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New Term ...

January 13, 2016

Welcome to the first term of 2016 !
I hope you have all had a fantastic christmas and all your handmade gifts were received well  :)

This Term we will be offering our usual classes along with some new ones including :
Dressmaking for beginners , Quilting Club & Tech 101 .
Our Children's sewing  machines classes ( age 4+ ) have grown and grown and are now moving to Sunday's from the end of February in order to accommodate even more talented mini stitchers... stay tuned ! we may have a few superstars in the making .....

At the beginning of the year comes that dreaded task.... cleaning the sewing area ! Is it just me or do you find lot's and lot's of WIP ( Work in Progress ) ?

Back in November I started on renovating this stool by stripping it , spray painting and constructing an english paper pieced hexagon top..

 


My first project of 2016.... to finish it ! and here she is ...

 

 

 

I have to say.... I'm in love !


A little stitching , a little hot glue and some shiny new hinges and it's ready to fill with all my lovely EPP projects ! The whole lid is now a pin cushion which realllllly helps when you lose pin and needles the way I do !


I've already got my sights set on my next project ........ but alas ! To the classroom I must go ! ;)


See you in class soon !


Gemma Stitch


 

DIY QUILT BOARD

April 15, 2015
where do you keep your blocks and quilts ?
Do you pin them to the wall like me ??
(Landlady look away now....... it's ok I have filled and  re-painted the walls now ! )

pain in the bum right ?

YOU WILL NEED :
COTTON quilt batting
A frame , some pins or a canvas.
Heavy duty stapler or drawing pins.

Cotton batting is textured , which makes it perfect for holding the blocks still , you could use a thick flannel (Winceyette ) also.


You could just pin it to the wall to use.....


But it looks nicer on a frame...

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DIY DUVET JEANS SKIRT

April 13, 2015
Over the next few weeks I will be uploading lot's of super useful and easy tutorials , competitions and more !

So..... Onto the tutorial !

 You may have seen this skirt ALLLL over pinterest & for sale on etsy , but some of the tutorials are a little confusing so here is an easy quick method.


First grab a pair of old jeans or shorts or heck ! They are so cheap head on over to ebay to grab a bargain why not !
You will also need a duvet set OR enough fabric to go 1 and half times round your waist.

I ...
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Dresden fans tutorial

November 13, 2014

As promised ! Here is how to make a Dresden cushion ! You can of course use this method for quilts , pillows , table runners...... the list is endless !



Supplies:

·       Template

·       20 – 2 1/2″ x 7.″ rectangles for blades

·       8 strips of fabric for border – 2.5 inch x 12 inches

·       16x16 inch square white background fabric

·       9″ x 9″ white square for the embroidered centre and the same for lining.

·       #8 Perle Cotton

·       2  metres binding

·       2/3  me...


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CHRISTMAS IN JULY

November 13, 2014
Hello and welcome to Christmas in July 2014 ! As most of you already know July is traditionally the time of year quilters and home sewers start making Christmas gifts. 

This year we will be learning about 'origami quilting' or folded layering as it's also known.
You may have seen a lot of these super complicated baubles around over the last few years..
Looks scary complicated right ??

It's not ! and this sew a long will focus on the technique you need to make not only these baubles but our actual...

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MR SELFRIDGE SEW A LONG

November 13, 2014

Welcome to the 2014 Mr Selfridge sew a long !  After the response from last years Downtown abbey quilt we decided it was only fair to make a little project pillow while watching the new 2014 British series of Mr Selfridge on ITV starting Sunday 19Th January . 

We are making an English paper pieced tumbling block star cushion as shown below using up all those odd scraps hanging around in the bottom of every fabric hoarders drawers !


PREPARATION :  Using the File ABOVE ^ 

 Print the blocks at 120%...


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DIY NEEDLE MINDER / NEEDLE KEEPER.

March 15, 2014
A lot of students  this term have been learning about embroidery and the craze that is hoopla both in class and on the at home course. I'm surprised how many people actually have fallen in love with the idea and thought today I would share a quick tutorial to make embroidery and cross stitch a bit easier.

Have you ever lost your needle half way through ? or when packing up for the night ?

Fear not....
Introducing the NEEDLE MINDER ( OR NEEDLE KEEPER)

Here is mine....
  


I have spongebob on one sid...
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NEWSLETTER

March 11, 2014
Hi Everyone !

Welcome to the new online stitch newsletter  ! The easiest way to stay up to date with all the fab special offers , courses & events this term.
We have several intensive courses this term including :

BEGINNERS SEWING CRASH COURSE 4 X WEEKLY SESSIONS :

 3RD,10TH,17TH,24TH JUNE

  * LEVEL 2 & 3 WEEKLY CLASSES ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ON APPLICATION*

INTENSIVE 3 HOUR ONE OFF COURSES :

NOODLE UTILITY BASKET –29TH APRIL

SEWING WITH MINKY – BABY BLANKET 13TH MAY

QUILTING FOR BEGINNERS – MAY ...


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The Fabric Daffodil Tutorial

February 25, 2014


Here it is ! I was dithering about posting this , especially as so many people went ahead and made them at home , even though we were selling them at just £1 each to raise money for stitch , but I believe in the greater good , and why should a small minority spoil things for the rest of us !
HUGE thanks to everyone who distributed , sold , and bought our Daffodils Diolch Yn Fawr , The money raised will go towards our new home and some new equipment for our (free) sewcial meet ups out in the ...

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NEW NEW NEW !

February 22, 2014
NEW NEW NEW !
Did I mention NEW ?!

So many new courses , new classes , new sew alongs , new fabrics , new sew at home kits , new students ! eek !
It's all a bit exciting. And erm knackering ! (pass the doughnuts pls)

You may have noticed our website has been a little on the slowwwww side recently. This is because I have been beavering away behind the scenes adding in new classes , uploading new info & photos and typing like a mad woman ! Everything should all be working normally now so thank you ...
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