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Day 3 – A Sunny Day at Needlecase

There’s nothing quite like a sunny day for inspiring a little creativity!

As part of my week of blogging for knitting blog week, I decided to have a bit of a sort out and made the most of being able to get outside into the garden. Check out all these knitted goodies made from yarns and wools stocked right here at Needlecase. Some of these are even knitted from some of the patterns we have in stock too. It just goes to show all the different things you can create from a pair of knitting needles and some interesting materials are endless.

Have you spent any of the sunny days this summer doing some knitting or sewing? If so we’d love you to share your pictures of your creations with us. If you’d like to learn to knit or sew this summer too, don’t forget you can book on to all kinds of different sewing and knitting classes with us, right here in Tadcaster!

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KNIT AND CROCHET BLOG WEEK 2014 DAY 2

It’s Day 2 of Knitting and Crochet Blog week

http://www.eskimimimakes.com/2014/04/launch-of-the-5th-annual-knitting-and-crochet-blog-week-2014.html

‘Write a dating profile for one of your past finished projects.’

Dating Profile for Chain Stripes Cushion.Knitted Cushion Kits

Ecru chain stripe cushion seeks comfy sofa for long term relationship.

I am made from West Yorkshire Spinners pure Jacob wool – I think Jacob sheep are the most amazing looking sheep.

My colours are the same as the sheep I am made from!!

I am looking to settle down in a colour scheme which enhances my natural good looks.

My 3 coconut buttons look really well on my back.

I have 2 sisters and 1 brother who are all in natural Jacob colours like me.

My favourite things to do are – watching silly films and cuddling my owner’s cats. I would like to venture occasionally into the garden but not in bad weather. My siblings and I can be knitted from this kit http://bit.ly/Y56Upr

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KNIT AND CROCHET BLOG WEEK 2014 DAY 1

I am very new to blogging and still finding my feet. Today I discovered that it is Knitting and Crochet Blog week

http://www.eskimimimakes.com/2014/04/launch-of-the-5th-annual-knitting-and-crochet-blog-week-2014.html

A quick read of the website tells me that I can blog each day on a particular subject and use special hash tags to tell people about the blogs on twitter and face book.

I have to admit to being slightly intimidated by the topics offered as they reminded me of sitting ‘o’ levels, as I am not really a writer and it is a good 30 years since I left school. I really like the idea of the week so am going to try to join in anyway. As I am reminded of my teenage self, I have pulled a sweater from that era out of the draw for day one for which I am invited to ‘Describe a day in the life of a project that you have made, or are in the process of making.’

A day in the life of a 1980’s sweater.1980s sweater

Hello I am from 1988. I was knitted by a 19 year old girl who had just left school. I was knitted from a pattern in Pins and Needles magazine. My creator wanted to knit herself something to take away to college that would look great with leggings and jeans and I was worn lots when I was first created. The wool to make me was bought in the local store in the town of Brighouse. I think that the shop was quite new then but disappeared some time ago.

I have spent much of my life tucked away in different pieces of furniture as my maker has moved around Yorkshire, married and had children. Many changes have taken place and there have been several homes but I have always been there. As I was knitted in pure wool, I am warm to wear and the colours have lasted remarkably well.  Most of my days are spent in a drawer with other garments she has made. Sometimes I get to come out and today is one of those days. I still look really good with jeans and leggings.

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Christmas Stockings at Needlecase

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of inviting Karen Willatt back to Needlecase so she could run a very informal Christmas stocking making workshop for a small group of us.

xmas stocking sewing workshop

Sadly that group became even smaller than expected when Jenny turned up full of cold and feeling unwell, but she still didn’t miss out on the festive fun as we packaged her up all the materials and instructions she needed to make her own stocking at home. I had a quick coffee with Jenny while Karen got everything together for her and she even had a browse in store and bought some extra calico to make multiple stockings! Meanwhile Jeanette arrived to make up the numbers a little and we were just waiting for Deborah to complete our group of Saturday morning sewers.

The sewing group

The workshop had been advertised as covering machine sewing and hand embroidery techniques and so we were all duly armed with our sewing machines but as the day of leisurely sewing, tea drinking and mince pie eating unfolded, we never actually managed to get the point when we needed the machines! So next time I have decided to save people the heavy lifting of bringing their machines with them and suggest people finish the stocking off at their leisure at home.

