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

The asewing Studio!

yes it’s my favourite part of the building. It’s a place that’s full of creativity, laughter and proud moments.

So this blog post is dedicated to everyone’s hard work.

Lets start with my groups that entered the Festival of Quilts…

Lets start with my younger group. This is a group made up of three girls, Hollie, Dolcie and Ellie and one boy Luke.

Their entry to the competition was a quilt called Up, up & away. They have been working hard since Christmas to get the quilt finished before the deadline.

They used applique, weaving, embellishing and quilting techniques. They received a highly commended in the competition……

My older group is made up of four girls, Elizabeth, Hope, Mia and Molly. Their quilt was named Natures Wardrobe. They used hand dying, raw edge appliqué, free motion stitching and free motion quilting techniques. The win 3rd place in the competition….

Both groups have worked extremely hard and I’m so proud of them.

Both quilts are on display in the shop for another week…..

Carrying on with the Sewing Studio ….

I’ve  been joined by three of my stitchers over a week to make a patchwork and quilted lap quilt…..

We’ve quilted bags from two from my stitchers…..

I’ve had another two finishing off their bunting….

We’ve had four door hangers, hot air balloons …….

We had ten book marks……

And we’ve started fabric weaving baskets that still are in working progress….

The adults have also had a try with Christmas stocking and trees…..more workshops dates for this will be announced soon……

I’ve also got new dates and workshops available in thread painting miniatures….

And paper pieced landscapes…..

I’ve also now announced my last Quilting for beginners course for the year…….all courses and workshops are on my website http://www.simplyneedlecraft.com

Its been a creative time for me too as the Lie of Land exhibition in Bishops Castle has now started. I’m exhibiting with Midlands Textile Forum and my piece is called Mother Earth…..

and after the Festival I set myself a little challenge……. a very little challenge ……. my first mini quilt …..

With all of this I hope you realise how much I love my Sewing Studio.

thanks for reading

 

Ami

Posted in behind the scenes, children's sewing bee, Christmas, New Stock, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

Time To Sit Down With a Cup Of Hot Chocolate……

And organise the workshops and classes for 2017.

Since the Sewing Studio opened upstairs in February this year we have been able to offer a range of workshops ranging from beginners sewing to quilting, drawing with a sewing machine to textile arts, bunting to cushions and of course the knicker party.

Its been an amazing to see so much creativity. So it’s time to start thinking about next year…

Dates to follow x
New 2017 diary …. Dates to follow x

Back to this year though and still plenty happening….

The kids are still preparing for Christmas and so far they have produced over 30 metres of bunting between them…….

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And a huge achievement for one of my groups that have designed and made their own patterns for a mermaid tail. They have been left to their own devices on this project …..I just supervised.

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We had our wool delivered at last yesterday which has been a huge relief after it seems to taken a life time to arrive….

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We have stocked up on the essentials  but have also had a couple of new contenders arrive which are new to the Stylecraft range.

Firstly their new sock yarn ..Head Over Heals.

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And then it was time to unpack to beautiful new Chunky Tweed along with the patterns ….

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And a few more patterns for good measure ….

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Our new vouchers have arrived …..perfect for Christmas gifts.

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This week I’ve been doodling and thread painting this week….. it’s nice to hand stitch for a change.

 

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And on that note a have two spaces left on the Free Motion Embroidery class….contact me to book.

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That the lot for this week, have a great bonfire night…..stay safe.

Ami x

Posted in children's sewing bee, Christmas, in the haberdashery, New Stock, News, Workshop and classes

The Sewing Studio !

Hi everyone,

Yes it’s blog time again and this time it’s all about the Sewing Studio.

My favourite part of the building where all the magic happens…..

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It’s amazing fully equipped room with sewing machines, cutting tables, chill out area for the crochet ladies and a kettle 🙂

Our children have been very busy in the here the last couple of weeks making, dolls, owl cushions, bunting, door stops and even mermaid tails…….

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We are also putting an awards evening on for all the children in our Sewing Bee. This is going to be a lovely evening full of nibbles, drinks and certificates. Friday 25th November at 6pm.

And yes it’s true….. I’m opening setting up more sewing bee sessions for children aged between 8- 16yrs old in January. These sessions will be after school on a Tuesday or Thursday. Some slots have already been reserved so I have some limited spaces left.
The sessions run weekly 4pm – 5pm.
I have 24 children already attending my classes. All of them are doing fantastic and have made so many gorgeous items which have included hand stitching, embroidery, designing patterns, machine sewing, quilting and much more.

If your interested in this for you child please contact me for registration forms, further details and to reserve a place.

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On to the adults now and this week we’ve had the first of our Christmas workshops of the year…..appliqué cushions.

