New Videos Every Friday

Introduction to Goldwork Embroidery with Kathleen Laurel Sage

This is a comprehensive workshop from Kathleen where she shows you how to create a bumblebee with texture in the body, created from the purl and check wires. She admits it is a little fiddly but very straightforward and worth taking a little time over. Watch Now+ 

If you’d like to make our own,
there is a kit available in the Shop which is great for beginners and those who want to expand their skills Buy 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+ 

Tucked Up Band with Jennie Rayment

This idea for a textured strip comes from the Victorian era when they used it to fold ribbon. You can of course still do this today. The textured strip can be used for a wide range of embellishments from a choker, to Home Dec ideas like trimming a lampshade. You can also use it for dress straps or add texture to a bodice or a border of a quilt. And like all good ideas, it’s simple to make. Watch Now+

Butterfly cushion Applique kit with Valerie Nesbitt

This is gloriously colourful cushion kit.  In this workshop, Valerie talks you through the contents of the kit and the simple instructions. She also has tips on quilting the cushion. If you’re not a fan of free motion quilting, she talks you through using cross hatching as a background stitch, which due to its symmetry gives a very pleasing effect to the cushion  Watch Now+ 

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

We have chosen the butterfly kit, from Creative Quilting as 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+ 

I want those boots!

For all you fashion aficionados Dolce and Gabanna’s SS21 Women’s Fashion Show was full of patchwork, denim, embroidery and embellishment and as you can see from this picture a burst of vibrant colours.  It is a celebration of Sicily. They say the #DGSicilianPatchwork looks feature a union of different colours, forms and fabrics, each one crafted and interpreted manually by skilled hands. We have posted a video from the show on our Facebook page to inspire you with your projects  – the work is truly fantastic and we definitely want those patchwork boots  Watch Now+

Bamboozle crochet scarf with Jane Czaja

Jane feels this is a great beginner project as well as being enjoyable for those who are more familiar with crochet. She works the scarf with a #6 hook and talks you through the various stages of creating this scarf in Bamboozle yarn. Jane also gives you the option to work the scarf in trebles as well as half-trebles, which she prefers, as she feels it gives the scarf a tighter look (and feel).  Watch Now+ 

In the Shop this week

The Bamboozle scarf has been very popular, and Creative Quilting have put together some kits for you in 3 colours. The finished dimensions are approximately 162cm by 12.5cm (64″ by 5″).  Each kits contains 2 balls of King Cole Bamboozle chunky yarn and instructions. You will also need a  6mm crochet hook (not included). Just click on the colour you want below.

Inferno Scarf Kit
Humbug Scarf Kit
Stonewash Scarf Kit

What’s coming up in October

Have you caught up with this month’s trailer? Featured tutors this month include  Carolyn ForsterJanet ClareJennie RaymentKathleen Laurel SageMandy ShawMary GamesterSallieann HarrisonValerie
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Giveaway for Paid Subscribers 

This month we are giving away this 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

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+

Spa quilt with Valerie Nesbitt

Valerie Nesbitt shows you how to use up some of those pre-cut squares and/or layer cakes to create this simple quilt. Watch

Curved slice patchwork workshop with Angela Madden

Not just another ruler  – this one designed by Angela Madden really does take the maths out of slicing a circle. Watch Now+

Robin and Rosehips applique workshop with Kate Findlay

Fused applique is the simple technique used in this lovely workshop designed by Kate Findlay and there is a kit you can purchase to make one of your very own. Watch Now+

An Embroidery Weekend: Hand Embroidery with Niamh Wimperis

Learn the beautiful and powerful art of embroidery as seen on BBC2’s The Victorian House of Arts and Crafts with Niamh Wimperis. Watch Now+