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  • Design Competition Entries - Christmas Cushion

    It's time to vote for your favourite Christmas cushion design(s)!  I think there's something for everyone here, the styles are so varied.  In no particular order, there's: Christmas Robin Cushion Panel   Snow Square Cushion   Sleeping Badger   Patchwork Snowflakes   Scandi Festive Cushion (Inspired by the cool colours of Scandinavia against a Scottish landscape.)   Hedgehog Christmas Stamp Cushion   Vote below or over on FB, and don't forget to tell
  • Morsbags

      Have you heard of Morsbags? If you went to the GBSB Live, you may have been handed a fabric carrier bag on your way in.  If not, you may have noticed that a large number of people were carrying them.  You may even have seen the Morsbag stand, where more bags were handed out and people were making them.  (Anyone was invited to sit down for a while at one of their sewing machines and stitch
  • Children's Workshop

     We're running a half term workshop for children aged 8 and over, decorating fabric using rubber stamps and Indian blocks.  Email to sign up. Then, on Friday, 10th November, there'll be an evening workshop for adults - with cake and wine instead of fruit juice and biscuits!  (Details and sign-up to follow)  Come and let your inner child loose!    
  • Design Competition - Christmas Cushion

      Welcome to this month's Design challenge, which will be a competition. I know it's early (unless you're a business, when it's already late!) but it's time to think about our Christmas makes. Lots of us like to make changes around the house for Christmas, as well as the usual decorations - maybe Christmas mugs, place mats, cushions and so on. For our competition, you are asked to design a Christmas cushion.  This can be
  • Design Challenge - In the Woods

    Lots of dark and gloomy designs, this month, not surprisingly, with lots of birds and trees.  In each case, the first image shows the design at the fat quarter size, the second one is at the swatch size, so you can see the detail better. Woodland Animals by Ann Harmer Owls Dark and Dusky by Beth Osman Please take your litter home by Maiden Aunt Jayanthi said, 'The influence of nature on William Morris in his textile designs became
  • The Great British Sewing Bee Live

      So, the GBSB Live has happened - but don't worry if you missed it; there's going to be another one next year!  (June 8th -  10th.) It was fun to be part of this new event, from the set-up   to the breakdown.   In between, I had lots of interesting conversations with people from all over the country and beyond, with customers (lovely to meet you, sorry to those I missed!),  people who didn
  • Pinterest and Tailwind

    Do you use Pinterest?  It is a great place to go to find interesting websites - and waste hours if you're not careful! Print me Pretty has an account, which includes boards about Print me Pretty, design tutorials, things you've made with 'our' fabric and lots of ways to use your fabric. More and more bloggers and small businesses are using Pinterest and, for them (us!) pinning at the right time can make a big difference.  So
  • Design Challenge - In the Woods

    I didn't know, when I thought of this month's challenge theme, that Just a Card were going In the Woods, too!  Have you seen their Autumn shopping guide?  You may find inspiration for our design challenge, as well as lots of gift ideas!  (And if you still don't know about Just a Card, check out this blog post, or their own website.) So, this month's design challenge is In the woods - who's
  • Jane Austen Exhibition

      If you're a fan of Jane Austen - and even if you're not - you probably know by now that this year marks the bicentenary of her death. As a result, there are lots of special things going on to mark the occasion. One of these is a new exhibition at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.  (It's actually at the Weston Library, the 'new' library across the road, but it's part of the Bodleian.) John Cairns
  • Stripes Design Challenge Entries

    It never ceases to amaze me how often people come up with similar ideas in our design challenges.  Obviously, sometimes the theme is going to suggest certain ideas and it's not surprising, then, to see similar designs.  But who would have guessed that two designers, living in different countries, would have been inspired by the theme Stripes to put the stripes onto items of clothing?  The designs are very different, but the ideas are similar: Laundry
  • Flower Garland Workshop

      Something a bit different this week  -  we're running a workshop. Apologies to those of you who live too far away.  If you're within reach of Dorking come and join us on Thursday, August 31st to make a fabric flower garland.  We will provide everything you need to make your garland - plus elevenses, of course! The workshop will run from 10.30 to 12.30 in our workshop at Unit 7 Glebeland Centre, Vincent
  • 22 Ways to Design Your Own Fabric

      Because it's now possible to get your own design printed onto small quantities of fabric, we all want to have a go - but where should you start? There's a general introduction to designing, with some useful links, in the blog post Would you Like to Design Your Own fabric? Then it's a case of deciding how to create your design.  If you can paint or draw, then that may well be the best way.  
  • GBSB Ticket Giveaway

      The Great British Sewing Bee Live is the UK’s biggest, most exciting new dressmaking event and is a must for everyone with a passion for dressmaking, tailoring, fashion and textiles, from professionals to complete beginners. The event takes place at ExCel London from 21st-24th September 2017 and features: A 1,200-seat Super Theatre featuring two live shows a day hosted by Jenny Éclair. The shows feature Sewing Bee judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young