Posted in Ami James - Textile Artist, children's sewing bee, Crochet, sewing studio, textile art, Workshop and classes

Where Did January Go?

Hi everyone,

Time seems to be flying by here and it’s been a few weeks since I’ve blogged 😣

As always it’s been really busy with workshops, craft groups and the Sewing Bee.

 

Lets st start with the little ones……….

we’ve had rag dolls….

Doorstops….

Dinosaurs…..

Free Motion Embroidery….

The crochet group have been working wonders with wool …….

 

The craft groups are always growing in numbers all the time, please feel free to join us  …… Look here for times and dates

The two week course on the Vintage Botanical Fabric Journal finished last week and we had beautiful results ……

Theres another date Available for this one plus more workshops Here

I’ve  finally got around to uploading my new kits on to my website……. Embroidery box kits……the price includes postage  Available here…

It’s getting close to the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia Stadium. There’s a ticket giveaway competition going on over at my Facebook page …..Here

Thanks for reading

Ami

xxx

Posted in Ami James - Textile Artist, children's sewing bee, Crochet, Workshop and classes

Amazing Start To The Year……Warning, lots of workshop photos ❤️

Hi everyone,

Its been so busy here in the Sewing Studio which is brilliant and the diary is filling up quickly.

Theres a new craft club starting here on Monday at 10am-12pm. It would be lovely to see you there…..

The Crochet workshops have already started back. This runs every Saturday morning 10am-12pm. There’s no need to book, just come along and learn new skills. They are a friendly bunch that progress very quickly ………

The Kids Sewing Bee has also started back and as ever they are all enthusiastic and creative. We’ve had cowls, pencil cases and pouches being made and rag dolls and doorstops in progress……

My adult workshops have also been busy and so far this year we’ve had rag ruggging, beginners sewing and the Free Motion Embroidery workshop…….

The Craft & Chat and Making Memories Quilting Group have also started back 😍…..

All dates coming up are available to see on my website here

that’s all happened in 13 days 😳………….. I’m one very happy tutor

 

thanks for reading

 

Ami

xxx

 

Posted in behind the scenes, children's sewing bee, Christmas, Crochet, News, sewing studio, textile art, Uncategorized, Workshop and classes, www.simplyneedlecraft.com

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

Posted in Fabric, I Made That Campaign, in the haberdashery, New Stock, Workshop and classes

I’m Ready to Relax…..:)

Good Afternoon all…..

Its been none stop this week with days out, loads of new stock and workshops.  So here we go …..this is what we’ve been up to!

Monday starts early as Mum & Me make our way to the fabulous stitch international show at Birmingham’s NEC.

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We had a great time meeting suppliers old and new, trying out new products and meeting other haberdasheries  from all over the country.

Tuesday was fun after my feet had stopped throbbing from the NEC. In our attempt at keeping up with the modern world ……..our video went live on youTube …..

I love it……what do you think?

 

Wednesday has to be the best day of this week. Finally after 3 months our delivery of Timeless Treasures and Dear Stella  fabrics arrived from America. After such a long time between ordering and delivery I had forgotten most of the designs that I had ordered. When I opened the box I wasn’t disappointed.

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To see the full range have a look at the fabric section on our website here

Thursday… The deliveries from the NEC started to arrive. Gorgeous new bias, trims and lace.

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And as the haberdashery closed for the day the Sewing Studio opened. This time for our monthly instalment of Block of the Month.

This months block was the disappearing nine patch using bold contrasting colours. Everyone made a fantastic job of their quilting blocks.

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Friday our new lampshades kits arrived which is great but we are running out of space very quickly…….. I need a bigger shop 🙂

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Available in 2 sizes and our available on the website – here

‘ I Made That ‘ Campaign

It’s now time for this weeks ‘ I made that’ campaign.

I would like to introduce you to a customer of mine, Rebecca Andrews. Rebecca set up her company called Becks Bandanas where she has designed cute, fun and quirky dribble bibs and also specialises in older children and adults with special needs.

You can see all of her work and you can also order on her Facebook page – Becksbandanas

So that’s it for another week – But watch out on Tuesday for some special offers because it will be our 2nd anniversary here in our bricks and mortar shop.

Now it’s time to relax and I’ll see you next week.

Ami

 

Posted in City & Guilds, I Made That Campaign, in the haberdashery, New Stock

A very talented lady ( this weeks ‘ I Made That Campaign’)

Hi everyone

What a cold and miserable week its been however it has been half term so I guess I should have expected it.

But its been warm and cheery in the haberdashery with new stock, new makes and a new machine to try.

First on the agenda though this week …….

I Made That Campaign.

I would like to introduce you to an extremely talented lady from Derby.

Louise West …..

Louise started Bobbin Lacemaking in 1992 and through numerous courses progressed quickly, gaining extensive experience in traditional English Bobbin laces.  She then studied City and Guilds courses, in both traditional and contemporary design. Then  continued with a BA (Hons) in Textile Design.

