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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 side , and a butterfly on the other , so I can change it around if I want to.
Needle minders are magnetic , so your embroidery needle sticks to it  , Genius hey ?

To make your own you will need :

MAGNETS : I used 2 corsage magnets  I had left over from my pin plate but any small powerful ones will do.
HOT GLUE OR SUPERGLUE : The magnets stick but the glue stops them shifting around
SOMETHING PRETTY : I used an old spongebob keyring & a butterfly from an old necklace.

Simply Glue the magnets to the pretty , leave to set and then place one on top of your work , and one underneath , and waaa laa . No more losing your needle !




Traditionally these were made with old brooches ...

But you can make them with just about anything ! Have a hunt around !
I love this version from the blog House A la mode  using a glass pebble
- http://alamodefabric.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/the-sewing-studio-ooohhh-you-needle.html

Mine has proved invaluable as I have joined the monthly cross stitch sew a long (I hate cross stitch , so this is a bigggggg challenge) ONCE UPON A TIME by the frosted pumpkin stitchery. 
It's awesome ! Just check out those pigggies ! I'm hoping to do this on our FREE sewcial park meet ups starting at easter :) Picnic , park & sewing what a perfect combination !
 

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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DIY PINWHEEL BROOCH

January 29, 2014
Time for a DIY post ! 

A quick and easy gift .. The Pinwheel Brooch !

Make them as bag charms , brooches or glue them to a stick for a decorative look !

You will need ;
FUSE A WEB
FELT
FABRIC
SAFETY PIN
ASSORTED RIBBON/TRIMS
A BUTTON.

Cut your fuse a web into a 4 inch square

Iron the fuse a web glue side down onto the BACK of the fabric piece.
Trim to the same size as your square.

Peel off the backing and place glue side down onto the felt. Press with an iron.

Trim to the same size as your square. Now to m...
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The results...

December 9, 2013
It's that time again... 

Our 2013 Christmas competition entries were AMAZING ! Considering you only had two hours to make your project the results were of a realllly high standard !














The standard was soooo high ! I cannot believe that some students literally started 4-5 weeks ago and are already at such a high standard ! Thank you so much to everyone who entered and gave it a go.

And now.... DRUM ROLL PLEASE....
The entries were judged by : ANNE WILKES - Clerk of the Council  ( AND local sewing te...
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appliqué part 4

November 17, 2013
Stitch news !

Another fab advent calendar class last week ... some very pretty designs !




Also this week , lot's more pillowcases & SCBU aprons for the hospital....

The closing date for any more aprons & pillowcases is 22nd November to give me a chance to wash and press everything before I take them to the hospital the first week of Dec. Thank you so much to everyone who has donated : sewing is a gift and sharing it with the less fortunate at this time of year especially is a wonderful thing to d...
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Hooooopla !

November 11, 2013
Everyone's talking about them , books and tutorials are popping up everywhere... yes the humble embroidery hoop is back in fashion !! I thought it was about time I did a tutorial on the mini xmas hoop. Last year I gave everyone stuffed hearts...so I needed something a little different cue the mini hoop !




You can buy small embroidery hoops from ebay or John lewis or your local haberdashery for a mere £1.70p !  Bargain !
You will need : a small embroidery hoop , some fabric , needle and thread ,...
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Pillowcases , charity and end of term !

November 9, 2013
Evening all !

I thought it was about time I wrote a new blog post... I am seriously falling behind but there are just never enough hours in the day !

First to the stitch Bridgend news...

This week most classes made charity pillowcases for the children's ward at the local hospital and learnt about french seams...

Also the Thursday intermediate ladies have been working on more SCBU clothing including Amanda's teeny tiny apron and kelly's bright and funky pile :)

Coming up over the next few weeks we ...
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SCBU APRON CLOTHING - CHRISTMAS GIVING PATTERN 2013

October 26, 2013
Evening all !

Christmas is only 2 months away and our christmas sewing is well under way , after half term we will all be doing the same projects including charity pillowcases , the retro apron , stockings AND the all important 2 hour competition !

As part of our Christmas giving this year we are making Christmas pillowcases for the children's ward at the local hospital, but I am also making SCBU aprons with poppers on for the premature babies. 
Originally I found this pattern from a pinterest p...
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