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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…

Before
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 Christmas, in the haberdashery, New Stock, Uncategorized, Workshop and classes

New Stock, New Workshops and a Fab Time !

Well hello everyone,

I hope you are all well AND warm 🙂

This week I’m going to start with the new stock that has come in this week….

I’ll begin with the gorgeous knitting bags

We also have them in spotty fabric ( but I forgot to take a photo 😦 )

Staying on the knitting theme, we now have huge needles in stock…

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Next is my favourite of this weeks new stock ….

Delicate 10mm lace  – So pretty

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And last but not least – another batch of Guttermann Threads in. Its taking a while to get our stand full…..But we are nearly there. IMG_3226

The Sewing Studio has also been busy this week and on Tuesday eveving  we had one of our bunting workshops.

Again we had a brilliant time 🙂

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Everyone did really well.

Staying with the sewing studio – I’ve now released the dates for January’s workshops. Theres a few new features for next year including Block of the Month that will start in January and continue to December. You don’t need to come to every one, you can pick and choose.

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And also textile art techniques will also be running once a month. Again you don’t need to come to every one, you can pick and choose.

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But all of the dates are here and you can book online or in store.

Still sticking with The Sewing Studio and new for next year …Baby Showers.

In 3 hours you will have lots of fun, be creative, drink lots of tea and Mum to be will leave with her own handmade baby quilt, made by all her guests.

A truly memorable gift to treasure for life. Using basic patchwork techniques, guests will cut out a selection of square and rectangle shapes from our lovely variety of cotton prints suitable for both baby girls and boys. The cot size quilt will soon take shape with everyone sewing panels, cutting boarders and embellishing areas with embroidery, buttons and ribbon. The more experienced sewers will then quilt a design and sew it all together. All materials and equipment  are provided.

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So that brings us on to Sewing Machines.   We are a stockists for Singer and now I’m finally getting round to advertising our machines online. Perfect Christmas presents or if your looking to upgrade have a look Singer Sewing Machines please be aware that not all models have been uploaded, but I promise to get them all online next week.

Thats it if this week. We’ve had another great week meeting new faces and catching up with our regular customers. Please don’t forget the donations for the Rainbows Hospice need to be in by Friday.

Have a lovely weekend – Stay warm and I’ll see you on Monday.

Ami, Dave, Sylvia & Glyn

Posted in Christmas, City & Guilds, in the haberdashery, in the hoop, rainbows, Workshop and classes

This weeks Blog…….Catchup with us here at Simply Needlecraft

Hi everyone,

It’s the end of the first week back at school for many of us in Derbyshire and I have to say I’m missing my little man coming to work with me 😦 however half-term will be here in no time at all 🙂

So whats been going on here…

Mother has been busy preparing for her Chistmas decorations and bunting workshops (still a couple of places available, please book via the website).

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Weve had a delivery this week which was mainly a top up of stock but we’ve also had some lovely new buttons in, loads and loads of new bias binding and motifs……but I forgot to take pictures apart form some of the motifs………I’m useless aren’t I 🙂

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On Thursday this week the new Butterick catalogue came along with a brand new Autumn collection. There’s lots of choice and sizes 8 – 24 in stock so come and have a browse next time your passing.

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We’ve had some fab Christmas decoration donations this week for our Handmade Chrsitmas Rainbows Appeal……Please remember all donations have to be in by the 29th November so keep them coming, lets smash our target.

Thank you to Sue Pole for her gorgeous decorations.
Thank you to Sue Pole for her gorgeous decorations.

This week I’ve been researching and stitching textures as part of my city & Guilds.

Denim textures
Denim textures

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and machine braids
and machine braids

I’m well on my way to finishing my 2nd module (only one more to do) so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can finish it by the end of the year.

Anyway, have a fab weekend looks like the weather is going to be good for us here in the Midlands. Thank you for all your continued support and recommendations.

We will see you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed on Monday morning.

Ami, Dave, Glyn andSylvia.

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Posted in home makes, in the haberdashery, New Stock, rainbows

For my blog followers!

I know many of you follow our updates on Facebook but I also know that a lot of our followers don’t like Facebook.

So this post is for everyone who’s not had updates this week 🙂 x

This week our new range of craft kits started to arrive. Its was the knitting that started to arrive this week with adorable rabbits and cute dogs/puppies.

Twilleys
Twilleys

We’ve also had the first of the handmade Christmas decorations arriving ready for Rainbows Hospice and lots more being made  🙂 If you feel that you could help us with this donation please feel free to contact me.

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This week has been a good week for makes too.

Here's are lovely Sue with a beautiful baby blanket.
Here’s are lovely Sue with a beautiful baby blanket.
One of our many lovely customers made a Peppa pig
One of our many lovely customers made a Peppa pig
I had a go at mini quilt art using free motion quilting
I had a go at mini quilt art using free motion quilting

The Yarn Clinic on the 1st Nov is now on the website and you can reserve your place online to http://www.simplyneedlecraft.com/ourshop/prod_3572905-Sues-Yarn-Clinic-1st-Nov-2014.html

What’s in store for next week…..a huge delivery of fabric, some more makes and plenty of fun.

But before I go I would to share with you a lovely page https://www.facebook.com/Lillyandthemouse

This page is filled with handmade toys and gifts but I love the keepsake bears the most. I shall also post this on my links page for future reference.

Thanks for following and I’ll see you very soon. xxxx