Monday, 23 May 2011
Wendy's is a wonderful textile artist, and her work is simply stunning. She trained in Art and Textiles while studying for a B.Ed. Degree in Brighton. Following a Diploma in Creative Stitched Textiles a few years later, she began to exhibit widely and sell her work through Craft Shows and Exhibitions.
Friday, 20 May 2011
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
My Mum first taught me to knit and crochet when I was about 5, although, I have to confess, I only managed a simple scarf and a crochet square blanket. But, I have to say, some of the gorgeous yarns are tempting me back to give it another try!Knitting and Crochet Clubs are a great way to learn, meet up with other people who love the hobby, and have a good natter, cuppa and cake at the same time! When I'm travelling around visiting my Janome Stockists, many of which sell wool and host weekly Knitting Clubs.... there's always so much laughter and giggles... I have to go and have a look and see what all the fun is about!
Knit Nottingham opened in September 2010. Eleanor and Liese, the shop owners, are devoted knitters, and wanted a yarn shop in the city centre that stocked a wide range of affordable yarn, provided a cheerful environment for experienced and beginning knitters, and gave local spinners, dyers, designers and craftspeople a venue for selling their goods. They run regular knitting clubs and workshops, so check out their website for more information. Or why not follow them on Facebook?.... they even have regular knitting meeting down the local pub.. can it get any better??
Monday, 16 May 2011
Even people who I have chatted to, who didn't intend to watch the wedding of the decade... did... and more to the point... enjoyed it!Kate, or Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge wore the most gorgeous lace dress designed by Sarah Burton. The style was Grace Kelly esk, and after I did some research on Google, I found the lace was all made in the UK. One company based only a few miles from my home, Cluny Lace in Ilkeston, Nottingham still make Nottingham lace on old lace looms to old designs and patterns, click here to read more about Cluny Lace. Much of the lace on the dress was made by The Royal School of Needlework based at Hampton Court. Click here to read more about their involvement.
So, now we have read a little about Kate's dress.... would you like to make your own wedding dress? (of course, handmade lace from Hampton Court is optional!)
Alison Victoria from the School of Sewing in Ashby de la Zouch runs Bridal Dressmaking workshops several times a year.
Their most recent course was only a few weeks after the Royal Wedding, and knowing that the Royal Wedding would be such an influence on future Brides, Alison made a sample gown similar to Kate's dress to show some of the techniques used.
Alison's unique three day workshop teaches you all you need to know about the bridal business and the making of bridal wear, whether it be on a personal or professional level. The construction of the gown will be discussed in detail and samples will be made that relate to interlined couture boned bodices with a draped overlay, netted skirts, concealed zips, hemlines and much more.
No longer will the dress have wrinkly bodices or droopy skirts. You will also produce samples that relate to veils, and bridal favours. Information will be given regarding stockists and suppliers and pricing your gowns. This workshop is a must for all of those planning a wedding or those in the bridal business.
Friday, 6 May 2011
A few words from The Lincolnshire Telegraph....
"Throughout the year, the Directors at Lincolnshire & South Yorkshire Telegraph select organisations that have best demonstrated a proven ability to go that extra mile in not only meeting but exceeding the needs of their clients. Therefore, in line with this philosophy, it gives us pleasure to announce Grimsby Sewing & Knitting has been selected to receive the BA AWARD FOR HOBBY CRAFT RETAILER 2011.
Based in the centre of Grimsby, Grimsby Sewing and Knitting are your one stop shop for all of your creative needs providing quality sewing machines, services and repair and a wide selection of fabrics and accessories.
The shop has been on site for over 27 years, we took over 3 years ago and expanded the
shop in August 2010, we are specialists in sewing machines and offer service and repairs
on most makes. We are the main stockist for the renowned Janome sewing machines in Grimsby and the North East Lincolnshire area.
We aim to be offering various courses + workshops on a wide range of craft and sewing activities – these will be happening later this year. Grimsby Sewing and Knitting pride themselves on providing an excellent high quality service to all customers both from their store and online via their eBay shop which can be found at www.stores.ebay.co.uk/The-Cotton-Reel.
Complementing their range of sewing machines, the company stock an excellent range of haberdashery items, knitting patterns and yarns, an extensive range of dance and stage fabrics, patchwork and quilting fabrics and lots of quilting accessories. In addition to this Grimsby Sewing & Knitting provide quality crafts and accessories such as furs, felts, fabrics, knitting machines (to order), buttons, threads, zips and more. Whether you’re looking to take up a new hobby and unleash your creative flair or simply are looking for a quality provider for
your creative needs then Grimsby Sewing & Knitting are just what you have been looking for.
Having been singled out to receive the BA AWARD FOR Hobby Craft Retailer 2011 serves as a distinguishing factor that ranks Grimsby Sewing & Knitting amongst the best in its field, as well as acting as a seal of approval to prospective clients. "
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
With Debbie Nixon and Ivan Lee
Never used an embellisher before, then come along and let Debbie and Ivan from Sewing & Knitting Centre, show you how and make a mobile phone/ MP3 player cover –great for your holidays!
The Living Threads Group was formed in 1982. It has evolved into a group of 65 artists.
An exhibition of members work is staged at Trent College, Long Eaton, Nottingham every two years.
Many of their artists pass on their enthusiasm, knowledge and skills through workshops which are held twice a year.
Last week I visited the exhibition at Trent College, and the range of work on display is simply stunning. Although, I wasn't allowed to take general photographs of the work on display, a couple of members gave me permission to take a few snaps for my blog.
Beverley Beatie, loves all things woolly! From knitting, wet felting and embellishing, and her textured work is gorgeous. Bev's love of wool, sparked her online business Knitting 4 Fun, where she also sells our felting machine the FM725. ... she also has a great Facebook page to keep up with the latest news and products.
and I managed to catch a quick photograph of Alison standing outside the shop while we enjoyed the summer sun!