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The Past, The Future And Now

Hi everyone,

Most of you will now know that the shop side of my business will be closing it doors at the end of the month but that’s not the end of Simply Needlecraft or the Children’s Sewing Bee

The workshops have always been my favourite part of the business. Teaching adults and children has always been the part which has me excited me to see everyone getting creative and learning new techniques.

The workshops are getting booked up quicker than ever and with the Sewing Bee which now has a recorded number of 22 children per week joining me in the Sewing Studio per week it’s turned into a full time job on its own.

I’m honoured to be asked take part in various workshops around the country next year too. With all that in mind I needed to rethink what my priorities and unfortunately the shop side of the business was holding me back from where I wanted to be. It wasn’t an easy decision that came quickly.

So as the blog title says…….let’s look at the past……the last two weeks

lets start with the Sewing Bee. The children have been working extremely hard on hoop art……

Crazy patchwork book covers …..

Next fabric weaved baskets…

The projects are WIP so I’ll definitely show you the finished items soon.

The latest Quilting Course has also started. This course takes people through every stage of quilting and over three weeks they create a beautiful lap quilt.Were on week two at the moment and we’re making great progress….

The Making Memories Quilt Group had its first session too. I great new group set up to get everyone interested in quilting together. We had a great turn out with lots of different projects being stitched. Our next meet up is on the 13th of November. Please free to join us…..

Let’s move on to the future…….

all my workshops are available to see up to Christmas on the website http://www.simplyneedlecraft.com

very soon I’ll be arranging the dates for next year. There will be more choice, more advanced workshops and a choice of more times.

We’ve also got the Young Quilters Halloween event coming up soon. A great way to get little ones stitching. Please check the website for details Young Quilters

As with all workshops and Sewing Bee carrying on, I’m pleased to tell you our crochet group with also be continuing. Sue has been with us from the start and every Saturday morning for three years she has inspired and taught lots of lovely ladies. These workshops run on Saturdays 10-12pm.

So what’s happening in the now, well a podcast of an interview between me and Stitchery Stories has just been released on iTunes and can be found on

http://www.stitcherystories.com/amijames/

and also

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/stitchery-stories/id1261477215#

The other thing that’s happening right now …….the sale in store….

20%off wool

50% off knitting and crochet accessories

35% off all books

50% off cross stitch kits

20% off selected fabrics

Thanks for reading

 

Ami

xxx

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New Adult Quilting Group, New Sewing Bee Class and Young Quilters Event.

Hi everyone,

I’m back from my Holidays and raring to go……

I’m currently as we speak getting ready for the Melbourne Festival which starts on Saturday. I’m really excited to be part of this amazing event. I’ll be exhibiting at 52 Blanche Croft…….

I’ve  got new groups and classes starting.

The first is a quilting group which is affiliated with the Quilters Guild. This is a great new group which is set up for everyone interested in patchwork and quilting. To bring along their projects, share ideas and advice and plan any future projects. This group is be held on the 1st Monday of every month here in the Sewing Studio.

I also have a new Sewing Bee starting on Thursday 28th September. The group is aimed at children aged between 8-12 years. The sessions will run every Thursday 4-5pm and the cost £7.50 per week.

I only work with a small number of children and the classes are ongoing, so if you want your child to have a place please let me know asap to reserve a place…..

We also have an event set up with the Young Quilters Guild. This event is taking place here at the Sewing Studio on Thursday 26th October 10am – 1pm.

This event is for children aged between 6-18yrs.

Projects include Halloween themed decorations and treat bags. Hand and machine sewing will be learnt.

Non members -£7

Members – £5

All children if not ready a member will get a years free membership to the Guild after visiting us.

Last night was this months Craft and Chat evening. This is a great evening for us crafters to get together with our projects. There’s lots of different types of crafts every month and the atmosphere is fantastic……if you would like to join us pop along on the first Thursday of the month….

My workshop dates have increased this quarter of the year. I’m really pleased how quickly they are booking up. If you’ve not had a look at the dates then please visit http://www.simplyneedlecraft.com/workshopsclasses.html

workshops include hand embroidery, quilting, mother and daughter sewing class, beginners sewing, fabric journals, art quilting and fabric collage and vintage workshops.

 

 

Thats it for this week, have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week.

 

Ami

Posted in Ami James - Textile Artist, Butterick patterns, children's sewing bee, Fabric, in the haberdashery, New Stock, sewing studio, textile art, Workshop and classes

Isn’t Technology Great ………

Hi everyone,

I’ve got issues with the Simply Needlecraft website at the moment but will hopefully be back up and running over the weekend.

Id like to thank everyone who has shown support and caring words towards my son Ben. I can say he’s still a bit bumped and bruised and strapped up but in typical Ben style …….he’s still smiling …..

