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The Great British Sewing bee went back to the 1970's

Sewing bee 1970.s decade revival episode 3

Last  week The Sewing bee the 1970.s decade revival  was about reviving the glamourous, rebellious and sometime ridiculous styles of the decade firstly going back to the iconic flared jeans where they had to learn how to do a fly zip and flat-felled seams whilst using vintage sewing machines which in my opinion are the best machines. They then had to use their imaginations by using t-shirts and tartan with chains and safety pins, rips and tears to create a punk rock outfits. From the ridiculous and rebellious to the refined and glamourous working with slippery, sheer and fine fabrics to create a fitted bodice and a floaty skirt. If any of these have inspired you why not come along to one of our courses or to one of our chat ‘n’ sew groups
Beautiful cushions
I decided to make some wonderful handmade unique cushions which sold really well and you can buy these on my website store if you like the look of them
Designer handmade handbags
The beautiful handmade designer handbags were made by Sandra and she has done so well with them she has website of her own where you can buy them from.(add web link)
Selection of crafts at the local Christmas fair
Gnome on a shelf
During the year my students made some wonderful crafts so we took a selection of them to sell at the local Christmas craft fair.  There were beautiful creations like baby blankets, baby hats and scarves, baby bandana bibs, stuffed cats, Christmas shelf gnomes, cream shelf gnomes, hessian gift bags, gingham bags, denim bags, gorgeous handmade designer handbags, beautiful unique designer cushions.   We also took some of the stock like ribbons, fat quarters and ribbon weaving kits, we had a wonderful and successful afternoon where we sold a lot of our items.
We are now selling most of the above in my online store so please take a look, there will also be new designer and handmade goods for sale on there too.
These are our wonderful gnomes on a shelf, which went down very well at the craft fair.  Please take a look at all the other pictures below of the stand and the stock we took to the craft fair..
Beautiful handmade designer handbags from Two Elevens, by Sandra who is one of my most talented students
Sandra has been coming to the Sew ‘n’ Chat groups for about four years now and started with me as a student on one of my pattern cutting courses. She is excellent at any challenge she chooses to do and has recently started to make beautiful handmade designer handbags. She took some to the Christmas craft fair and received excellent sales and feedback. She has now got her own designer label called Two Elevens and bags can be viewed and purchased via her website and also in my store. They would certainly make a wonderful Mother’s day gift.

Gorgeous tartan bag

Beautiful soft pink handbag

Animal fabric handbag
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Saturday courses for children will be available from April 2019
We are currently looking into starting a Saturday morning group for children over 8 years of age. It will be for two hours and we ask that an adult attends the group with each child for safety purposes, it is intended to start running these from Saturday 6th April dependent upon demand.  We will be making all sorts of wonderful things, and would encourage the children to arrive with their own ideas of what they would like to create.
We now have a new schedule for our chat 'n' sew group

We now have a new schedule for our chat 'n' sew groups, these run every week and are for people of varying capabilities from beginner to accomplished, they are for a maximum of eight people in each group and one staff member for four people.
We have groups for people who get together to sew and make a range of sewing projects of their own choice. You do not have to bring your own sewing machines or sewing equipment as it is all provided for you to use. We also have fabrics and notions you can purchase if you want to or you can bring your own with you. The price each week is £8 for two hours a week and you pay for six weeks in advance when you start and every six weeks after that. I will help you create whatever you want to sew and you can have a lovely friendly chat and a cup of tea or coffee or a soft drink with our wonderful groups. I have places available on the following days- Monday morning 10am to 12pm, Tuesday 10:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 15:00, Thursday 13:00 to 15:00, Friday 10:00 to 12:00. So if you would like to sew with other likeminded ovely people give Diane a call on 07542956375.
Please take a look on our Chat ‘n sew group's page for more details.

New upholstery courses  are now available

Upholstery courses

 Upholstery courses are now available. there is upholstery for beginners or upholstery for the more advanced. You  have a choice of making a scatter cushion or re-covering a high back dining chair. Please take a look on my studio courses page for more information or if you would like to come on one of my courses go to my store and purchase the course of your choice. 
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Coming soon

Fabric design drawing and painting on fabric- half a day course

Fabric design drawing and painting on fabric intermediate. This course will show you how to paint and draw designs on fabric and where to find inspiration from. It is a half a day course which is held on a Friday morning or a Monday afternoon. All of our courses are run on a maximum of a 4 to 1 ratio or a 2 to 1 ratio which means 4 students to one tutor or two students to one tutor. This course will start at 10am and finish at 1pm and I would like you to arrive at 9-30am so that you can settle in please. £49.00

Soft tracing board

Soft tracing board where you can trace off your patterns with your tracing wheel without marking your table. The size of the soft board is 75cmx75cm so is easy to store.
Press for the Store

Pattern cutting manuals

I have produced a collection of pattern cutting manuals which are now available to purchase on in my store. The first set of manuals contains 4 manuals these are the titles-1. How to pattern cut a tailored skirt block, 2.How to pattern cut and design skirts with fullness, 3. How to pattern cut and design skirts with pleats, 4. How to pattern cut and design skirts with panels and flounces.
Quick sewing tips
How to do a make covered buttons
This is a video on how to make covered buttons, using a device called, a covered button maker.  Here is a beautiful bridal gown which has covered buttons they go all the way down, the centre back of the gown. Covered buttons come in, many different sizes, and many different types of fabric can be used. I will now show you how to make fabric covered buttons. If you have enjoyed my video please press the like button and subscribe to see more of my videos thank you. If you like my video and have found it useful please sign up for my newsletter below or check out my free video pages.
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