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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

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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

 

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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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A Quick Catch Up ……..

Hi everyone,

Welcome to this weeks blog post from a windy Derbyshire.

It’s been a lovely week here planning, organising and workshops.

we start this week with the crochet workshop with our Sue. At the moment it’s all about the socks and virus shawls….

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This week in the Sewing Bee…… finished selfies, zips and an important job of designing the quilts for the quilting festival in August. 

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We had fun on Monday evening….. the free motion for beginners workshop.

We started off with wobbly lines and pointy curves but by the end of a fab evening …….look what happened 🙂 

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I’ve  been putting my machine to good use this week. Textile collage art that are getting ready for exhibitions…..

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All the new dates for April and May workshops are now online along with a new gallery and exhibitions…

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That’s it another week, another blog post.

thank you again for your support, it’s proving to be quite a year for us…..stay tuned.

Ami

xxx

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More Workshops On The Way……

Hi everyone,

The workshops have continued to be a huge success again this year with so many of you wanting to learn a new skill. With many workshops being fully booked I’m sitting down on Monday to plan more dates for April, May and June. You can subscribe to my mailing list on the website http://www.simplyneedlecraft.com to be first to see the dates. 

We’ve had a few workshops over the last week…..

first up was the Hand embroidery workshop – 

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Then my ladies finished their quilts on the quilting course. They have cut, pieced, basted, quilted and binded a lap quilt…….

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Then on to the lace bowls workshop where the ladies used dissolvable fabrics with sheers and stitching. I can’t show you the finished products yet as they went home to set, however I can show the process…..

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The children in the sewing bee have been busy too……

my older group have finished their text art pictures. They have Hand dyed fabrics, designed, added appliqué, quilted, blinded and framed…..

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And then had a go at stitching with oil cloth and made these fantastic makeup bags…..

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My new Tuesday group are starting to get more confident with the machines and made bows and headbands…..

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The Wednesday group have been practising curves with hearts and clouds…..

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It’s definitely been a creative and fun packed week.

Thanks for reading and supporting me in my dream job.

See you next week.

Ami 

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It’s Nearly Autumn :) x

Hi everyone,

We are fast approaching my favourite season…..Autumn. Yes I love the Autumn colours, frosty mornings, bonfire night, Halloween and everyone starting their Christmas makes. 

So these just arrived in time 🙂 

 

Santa and snowflake hat toppers from DMC x
Santa and snowflake hat toppers from DMC x

Later on this week the yarn delivery finally made an appearance ……in the heat wave I might add ……yes I unpacked the lot on the hottest September day since 1911. 

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We have new colours in Stylecraft chunky, a new range of Aran Ombré and a full restock of all the favourites.

This week the sewing bee has been in full swing, the Saturday have made a start on their book covers whilst my older group have finished off appliqué cushions. My Monday group have started patchwork bags and my Wednesday group have stitched their stitch tests and progressed onto lined tote bags. All in all a very productive week…..image image image image image image image

 

At the beginning part of the week I finished the last two textile art dress wall hangings off. 

I’ve really enjoyed designing and stitching these. I wanted to use scraps of materials to make beautiful dresses. This is why this collection is named Rags to Riches ..

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Thats is all our news for this week 🙂 

Can’t wait to see what next week brings.

Thanks for reading

Ami 

xxx 

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I’m Ready For The Weekend !!!!

Hi everyone,

You would not believe how hectic this week has been……but still fun 🙂

 

My little sewers have been busy again this week. Patchwork and appliqué has been the challenge……

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On Monday and Wednesday I had my new Sewing Bee sessions start for 8-12yrs. Both sessions were brilliant but I have nothing to show you as yet as they are getting to grips on the machines and completing little challenges to help them relax.

Monday evening it was the adults turn and four ladies joined me in the Free Motion Embroidery Introduction Workshop. This is a great session and people are always impressed with the results.

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Then it was on to the 2nd evening of the quilting course and yet again I’m so pleased with the results. The ladies worked extremely hard and I can’t wait to see the finished quilts….

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The crochet class have been up to their usual antics ….. You can join them every Saturday 10am-12pm

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This week we’ve had a delivery of tote bags and still awaiting a delivery  of yarns 😦

 

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I’ve had a little bit of time to get some stitching finished….

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Thats it for this week I’m off to relax 🙂

Thank you for reading

Ami

xx

 

 

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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

 

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2 in 1 !

Hi everyone,

Apologies for not blogging last week. Things here were a little manic but I’ve finally had an hour to catch up and update with all of our news and goings on. I have loads to share with you so I hope you don’t mind lots of pics…. 🙂

Lets start in the crochet department…

Our crochet workshop has been going from strength to strength this year and the items being made our fantastic. Sue works very hard behind the scenes thinking up new projects.

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I too have been getting my hook out recently, mainly because of the football being on and sometimes its good to have a break from my coursework. So I started off with a little Baymax for my lil man, which he was quite impressed with 🙂

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Then I progressed on to octopuses which I can’t make my mind up for they look evil or not.

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Then I decided to make a little something to go into the window display…. going down the theme of wildlife/nature….

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Carrying on with the yarn theme, just a quick update on the yarn bombing. Donations have started to arrive and we are making good progress…….Please keep them coming

Thank you to everyone that has donated so far x
Thank you to everyone that has donated so far x

The kids are busy too. My older group are in the middle of making slippers, one of my younger group are making rag dolls and dream clouds and the another have finished off little tool belts ( great for sewing essentials) and an owl projects that was great for getting to grips using templates and patterns and hand stitching. They are all doing amazing and my Saturdays are an absolute pleasure.

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The adults have been showing creative flare too. My ladies that have joined me for the quilting workshops have all made a brilliant job making their lap quilts. They have worked so hard and we’ve had a great time.

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And the textile art workshops are still popular. This time the challenge was to make an art cushion using a scene that we liked. Great Workshop, so much fun and I’ll be running this one again soon.

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And lastly it was our first ever Craft & Chat evening last week which was lovely and a great way to relax and meet like-minded people. Our next night planned is on the 2nd August 6pm-8.30pm. If your free pop along and join us.

That’s it for now. Thanks for reading.

Ami

xxxx