Posted in behind the scenes, Mental health

The blog is back……🙌

Yep, it’s been a while since I’ve posted on this blog……but hey I’ve got no excuse for not having the time at the minute.

I hope your all well and safe xxx

So the bricks and mortar shop has had to close temporarily until the corona crisis has past but we’re working hard to get orders out to you via post.

I’ll be keeping you updated with everything we’re doing on here, Facebook and Instagram so make sure you find us.

It’s only been two weeks since lockdown and things have changed here massively ……..

1. I’ve started to do live tutorials on Facebook (I’ve had to face the fear of the camera)

Follow us on Facebook

2. I’ve released an online Quilting workshop which will take place for a week in April ……..

see the details on the website


3. We’ve started a new fabric community

see the details here of how to join

4. I’ve released a free ebook which contains my best advice if your thinking about getting a sewing machine

5. I filmed a video about my mental health struggles which had 18.8k views in 3 weeks


5. I’ve joined up with a friend in South Africa, Harry Perfors Physical & Mindset expert to help people through the corona lockdown. We’re focusing on helping on keeping your mindset level, how to help motivation, beliefs, self doubt and anxiety during this challenging time………. find us on Facebook

Please let me know how your all doing, I can’t wait to see all of my customers again.

Stay safe




Posted in Ami James - Textile Artist, children's sewing bee, sewing studio, textile art, Uncategorized, Workshop and classes

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

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

full details on

We are also teaching at Sainsbury’s in Swadlincote on the 27th May, and you can find details here

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

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.

Thanks for reading and supporting me.