Out & About

4_jh104-02-monkey-exhibitionWe enjoyed meeting Karen Nicol at the beginning of the month in her basement studio, and now you can meet her amazing  group of monkeys  “Singerie”;  some are living in lovely antique frames ready for display at the exhibition, and for the others we can enjoy seeing the wide array of textiles that Karen has used to create them, including fabric with tattoos, and boats inspired by the Bosphorus.

TV Inspiration:

Channel 5 last night showed part 1 of a film entitled  Henry and Anne (that’s Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn) showing Hampton Court Palace and Hever Castle;  well we have been to both with the cameras with the videos still here on the site for you to enjoy.

And the Great British Sewing Bee is off again (!) but Valerie was more interested in the bunting that was decorating The One Show studio;   if you too want to make some we have a quick link:


4_jh105-04-quick-strip-childrens-quiltA quick quilt from Valerie using 2 ½” strips, which could be cut from your stash, scraps or Jellyrolls;  strip pieced and rotary cut this is perfect for beginners too.

What’s on the Back has Valerie showing you how to expand the backing on your quilt with the help of left-overs and/or co-ordinating fabric and  Paula Doyle shows us how to hand quilt (from start to finish, including a great tip on tacking up your layers).

Subscriber Giveaway

4_aurifil-lakes-webIf you are a subscribed member our February giveaway is packs of the AURIfil threads called Lakes packaged exclusively for Justhandson.tv  and perfectly co-ordinated to quilt the modern Lakeside Towers quilt made by Valerie;  to enter as a subscribed member you just need to send an email to our competition address


with the title Lakes Threads – closing date is 28th February 2014. You can find more information on this on our competition page;


We know bags are always popular with you all and  Love to Sew Patchwork bags is new in the shop; we also have  a new pattern from Daisy Chain Designs which is a Mini Travel Bag, scissor chatelaine, pin wheel and needle book designed by Brenda Walker;

Stitched Fabric Brooches – from the series 20 to Make  – is also in the shop and one of the designs is a little Scottie Dog which would go wonderfully well with the bag workshop from Jo Gourlay;  and Making Cushion covers by Debbie Shore,  is very comprehensive both in designs offered and techniques covered (such as putting in a zip!)

If you can’t see our  right-hand panel of goodies from the shop, which includes the Book of the Month, a DVD from Jennie, Fairy Tales from Kids Co, and Love to Sew, tap on ‘download entire message/email’ at the bottom of this email.


Textiles in Focus in Cottenham this weekend – say hi to Fran Rose – our beading enthusiast. Don’t forget that you can promote your own event for FREE  – just contact us.

Happy Sewing

Valerie & Jennie



New this month

Scottie Dog Bag with Jo Gourlay
Make your favourite little girl her own version of the celebrity doggie handbag carrier.

Tips and techniques
What’s on the Back? with Valerie Nesbitt
Ideas for the backing of your quilt together with using up some of the leftovers.

Meet Karen Nicol – Textile Artist
Originally a fashion designer Karen now enjoys turning her talents to textile art.

Hand Quilting with Paula Doyle
Award winning quilter Paula guides you through the various stages to create an heirloom piece of handquilting.

Make Beautiful Beaded Buttons with Fran Rose
You can then turn these into useful brooches for yourself and/or your friends – who wouldn’t love one?

Meet Fran Rose – a passionate beader
Fran shares with us her love of beading to create jewellry, gifts, embellished bags and more.

Tips and techniques
How to finish the Piping on your cushion with Jennie Rayment
This little tip allows you to complete your piping with a professional touch.

Screen Printing with deColourant products with Dee Paramour
Dee shows us how simple it is to use these products to produce a wonderful effect.