Dont forget to check on the website for more dates and classes. X

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New stock arrived earlier in the week……. perfect for Christmas presents….

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That’s my news this week, thank you for reading.

Dont forget to change your clocks this weekend.

 

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, Customers, home makes, in the haberdashery, News, Workshop and classes, www.simplyneedlecraft.com

A Sale & A Giveaway !!!!!

Hi everyone,

Wow its been a warm week :).

If you like me I haven’t got much crafting finished this week :(.

So let’s get on with this weeks news and updates.

My quilt has finally been finished and has a new home in the haberdashery. This is my favourite quilt I’ve made so far……

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And we’ve also had a quilt donated by a customer that she made 20 years ago….

Isn't it great….now hanging proud in the Haberdashery
Isn’t it great….now hanging proud in the Haberdashery

This weeks makes coming from my little stitchers…

My 8 -12 yrs are up first with bags (fully lined), more bows and a star.

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Then its was my older group 12 -16 yrs…. HOWEVER over the last 2 two weeks I had set them a project. The mission was to make something that they had already made in class and adapt it/put your spin on it…..They all did a fantastic job.

Elizabeths Bag
Elizabeths Bag
Molly's pencil case with collar
Molly’s pencil case with collar
Mia's bag with embellishments
Mia’s bag with embellishments

Hope's patchwork tote bag.
Hope’s patchwork tote bag.

In the heat I did manage to finish off one project….. A part of my town & Country project… A country Scene.

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Textile Collage

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It’s all happening on FaceBook this week ……If you don’t follow us CLICK HERE

Were having a FB Giveaway……Timeless Treasures Fat Quarters.

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And we have start to advertise a few of our FQ bundles……We post first class.

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And this week I’m getting to grips with our website..

I'm a technophobe unless its a sewing machine.
I’m a technophobe unless it’s a sewing machine.

Anyway we have a summer sale on until 19th June. 10% off everything SEE HERE

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Let me know what you think to the site. Its a work in progress, there’s so much to put on.

Anyway a productive week, have a fab weekend and see you again on Monday.

Happy Stitching

Ami

xxxxxx

 

Posted in behind the scenes, children's sewing bee, City & Guilds, Crochet, in the hoop, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

Thanks For Reading x

Hi Everyone,

Thank you to everyone that reads our blog. We are gaining more readers and followers recently which means so much.

Lets crack on with the week shall we? Its been a short week but still packed with fun !

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Our children’s Party plans are going well. To find out more please click here here you’ll be able to get info on packages and prices as well as booking.

Our party invitations arrived too this week….

Preparations going well
Preparations going well

The Big News – Yarn Bombing !

Yes you heard right !

The local council has agreed to let us yarn bomb the town (the Delph) for Christmas.

The displays will be put on show on the day of the Christmas light switch on event and will remain up until new year.

We/I am asking for your help to make this possible. ….We need 10.5 inch squares 🙂

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Workshops !

I had a very proud moment when my ladies from this months quilting course finished their lap quilts using a disappearing nine patch design.

They have cut, sewn, pieced, basted, bordered, quilted and binded these gorgeous quilts.

All beginners I might add.

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Very Proud !

June’s quilting course – 3 part is full I’m afraid but next week I’ll be sitting down with my diary and planning dates for July.

Also quickly I have a new Children’s Sewing Bee starting Monday 5th September 4pm – 5pm for the 8yrs-12yrs…….I have ONE space left. Please contact me if you are interested.

The Craft Room ! 

This week I have also been bust setting up a new Facebook group – The Craft Room.

This group is for any type of crafter and its a place to meet like-minded folks, share advice and tips and to also share your makes and advertise you crafty pages. Pop over and join us, it’s still early days so little helps.  The Craft Room, Join Here

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What I’ve Been Making

I’ve had quite a creative week this week….

A new wall hanging…..

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A book cover using stitch and slash……Please visit the website to see workshops on the technique

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And a crocheted necklace….as part of my coursework.

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Thanks everyone for your support its truly overwhelming….I’ll see you next week 🙂

Ami

xxxxx

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

Loads of Pics !!!!!!

Wow wow wow…..What a week…..WARNING CONTAINS LOTS OF PICS!

Right lets crack on with this weeks gossip.

Sewing Bee!

My little stitchers have been carrying on with their creativity this week…..(one very proud tutor here).

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Dream Clouds 8-12yrs
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Dream Clouds 8-12yrs
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Dream Clouds 8-12yrs
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12 – 16 years
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Bunting & Hearts 12-16 years

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We’ve got loads of projects planned for our Sewing bee including this gorgeous tool belt….

