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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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Before

after
after.
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…

jelly rolls
jelly rolls
layer cakes
layer cakes
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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

Posted in City & Guilds, Crochet, Customers, Fabric, in the haberdashery, in the hoop, New Stock, Workshop and classes

Fabrics, Hedgehogs and More Discounts

Hi Everyone,

Now its this time of year that I love…..(people think I’m mad).

I love the cold frosty mornings, dark cosy nights, hot chocolate, bonfire night, snow, being cosy and of course Christmas. But this the perfect time of year for crafting and you lot have definitely proved it this week both in the Haberdashery and online.

Lets start with this weeks discounts.

As you are aware we have reduced our price on our sewing classes right up until the end of the year. So now its time to reduce our Knitting & Crochet Workshops.

From now, up until Christmas there is a 10% discount for booking online through our online shop…..BOOK HERE  

Please note – all of our workshops are on a first come first serve basis, the workshops are booking up quickly. If the workshop you are interested is booked up we do have a waiting list. You just email to pop me a quick email with your details and I will add you to our list.

New stock has also arrived this week (even though one delivery didn’t turn up on time)

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I’m still busy working away on my City & Guilds Coursework in the hope that I can get the majority of the course finished before the Christmas break. However I have started a new project 🙂 As many of you know I am a huge fan of Hedgehogs so I’ve decided to make a Hedgehog themed quilt….. and this is the first couple of blocks…

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Can I also remind everyone about our Free Workshop Open Day in a few weeks time

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And lastly, thank to everyone that has donated Christmas Decorations so far, we still have a month to go, so please keep them coming….

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Thank you all for your support, it’s so over whelming to have your custom and to see your lovely makes, you are so talented.

Next week – hopefully the final delivery will turn up, fingers crossed.

Thanks for reading and following.

Don’t forget to change your clocks tonight.

See you next week

Ami, Dave, Sylvia & Glyn