When it comes to dream jobs, there few more appealing than taking groups of fellow sewists on getaways to far away lands to sew and explore. We speak to quilting pro Karin Hellaby about what she’s most looking forward to about her upcoming sewing retreat the French Alps…
We always love that sewing is a skill that has been treasured and practised by generations before us. We’re forever meeting sewists who were taught to stitch by a parent or grandparent, and we’re endlessly fascinated when we get to delve into the stories of traditional crafts or visit places where these age-old skills are cherished… Continue reading
Fresh from getting our Liberty fix at this September’s Liberty in Fashion exhibition, we’re counting to the on air debut of Liberty’s brand new fabric collection on Sewing Quarter TV this weekend!
In just over a week, London’s Excel centre will be full to the brim with fat quarters, threads and the satisfying whir of sewing machines! (Not to mention some of our favourite faces from our favourite TV Show. We’re busy prepping our workshops for the Great British Sewing Bee Live next week. If you’re planning a trip to… Continue reading
We’ve been fans of designer, author and patchwork-pro Mandy Shaw for some time now. So we’re excited to hear she’s leading a group patchwork and quilting holiday to Sitges and Barcelona next Spring. Even better… there are tickets left! Sign us up please…
These sewists did and they’re hooked! We chat to five makers who combined sight seeing and sewing to go on a crafty minibreak. How it was for them?
We’re seriously missing our Great British Sewing Bee fix. This time last year we were following the twists and turns of the most stressful sewing room in the UK, but this year’s show is in pause until plans are confirmed for 2018. So we’re pretty happy that the show’s organisers are throwing a massive GBSB… Continue reading
We’ve just discovered the work of free-motion embroidery artist Harriet Riddell – the textile artist with an eye for machine-stitched portraits has travelled the world with her machine, sewing her subjects as she interacts with them. Harriet will be exhibiting her work at The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show and we’re looking forward to seeing her unique portraits… Continue reading
We all come in different shapes and sizes, so there will naturally be times when we set out on a new dressmaking project, and spread out the paper pattern lovingly in front of us, only to wonder how to alter sewing patterns for the perfect fit. We’re so happy to welcome Claire Tyler to the Simply Sewing blog today, as she’s… Continue reading
With only a few weeks to go until one of our highlights of the annual sewists’ calendar. The Handmade Fair will return to The Green at at Hampton Court Palace from 16th to 18th September, and we’ll be there to browse the shopping villages, meet some of our sewing heroes and be learn a few new things at the… Continue reading