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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 

Posted in children's sewing bee, in the haberdashery, in the hoop, New Stock, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

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

 

 

Posted in children's sewing bee, City & Guilds, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

Never a Dull Moment!!!!

Hi  everyone,

I hope you all had a great bank holiday weekend.  It  was nice to get some extra family time in the nice weather. But it was nice to get back to creating and teaching.

 

Let’s start with the sewing bee…..

my younger stitchers have been tackling patchwork

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Whilst my older stitchers finished off their owls

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All the children I teach are so enthusiastic and take to every challenge in the most amazing way.

Next it was the start of my last 3 part quilting course of this year 😦 (don’t worry I will be back with new quilting courses next year)

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It may be the last quilting course of the year BUT there’s always lots of other workshops happening …..take a look at the workshops for the end of the year Here

I’ve been rather busy this week dying fabrics and making mini art quilts before I start back on my course after the summer break….

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And I also found time to change the window display….

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All in all a very productive week.

thanks for reading x

Ami

 

Posted in children's sewing bee, News, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

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

 

Posted in children's sewing bee, Fabric, home makes, New Stock, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

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

 

Posted in children's sewing bee, Crochet, Fabric, in the haberdashery, My Favorite, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

It’s been a fab week…….take a look!

Hi everyone,

These weeks are flying by so quickly and it’s now week two of the Summer holidays here. I had a day off on Wednesday to spend some quality time with my little man which prepared me for the HUGE fabric order arriving. Yes we had our delivery from Timeless Treasures and I’m so pleased with the fabric……..

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I love them all but my favourite has to be the snow scene with the trees.

So the three part quilting course came to an end this week with gorgeous results. Our quilting courses are very popular and I’ve added the dates for the rest of the year to our website Here.

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I love everyday in the haberdashery but my favourite day is Saturday where I spend all my time in the Sewing Studio. It’s a full day of seeing people and children get creative….this Saturday was no exception.

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But I have summer school to look forward to over the next two weeks as I have my stitchers and some new children joining us. Plans are that my older group will be quilting and my younger stitchers will be making a pillow pal.

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I’ve been finishing off and framing my latest piece of textile art……using complimentary colours, mixed media and free machine stitching….

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That’s it for this week, please note I’m closed on Thursday due to being at the quilting festival at the NEC.

Thanks for reading.

Ami xxxx

Posted in children's sewing bee, Crochet, News, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

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

 

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

Posted in children's sewing bee, Fabric, New Stock, Workshop and classes

Get Creative !

Hi everyone,

I hope you’ve been enjoying the sunshine  and had a lovely bank holiday weekend 🙂

This week I want to start with my little stitchers first.

Sewing Bee!

I’ve not had much to show you over the last two weeks as all of the groups are mid project but I can assure you I’ve got lots of great pics coming your way……however we did have some more socks teddies finished off.

Aren't they cute…..well done girls
Aren’t they cute…..well done girls

At the beginning of a new month I plan the next months projects ( it never goes to plan but its a good starting point).

So my 8 -12yr groups are concentrating on tote bags, bows, hand bands and rainbow clouds. My 12- 16yr group are going to be learning beautiful bunting, stitch collage covers and a project of their choice.

Sample of stitch collage cover.
Sample of stitch collage cover.

The Sewing Bee has proven to be a great success and it really is so rewarding. With that in mind I have decided to set up an extra session on a Wednesday 4pm-5pm which starts on the 1st June. Click Here For Details

New Stock Alert.

Yes we’ve had more fabrics delivered. This time poly cottons which are priced around £3.10 per metre. I try to stock a good range of fabrics that range from £1 per metre up to £14.99 per metre…..but any way here’s the new arrivals.

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Workshops!

Next up are the pics of Thursdays Textile Art workshop – Textile Canvas.

In this workshops the ladies had to design and create a vase of flowers. Using free motion machining and different textiles and textures. I had so much fun on the workshop, the creativity and enthusiasm was so inspiring.

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To book on to any of my workshops please Click Here….I’d love to see you there.

Thats it for another week. Its been so much fun as always. The haberdashery just keeps getting busier, the workshops are absolutely fantastic and the Sewing Bee…well what can I say.

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

Ami xxx

 

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

Hi everyone,

Its been another great week here in the Haberdashery & Sewing Studio. So let’s crack on with this weeks gossip.

Monday…..well what can I say. We had a meeting with Stof Fabrics. The company rep turned up with hundreds and hundreds of samples of their range. Absolutely gorgeous designs and the quality of the cottons are outstanding.

I’m happy to say we are now officially Stof stockists and our first delivery is arriving mid May…..So excited.

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Carrying on with the fabric theme. I actually managed to get time to play with some of our fabrics from Dear Stella.I warn you now this concept is cute, unique and extremely addictive.

Wee Garden – Dear Stella Fabrics.

So the idea is, you have both fabrics. One comes full of outfits, shoes, hats, glasses….everything you could think of. The second is printed with the garden scene filled with adorable animals that need dressing up. So you pick your outfits, cut them out and dress your animals. Whether it by hand stitch, machine appliqué, free motion  or simply glue.

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These fabrics are available on our website (our new look website). …..

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Next topic of conversation is the beautiful on 100% cotton from Stylecraft and patterns.

We have this is six different colours…amazing quality.

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The Sewing Studio has been busy again this week…..

The lampshade workshop was first up on Monday evening –

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Followed by the new workshop – Thread painting on Thursday evening.

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All of our workshops and courses are available to book online….Click here for further info

Its time for our ‘I made the’ Campaign.

This week I want to introduce you to a very talented lady ….Helen. I’ve known Helen from opening the Haberdashery (so 2 1/2yrs). In that time I’ve seen many of Helen’s creations. However like many of us life sometimes gets in the way and sewing is put on the back burner. But I’m chuffed to bits now…Helen has found her love for sewing again recently and now say I’m seeing her beautiful and stunning creations again 🙂  Can’t wait to see what you do next Helen…..Get sewing 🙂

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So that’s been our week in a nut shell.  We are closed on Bank holiday Monday next week so I’ll see you on Tuesday.

I want to thank everyone that take time out to  read our blog posts. And to everyone that follows us on FaceBook, Twitter or Instagram. Social media can be a mind field so seeing all of you is very reassuring…. Thank you.

Have a fab weekend.

Ami

xxxx