We are on count down now for the Festival of Quilts which is on Thursday 10th August. The shop will be closed on this day as we are all going to Birmingham.

Lets start with the adults and the free motion embroidery. I had four lovely ladies join me in the sewing studio to master the techniques of free motion sketching. This workshop is extremely popular and books up very quickly so I will be arranging more very soon…..

lots of new stock in recently, Stylecraft Candy Swirl…

New fabric by Robert Kaufman…..

The Butterick half price sale has started and runs until the end of August……. make sure you don’t miss out…

Right let’s get down to the sewing bee, we’ve had pillow pals galore…

Herds of elephants….

Bookmarks….

Neck cushions ……

And finally PJ’s

Ive been busy hand stitching lately, something I’ve not done for a while but I’m finding it very relaxing. Using upcyled, vintage fabrics and lace to make a botanical book……

I’m also getting for my first exhibition with Midlands Textile Forum at Bishops Castle…….not long now…

Thanks for reading, have a fab weekend.

 

Ami

xxx

 

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My Sewing Studio

The Sewing Studio is the heart of Simply Needlecraft for me. From adults workshops to children’s workshop, from knitting to crochet to sewing to craft and chat ………. oooopppps I forgot to share to the photos on fb of our last evening.  So here they are….. 

Its been a busy time for the Sewing Bee too as the 8-12ys have been making appliqué cushions……

Owls…….

Lampshades …….

T-shirts……

Neck cushions ……..

Tapestry……..

And for the 12-16yrs groups it been all about pj bottoms…….

The Sewing Studio was also home to the Mother & Daughter Sewing class too. This is one of my favourite workshops, where mother and daughters team up to make an item. This months class focused on cushion making…..

I’ve been busy working on my own Textile Art and coursework…….you can keep up to date by visiting https://stitchedbyami.com/

 

Lots of new fabrics in too………just look at them all…..

 

 

Thank you for reading.

have a lovely weekend 

Ami

xxx

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Colourful, creative and New Stock!!!!!

Hi everyone,

Its been a couple of weeks since my last blog post. It’s been manic here with lots going on and new stock arriving.

We’ve had a top up of Stylecraft Wondersoft and more colour ways added to the collection…..

We’ve also had the new Stylecraft Candy Swirl but we’ve only had the liquorice colour way in with more to follow very soon…..

Now for fabrics…… we’ve increased the plain selection but also had more bolts of Christmas fabrics in from Robert Kaufman…..

Now for the time for everyone’s favourite part….. The Sewing Bee.

All groups have been very busy.

Monday group have working on their own pillow pals….

My little ladies on a Tuesday have been busy working on brooches and patchwork pj cases….

Saturdays are always busy as I have three groups and our Sue has the crochet group…..

My Saturday groups have been working on owls, bunting, dress making and patchwork….

and last but not least – my new window display.

I’ve got a fantastic new summer window display but I cannot take credit for it. A big thank you to my friends Rachel, Lynette, Darren and my mum. Also a big thank you to my stitchers Mia, Molly and Hollie who took time out of their day to help and design the display …..

Thank you for reading and supporting me, means the world to me.

Ami

xxx

 

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It’s All About Events

Hi everyone,

Wow what weather …….. Perfect weather for events this weekend.

You can catch us at Sainsbury’s this Saturday morning working with Hubbub to get little stitchers sewing and adding embellishments to clothes…..find details here

It’s also Derbyshire Open Arts this weekend. This year is my first year of taking part of this festival which covers Derbyshire. The festival starts on Saturday and runs until the 4th June.

I will be here on Sunday and Monday to talk to visitors. I’ll be showing you my inspiration, techniques and methods.

We are also open as usual on Saturday where you can view my work.

Hours are….

Saturday – 9-4pm

Sunday – 10-3pm

Monday – 10 – 3pm

There is also a craft market running on the Saturday hosted by Curly Magpie & Friends.

Ok so events that have already taken place over the last week or so……

we had the lovely Maria Dent, Felt Artist with us to run a full day workshop in Landscape Felting.

We had an amazing turn out with lots of beautiful results. We will be talking to Maria very soon to arrange more dates…..

On Saturday we had our long waited Young Quilters Event.

We invited children between 6-18yrs to join us in the Sewing Studio to take part in this great event which allowed them to get free membership to the Quilters Guild. Again we had an amazing turnout. We shall be adding more dates to the Guilds list very soon….

As you can see we’ve been so busy and I apologise for the lack of blog entries.

Thank you for your support. I couldn’t have be able to do this without you.

Hope to see you over the weekend.

Ami

xxx

 

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Busy, Busy, Busy

Hi everyone,

What miserable weather, so I thought I would cheer you up with a blog  post.

Lots to update you with again, so let’s start with the Sewing Bee.

I have a few classes in the middle of projects but we have finished coin purses from my youngest group……. zips included

My two groups have finished their entries for this years International Festival of Quilts. They have worked so hard and we are extremely proud of them…..