Karen had done lots of preparation ready for us on the day so we each had ready cut pieces of calico which made up the actual stocking and we just simply had to choose and cut out a patterned fabric to use for decorating the toe and heel. After attaching these pieces to the stocking we got down to the real fun of making up our embroidery designs. Karen had provided us with lots of inspiration but bring a creative bunch, everyone had their own ideas for adaptions to make our designs truly unique.

We had a lovely relaxing time embroidering our stockings with Karen on hand to advise us about which stitch to use and how to achieve the best results, and with plenty of time to chat and a very pleasant break for lunch at The Granary it really was a relaxing day and I know that once my stocking is completed it will make a long lasting Christmas decoration.

my stocking to finish

We have plans for some more smaller workshops between now and Christmas, the next one being on Thursday evening 28th November when we will be making some gorgeous little Robins and the second is on Sunday 1st December we will have some one hour sessions making small tree decorations. Book your place now.

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Free-Fly Knitting

Have you seen the latest marketing campaign from Nike?

While Nike isn’t a brand we particularly associate with here a Needlecase (we prefer to stick with the likes of Sirdar, Louisa Harding and Lang Yarns), we couldn’t help but be impressed with their latest marking stunt. Live Knitting – watch the video below…

 

 

Basically, Nike’s new campaign uses live knitting- done by 4 professionals in safety harnesses no less, to knit, thread by thread, a full size advertising billboard in real time over 10 days! Who knew knitting could get so extreme.

 

Nike Fly Knitting

 

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Needlecase Knitting Kits

For those of you familiar with our website, or who have visited us in store in Tadcaster, you’ll know we stock a range of hand knitting kits.

Our knitting kits are designed by our very own Judith Schur who takes the time to sit down, design the pattern, source the wool and write the instructions, before carefully packaging each one up in to our little brown boxes and labeling it ready to be sold.

cushion kits

The wool Judith uses for most of our knitting kits comes from the West Yorkshire Spinners, a company that is local to Needlecase, with their factory being based in the village of Keighley not too far away. As a small independent business ourselves, we are delighted to be able to support another independent business nearby, by using them in our original knitting kits. So if supporting local businesses is important to you too, then our hand knitting kits are a great way to support two in one!

The West Yorkshire Spinners are currently involved in the campaign for wool  and as avid knitters ourselves we are definitely on board so why not check out what they have to say about this great material! GIVE FLEECE A CHANCE.

wool for kits needlecase

We currently have two knitting kits available online, the chain stripes cushion kit and the heart cable cushion kit (available in multiple colours) and Judith is currently working on a third design to add to our range, so keep popping back to the website or dropping in to the shop to see what’s new.

All the kits come with the pattern, instructions, yarns and accessories you need to complete the project, which means all you need, is a working pair of knitting needles. We like to think our bespoke cushion kits are ideal if you’re looking to make something original and personal for you or your home, and with a full pattern and instruction set included, you can tackle one of our kits whether you are a beginner or an advanced hand knitter. So why not have a go?

We’d also love to see pictures of any finished versions of our knitting kits, so please send us those in the comments below!

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Sewing Felt Flowers and Strawberry Tea Cup Pin Cushions

On Friday the 21st of June we kicked off our weekend of celebrations to officially introduce our newly refurbished store to the people of Tadcaster and sewing, knitting and crocheting enthusiasts from the local town and even further a field.

We started with a simple felt flower making workshop hosted by our very own Judith Schur.

Felt Flower MakingFelt Flower Making

Then, Saturday the 22nd of June was our Strawberry Tea party in honour of  Breast Cancer Care, and we indulged in children’s crafts,  a pincushion in a teacup workshop and a little or should we say a lot, of tea and cake and light refreshments!

Tea and Cake

We headed down to our local charity shops a few days before the event and were lucky enough to pick up lots of pretty tea cups for making our pincushions in – and they definitely made some lovely ones – here are a few of our favourites…

Strawberry Teacup Pin Cushions

IMG_4739 Teacup Pin Cushions

We are pleased to say we had a great turn out so we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along and supported us on the day. It was the second event after our beginners crochet class with Helen Jordan, to be held in our newly refurbished sewing and knitting work room, and thankfully, everyone fitted in and we had a really great day. We have more knitting, sewing and crocheting classes on the way so please do visit the website to sign up and pay for any you’re interested in! The more the merrier.