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

 

Posted in children's sewing bee, Fabric, New Stock, sewing studio, Workshop and classes

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 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

 

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

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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

Put your feet up, have a cup of tea and catch up on the Haberdashery News


Well hello everyone,

It seems only five minutes since I was typing the last blog post….. 🙂

This weeks been rather quiet but only because since Tuesday I haven’t really be able to hear hardly anything so I’ve asked all my customers to shout at me ……rather embarrassing.

But the haberdashery & sewing studio has been busy and I have lots to show you.

First up ….. Its been manic in the Sewing Studio.

The Sewing Bee – it’s an absolute pleasure to spend time crafting with such a fab bunch of children.

My first group of the day spent the time on our machines completing different practice exercises including lines, corners, mazes, curves, stars and hearts then on the playing with the decorative stitches.

My second group who have already stitched the practise tests last week put their new skills to the test and made pin cushions.

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great straight line sewing plus corners older

My older girls have tackled zips this time…

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In the week we’ve had more creative workshops including are beautiful bunting workshop….

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And then an evening of hand embroidery…

Ladies learnt various stitches and used a great range of threads including stranded threads, crewel yarn, perles, vicose ribbon, boucle and linen thread.

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I’ve also been using the Sewing Studio this week. It’s a great space to work, so bright and inspiring. Anyway my attempt at pj bottoms…

Not bad for a first attempt
Not bad for a first attempt

I’ve also spent some much-needed time on my coursework and the topic at the moment ……tonal shades.

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So whats new this week. Well we’ve had a lovely delivery from our friends at Stylecraft. We’ve had glorious shades of dk, chunky and xl chunky as well as patterns for all ages.

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So that’s it for this weeks catchup, we’ve another fun packed week in store again next week.

Thank you for all you support whether in store or online, we really appreciate it.

Have a fab weekend and I’ll see you all on Monday.

 

Ami x