When you visit the website today, you may notice that we have made a few changes and improvements to the site, following feedback we have received from you.
To help you , we have a couple of tips here for you today, but do contact us if you have any questions, and we’d love to hear your feedback too.
To login on a computer- just click on ‘ My Account’ in the top right of the screen. On a phone or tablet, you’ll find this in the hamburger menu (the three horizontal striped lines in the top right). Computer users will notice that once logged in your name doesn’t appear in the top right – don’t worry just point at ‘ My Account to see a menu of options for your account.
You’ll also spot that the shopping basket, search and Contact us functions are also up here,
New Pages and Menus for getting round the site
We have now got all our videos and shop products under single craft headings – Quilting, Knitting and Crochet, Embroidery and Textile Art, so you can find the topics you are interested in more easily. There is also a menu for All Videos, if you just want to browse them together and a section for Events and Community. You can just click or tap on these main headings to take you to its own page.
We also have new menus to help you with your projects and ideas, To access the menu on a pc, just point at the menu heading and the menu will pop up. On a phone or tablet, just tap on the hamburger (three horizontal lines) to see the new headings. It’s divided into ‘How To’ , ‘Ideas’ and ‘What’s New’ and our featured products. Just click or tap on the option you want
AND DON’T WORRY, whilst you’re getting used to the new layout, we have all your old headings at the bottom of each page for you, under the picture of our lovely smiley lady.
…… and now for something more fun…. new workshops
Double Sided Cast On with Lorna Bateman
In this workshop Lorna shows us how to create and use this very useful embroidery stitch. The double sided cast on stitch is particularly useful for creating a 3D effect in your embroidery. In this instance Lorna has used it to create the bullrush flower in her garden; but it could also be used to create a 3D caterpillar and/or foliage.Lorna talks you through the threads you can use, which are cast-over a milliners needle. Watch Now+
Iron Caddy Tote sewing project with Valerie Nesbitt
This Caddy tote for your iron is such a neat idea as it allows you to carry your iron safely – even when warm as it has a heat resistant lining, – AND gives you a small surface on which to iron on. In this workshop Valerie also goes through some of the salient points to help with your work. The pattern suggests using two layers of wadding. You could also think about Insulbrite wadding, which has a more heat-resistant quality. More Info+
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Caddy Pad by Sisters’ Common Thread
If you’d like to make the really clever iron tote and ironing pad in this week’s workshop, then we have the pattern as our Product of the Month. It comes complete with the Heat Resistant fabric included. It’s just the right size to carry your regular iron (safe even when warm). It’s also great when you arrive as you have a ready-made ironing board. We have also made it our Product of the Month for February, so it comes with FREE P&P in the UK as wellBuy Now+
City Lights 3D English Paper Piecing patchwork with Nancy Adamek
The Inner City block is created by having light/medium and dark tonal values in your fabrics. And they don’t have to be plain to do this. Nancy guides you through how to make this 3D block using half-hexagons and English Paper Piecing. She has some great tips on how to cut these shapes from strips of fabric; how to cover the paper pieces and reminds you that you need to have tails – do not cut them off! Once you have made enough units you need to simply applique them to a background, whether it’s a cushion or a quilt. Again Nancy shows you how to do this. Watch Now+
Colouring with Markel Pens -Patchwork and quilting workshop with Lee Brown
Lee takes us through this interesting workshop on how to use Markel pens. These are oil based and create interesting pictures which can then be stitched into. You’ll see that the pens can be used for painting onto fabric but with toothbrushes! Simple stencil shapes are made out of cartridge paper. Watch Now+
The All-Year English Garden by Oakshott Fabrics
Oakshott Fabrics have some wonderful new fabrics and kits out. You can read in our blog about their ‘All-Year English Garden’ range of fabrics with a feast of colour with names that evoke garden scents. Read Now+
Don’t forget, we have new videos on justhands-on.tv every Friday and you can become a paid subscriber with full access from only £7 a month. Learn More +
BOOK OF THE MONTH:
Seaside Samplers by Gail Lawther
Our Book of the Month is Seaside Samplers by Gail Lawther to bring you some cheer for February. We do love to be beside the seaside and these are quick and easy methods to stitch your own year-round memories. Gail is well known for her fun and colourful quilts. She creates them using a variety of quick and easy techniques All the designs are fused in place, then quilted using Gail’s simple machine-quilting techniques, then embellished. The templates are full-size for all projects; beach huts, and icecreams, shells and starfish, seahorses and sandcastles – all just waiting
to inspire your own work. As our Book of the Month for February it comes with FREE P&P in the UK Buy Now+
Giveaway for Paid Subscribers
Sticking with the seaside theme , this month we are giving away this lovely bright cushion pattern for paid subscribers. We hope it will brighten up your home, garden chairs or caravan this summer. This cushion is easy to make using fusible applique technique for the lettering and some simple sewing skills for the cushion which finishes approx 20in x 12in. The pattern comes with full instructions, and ready to use images for the beach huts. You can start sewing straight away and find a great use for those bright little scraps of fabric.To enter the competition just send an email entitled Beach Huts to email@example.com. The competition will close 29 February 2020.
Join us on our 10 part Jelly roll Mystery Quilt Workshop with Valerie Nesbitt; this can also be sewn by hand or machine and uses 2.5″ strips from your stash or that jelly roll you have been hording. Happy Sewing Watch Now+