New Videos Every Friday

Christmas Table runner patchwork block with Valerie Nesbitt 

This week, Valerie takes predesigned squares from a panel or from that pack that you have in your stash and shows you how to convert them into something more useful., In the video, she takes a block from her favourite book – Fat Quarter  Baby  -and shows you how to recreate it  and resize the square to work with your block. These Christmas blocks would make great table runners or fun cushion covers  Watch Now+ 

Meet Kate Barlow, Embroidery tutor

Also this week, Valerie chats to Kate Barlow who is an embroidery tutor at the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace. She also works freelance for herself.  Kate takes us through some of the pieces she has created in this video. Keep an eye out as we have some workshops coming up with Kate, including one at the end of this month Watch Now+

PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Butterfly Applique Cushion Kit from Creative Quilting

This gloriously colourful butterlfy applique cushion kit. from Creative Quilting is our Product of the Month for October. The cushion size is approx 18″ square and  the  kit comes complete with Butterfly applique templates (by Kjersti Smith), bright fabric for butterflies, 2.5″ fabric strips for background, Heat and Bond, calico, wadding, fabric for the cushion backing and instructions.  As our Product of the Month it comes with free shipping in the UK for the month of October. .Buy Now+ 

Sling Bag with Jennie Rayment

Jennie guides us through how to make this very lightweight, and easy, sling bag with her overlocker (or serger as it’s often called). You can also do this workshop just as easily with a regular sewing machine. Jennie shows you how this can be done, with some slight adjustments, at the end of the workshop.Watch Now+ 

Transfer Painting with Lace with Mary Gamester

In this workshop Mary shows you how you can use lace as a mask to create lovely designs. You can use this technique on projects such as book covers and also to create a lovely frame around another piece of work. And don’t forget that you can use the positive and the negative alternatives. Mary also shares her tip on what kind of lace is best, what to avoid.  Watch Now+

BOOK OF THE MONTH:  Golden Glamour Gold Work Book by Kathleen Laurel Sage

Kathleen has also written this very informative new  book of small golden projects and it is our October Book of the Month . It has an introduction on what materials to use and how to use them followed by 11 varied projects for you to embroider and several designs for you to experiment on, with your new-found skills.

You can then become confident using some of the metal threads and cords that are associated with gold work. It will also allow you the freedom to experiment
with the modern materials of today. Once you discover that most materials are available to use, you can develop and combine them to produce your own unique slant on a traditional technique. If you are just starting out or want to experiment with traditional techniques, then this book is perfect for you.

As it’s our Book of the Month it also comes with FREE P&P in the UK during October Buy Now+ 

Monoprinting with Janet Clare

Janet shares her love of monoprinting. She shows us how she worked on the delightful designs for  her lovely range of fabrics Hearty Good Wishes. Moda printed and distributed the fabrics in muted blues and greys. They remind Janet of the English coast in winter and  memories of her childhood in Kent. Watch Now+ 

In the Shop this week

We’ve popped some lovely little Christmas projects in the Shop for you this week from Gail Penberthy, Mandy Shaw, OliVen and Creative Quilting.  We certainly have a project for everyone.  Learn More+

And for those of you who would like to crochet some poppies  this year, Jane Czaja has kindly donated her pattern to us. All proceeds will go to the Royal British Legion Buy Now+

We also have some lovely instant download patterns from Sallieann Harrison (pictured) Buy Now+

What’s coming up in October

Still 3 more Friday’s in October and still plenty more to inspire you. Featured tutors this month include  Carolyn ForsterJanet ClareJennie RaymentKathleen Laurel SageMandy ShawMary GamesterSallieann HarrisonValerie 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 £5 a month. Learn More +


Giveaway for Paid Subscribers 

Paid Subscribers. Don’t forget to enter our giveaway this month – a stylish project bag pattern from Janet Clare. Almost every quilter, patchworker and crafter that Janet knows loves a mini charm pack of fabric. The pattern  was designed with that in mind! With just a single 5″ charm pack (42 squares of 5” fabric) and the addition of a little lining fabric and oval handles, this pattern makes a bag which is perfect for all those unfinished objects (UFOs)! The detailed pattern includes step by step instructions and lots of close up photographs to show how to piece the bag from the 5” charm squares. It also includes lots of close-up photographs to show Janet’s fabric selections. FINISHED BAG MEASURES 13 1/2 X 12
“. To enter the competition just send an email entitled PROJECT BAG to The competition will close 31 October 2020.

Happy sewing and stay safe

New videos this month

Meet Kate Barlow, Embroidery tutor

Learn more about Kate Barlow who is an embroidery tutor at the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace as well as working freelance for herself. Watch Now+

Transfer Painting with Lace with Mary Gamester

You will love the designs you can create and Mary shows you how easy it is. Watch Now+

Butterfly Cushion Applique kit with Valerie Nesbitt

This delightful cushion is a mixture of simple sewing and fused applique for the butterflies. Watch Now+

Introduction to Goldwork Embroidery with Kathleen Laurel Sage

In this workshop Kathleen shows you how to apply purl wires and chippings to create a delightful Bumblebee.. Watch Now+

Bamboozle crochet scarf with Jane Czaja

This delightful scarf designed by Jane Czaja is made with Bamboozle yarn and half treble crochet stitches, which are crocheted unusually along the length of the project. Watch Now+

Tucked Up Band with Jennie Rayment

Another great twiddled and fiddled idea from Jennie that can have a wide range of applications. Watch Now+

Sampler Wreath Embroidery Workshop – Satin Stitch – with Niamh Wimperis

The satin stitch is a simple but effective way of filling in an embroidery shape with stranded threads. Watch Now+

Bed of Roses quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

This is a lovely simple quilt design from Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts, which works so very well with a layer cake or a bundle of fabrics . Watch Now+