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A Quick Catch Up ……..

Hi everyone,

Welcome to this weeks blog post from a windy Derbyshire.

It’s been a lovely week here planning, organising and workshops.

we start this week with the crochet workshop with our Sue. At the moment it’s all about the socks and virus shawls….

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This week in the Sewing Bee…… finished selfies, zips and an important job of designing the quilts for the quilting festival in August. 

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We had fun on Monday evening….. the free motion for beginners workshop.

We started off with wobbly lines and pointy curves but by the end of a fab evening …….look what happened 🙂 

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I’ve  been putting my machine to good use this week. Textile collage art that are getting ready for exhibitions…..

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All the new dates for April and May workshops are now online along with a new gallery and exhibitions…

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That’s it another week, another blog post.

thank you again for your support, it’s proving to be quite a year for us…..stay tuned.

Ami

xxx

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Get Creative

Hi Everyone,

This week has certainly been a creative week with fabrics.

Firstly my older group are using their hand dyed fabric to make text art….

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Whilst my younger groups are in the middle of making patchwork book covers….

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And selfies…

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My new group of little ones (are that little they need steps for the pedal) have been getting used to our machines and have made pin cushions….

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My Monday and Wednesday groups are all half way through projects so I’ll update you more next week. 🙂

The love of fabric continues with the 2nd part of our quilting course. This week it was all about piecing the top layer and organising the design…..

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Following the popularity of the quilting g course and them being fully booked I have released another date and can be booked online Here

Our Craft and Chat night was back this week and I can honestly say we have a lovely and extremely talented bunch. 

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Ive been doing a little bit too this week and putting together some quilted textile collages using Hand dyed and batik fabrics…..

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That’s it for this week….lots happening again next week again next week.

Thank you following and supporting us.

See you next week 

Ami 

 

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Back in the Swing of Things

Hi everyone,

Happy January!

It might be cold and snowing but we’ve had loads going on here to keep us busy.

So the new shop opened on the 3rd. We had an extremely busy day and lots of customers and little stitchers popping in to say hello. Thank you for the overwhelming response.

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With the shop and Sewing Studio up and running,the workshop dates have been released and classes are booking up quickly Click here for up to date classes

That also means the return of our Craft and Chat night. This year we have moved the day so it’s now the first Thursday of every month.

We have a great first night in the new home. There was lots of creativity including knitting, crochet, cross stitch,lace making, sewing and appliqué….along with tea and cakes.

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The Crochet workshop also started back and got cracking on learning new patterns and techniques. This class is good for beginners and more advanced.

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My first group of little ones started back on Wednesday. The new studio got the thumbs up and we started work and our next project…..not completed yet but here’s the progress

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In between all the excitement I started on working on a new technique myself. A textile art collage and quilted over net… not sure if I like it or not at the moment….

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All in all a busy start to the year and looks like 2017 is going to be the year of new crafts, hobbies and challenges.

Happy new year to you all.

Keep warm and stay safe.

Ami

XXX

 

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Merry Christmas Everyone x

Hi everyone,

Its been insanely busy here and next year looks like a huge year…

Lets fill you in with what’s happening.

We had our monthly Craft and Chat evening but with a twist… it was our Christmas party night. A fab evening and a big thank you who has become part of our group….

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Our craft night start again in 2017….. come and join us. X

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It was also the last of our children’s sewing bee of 2016. All the little stitchers have had an amazing year, I really can’t wait to have to back in our new Sewing Studio in January.

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I still have two spaces open to join me in January on a Tuesday ….

Please look at a website for details Children’s Sewing Bee

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Our new adult classes for 2017 are now available on the website. We are being guest tutors too. The amazingly talented Emily Notman (mixed media) and Maria Dent from Creative Bumblebee (felting and embroidery.

Workshop Dates

http://www.emilynotman.co.uk/

http://www.creativebumblebee.co.uk/

A quick shop update…

We having started to pack away the Sewing Studio…

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Mum, Dad and hubby have been a big help…

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And the new sign is now up….

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We have a massive Christmas fabric sale on now….

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And lastly I have been working hard on a coursework project, making a new quilt and a little bit of hand stitchery….

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I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas, thank you for following us it really does mean the world to me.

