The big craft shows

Diary Dates for the Big Craft Shows Up-to-date details of UK yarn and fibre festivals are now here. In my last post I wrote about some of the smaller, individual and independent shows I have visited and others I’d like to visit. In this post I'm covering UK craft events organised by…

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See Textiles at Nine Independent Shows

Banish the Winter Blues Up-to-date details of UK yarn and fibre festivals are now here. I don't know about you, but the winter months are not my favourite time of year. If it's not raining, it's cloudy, dull, damp and cold. We can't make the Sun come out, but we…

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Festival of Quilts 2014

Quilts as Far as the Eye Can See I was so looking forward to my first visit to the Festival of Quilts at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Would you know it, I caught a throat infection, was in bed asleep by 3 pm the day before and on the…

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Peg Bags and Baskets

Pyjamas, Bags and Baskets From Pyjamas to Peg Bag Many years ago (well over two decades, in fact), I made several pairs of pyjamas. A good few years later I decided that a navy cotton pair had outgrown their use as pyjamas; maybe they had shrunk - I don't remember…

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Flowers and Ruffles

Uming and ahing! In my last post I mentioned how I'd discovered Japanese sewing books. After much deliberation I chose to make a top from this book:  I chose the ruffled sleeveless blouse (pattern 7a). In the book it is shown in a crisp black linen. Pattern pieces The first…

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Going Japanese

One Thing Leads to Another Pinterest led to ... Many people have told me that I should use Pinterest, so last year I signed up. After a hesitant start, I got the hang of creating pins and following pinners. Many people I follow were pinning some gorgeous garments that either…

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Quilts UK 2014

Sunshine, Quilts and Chestnuts! Malvern in May If you only ever visit a certain place at the same time of year then that place will be associated with things that you see in that season. So it is for me and Malvern. Every year I go to Malvern to the…

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