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  • 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
  • Design Challenge - Stripes

    It seems very soon after last month's competition, but it's time for our August Design challenge.   The theme is Stripes.  These can be plain stripes, concentrating on the combination of colours; patterned stripes, like the Georgian design below, or stripes of things, like Heckadoodledo's Mitella Stauropetala, her entry in the Amelia Tea Dress competition. (Below) FULL  DETAILS: Please upload your challenge designs to your account on our website.  If you
  • Rainbow Design Competition Winner

      Congratulations to Tilly  Rose Print, whose design, Collage Florals, won this month's design competition.  Thank you to everyone who entered, and to those who voted.  Hopefully, there'll be a decent photo of the fabric tomorrow.  Some of the entries can be seen in our Market Place. Next month we'll have a challenge, with the theme Stripes.
  • Rainbow Competition Entries

    Here are the entries to this month's design competition, entitled Rainbow.  (In each case the fat quarter view is on the left and the swatch view is on the right.)  There's a wide variety this time, from florals: Collage Florals Floral Rainbow and birds: Fly Beyond Reason Rainbow Birds The designer said, 'My design is inspired by all the swallows and birds on Skye who are battling against the wind, rain and rainbows to still go
  • Fair Dos

      It's coming up to Fair time again! I don't really like thinking about September when the summer is just in full swing, but, if you want to go to any of the many fairs around in September and October, you need to put them on your calendar and buy tickets now.  Otherwise, they'll pass you by and you'll have missed them. Despite what I've just said about summer, I'm really looking forward
  • Design Competition - Rainbow

    Oh boy, has anyone not melted yet?? I'm not sure whether the theme for this month's design competition is appropriate or not.  Some of you may be experiencing thunder storms today, so you  m-a-y  see a rainbow!   Either way, the theme is Rainbow - not rainbows, as you don't have to include actual rainbows, just use rainbow colours.  Unlike our Instagram challenge, where we've looked at one colour per day
  • Colourful Inspiration

    Are you inspired by colour? Do you see a colourful scene, a beautiful sunset, a display of flowers and get the urge to create a fabric design, using those colours?  (Sunsets and large groups of flowers are most likely to get me going!) Next month, you'll get the chance to do that in our design competition.  Yes, the July challenge will be a competition, with the full details on the blog next Thursday. To get your creative
  • Design Challenge - Summer Fun

    It's time to look at the entries to this month's design challenge - Summer Fun. We had 6 entries this month, starting with the lightest, and getting darker! The lovely pastel colours of Sally Roydhouse's Vintage ice Cream Stripes.  Sally (Fabric M) said,  'Summer Fun reminds me of seaside, ice cream and stripy deck chairs. I've combined candy colour stripes with a digital illustration I did of a vintage ice cream van, scattered with ice
  • Design Challenge Themes

    As promised in last week's blog, here are the themes for our design challenges for the rest of the year.  The first date is the launch date, when, as usual, I'll give you the full details.  The second date is the closing date. Theme Date 1 Date 2   Rainbow 06-Jul 18-Jul Actual rainbows, or making use of rainbow colours, primary or pastel. Stripes 03-Aug 15-Aug Plain or patterned In the Woods
  • Design Challenge - Summer Fun

    Today's Design Challenge theme is Summer Fun. What do you think of as summer approaches? Most of our summer fun takes place outside, so almost anything outdoorsy could count as Summer Fun. Barbeques, cricket on the beach, Wimbledon, school Summer Fairs, Henley, swimming in the sea, fairgrounds, candy floss, holidays, mountain walks, sunshine and bright colours.    The list is endless. So you should be able to find something which inspires a Summer Fun design, whether it's
  • Stitch a Seam

    Regular readers may remember that, as part of the 100 Day project, I am running an open session to make an extra quilt or two for Project Linus.  They make quilts to give to children in hospital. As part of this 'Stitch a Seam' session, I will also be teaching English Paper Piecing and helping people to make a coaster from a tumbling block.  This will run from 10.30 to 12.00.  I hope that some
  • Instagram

    I love Instagram; I think it's my favourite social media platform. I like taking photos, so it's a good excuse to take more!  I enjoy looking at some of the gorgeous photos other people post.  And it's a very friendly space.  It's easy to connect with other people, and the Instagram community is very positive and welcoming.  There are also all sorts of challenges you can join in with, like the 100