I’ll blog again between Christmas and New Year to update you all on the shop move.

Merry Christmas

 

Ami

 

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Oooops Forgot To Blog…..Lots Going On x

Hi everyone,

I apologise for the lack of blogging. Lots going on here so I have plenty to tell you and lots of pics.

Ok let’s start with my little stitchers. They have been busy bees creating festive decorations, Christmas gifts and learning new skills.

Lets start with the decorations

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Then on to the gifts…..

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My older group have been mastering the skill of free motion embroidery. They are part way through a Christmas gift project but I’ll show you what they have been up to…..

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We’ve also had a birthday party here in the sewing studio. It’s was a tote bag themed party…..

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They are so talented that I decided to hold an awards evening for them all but with a twist.

Most of them were aware they were coming…..but I had a secret that only me and their mums knew.

We had a guest, the lovely Jade Earley from this years The Great British Sewing Bee. Jade was live via link to all the children, she has signed all the certificates personally and if that wasn’t enough, jade had made them all gifts to say well done. We had an amazing evening of certificates, food and fireworks.

A huge thank you to Jade x

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The adults were busy too last week when their challenge was to make a Christmas appliqué cushion. Four lovely ladies joined me in the sewing studio for tea, biscuits and lots of sewing…

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It was time for the yarn bombing to start too….told you we’ve been busy. I would like to thank everyone who donated their time and skills on this project. The town looks fab…..

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Mum’s also been busy decorating the window for me as our Sue just stood there looking like a turkey 🙂

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We’ve had some lovely new fabrics in from Kaufman and Dashwoods….

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In between all of that I have managed somehow to fit in some sewing…

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Raw Edge appliqué- Tree House
Raw Edge appliqué- Tree House
Victorian style Christmas tree decorations
Victorian style Christmas tree decorations
New quilt on the go
New quilt on the go

Now I know many of you have heard….I’ve tried to tell as many as possible. We are moving in the year and sooner than I thought. We are moving to 66 High Street.

I am closing on Christmas Eve until the 4th January I hoped to be moved in that time. The plan was not to move until February and its difficult to do when I have classes and an open shop. Hopefully everything we be in place for the new year. I’ll keep you updated as we go. My contact details will still be the same.

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Thanks for reading and following.

keep warm.

Ami

xxx

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We’re On Count Down !

Hi everyone,

We’re getting ready and really excited for the Yarn Bombing display to start now.

In June this year we asked for your help to decorate the town this Christmas…. task was to knit or crochet 10.5 inch squares.  At first we panicked thinking we had probably asked for too much (we needed hundreds of squares)…….however you have proved us wrong. We have reached our target and more.

As we speak we are joining them together to make tree blankets.

These will go on display every day until December 20th, so please pop down and have a look.

A huge thank you to everyone that has donated their time and skills.

The kids have been busy too this week. Christmas gnomes are in the process of being made, Christmas stockings being cut, gifts are being planned and more bunting was finished …… all in all a very successful and enjoyable week.

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We have also opened up the diary for the birthday parties for next year. So if your child would like a creative party please take a look at the website for more details.

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On Wednesday evening we had a full class for our Free Motion Workshop. This workshop is designed for beginners and is a great chance  to join others and have fun…

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And that spurred me on to get creating……pencil to stitch.

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That’s it for this week…….I’ll catch up with you next week.

Thanks for reading and following.

Have a fab weekend

Ami xxx

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Warning This Blog Contains Lots Of Crafty Pics!!!!

Hi everyone,

I’ve lots to show this week…

lets start with festivities. After the Christmas fabrics arrived it was shortly followed by bits and bobs.

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I must admit though that I haven’t started any Christmas crafting as yet (hanging head in shame).

But enough Christmas talk for a minute and let’s look what the kids have been making. 

My Saturday groups have been busier than ever and it shows…..book covers, patchwork bags, appliqué cushions and amazing doorstops.

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My new Monday group have been getting used to the sewing machines and I’m amazed by the outcome….

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Whilst on a Wednesday (my second new group) we are practicing hand stitches and making rag dolls…..

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It was also time for this months Craft & Chat evening. This takes place on the first Tuesday of every month 6pm – 8.30pm, bring your own project. £5 including tea, coffee and cakes.

