Autumn – time to get started on your Christmas sewing! We have lots of fabric and ideas for you.

Hello again

It is now September, the school summer holidays are nearly over and soon the children will be returning to school. We held the last of the Quick Sew sessions for children (and grannies!) last week and our thoughts are now turning to the cooler weather – and of course Christmas.

It is such fun working with the children. This year we had girls and boys, with the youngest being just six years old. They tackle their Quick Sews with such enthusiasm and confidence and made some lovely items. They haven’t been told that inserting a zip is difficult, so just go for it, and of course it really isn’t difficult at all. We started with making bunting – there will be some beautifully decorated bedroom and gardens now. Then over the following weeks the children went home with tote bags (with a lining, a ‘boxed bottom’ and some with a pocket), reusable sandwich bags, zipped pouches, fabric baskets and finally little purses. I am already thinking of new projects for next summer!

The shop is now bursting at the seams with new fabrics, Christmas kits and new haberdashery items, and we have a packed workshop programme planned.

But before I tell you about all that, I must tell you about the wonderful week I spent at the Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers Summer School recently. I chose to do a week’s workshop on Nuno felting – and it was the best choice! An inspirational tutor and a great group of fellow students having fun with silk, wool fleece, lots of soapy water and a lot of rolling, squeezing, wafting and rubbing! We worked hard and I was exhausted by the end of the week but we all left laden with our makes – a Nuno felted scarf, a bag and a waistcoat. I loved every minute and am now full of ideas and plans for the future. A Nuno felted bag-making workshop in the New Year is certainly one of them. Let me know if you are interested.

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