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Floral Cutwork from Kathleen Laurel-Sage

In this very comprehensive workshop Kathleen shares with you how to create cutwork using your sewing machine skills.  Kathleen loves to work with scraps of organza and water soluble fabric. She talks you through marking the design, the fabric placement of all those little scraps of organza. She has a great tip on how to avoid reversing the design that you have so carefully marked (!), making the quilting sandwich, thread selection, how to set the sewing machine, cutting and soldering.   Watch Now+

If you’d like to try this at home, see details below of Kathleen’s kits which we have as our Product of the Month for July, with free UK P&P.

For July, we have  two delightful cutwork kits from Kathleen Laurel Sage as our Product of the Month., that come complete and ready for you to create your own lovely panel.  There is a Daisies and Blue Cornflower kit or a Pink Rose Kit.  The kit contains full instructions, the pattern to trace, a selection of organza fabrics in the colourway shown, Romeo dissolvable fabric and a few seed beds to use for the embellishment. So, this means that you can make a start straight away. Approx. size 9”x9” when made.

As our Product of the Month it comes with free shipping in the UK for the month of July 2021

Buy Now Daisies and Blue Cornflower Machine Embroidery Kit+
Buy Now Pink Rose Machine Embroidery Kit from Kathleen Laurel Sage+

Block printing tote bags with Tess Grace from The Arty Crafty Place

In this workshop Tess Grace shows you how to make this beautiful and very useful tote bag which is completely washable. Block printing is a very simple and easy way to decorate a plain fabric tote bag. Tess shows you how to use two colours on your block; tips on how to find the middle of your work and avoid splashing the paint onto your precious project which once finished will be able to be washed. Don’t forget to practice first! Watch Now+ 

Tess also has some lovely kits available to accompany this workshop. Learn More+

Dyeing in a Plastic Bag with Helen Deighan – Part 1

Helen Deighan just loves to dye her own fabric. Join her in this starter workshop for dyeing. Here she shares a completely mess-free method using just a simple plastic bag. You can adapt this simple method to give a tie-and-dye effect too.  Watch Now+

Helen has 2 books with great fabric dyeing ideas and all ‘no mess and no fuss’, in our Shop, or if you want to dye your own yarn see our Book of the Month below Learn More+

Dye One Knit One is an informative ‘How To’ book and also a wonderful resource for every knitter who might be thinking about dyeing their own yarn.

Helen and Linda’s new book shows you how to dye your own yarn. It also gives plenty of ideas with patterns for innovative things to make. Including a knitted clock – yes really!

Easy to follow instructions teach you step-by-step.

Beautifully illustrated with colour photographs and drawings.

As our Book of the Month, this book is at a special price of £10 for the month of July 2021 (normally £14.95). Buy Now+

Bias Effect Cushion with Jennie Rayment

The bias effect can create very interesting elliptical shapes with ease.  Jennie starts off by showing you how easy it is to cut strips of fabric on the bias, with the help of your ruler. She then uses a simple fold technique to create the lovely shapes which can then be filled with decorative stitching. You can embellish these with the help of simple stitching, fancy stitching and/or decorative threads. Watch Now+

Satin Stitch Applique with Valerie Nesbitt

Machine applique is really very easy and a particular favourite with Valerie:   every sewing machine has a zig-zag stitch on it – no matter how old – and Valerie gives some helpful advice on how to use this to achieve a great satin stitch. In this video Valerie talks about the type and colour of thread, thread tension, bobbin thread, fabric stabilizers and why an applique foot is essential Watch Now+

Festival of Quilts 2021

Festival of Quilts is back at the end of the month (29th July – 1st August) and many of our contributors will be there – keep an eye out for Jennie, Gail Lawther, Janome, Angela Daymond, Julia Gahagan, Oliven, Kate Findlay, Lina Patchwork to mention a few. Oakshott Fabrics will also be there with all the lovely fabrics you’ll need for our upcoming Beginners Quilt Series on Stand G46. For a full exhibitor list you can just click here.

What’s coming up in July

So much to catch up with this month on the site – have you checked out this month’s trailer to see what you are missing? Featured tutors this month include : Helen DeighanJane CzajaJennie RaymentKate BarlowKathleen Laurel SageLinda SewardSallieann HarrisonTess GraceValerie Nesbitt

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Don’t forget, we have new videos on every Friday and you can become a paid subscriber with full access from only £5 a month. Learn More +


Giveaway for Paid Subscribers 

If you have a paid subscription to the site, don’t forget to enter our July giveaway for a Lesser Spotted White Butterfly Trapunto kit by Sylvia Critcher.  This is a small corded and stuffed kit that makes up into a 6″ block. Sylvia combines several quilting techniques to make this simple, but delightful and effective block. She uses Italian corded work, Trapunto stuffed work, French cording and English quilting techniques. As a kit it comes complete with calico, fabric, butter muslin wadding and stuffing wool. (needle and thread not included). To enter the competition just send an email entitled BUTTERFLY  to  The competition closes 31st July 2021.

Happy sewing and stay safe


**Last few places available**

A Quilting Weekend in Hampshire, September 2021

Drunkards Path or New York Beauty with Sue Rhodes

11-12 September

Langstone Quays Resort, Hayling Island, Hampshire


New videos this month

Satin Stitch Applique with Valerie Nesbitt

This traditional form of applique allows you to showcase your work and the threads and Valerie shares some helpful tips. Watch Now+

Bias Effect Cushion with Jennie Rayment

Jennie Rayment shares with us how to rotary cut strips on the bias which then allows you to fold back edges with ease. Watch

Beginner Patchwork Sampler quilt series with Sallieann Harrison – Promo film

This sampler quilt designed by Sallieann Harrison is perfect for beginners .Watch

Whitework eyelet embroidery technique with Kate Barlow

Kate Barlow shares with us this element of whitework which creates a hole without cutting any of the threads, so remains very strong. Watch Now+

Lone Star Diamond English Paper Piecing workshop with Nancy Adamek

Nancy shows you how to create a diamond star with English Paper Piecing. Watch Now+

Liberty Emporium chain quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

This chain quilt has been designed by Valerie Nesbitt to use pre-cuts but would work just as well cut from your stash. Watch Now+

Scrap Braid Quilts with Valerie Nesbitt

Valerie Nesbitt shows you this quick and easy way to use up a wide variety of scraps where anything and everything works. Watch Now+

Crochet edging for a hexagon blanket with Jane Czaja

Jane Czaja takes you through the final stages of how to join the  crochet hexagons and adding the finishing touch to the outside. Watch Now+