Halloween Workshops

4_jh114-05-halloween-goody-bag - Valerie Nesbitt - valerieA couple of great projects from Kate Findlay for the children to do themselves – painting T-shirts  (here are some that our viewers made!) and then there is the goodie bag which also has a poppy kit version in the shop.  (If you’re looking for other Half Term ideas, use the Quick Search Children for more options)

Christmas Workshop

4_jh107-11-christmas-decorations - Valerie Nesbitt - valerieWe have a new workshop from Fran Rose making this delightful tree decoration. We’re starting early to give you time to make lots for your tree!!

If you want inspiration for Christmas, just click on the Christmas Quick Search for more ideas for cards, decorations, baubles etc

Breast Cancer Charity Workshop

4_jh113-04-star-snowball - Valerie Nesbitt - valerieWhen you download the instructions for this super stitch n’ flip quilt during October, you also raise money for Breast Cancer research, so a win, win situation.

Don’t forget it’s one of our Free Videos so all members and subscribers can watch. For other Free Videos click here

Binding Workshop

4_jh111-02-binding-demo - Valerie Nesbitt - valerieAnd for another of our Free videos, we have the Bramble Patch to thank for this comprehensive binding demonstration – now you’ll have no excuses for not finishing that project that you’ve been putting off!!

And don’t forget you can rewind and rewatch as often as you like.

Textile Inspiration

If all that inspiration and instruction is exhausting, you can sit back with a cup/glass of something and wander round the Prism textile exhibition coded;decoded (more next month)

New in the Shop:

5_949-qotg-taking-it-further - Juliet Coffer - julietWe’ve been busy stocking the shop with some lovely new items for you; a few are listed below – just click (or tap) on the links below to take you to the item.

We have new books from Carolyn Forster – Quilting on the Go – Taking it Further and from Philippa Naylor – Applique Mastery

New patterns include bags from Lisnaweary Quilts and a sampler quilt from Pauline Ineson compiled of 6 different little booklets.

5_939-ec-whole-quilt6 designs for a stained glass Patchwork project from Gail Lawther called Enchanted Christmas, which you can either buy separately or as a complete pack of 6.

5_948-super-new-woolOther ideas include an advent calendar from the Stitch Witch with Japanese folded motives or The Advent Tree from Brenda Walker that has pockets ready for stuffing with little animals and decorations (also available as a kit)

And for all you Trapunto fans, Sylvia Critcher has a super new trapunto wool here for you.

Book of the Month

Corinne Lapierre’s book from the ’20 to Make’ book range continues with our theme of getting ready for Christmas this month with 20 delightful felt decorations to make and felt is easy to work with as it doesn’t fray. There is also free p&p in the UK during October.

4_20-felt-christmas-decs-2 - Valerie Nesbitt - valerie

Facebook Competition




Thanks to all those who took part in our competition; The correct answer was 4 o’clock. The  winner has been drawn and you will find if you’ve won by going to our Facebook page, or checking if you’ve receved a Facebook message from Juliet.

Twitter Don’t be shy, just pop by anyway and Like our page, join in the chat, and keep up-to-date with our latest Facebook posts and competitions. Or if you’re more of a ‘Twitterer’ come and follow us there.



And another thank you…..

…to one of our regular viewers for this lovely comment:

I was getting in a tizzy about my borders, and thought “I’ll go to Just Hands On, to find the answer”. The search option, and different workshops that come up worked really well. And, of course, I found the answer, and many more besides, and then got sidetracked by looking at the wonderful video of Rajasthan!!
Thank you for explaining things so clearly!


Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie


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New this month

Sling Bag with Jennie Rayment
This can be done on the serger (or overlocker) and maybe this one is big enough for Jennie to hide in!

Out and about
coded:decoded – an exhibition by Prism – Part 1
An exhibition of textile inspired art – and what a talented group they are with members from across the globe.

Star Snowball with Valerie Nesbitt
This is a simple 2-block, 2 fabric quilt where you create stars without a triangle in sight!

Out and about
Sewing with the Old Irish with Karen Nicol
Karen shows us just how versatile this old industrial Singer machine can be in her hands – but inspiration for us all; and Karen confirms that you can never have too many threads!

Star Sashing for your Quilt with Valerie Nesbitt
Valerie suggests how you could turn the simple cornerstones of your sashing into something more interesting – easily and simply.

Tips and techniques
Stitch ‘n Flip tip from Valerie Nesbitt
Don’t panic if the selvedge shows – you could probably still use the piece.