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Free knitting pattern

Stylecraft have released a free knitting pattern to help dispel those winter blues! Make this lovely chunky knit scarf for friends and family.  Are you ready for a new project? Certainly this will keep you busy  and warm at the same time!  A short project like this gives a sense of satisfaction and achievement without taking months to make.

Stylecraft have issued this lovely scarf pattern FREE!!  It uses a chunky yarn, so the Bellissima chunky or Softie or Special chunky I have in stock should all work well for this.

Don’t forget you can easily change the colours to suit the men in your life.   The pattern can be found here: https://www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk/pdf/Free%20online%20Life%20Chunky%20Valentine%20Scarf_p1.pdf

 

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Christmas bags

Make this easy Christmas bag in just half an hour!

We ditched the Christmas wrapping paper last year and went with fun drawstring bags for our presents.  As long as the mice haven’t eaten them and I can remember where I put them, they will be reused until they fall apart.

Follow the pics to make your own Christmas bags.  You will need:  fabric, scissors, trim, cord for drawstrings, sewing machine.

I used half a metre of green glitter cotton, 4 and a half metres of cord for the drawstrings, 1m of ribbon for the casing. You can decorate with fabric initials, pompoms, felt or anything you fancy.

Step 1

I used glitter cotton fabric and sewed the seams up each side.

Step 2

Chose my trim and cord drawstrings.  I like a pull cord from each side. You can save money and cord by only having one pull cord, like a school PE bag.  Don’t forget to add another half metre as when the knots are tied it can get quite short. 

Step 3

I turned a wide seam over to the inside and stitched round the whole bag top to make a neat top.  If you have plenty of fabric, turn it even wider so you can use this top seam for your casing and sew 2 rows of stitiching half an inch apart.

Step 4

I used ribbon for my casing as it doubles as decoration. Stitch it around the top of your bag about 3 inches from the top edge.

Thread the cord through the casing. If you haven’t left a gap you can cut your ribbon to thread through.  If you want to do it really properly, sew one casing on the front and another on the back, leaving a little gap for your cord to thread through.

I usually run Christmas classes to make these and we had a blast last year with little versions of these.  If you need any help just shout or come and see me!  I have lots of Christmas fabric in stock.

 

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Knitting project

Welcome to lockdown crafts 2.0

Want to do something? Had a go at knitting before? Haven’t knitted for years?  Here are some patterns and yarns that might inspire you to re skill and make yourself some lovely accessories or give as gifts for a handmade Christmas!

This is Carnival Tweed chunky yarn from Stylecraft. I had a delivery the day of lockdown plus half a dozen pink ones already in the shop. It has a wool content of 20% and is lovely and soft to knit with on 6mm needles. As you can see from the photos, it knits up in a lovely varigated stripe. There is a beret pattern on the inside of the ball band plus see the patterns below that I have in stock. If you’d like anything, give me a call or message and I can arrange to meet you at the shop for collection.

If you need some more ideas, check out the UK Hand Knitting Association http://www.ukhandknitting.com and check out my Stylecraft suppliers, who have FREE patterns on their website! https://www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk/

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NHS support

Recently I have been contacted by a few folk making things for the NHS as they were short of supplies.  I have been out of the loop for a couple of weeks due to being poorly, but a quick internet search showed that PPE was sorely needed.  I have a fellow small business owner Claire@waistcoatsunlimited who is making scrubs for the NHS, plus I read that Patrick Grant (yes him from the Sewing Bee) has turned his Northern factory into full time scrubs production. 

         

The first lady to contact me wanted elastic and buttons to make headbands for the nurses as their ears were getting sore.   I donated the supplies in return for some information in case any of you out there wish to contribute.  Here is the info she sent to me, although I don’t know who wants them or how to get them there at the moment!  I am sure that with enough local contacts we will find out soon enough and I will update here.

Reversible Scrub Cap Tutorial (1)

Pattern plus Hair Pocket instructions

PDF_Full_nhs_coronavirus_bag_tutorial_from_Sew_In_Brighton

 

Mr McGregor has been doing his bit to help and has been busy 3D printing headbands that go with an acetate face shield. 50 of these lovelies went to a collection hub yesterday. He got the pattern from the National 3d Printing Society website with all the details.   https://national3dprintingsociety.co.uk/

 

I hope you are all staying safe and if you’re bored, give me a shout, I can arrange an appointment to get to the shop or get some crafty package deliveries going if you are local.  Time for lunch!

Sue

 

 

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Embroidery hoops

I ran a couple of embroidery hoops workshops recently. Everyone commented how relaxing they were and how much fun they had.  If you Pinterest embroidered hoops there is a massive range of super contemporary ideas to give you inspiration. From well known phrases, song lyrics, names and initials to way more unique and complex designs of tatoos, body parts(let’s just leave it there…..)amongst others.

The next hoop workshop will probably be late April or May time.  If you fancy a go, start researching your ideas now and drop me a line if you are interested.

Hope to see you soon!

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Mad Old Bag

   Something I have been wanting to get around to since I opened the shop was make bags from the rather large stash of vintage and rescued fabrics that have accumulated over the years.  Finally, recently, I have achieved this! Must say I am learning as I make each one and my zips are certainly improving each time!  I took the leap of ordering some fabric labels to give them a bit more kudos in the ‘unique’ line, as there will be no two the same due to the remnant nature of my stash.  Workshops for these will be available in the New Year as Christmas is now taking over the studio.  Look out for the Mad Old Bag range any day now!!