Tigley Textiles came to doodle stitch with us

On June 29th, we had a crackin good day at the studio with Julie Brand; aka Tigley Textiles. We were very lucky to have her, as she lives in Worcester. We were very fortunate that Julie’s husband needed to come up to Manchester for a course, so she came along for the ride. I found […]

Escapee guild wall hanging sleeve tutorial

In order to complete your Escapee Guild challenge wall hanging, you do whatever what you fancy on the front. Please visit the original blog post which explains all the details if you haven’t heard about it before. Here are a couple of examples from the Spring 2017 challenge.             A […]

Let’s see what’s what in this studio

I’ve recently had some fab feedback from a new lady to the studio. Angela has been for a couple of evening sewcials and has decided that the Tuesday evenings are easier for her to attend. That’s excellent for her! She seized the moment and came along a couple of times to see for herself what […]

Jenny Haynes’s sunflowers

On September 10th Jenny Haynes aka Pappersaxsten came to the studio to do a workshop on curved piecing; in particular her sunflower quilt. I’d spotted her version of the quilt on Instagram and loved it and since circles are my ‘thing’ this year, I just couldn’t help myself. Before I knew what I was doing, […]

Give-it-a-go – Teens sewing

Hi. That’s right. You read correctly! I’m being mega brave and letting ‘the teens’ in! Since I’m the mum to a girl who has been one for almost 5 years now, maybe my bravery level has increased. I’ve set up some dates in August to ‘test the waters’. I know that’s big holiday season but […]

Bag lady club

Do you love bags? In other words, have you got a wardrobe full of them; a bag for every occasion and more? Yet never feel like you have enough. I’ve got news for you. You’re a definite bag lady! After showing a photo of that oilcloth globe shopper bag on my Facebook page, I had […]

Screen-printing available on the NHS

Wow! Wouldn’t it be great if the title of this post was actually true?! But alas, I hate to disappoint you but I even doubt private cover will let you go to craft classes as part of their service, although don’t get me started on that political issue, as I truly believe crafting does have […]

A video from Diane

Hi everyone I didn’t manage to get the newsletter out last night and since there’s such a lot to report on, I thought it’d make a nice change and be easier to do a video instead. I meant for it to be quicker than 9 minutes but if you haven’t got 9 minutes spare right […]

Patchwork Flipagram

Hello everyone. Oh dear, hasn’t it been such a long time since I did a blog post. So many other business type things take my time, such as planning, prepping and making things for workshops and then all the finance side of things and internet stuff. The latter has so much new stuff for me […]

Freestanding lace machine embroidery

As part of the workshop programme I have in place at the studio, I had a machine embroidery session on Saturday. Unfortunately since I’m so new around here, nobody showed up. I’m not one to let that get me down, so I set myself a challenge. I had this thread.  I had in mind doing […]

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