///20 April 2018

20 April 2018

New Videos Every Friday


Meet Sarah Hatton

Meet Sarah Hatton

Today we meet Sarah Hatton who has joined our knitting and crochet team. Having been taught to knit at an early age, she went on to do a fashion degree, but found herself drawn back to knitting.  She is now a pattern designer for both knitting and crochet and here she talks to Valerie about her background and inspirations. Even better she is left handed, so watch out for her videos for tips for you lefties! Watch Now+

magic Loop Knitting

Last week Sarah took the mystery out of knitting with a circular needle with ‘Magic Loop Knitting’. This is a method where there is no sewing up of seams – you can just keep knitting. Watch Now+

This method can be used to make her delightful little Moss Hat. Sarah designed this delightful little cloche style hat especially for Justhands-on.tv and you can find it as an instant download pattern in the Shop (and keep an eye out for the full workshop next week) More Info+

Why not come and join Sarah at our Knitting Weekend in Hampshire on 27-28 October as she eases you gently into working with cables. This is currently available at the early bird price of only £350 Learn More+


Yo- Yo

Throwback Thursday

Yo-Yo Caterpillar from Jennie Rayment, in this month’s visit to our Archives, is not only a great way to use up scraps of fabric to create the simple Yo-Yo design (called a Suffolk Puff in the UK); but wadding too – the puffier the better! It’s just one of a range of fun toys that  can be made from this design and is great to make with children too Watch Now+



Navajo Blanket Quilt – Zig Zag Units

This week we’ve  reached part four of Anne Baxter’s brilliant Navajo Blanket Quilt project.  In this episode she shows us how to produce the zig zag border from simple half-square triangles. She shows you her special method that uses continual sewing,  as she finds it much quicker than some conventional methods Watch Now+


Sundance bag

Product of the Month

Our product of the month for April  is this lovely Sundance Bag kit from Lady Sew and Sew created exclusively for justhands-on.tv .  It has proved such a popular bag, that we have sold out the blue colourway – but don’t worry we now have it available in this gorgeous pink/purple fabric bundle in this amazing range of fabrics from Makower. PLUS you’ll receive the pattern to make the bag.  The kit comes with free p&p in the UK for April PLUS entry into a draw for 1 months FREE subscription.  More Info +

However, you are advised that the pattern also requires 1m of style-vil @£11/m which we have added to the shop with free postage – just click here to add to your order.


Paula Doyle

American Hand Piecing with Paula Doyle

Did you catch the start of our new mini-series with Paula Doyle last week to make a delightful little 4-block sampler quilt all with hand piecing. This is the alternative to English Paper Piecing – using templates and putting the fabric pieces together with a simple running stitch and Paula has some great sewing tips for you including how to finish, which she in turn learnt from her Grandmother Watch Now+


lap App

The Lap App from Villavin Crafts 

Have you been looking for that perfect lap table for your applique and handwork? This small adjustable one provides the perfect rest for your hands and since it came onto our site, it’s been selling like hotcakes and our customers are finding them ‘fabulous to use’. Made of Natural Baltic Birch and Pine woods it features special Star Knobs making it easy to adjust. It measures 12″ x 8″ includes 3 spindles for thread storage and an extra strong magnet to prevent needles from getting lost. It has many other fantastic features and you can find full details in our Shop More Info+




What’s coming up in the next 2 weeks

If you want to see what’s live on the site today and next week, then watch our latest trailer of the new videos. Watch Now+

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



Curves to Quilt

Book of the Month

Our  Book of the Month for April is Curves to Quilt by The House of White Birches.  It contains 14 great varied projects and  covers a wide range of skill levels and a variety of techniques – great for all sewers. You are invited to put some pizzazz into your projects by adding curves;  the projects vary from applied circles, through curved vines and scalloped edges, to New York Beauty – such a great scrap quilt. As it’s our book of the month, it comes with FREE p&p in the UK in April 2018. More Info+





Win a Janome Horizon
Memory Craft 9400 QCP

We’ve teamed up with Janome to offer you the chance to win the popular Janome MC9400QCP. The machine is worth £2,199 and could be yours – – for FREE if you enter our competition.  The MC9400QCP is the latest longarm model providing both speed ( up to 1,060 spm ) and precision ( 91 needle positions ) for perfect sewing results. It’s also the biggest longarm model Janome has ever produced.  Read More+

Check out our competition page for full eligibility details and how to enter. The competition will close on 31 December 2018 Midnight GMT. Learn More

Happy sewing
Valerie & Jennie




New videos this month

Magic loop knitting with Sarah Hatton

Magic loop knitting with Sarah Hatton

Sarah takes the mystery out of knitting with a circular needle- a method that can be used to make her delightful little Moss Hat. Watch Now+

Small 4-block sampler quilt pieced by hand with Paula Doyle

Small 4-block sampler quilt pieced by hand with Paula Doyle

This is part one of the mini-series to make a delightful little quilt all with hand piecing – and not an English Paper in sight. Watch Now+

Glimpses of Britain by Gail Lawther

Glimpses of Britain by Gail Lawther

How do you capture the appeal of these complex islands in a series of quilts? Here we get to see an interpretation from Gail on our revisit to Harrogate. Watch Now+

Fruity Friends cushions with Valerie Nesbitt

Fruity Friends cushions with Valerie Nesbitt

Another super selection of fabrics designed by Makower plus another clever pattern from Lynne Goldsworthy to create some delightful fun cushions. The pattern is a free download.Watch Now+

Kitty with Valerie Nesbitt

Kitty with Valerie Nesbitt

This lovely quilt was designed by Judith Hollis of Just Jude Designs, using the Kitty range of fabrics from Makower. Watch Now+

Fast Cushion Cover with Valerie Nesbitt

Fast Cushion Cover with Valerie Nesbitt

Valerie takes inspiration from her marbled fabric to do some double needle quilting and then turn the fabric into a a quick cushion cover.Watch Now+

Tip from Anne Baxter about your sewing stitches

Tip from Anne Baxter about your sewing stitches

It makes so much sense when you are told(!) 
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Mickey Mouse jelly roll quilt with Jennie Rayment

Mickey Mouse jelly roll quilt with Jennie Rayment

Simple strip piecing creates this fun quilt. 
Watch Now+

Purl 2 Tog knitting with Rosee Woodland

Purl 2 Tog knitting with Rosee Woodland

This is a way of decreasing your stitches that gives a right hand leaning edge – so useful in necklines.. Watch Now+

Navajo Blanket Quilt - Quarter Square Triangle units with Anne Baxter

Navajo Blanket Quilt – Quarter Square Triangle units with Anne Baxter

Anne was inspired to include this unit when she saw it used on a piece of navajo pottery. Watch Now+



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