Meet Daphne Morris – a passionate knitter
Valerie has known Daphne Morris for over 30 years through Creative Quilting, but only discovered recently Daphne’s passion for knitting since the age of 4! Daphne shows Valerie a snapshot of her works over the last 60 years including the oldest piece she owns and you’ll see every piece has a tale to tell. Daphne also shows us some of the upcoming workshops she has for us Watch Now+
How to knit the Mock cable stitch with Daphne Morris
In Daphne’s first workshop, she shows us how easy it is to create the texture of cable. She does this without the need of a traditional cable needle, eliminating the need to move some of the stitches. Daphne also encourages you to think about inserting this texture as a short insertion as well as possibly from top to bottom, as is often the case for traditional cable. There are free workshop notes available for everyone. Watch Now+
Kaffe Fassett in the Studio book PLUS
Fat 1/4 Fabric Bundle and FREE UK P&P
We have a unique bundle of goodies for you this June from Lady Sew and Sew. You will receive the new Kaffe Fassett book: Kaffe Fassett in the Studio: Behind the Scenes with a Master Colourist PLUS a fat quarter bundle, available in blue or red, of 5 fabrics selected from the Kaffe Kassett fabrics range. It also comes with Free P&P in the UK for June 2021. (This bundle is only available to UK shipping
As the title suggests, the book, with 224 colour photographs, gives an inside look at Kaffe Fassett’s World. It takes readers into his home and inspirational world, showcasing his personal studio where he creates his spectacular art. In addition to looking at Fassett’s past designs, the book features new patterns in the areas of quilting, knitting, and needlework. This latest book features new photography, along with never before seen images from his archive, making this a must-have among fans.
This is a Kaffe Fassett Collectors dream! and at such a special price for you, including free P&P.
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How to make a Sewing Machine Cover with Jennie Rayment
Dust, fluff and small children are not good for your sewing machine, so Jennie has come up with this easy idea for a cover to keep your machine protected from life’s mischiefs. In this very comprehensive workshop Jennie talks you through how to make the cover. You could also adapt it for any household appliance or indeed a trolley cart. Rather than leave the front and back of the cover plain, Jennie shows you how to include a circle and/or heart motives in applique, AND she talks you through how to make it lined as well. Watch Now+
Star Crochet Hexagons with Jane Czaja
This is the third hexagon design that Jane has shared with us and again she uses 5mm hook and Aran yarn. Jane takes you through the various stages to create this lovely star hexagon, which will work beautifully with the other two designs of plain and flower hexagon. Keep an eye out later this month as we will have the final workshop in the series as Jane shows you how to crochet all your pieces together. Watch Now+
Update from our May 2021 Textile and Quilting Weekend
A few weeks ago we were joined by thirteen very excited ladies for our first weekend at the Denham Grove, after the recent lifting of restrictions. As our first weekend of the year, Kate Findlay was teaching Wild Gardens to some students and Valerie Nesbitt also joined the weekend as a tutor for UFO’s or just a weekend of sewing. Check out our Blog to see what went on. Read Now+
Why not come and join us and escape for the weekend at one of our upcoming retreats – you’ll find full details here. You are also welcome to join us in the sewing corner as a day or residential student, subject to availability. You can finish your UFO’s or even start a new project without interruptions.
Calling all textilers. You may remember a Blog post recently about Schultz & Wiremu Fabric Effects They are a family-run business, who have been creating fabric effects for Film and Theatre since 1983. Read Now+
As the pandemic struck, they found they were having little or no work. So, they turned tide a little and invested in building an online shop, SWFXShop.com, selling exclusive products they use in their usual work – tools, brushes, dyes. They realised it
was difficult to buy small quantities of some products, so collaborated with some of their usual suppliers and have created some great small accessible quantities of these products.
We have some of the products listed in our Shop for you, including Dypro Multi-Purpose Dye. 100g tins – available in 24 colours. This is new in our Shop and you can pick the colours you want all on one page in the Shop. We also have a Small Brush Set; a Superior Acrylic Long Handled Brush Set; a small pair of Embroidery Scissors; perfect for all your intricate fabric needs; and a 26cm pair of Premium Fabric Scissors. Buy Now+
Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
This month’s giveaway for Paid Subscribers is a Knitting Stitch Marker Set by Charmed Knitting from Craft Queen. It is a themed set of 5 knitting stitch markers on a 7cm silver tone pin with five 10mm slip-on attachments. The slip-on style attachments are suitable for 4 to 8 gauge needles and for all yarns, particularly double knit (DK) or Aran. Presented on 7cm pin. All items are metal alloys. The charms can also be used in craft projects. For example as a decorative clip on to a bag, on a bracelet or phone, or as jewellery. To enter the competition just send an email entitled STITCH MARKER to firstname.lastname@example.org The competition closes 30th June 2021.
A Quilting Weekend in Hampshire, August 2021
A Jellytastic weekend
with Sarah Soward and Pauline Bolt
7 – 8 August 2021
Langstone Quays Resort, Hayling Island, Hampshire
This is a quick and easy way to create texture working over two stitches and with no need for an additional cable needle. Watch Now+
Jane Czaja takes you through the various stages to create this delightful star hexagon, which will work beautifully with the other two designs. Watch Now+
Valerie Nesbitt shares this simple quilt that uses pre-cut squares and is great for beginners as you don’t have to worry about the seam allowance. Watch Now+
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+
Gail Penberthy has designed this delightful cushion using a fused technique. Her pattern also has notes on how to create a very useful tote bag using the same design Watch Now+
Kathleen Laurel Sage shows us how to make great covers for our books from those luscious scraps of organza and threads. Watch Now+
How do you capture the appeal of these complex islands in a series of quilts? Here we get to see an interpretation from Gail Lawther, with wonderful pictures from her husband Chris. Watch Now+
A super patchwork variation on the British national emblem is used to create this lovely cushion. Watch Now+