to learn how to Crochet and after a few false starts I manage my first granny square. I know its not much however I’m very proud of myself 🙂  I aim to make a small blanket…..fingers crossed.

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But the main event this week was definatley Swadlincote’s Christmas lights switch on.

We have lots of events throughout the year outside our shop. We are in the perfect spot to enjoy all of them, however the light switch on is most definalty my favourite by far.

In the daytime there were choirs form all the local schools in the area, we had a bit a Salsa lesson and in the evening live bands played….

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Along with the fairground rides and food, craft stalls.

We were in prime position for the firework display ……

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Then it was time for the switch on ……

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Late night opening meant we met even more new customers, so it was a pretty amazing day.

Thank you to everyone that has visited us online and in store, your support is absolutely amazing 🙂

Next week…..we have a huge wool order arriving and some more Christmas fabrics.

Keep warm and I’ll see you again on Monday.

 

Ami, Dave, Sylvia & Glyn