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In between all of that I managed to finish my Hare wall hanging …

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AND pass my module 2 on my City & Guilds certificate….

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It’s been such an amazing week, thanks for following and I’ll see you next week.

Ami xxx 

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The Bird & The Hare !

Well hello and happy Autumn to you :).

I can’t quite work out where this week has gone……time is flying by which means we are close to Christmas now (in a crafting sense). So it was perfect timing to increase our Christmas fabric range. Not only have we got the gorgeous festive prints from Timeless Treasures now we have these yummy ones in stock too. image image image image image image image image

AND we’ve also had a new range of fabric paints in…… 24 different shades which become permanent after ironing.

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It’s that time of year again where Butterick drop the price of their sewing patterns. Patterns are now half price until the 15th October. Over 3000 patterns in stock.

This week was the end of our last quilting course of the year 😦 I just love tutoring these courses. It’s a daunting task to people new to quilting but every single one of my ladies have done me proud. The evenings and day courses have been fun, relaxed and productive so it’s a definite that I will be running courses again next year.

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The kids in the sewing bee have been busy (as always). At the moment when have two groups making patchwork bags, a group starting to make a rag doll, two groups making doorstops.

On Saturday we have finished off appliqué cushions and book covers.

The book covers are a great project, it allows to pick you own colour scheme (and is great for using up scraps). Then designing the layout followed by thread choice and the most exciting part……picking and experimenting with stitches.

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Our Sue and her lovely ladies from the crochet workshop have been following the Stylecraft crochet along……..the crochet workshops run every Saturday 10-12pm. Beginners very welcome.

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Lastly, I’ve been experimenting again with raw edge appliqué …..neither of these are finished but I’d thought I’d share pics to prove I’ve been busy 🙂

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That’s all  my news for this week, it’s been another busy and vibrant week here. Thanks for following.

see you next week

 

Ami x

 

 

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It’s Nearly Autumn :) x

Hi everyone,

We are fast approaching my favourite season…..Autumn. Yes I love the Autumn colours, frosty mornings, bonfire night, Halloween and everyone starting their Christmas makes. 

So these just arrived in time 🙂 

 

Santa and snowflake hat toppers from DMC x
Santa and snowflake hat toppers from DMC x

Later on this week the yarn delivery finally made an appearance ……in the heat wave I might add ……yes I unpacked the lot on the hottest September day since 1911. 

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We have new colours in Stylecraft chunky, a new range of Aran Ombré and a full restock of all the favourites.

This week the sewing bee has been in full swing, the Saturday have made a start on their book covers whilst my older group have finished off appliqué cushions. My Monday group have started patchwork bags and my Wednesday group have stitched their stitch tests and progressed onto lined tote bags. All in all a very productive week…..image image image image image image image

 

At the beginning part of the week I finished the last two textile art dress wall hangings off. 

I’ve really enjoyed designing and stitching these. I wanted to use scraps of materials to make beautiful dresses. This is why this collection is named Rags to Riches ..

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Thats is all our news for this week 🙂 

Can’t wait to see what next week brings.

Thanks for reading

Ami 

xxx 

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I’m Ready For The Weekend !!!!

Hi everyone,

You would not believe how hectic this week has been……but still fun 🙂

 

My little sewers have been busy again this week. Patchwork and appliqué has been the challenge……

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On Monday and Wednesday I had my new Sewing Bee sessions start for 8-12yrs. Both sessions were brilliant but I have nothing to show you as yet as they are getting to grips on the machines and completing little challenges to help them relax.

Monday evening it was the adults turn and four ladies joined me in the Free Motion Embroidery Introduction Workshop. This is a great session and people are always impressed with the results.

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Then it was on to the 2nd evening of the quilting course and yet again I’m so pleased with the results. The ladies worked extremely hard and I can’t wait to see the finished quilts….

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The crochet class have been up to their usual antics ….. You can join them every Saturday 10am-12pm

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This week we’ve had a delivery of tote bags and still awaiting a delivery  of yarns 😦

 

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I’ve had a little bit of time to get some stitching finished….

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Thats it for this week I’m off to relax 🙂

Thank you for reading

Ami

xx