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Let’s get Patchworking
We will guide you every step of the way!
Patchwork, as its name implies is the craft of sewing together pieces of fabric to make one larger design. The options for patchwork are pretty much endless as you can use pieces of fabric any size to make your larger design. For beginners, it is easiest if you start with all your pieces the same size and ideally in a shape that can simply be put together with no gaps and spaces. However, for the more adventurous of you, we can help you with all different shapes and sizes and have videos showing you how to make place mats, art journals and much much more.
You can take a look at our videos here
If you really take a liking to patchwork, then why not try strip patchwork, log cabin, crazy patchwork or folded circle patchwork. The designs and styles are endless!
This Colouricious DVD “Inspired Printing & Patchwork” is aimed at beginner level patchwork – this dvd is presented by textile artist Mary Gamester, teaching the Patchwork and myself, teaching the block printing combined with colour theory. If you know how to patchwork, this is a wonderful teaching tool for the youngster in your family – as you could teach them over the summer how to get started on patchwork and printing your own fabric, which would them be special moments together. Mary will be at the Festival of Quilts too, so please do go and visit here too as she has some wonderful ideas to show you about Transfer Paints.
It’s always good to add a bit of glitter!
In amongst our latest arrivals this week are some wonderful fabric glitter pens. Now those of you that use my fabric paints will know how good they are, I really do believe they are some of the best paints available for fabric crafters. These glitter pens will enable you to so much more precise with where you put colour and glitter. It will really make your projects and designs stand out. they come in a set of 5 and you can read more about them and place your order here.
For those of you interested in new blocks, we are continually adding to our collection, with the most gorgeous birds, trees and leaf blocks in this delivery from India. Check out the latest arrivals section of our website as that is where you will see them first.
Amazing Trips to India and Vietnam
Our Textile Holiday Trips and Tours of India and Vietnam are proving to be extremely popular this year with record numbers coming with us as we explore and experience the wonderful sights and sounds of Rajasthan and Jaipur in India and pretty much the full length of Vietnam. There are still some places available for these trips in 2015, but we now also have a full itinerary for 2016 with super tours organised to South India, West Bengal as well as to Jaipur and Rajasthan. We also have a special trip organised for September next year which will be hosted by me and my good friend Kim Thittichai. We have not actively promoted this trip yet and we already have had high levels of interest, so if you would like to come with Kim and I as we explore new creative idea around India, then please visit our website and reserve your place. This is a special trip that we know will be extremely popular and great fun as well.
Festival of Quilts
Birmingham NEC UK – 10 days and counting!
It is only 10 days to go until one of the biggest quilting shows gets underway. If you are a regular visitor to the Festival of Quilts, then you will know what I mean when I say the “biggest”. With over 300 exhibitors you are spoilt for choice as to what to look at and there are several workshops as well where you can watch first hand as quilters show you their tips and tricks. If you are coming to the exhibition make a note of Stand F40 which is where I will be. It would love to see you, so please come and say hello. There will have lots of things to show you all on my stand – our show special is Gelli Plates – which we will be demonstrating with the best prices possible!
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