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Turkey Work

Turkey Work Embroidery Stitch with Lorna Bateman

This week Lorna guides you through how to work this effective stitch which can also be referred to as ‘tufting’ and which she loves to use in her embroidery work to create a soft 3D look.  She shows you that you can then use this stitch to create all sorts of things – the flowers on thistles or the centre of the clematis flower, the body of a bumblebee maybe, or even a soft body for a caterpillar. Watch Now+ 

How to use precuts with Janet Clare

Last week, Janet talked us through some of the ideas she has for using precut charm squares and candies. She has some great ideas and patterns including a great project bag that uses the 5″ charm squares  Watch Now+

Simple fused box with Jennie Rayment

Jennie guides you through the art of making a box – which doesn’t have to be square!. She takes two pieces of fabric, some stiff stuff and some fusible webbing – then adds embellishment either with twiddles, or beads or just stitching. You still have time to make these as simple gift holders, which the recipient can then enjoy all year round. Watch Now+

Book of the Month

Have you seen Mandy Shaw’s  NEW book, Redwork Christmas Book. It’s a fabulously festive collection of Mandy’s favourite Christmas projects and features seven projects, all illustrated with stunning photography shot in Mandy’s own home. Every project has detailed step by step instructions. There are also over 20 full size templates all ready to trace and use. Designs include a brand new Redwork Hanging Heart, Christmas
Decorations, placemats, two cushions, mini bunting and Mandy’s extremely popular Mayhem Redwork Wreath. As it’s our Book of the Month it comes with FREE p&p in the UK in November 2019   
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Product of the Month

Our Product of the Month for November is this very clever and easy to make Wine Carrier kit from ‘Aunties Two’  and will make a wonderful table
decoration or hostess gift for any occasion!  

All you need to do is add 2 fat quarters and a button. The kit comes with the pattern, interfacing for the sides, bottoms and handles and tubing for the handles. The finished size: 8 1/2″ tall  x 4″ wide.

And even better, as our Product of the Month for November it comes with FREE P&P in the UK
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Fiona Goble

From cute booties to tinsel Orangutans.

We never imagined linking converse-style booties with gorgeous orangutans, but these are some of the wonderful knitting patterns that are new in our shop this week from Fiona Goble.  The booties pattern is literally running out of the Shop at the moment, as it’s so popular.  All her patterns are instant downloads, so you can start knitting immediately, once paid for. Have a look for your next knitting project in the shop  Buy Now+ 

Or why not  learn to knit these with Fiona herself. If you fancy a weekend of knitting and knattering, why not join us at our knitting retreat on  22 – 23 February 2020 in Surrey with Fiona. It’s a weekend of knitting tinsel animals and Japanese Amigurumi pets. What better way to while away the weekend than in a luxurious Spa hotel. Learn More+


What did they get up to at our last weekend?

…and if you’d like to know what our retreats are like check out our latest Blog post for our early November retreat with Julia Gahagan. and Angela Madden. Maggie, our event co-ordinator, recounts what a weekend they had when 22 ladies descended on the magnificent and spacious Langstone Quays for an exciting weekend of sewing fun. And there are some pics so you can see just what our students got up to.  Read Now+

Cupcake Quilt

Cupcake Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

This is a really great way of creating a quilt that uses up scraps of wadding; without all the raggy edges normally associated with this style of quilt but with the edges still reflecting this very tactile fringing. You can use pre-printed motifs or make your own applique pictures  – flowers and hearts would work very well and there are free workshop notes for paid subscribers Watch Now+ 

Suffolk Puff

How to make a Suffolk Puff (or Yo-Yo) with Jennie Rayment

Suffolk Puffs (or Yo-Yo’s) are a great way to use up scraps of fabrics and Jennie Rayment shows you how quick and easy it is to make them .They are wonderful and simple and create a great 3D effect. You’ll be amazed at what these can be used for. Watch Now+ 

What’s coming up in November

November’s  trailer is up on the website – see what great videos, classes and workshops we have for you this month from our great tutors – Fiona Goble, Dawn Cameron Dick, Helen Butcher, Janet Clare, Lorna Bateman,  Jennie Rayment, Nancy Adamek, Paula Doyle and Valerie Nesbitt Watch Now+

Don’t forget, we have new videos on every Friday and you can become a paid subscriber with full access from only £7 a month. Learn More +


Giveaway for Paid Subscribers 

Subscribers – don’t forget to enter the giveaway for November. It’s a Christmas Candle Mat English Paper Piecing Kit.  This hand sewing project is approx 8″ across and makes a lovely gift to give to a friend or for your your own festive decorations too. In the kit you will get the green fabric, the white and red fabric, a small piece of wadding, and the paper pieces needed – Hexagon, Diamond and Jewel shapes, plus guidelines on how to construct the project. To enter the competition just send an email entitled
CANDLEMAT to The competition will close 30 November 2019.

Happy Sewing

Treat  yourself to one of our amazing quilting, textile or knitting weekends away in 2020

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New videos this month

Cupcake Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

Cupcake Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

This is a super way to use up scraps of wadding; and Valerie Nesbitt suggests that any motifs will do but these cupcakes are just very appealing and non-fattening.. Watch Now+

How to use Precuts with Janet Clare

How to use Precuts with Janet Clare

Janet Clare talks us through some of the ideas she has for using the pre-cut charm squares and candies. Watch

Meet Helen Butcher

Meet Helen Butcher

Helen Butcher loves making 3D illusion quilts and shares with Valerie Nesbitt some of her ideas.. Watch Now+

Tulip Tree Bag designed by Paula Doyle

Tulip Tree Bag designed by Paula Doyle

Paula Doyle says this is the best bag ever! – and it certainly contains lots of lovely pockets to keep everything neat and tidy. Watch Now+

Tudor Rose Table Runner – Part 2 Curved Pieces with Nancy Adamek

Tudor Rose Table Runner – Part 2 Curved Pieces with Nancy Adamek

The star shapes get joined by a the drunkards path block which involves curved piecing,and Nancy Adamek shows you how to create this traditional block with English Paper Piecing. Watch Now+

How to make Twisted Thread Tassels with Gina Ferrari

How to make Twisted Thread Tassels with Gina Ferrari

Gina Ferrari shows Valerie Nesbitt how quickly and easily one can make a twisted tassel with the help of your sewing machine. Watch Now+

Bargello Tablemat with Valerie Nesbitt

Bargello Tablemat with Valerie Nesbitt

This Bargello pattern is quick and effective as a tablemat and a great way to be introduced to the cylinder method of construction.Watch Now+

Miniature Shadow Applique Quilt Kits with Julia Gahagan

Miniature Shadow Applique Quilt Kits with Julia Gahagan

Shadow Applique allows you to create pictures simply and easily with the tiniest pieces of fabric and Julia Gahagan has a range of wonderful miniature quilt kits that she shares with you. Watch Now+