Out & About the UK

12-14th September – Country Life at the Castle
Hever Castle in Kent that is;  we visited with the cameras a couple of years ago and this is still available to view by clicking here.

19-21st September The Handmade Fair in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace, Surrey.

Visit the Events page for more information on these and so many more up and down the country. (If you want your event listed, it is free to have it on the website – just contact us with details.)

Free Subscriber giveaway

5_719-fabric-color-magic-decolourant-book-245-p-3This month we have two copies of Fabric Color Magic by Abby Riba and Nick Coman to give away to our Subscribers. This is just such an exciting book for those of you who enjoy using textile art;  in it the authors talk about how to use stencils and brushes with the deColourant products – an easy way to manipulate fabric colour without using harmful chemicals. They cover techniques for stamping, stencilling screenpriting and so much more.

This giveaway is open to all who are subscribed members;  more information is on the Competition page of the site.

To enter just send us an email with the title Fabric Colour Magic to our competition address:


The competition will close midnight 30th Sept 2014.

(and if you are looking for inspiration, we have lots of videos and workshops using deColourant and deColourant Plus with Dee Paramour – click here to have a look)

Book of the Month

Simple Patchwork Gifts – it’s never too early to start making gifts for Christmas (and the nights are already drawing in!!!). 4_love-to-sew-patchwork-gifts - Valerie Nesbitt - valerie

This book has a range of projects from a bolster cushion to pretty felt tins; mug rugs to rable runner; tea cosies to diary cover; laptop bag to phone charm – lots to choose from; suitable for beginners and those who have some sewing skills.

Free p&p in the UK for the month.

Classes and workshops:

5_jh107-10-making-paper-beadsThis week we have a couple of lovely workshops which are also great for sharing with children:

Make fabric and/or paper beads with Fran Rose which can be used for jewellery or for embellishing projects (you can use the same fabrics so it will be instantly co-ordinated)

5_jh113-03-pin-weavingPinweaving with Lorna Bateman provides inspiration to use up lots of scraps of wool, ribbon, threads as well as fabric in this simple but effective technique.

For more ideas that are suitable for kids – use the quick link on the left hand side of the video pages.

If getting away to classes is something you would like to do, we have quite a selection in the Classifieds and Valerie will be up in Bridlington at the Royal Bridlington Hotel later in October – 3 different  classes still with  a couple of spaces if you’d like to join her.

New Magazines in the shop:

We have featured two new magazines (in the pattern section!) Modern Quilts Unlimited and Machine Quilting Unlimited – we hope you like them.

Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie



New this month

Making Paper and Fabric Beads with Fran Rose
Simple, easy but effective for jewellery and for adding the finishing touch to a project – such as to the zip pull of a bag.

Tips and techniques
How to calculate the size of your block with Valerie Nesbitt
No maths needed – just simple division- and don’t forget the seam allowance!

Fast Half Square Triangle Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
Most half square triangles used in quilts are small, but here Valerie encourages you to think BIG.

Out and about
S.A.Q.A. Textile Exhibition
A wander round their Transformations Reflections exhibition

Tips and techniques
Straight stitch fused applique with Valerie Nesbitt
This is the modern way of tackling applique – no turned edges.

3D flying geese with just one seam to sew!
Simple and effective and only one seam to sew how quick they are.

Tips and techniques
Precision Piecing with Valerie Nesbitt
A little help from Valerie with accurate sewing techniques once you have cut the pieces for your patchwork.

Sew Simple Attic Windows with Karin Hellaby
Karin shares several ingenious simple ways of creating this traditional block.