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Louise states  – While lace is the main focus of my working practice, it has taken on many formats and continues to inspire and develop in many ways, some of which are unexpected. The jewellery design is a much more permanent and lasting vision of the historical textile, recounting memories and forms contemporary wearable art of the future.

I don’t know about you but I find Louise’s work absolutely exquisite. Clearly I’m not the only one to think this as Louise regularly exhibits her work, gives talks and runs workshops…..thats right ladies, you can have a go yourself (which I intend on doing).

Have a look at Louise’s Website

But (I’ve not quite finished yet) Louise is so talented that she’s  been nominated to an award ……Craft & Design selected award. To have a look at more fabulous lace detail in contemporary and modern design please take a look at this Craft & Design.

And please vote for our local lady.

New Stock

 

Ok  something for all of fabric addicts.

New cottons in this week……are you ready?

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Next week my Dad will be covering the shop on Monday as me and Mum make our annual trip over the Birmingham NEC for the trade fair.

I’ll be testing out the Singer One machine even more so keep your eyes peeled.

I hope you all have had a fantastic half term even though the weathers not been great. Have a lovely weekend and I will see you on Tuesday.

Ami

xxxx

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New Fabric, New Yarn & New Website.

Hi everyone,

Its been a hectic week of unpacking new stock, working on  the website and fitting in time for a bit of quilting.

So let’s have a run down of the week –

The new website launched with a Click & Collect service which has taken off well. All of our new stock in the future will be loaded straight onto our site for you to reserve and its also available to customers needing postage.

Click & Collect Service

Stylecraft entered the building and wow  its been selling quick….

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A delivery from Fabric Freedom arrived too this week with gorgeous cottons from their new camping range.

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I managed to fit in a little bit f quilting time…..

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And this week we carry on with our “I Made That” Campaign with Bows, Bows & Bows.

Let me introduce you to Samantha, she is one of regular customers and owns her own company called Bows, Bows & Bows

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beautiful bows for adults and children.

As quite a new business her Facebook page has loads of followers but as always we could do with even more likes so pop over to Bows, bows & Bows and take a look.

Bows, Bows & Bows Facebook Page

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One last thing…….I’ve had two spaces become available on the Sewing Bee…..please contact me if your interested.

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And we will see you next week…….hopefully better weather.

Thank you for all your support and lovely comments about the new website.

Ami, David, Sylvia & Glyn.

Posted in Crochet, Customers, I Made That Campaign, News, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

Where Has January Gone ?????

Is it me or has January just disappeared within a blink of an eye either that or its true that time flies when you get old 🙂

But this has been another fun packed week, starting with our first Textile Art Workshop of the year. This class was all about reverse applique. Everyone did an amazing job.

My class looking very pleased with themselves and rightly so.
My class looking very pleased with themselves and rightly so.

We have spaces left on the following workshops –

Rag Rug Cushion Workshop 11th Feb Details here

Beginners Crochet 6th Feb Details here

Free Motion Embroidery 10th March Details here

Its time for our first ‘I made that’ campaign. 

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This is our new campaign where we our asking you and all of our customers/followers to email me a picture of your makes. This is because I know I have very talented customers and I don’t get to see all of your lovely makes. This is mainly down to some of you not living locally.

However local or not I’d love to see your makes as it’s the best part of my job. I will be featuring one person per blog post and advertise your talents, business and inspirations. Please email me – ami@simplyneedlecraft.com

This week is our Sue – This lady would without a doubt the biggest yarn addict I know but thankfully she puts it all to good use.

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If your on Facebook pop over and visit her page.

Learn to Knit or Crochet

So now for the news and updates –

We only have 2 s spaces left for the Children’s Sewing Bee if you are interested please email me – ami@simplyneedlecraft.com

We now have a new contact new – 01283 210508

AND we also have new opening times – NOW OPEN ALL DAY ON WEDNESDAY’S

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That’s it for another week, I’ll see you in February.

Have a lovely weekend

Ami, David, Glyn & Sylvia

Posted in Crochet, New Stock, News, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

So the Christmas break is over and we are back and raring to go.

 

Our new window display is looking fantastic thanks to Mum who very kindly offered to help.

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And Dads back in action after the operation on his shoulder……well I say back in action but not quite but still smiling 🙂

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Over Christmas I have been enjoying a little bit of crochet because I left my sewing machines back in the Sewing Studio. Its been lovely sitting on the sofa, fire on and not a great deal on the tele……..

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New workshops anyone????

We have two new workshops that will be joining our busy timetable this year ……

Rag Rug Cushions     –

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and

Lampshade Workshops

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Dates, times and price will be announced shortly but if you are interested and want to beat the waiting lists please pop me a message and let me know.

All our other workshops and classes for January – March are on our website HERE

So that’s it for another week. Have a lovely weekend, stay warm and keep crafting.

Thank you for all of  your support and kindness.

 

See you on Monday

Ami, Dave, Glyn & Sylvia

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…

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

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…..

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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…

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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…..

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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…

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jelly rolls
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as well as the very talented Stef Francis with her gorgeous hand dyed goodies

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At last but by no means least.. Tilda

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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

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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