Diary dates: Sitges Patchwork Festival

Sitges Patchwork Festival

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…

Calling all Liberty lovers

LIberty exhibit Great British Sewing Bee live

We’re counting down he days until the Liberty in Fashion exhibition brings its  timeless style boost to the Great British Sewing Bee Live…

Have you travelled with your sewing?

South Africa sewing holiday

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?

5 things to look forward to at The Great British Sewing Bee Live

the-great-british-sewing-bee

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

Win tickets to The Great British Sewing Bee Live

Patrick, Esme and some of your favourite contestants from four seasons of the Bee will be sharing their skills at The Great British Sewing Bee Live on 21st-24th September in London, with over 250 workshops from the likes of Chinelo Bally, Angeline Murphy, Tracey Symonds and Jade Earley (and the Simply Sewing team, too!). Fancy going?… Continue reading

Harriet Riddell: Free motion stitching as you’ve never seen it before!

Harriet Riddle Stitched portraits

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

Win tickets to Exeter’s Craft4Crafters!

Fancy stocking up your sewing stash, learning new skills and seeing some amazing stitched creations on display? Then save a space in your diary on 16th-18th February, as Craft4Crafters is heading to Exeter’s Westpoint for a weekend of crafting fun – and we’ve got 15 pairs of tickets to give away! 15 lucky winners will… Continue reading

How to alter sewing patterns for fuller busts

Dressmaking how to adjust bust size

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

5 things to see at this year’s The Handmade Fair

Tapestry Party Bunting

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