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AND we have launched our dates for the Sewing School dates throughout the summer holidays…

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Adults Workshops & Courses!

The week of workshops kicked off with our quilting course. Once again my ladies joined me in the Sewing Studio to carry with their disappearing nine patch quilts…..

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And then it was the turn off our Beginners Sewing workshop….mission was to create a tote bag….

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Theres some availability on a coupe of our workshops

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Whats been going on in the Haberdashery!

The shops had a move round….

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We’ve had a huge delivery from Stylecraft Yarns….

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And we have a fab offer on the last of the Robin stock….

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I’ve also fitted in time (surprisingly) to finish off a Textile Art Cushion

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Its been an amazing week. Thank you so much for your support and lovely comments.

See you next week for another fun-filled week.

Ami

xxxxxx

Posted in children's sewing bee, Crochet, Customers, I Made That Campaign, Workshop and classes

A Very Creative Week :)

Hi everyone,

Its been a short week but still packed full of fun and creations.

I had an extra long weekend to spend with the family and my little man and also gave me some crochet time 🙂

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And first day back and straight back to creativity when a lovely customer came in with a gorgeous elephant that she had made. Now the picture does not show how big he is…… 400g of Stylecraft Super Chunky Special XL.

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How cute is he…..Sadly he’s going off to his new home now 😦

Later this week we also had some fab lampshades made in Sewing Studio which are also off to new homes. As always everyone with a completed project and very proud of themselves…….rightly so.

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Come and join us on our next Lampshade Workshop and pick the fabrics you want from our Fabric Snug.

I’ve also had a present from one of my customers (yes this proves I have the best job in the world). Look what I’ve got 🙂

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Thank you Kim xxxx

Kim has been featured on our blog recently in our  ‘ I made that’ campaign.

Staying on that subject …..

‘I Made That’ Campaign

This weeks nomination is one amazing lady who some of you will probably know from visiting the Haberdashery….My Mum.

My Mum is absolutely insane about chickens so when she said she was thinking of making a chicken doorstop I wasn’t sure what to think.

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I just love it. Proud of you Mum

So what I have I been up to……

I have started to make the memory canvasses for the shop and sewing studio. I’ve managed one but still have about three more to make so far. These are photo’s of whats been made in our workshops and sewing bee and its a great reminder of what people have achieved here.

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I’ve also been planning April’s Sewing bee plans….

So for our younger groups we are starting using the sewing machines and making pin cushions, drawstring bags, rag dolls.

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For our older ones we will focus on accessories including hand bands, bows, brooches, key rings and starting hand embroidery.

Cant Wait!!!!!

Anyway thanks for joining us again on our weekly trip down memory lane.

Thank you following, reading & supporting us. Keeping sharing us and you can follow us on

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/simplyneedlecraft

Twitter – @sneedlecraft

Would be great to see you there.

Have a great weekend…See you next week x

Ami

Posted in behind the scenes, Butterick patterns, Fabric, in the haberdashery, in the hoop

This weeks roundup!!!

Hi Everyone

Its been a lovely week again.

The new season Butterick catalogue went on sale on Monday with hundreds of different patterns which are all in stock. And it seems like  Butterick sewing patterns are all the rage at the moment with their gorgeous retro designs.

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I got into the quilting mood again this week after the arrival of all the new fabric last week.

I made up my quilt blocks using 2 metres of white cotton and a Fabric Freedom Layer cake.

My blocks are complete but I’ve been asking my lovely customers to see which layout they like the most…..

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Choice B
Choice B

 

Offer time….

This week we also start a selection of our planned summer sales. This week the cute Kitty Kay felt kits have 20% off until 9am Thursday the 9th July 2015.

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The kits come in 2 age ranges and 6 different designs – fab for keeping the little ones busy if we have a wet summer or if your travelling as these kits include everything you need. Was £15.00 now £12.00.

If you our of our fans on fb then you will know that me & hubby celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary on Wednesday this week. I would like to thank everyone for their lovely comments.

We had the day off (what a rarity) and we trundled over to the historic town of Buxton. We love the Derbyshire Dales but we haven’t ever visited Buxton before. We had a lovely time visiting the old Pavillion and gardens, the quirky shops and we even got to see a spectacular thunder and lightning display on the dales.

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Pavillion.

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After my day off and spending a day with hubby I was feeling very inspired. 🙂 So Thursday I had a day off from my coursework and design and make a canvas mounted textile art piece.

I quite like it, what do you think???

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So it’s that time of the week again to say a massive thankyou to you all. Its been a busy and bustling week and it wouldn’t be possible without your support and lovely comments.

Have a fab weekend and we will see you on Monday

 

Ami, David, Sylvia and Glyn