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Garden Patch Embroidery

On Friday evening we enjoyed this months Sew It’s Friday session with 8 lovely ladies.


Karen began by explaining how her mum came up with this relatively simple but extremely effective technique for producing your very own original piece of hand embroidery quite a number of years ago. In fact one of our ladies said that she was fulfilling a long held ambition, as she’d wanted to try it our many years ago having seen it at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate!





Having shown the group lots of examples, including one beautiful piece done by a 6 year old! Karen encouraged everyone to prepare their piece of Calico using some water colour pencils. We saw how simply adding a small amount of colour to the background sets off the creative process and gets your imagination flowing.









We learnt lots of practical tips for getting the best results and everyone tried out using an embroidery hoop which was a new experience for some!IMG_0748

Now it was time to have some fun and start stitching.

People started off using green embroidery threads to give shape to their ‘picture’ and then it was time to get stuck into adding colours, shapes and textures with lots of imagination thrown in. IMG_0751IMG_0754








Karen was constantly on hand to give people ideas and advice about which stitches to use and everyone got a useful leaflet to take home explaining how to use a few simple stitches.

We have more sessions planned for Sew It’s Friday. We are intending to make a set of 3 co-ordinating items which you can use for a holiday. The first is a book cover. The book could become your holiday journal or maybe you could use it for making your lists when planning your holiday? Next we are going to decorate a bag to use as a beach bag or for carrying all those essential items on a day trip. Finally we’ll make a sunglasses case. The idea is to make them all as a matching set for yourself or as a gift. Karen has come up with this very summery hand applique design which I think will look great. IMG_0756

We want to be flexible about things though. You could make the 3 items and add your own design ideas or use the embroidery techniques we did on Friday to make your own totally unique items. If you haven’t been to one of our Sew It’s Friday groups before and fancy a relaxing evening of creativity why not book your place now?




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Fabric Temptations – The Power of Restraint

Karen has been fabric shopping again!! Here’s a message from her about her latest purchase –

”I’ve been really sensible today and despite going to bed and getting up everyday for a week

with the thoughts of this gorgeous fabric in my head I didn’t buy it when I went back to the

shop this morning.birdie fabric

In my head I’d decided it would make some sort of lovely blouse or top for myself but I hadn’t

settled on a pattern. I’m a bit low on good patterns for tops and despite having a couple of

ideas the patterns I’d been thinking of are all a bit on the expensive side. I need to ‘invest’,

not just ‘buy’ a good couple of patterns that preferably have a few options, you know,

different neck lines and sleeves. I think this fabric needs a pattern without many darts as I

don’t want the little birds to be all broken up and looking strange but I do like my tops to

have a reasonable shape and fit.

Another reason for not buying was because I feel it might be more suitable for my girls aged 4

and nearly 2 rather than a grown woman on the wrong side of 40. I love a novelty print but

don’t want to look silly. What do you think of novelty prints, are they just for the young? Can

you suggest a suitable pattern for a top or blouse?

However, you don’t think I could go to a fabric shop and come out empty handed do you? No I did a very sensible thing (told you I was sensible) and bought a meter of this gorgeous ‘wool mix’ to make an ‘A’ line skirt with as it will go with a lovely White Stuff’ top I had for Christmas.puple fabric 2

Best of all I’d been looking for a suitable RTW skirt and couldn’t find one and this fabric only cost £4.99 p/m so with a bobbin of thread and a zip it came to just over £7.00. I already have some lining in my stash and I think I will make the Delphine skirt from my copy of Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes, so I reckon it’s a win win!purple fabric

What fabric have you been tempted by recently or are you being good and working your way through your stash?

Karen x”

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Crochet Home book review

Crochet is so popular at the moment. It just seems to be getting bigger and bigger. We talked about our own experiences a couple of weeks ago. This very inspiring book is tempting us to get our hooks out with all the joyful little projects it contains.

There are small projects to make in a weekend like these mug cosies mug cosies


and little trinket boxes

trinket boxes








and cute pincushions.    pin cushion








We are a bit obsessed with the possibilities for re-cycling jam jars at the moment and these covers are great.

jam jar covers








This beaded jug cover is fantastically nostalgic and an easy way to get yourself into using beads in your crochet.


jug cover

You can even create your own artwork. Quick and easy crochet flowers on a colourful crocheted background would be so quick to make for your home or as a gift.

perfect petals

There are so many ideas you can use for making soft furnishings for your home if you have a little more time to invest.

tableclothThis  tablecloth looks amazing.

Or how about a chic lampshade.

chic lampshade

trellis cushionThere are plenty of cushions and a throw too.

cushions  bolsterthrow










This striped tea cosy is so simple to make with no shaping involved.

tea cosy









This book is choc full of things to do and you can make  some useful items for when you’re on the move such as this wave patterned tote bag totea very roomy looking shoulder bag

shoulder bag





and this Laptop cover which has interlaced strips and no shaping so should be easy enough to achieve with very little experience.

S5437 LAPTOP 1












If you’re looking for fund raising ideas how about making up some of the small projects in the vibrant colours to add to your summer fete stall? These jewellery ideas and pretty bunting would work a treat.





jewellrywhite bunting    bunting








All of the projects in this book are crocheted in Sirdar 4ply Cotton which comes in a range of vibrant colours and is 100% mercerised cotton with a gorgeous sheen.