Welcome to December –  Don’t forget that you can watch on your iPad (but you might need a little help from Puffin!)

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Textile Inspiration

4_jh098-02-living-in-the-middle-p2Today we continue to wander round the lovely textile exhibition held in Ledbury entitled ‘Living in the Middle’ with Hilary Beattie as our guide.

If you have been inspired by the various techniques used in the work and you would like to know how to go about this yourself then Hilary has put down some beginners guide steps into her new book entitled ‘Make It Personal’ and this is our featured Book of the Month – so free p&p in the UK.

Deck the Halls

Jennie helps us decorate the tree (or home) with her lovely twiddled and fiddled hexagon shape – simple to make with Jennie’s excellent instructions but these could be addictive!


Want more decoration inspiration? – Click on the quick links:

Christmas for both videos and shopping with ideas on 3D decorations from The Stitch Witch , or felt decorations from Daisy Chain  (Christmas Cuddlies Bears kit or the little book Felt Decorations by Corinne Lapierre )

or Bunting (which will include a new little book called Mini Bunting by Alistair Macdonald)

To see what you’ve been missing  check out the video thumbnails at the bottom of the page.

For the Beading enthusiasts

We met up with Fran Rose recently for a filming opportunity with beading workshops and discovered that she has several books on beading – from projects to gifts –  as well as some beginners kits for bracelets and necklaces, which would make great gifts for yourself (if you are a beader) or for others.

For the cardmaking enthusiasts

There is a quick link to cards as well as the clever ideas from Dee Paramour with the deColourant products .

Gifts to Make:

A novel Gift idea would be the unusual Water Drop peg bag designed by Kate Findlay (which we discovered when we were filming with her at the Water Water exhibition recently); again great to make or to give.

We have already shown you some small and simple gifts to make with our Chicken Pincushion with Jennie and the Biscornu pincushion with Carolyn Forster, and the folded potholder from Valerie: these are listed at the bottom of this email – take a look and click through.

Gifts to last:

For reference you can’t do better than Dawn Cameron-Dick’s Pocket Tutor – this little book is your very own patchwork and quilting teacher that can be carried in your pocket (or purse);  everything you need to know about needles, threads, wadding and sewing machines as well as much more –  and she gives an excellent lecture here on the site on needles and threads that compliments it too.


Give a 3 month membership to the site (and think about the great offer that includes the gift pack)

4_gift-pack-2013The gift pack consists of: a DVD workshop “ Texture into Sudoku” by Jennie Rayment; a charm pack of 12 x 5” squares of Oakshott shott-cotton fabrics called ‘Lakes’; a pack of 5 Aurifil threads, exclusive to Justhands-on.tv; a copy of Love Patchwork & Quilting – with a FREE Tula Pink project book attached; a copy of the Stripy Sampler Quilt pattern by Carolyn Forster, AND 1 year’s membership to the Fabric Sample Club run by Creative Quilting, where you will receive 10×5” squares each month of the latest fabrics.

Our Gift Pack can be purchased by anyone – even if you pay monthly –  so ask Santa (or an obliging husband/partner/son/daughter/inlaw/friend – or anyone else who loves you) and we will work the magic on the membership to make sure you don’t pay twice!

Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie

New this month

3D tree decorations from The Stitch Witch
Lots of easy inspiration from Lynette to decorate your tree this year.

Tips and techniques
Simple cushion edge with Valerie Nesbitt
No Piping necesary !

Quilting Makes Your Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
Valerie shows 4 or 5 different Dresden Plate and Grandmother’s Fan quilts to demonstrate various options open to you.

Tulip Tree Bag designed by Paula Doyle
Paula says this is the best bag ever! – and it certainly contains lots of lovely pockets to keep everything neat and tidy.

Meet Paula Doyle – Quilter and Patchwork Author
An award winning quilter who lives close to the river Thames and shares some of her passion with us.

Folded Potholder with Valerie Nesbitt
Traditional and useful too.

Chicken Pincushion from Jennie Rayment
or you could make this bigger and fill it with sand and it would be a brilliant doorstop.