Showing posts from April, 2012

The Sewing Shop, Canterbury goes from strength to strength!

" Tucked away in one of Canterbury’s quaint side-streets, but metres from both the High Street and the Cathedral, The Sewing Shop is both a haven of inspiration and an Aladdin’s cave of eye candy.  The boutique, which stocks Brother sewing machines, bursts with colour and warmth; trinkets handmade by local artists sit in the window, displayed in upcycled antique cabinets alongside pretty sewing boxes and jelly rolls.  The ladies who work at The Sewing Shop are young and fashion-forward, and the fabrics stocked (predominantly patchwork cotton and dress fabrics) reflect this. Bright colours, vintage prints and the best in modern design line the walls, offset by homemade bunting and cushions scattered around the store showcasing some of the best fabrics. The shop is geared towards making sewing and knitting accessible to everyone by modelling a contemporary approach to craft, while simultaneously catering for more experienced clientele. As well as

A Very Creative Day at Brewers Sewing Machines, Wolverhampton!

On Saturday 21st April, Melanie visited Brewers for a 'Try before you buy' event. Here's some news that she was itching to pass on: ---------------------------------------------------------------- Union Jack Dress I met a lady called Debra Harper of ''. Debra is running all kinds of classes upstairs at Brewers.  Patchwork Union Jack Union Jack Dress From complete beginner, to get to know your sewing machine, patchwork, support with A Level and all kinds of advanced techniques. Debra runs the classes at your pace, so whatever your skill level you can join in and have fun! Multi-coloured Apron Debra's also created this cheery apron on her Brother Overlocker! The pockets and buttons were attached using her Brother Innov-is 1250. What a lovely way to demonstrate that overlockers do sew much more than neat seams . Debra's designs can be found at:

Sewing Group in Blackpool

Whilst visiting a new dealer: Cinderella Gowns in Cleveleys, our very own Melanie Haigh came across a sewing group in Blackpool. A few words and pictures from her: I felt very lucky to be invited to visit the Crafty Group of ladies having an exciting week of creativity in Blackpool last week. Betty Beasley from Yorkshire formed a ‘Craft Group’ back in 2005 bringing together enthusiastic ladies from all over the country. Betty & Jean Hard at Work The Group has grown to 30 now and even has a waiting list!  They all get together twice a year, bring all their projects, machines and ideas and spend their days creating wonderful bags, quilts, book covers, cushions and much more. Betty Beasley's Union Jack Patchwork In November they have a sale in aid of Cystic Fibrosis and sell some of the lovely things they’ve made. I will be returning to see them and photograph the finished items. Please comment below if anyone wants the contact details, and we will pas