New Fabric: Bohemia by Makower

The latest fabric range to drive in store is Bohemia by Makower. Bohemia is a modern, eye catching collection infused with traditional folk inspiration. We have the 5 fabrics from the Daylight colour way which are sure to turn heads.1657_Q_large floral_Fotor_CollageI think my favourite is the large floral (bottom left) but I would also love a skirt made with the lace bird print (bottom right).

The fabrics retail at £14/m with fat quarters at £3.50 or a fat quarter bundle with 1 fat quarter of each fabric and 1m of coordinating ribbon for £17.50.Bohemia_PatternIf you need inspiration, there is a free quilt pattern designed by Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts. This quilt finishes at 60″ square but I think one of the motifs would also make a fabulous cushion if you want a smaller project.  We can help you put a kit together with everything you need to make this quilt. Please ask for more details.82277-46053c200e0645b6942de552c32e8aef.jpegIf you’re unsure or in need of a refresher about how to work with templates and appliqué, I am running a Dresden Plate Workshop which will give you all the skills you need to tackle this quilt.


Crochet Classes

Last week I took you through a summary of the beginners classes that we offer. If you missed it, you can catch up here. This week, I thought I’d provide details of the other crochet classes that we run. We are very lucky to work with Denise from Peeko Crochet for our classes. Denise is a very experienced tutor and an expert in all things crochet from amigurumi to Tunisian lace! You can read more about her inspirations and how she learnt to crochet in our interview with her here.

Granny Squares

This class is the follow up to Beginners Crochet allowing you to use the stitches you learnt in new ways. The Granny Square is probably the most well known crochet design and is used in everything from blankets to cushions. It has a real shabby chic vibe making it perfect for use in vintage inspired projects or make it modern by changing to a funky, bright colour scheme.FullSizeRender.jpg

The class will also cover other shapes based on the same principle. How about a Granny Heart or Triangle? If you’re feeling inspired we still have a few places available this Saturday afternoon from 2-4:30, places cost £30.

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Next Steps Crochet

If you’ve seen a fabulous pattern but are struggling with the instructions, this is the perfect class for you. Bring along your pattern and stitch queries and have them solved. From the basics of amigurumi to a complex shawl, we can help. This class is designed so that you can attend it more than once and still learn something new each time.

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Tunisian Crochet

Have you ever seen a really long crochet hook and wondered what it is for? This class will solve that mystery and more! Tunisian Crochet is a sort of crochet-knitting hybrid, on one row you work multiple stitched on to the hook and then on the next row you work them off again.82277-e42bb52743da467ca82863db5117cb11-3

The resulting fabric is something quite unique in its own right. This class is suitable for those who have never tried Tunisian Crochet before as well as those who already have some knowledge and want to learn different stitches or how to follow a pattern.

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Lampshade Making

Yesterday we hosted our first ever lampshade making workshop. We had four participants who all wanted to jazz up their home decor. There was a wide array of fabrics to choose from and we ended up with a stunning range of 30cm drum lampshades.

A bit of teamwork:


Look at the concentration:


And the wonderful results:


We have some more dates coming up over the next few months:

  • Friday May 9th 10:30-1
  • Saturday June 14th 2-4:30

The class costs £30 which includes all your materials. No previous experience is necessary and courses are limited to a maximum of 6 participants. You can book by giving us a call on 0121 314 6888 or online here.

We are also able to supply lampshade making kits so that participants are able to develop their skills further. The kits include all the hardware to make more lampshades, just add your own choice of fabric!

  • 20cm drum lampshade kit £10
  • 30cm drum lampshade kit £15
  • 40cm drum lampshade kit £17.50
  • 45cm drum lampshade kit £20

For more information or to order, give us a call or pop in and see us.