Videos of these fantastic entries are on my fb page http://Www.facebook.com/simplyneedlecraft

Don’t forget we have the Young Quilters event here on the 20th May

full details on http://www.simplyneedlecraft.com/young-quilters.html

We are also teaching at Sainsbury’s in Swadlincote on the 27th May, and you can find details here https://billetto.co.uk/en/e/free-kids-sewing-workshop-tickets-194255

Our monthly evening of Craft & Chat took place this week and as usual a lovely bunch of people. We meet monthly to craft, drink tea, eat cake and a good old gossip. The first Thursday of every month, so if your interested in joining us please come along….

The very popular free motion class took place this week. I love this workshop…..

New workshops have now been setup for June and July. Please visit my website for all courses including quilting, Lace making, textile arts, free motion and hand embroidery http://www.simplyneedlecraft.com/workshopsclasses.html

This last few weeks I’ve been really busy with my own work.

A few new pieces ready for Derbyshire Open Arts……

Its now time for me to separate my textile art away from Simply Needlecraft so you can now follow me on …..I’d love to see you there.

http://Www.amijamestextile.com

http://Www.facebook.com/amijamestextiles

Thanks for reading and supporting me.

 

Ami

xxxx

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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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Happy Easter Everyone – A Quick Catch-up Post x

Hi everyone,

A day off and it’s grey weather……. typical 😂

Anyway it gives me a spare five minutes to blog 😊

So let’s start off with my opening hours over Easter.

I’m closed today (Good Friday), open normal hours on Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday and then normal hours resume on Tuesday.  

All the Sewing groups are mid way through projects at the moment so I haven’t got many pics to show you. 

Monday group – Hanging hearts

Tuesday – Rag dolls

Wednesday – Selfies

Saturday – Quilts are still progressing.

All groups are working extremely hard 😊

I have a couple of places on the Sewing Bee for children 8-12 yrs. Please contact me for further details.

You can now view the details for the Young Quilters Workshop in May.

Here on the Quilters Guild Website

We’ve had lots of quilting going on in the Sewing Studio. 

The April beginners course kicked off……. fantastic fabric choices, giggles and cups of tea……

And the follow on course to make a table runner was definitely a fun packed class……

It was time for our Craft & Chat night. This monthly meet up takes place on the first Thursday of every month – 6pm – 8.30pm and cost £5 towards refreshments……..a lovely group of people and a great atmosphere, take a look…..

A few new bits and bobs have arrived in the Haberdashery as well as a restock of the favourites.  New in ……

I’ve  been extremely busy, working away on coursework the last couple of weeks…… handmade paper and stitchery…….

I’ve also finished off my collection of Fairies (still need naming though)…..

The Egyptian wall hanging has been finished ……

And I’ve tried something a little different for me…….

You can keep up to date with all my makes by visiting 

My own Facebook page  

or 

http://www.amijamestextileart.com/

I hope you have a fantastic Easter break…..hopefully the weather will improve.

Thanks for reading 😊

Ami 

xxx

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New Quilts, New Fabrics and New Workshops!

Hi everyone, 

Its been a busy time here with lots cracking off and some exciting dates.

Lets crack on with Sewing Bee….

Monday group having been stitching lovely wall hangings….

My new little stitchers on a Tuesday  have been making needle cases, an essential for any sewer….

The Wednesday group have been working hard over the last three weeks and produced Lolly the Owl and they are very proud of themselves and so they should be…. 

One of my groups on Saturdays have finished off their selfies…..

And the hard work continues on the quilt entries…..

I have spaces available on the sewing bee due to a reshuffle.

Saturday 11.30am- 12.30pm for 8-12yrs

Wednesday 4-5pm 8-12yrs

please contact if you are interested and need more details.

The quilting course for beginners came to an end this week. Amazing results and gorgeous quilts. It’s been an absolute pleasure having these ladies join me in the sewing studio…..

And carrying on the quilting theme…..

The date for the Patchwork Guild/ Young Quilters Workshop has changed due to double booking ……ooooops

The venue is still the same but is now on Saturday 20th May.

A new workshop has been added to the list. The talented Lace Make, Rachel Patrick will be joining us in June to offer to Course in Lace Making. All details and booking info are now on the website http://www.simplyneedlecraft.com 

The Butterick sale has now started and all patterns are half price until 24th April, along with a brand new catalogue….

New Fabric has arrived this week, with many bolts still due to arrive shortly…..

Mum has been a busy bee too. She’s been quilting this lovely cot quilt which has been now sold and has a new home…..

I’ve also been quilting and have finished my kaleidoscope quilt….

All that’s the run down of what’s been happening.

lots still to come on my next blog post.

Have a lovely weekend and I’ll catch up with you next week.

Ami

xxx