Monday, 30 December 2013

Workshop idea?

Bought an inspirational new textile book today, which prompted me to try free motion embroidery/stitching!! 

Monday, 23 December 2013

Very Rainy & Blustery!

Not many brave customers out today, so time to cosy up!
A sweatshirt should do the trick! 
An hour later:
Very cosy!!
Merry Christmas everyone XXXX

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Christmas Opening Hours

Just to let you know, the shop Christmas opening times:
Monday 23rd 9.30 - 5.00pm
Tuesday 24th - Friday 27th 
Saturday 28th 9.30 - 5.00pm
Monday 30th - Wednesday 1st 
Thursday 2nd - Back to normal!!

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Sumptuous Velvet Ribbons!

Well, they've arrived and are wonderfully soft!
They come in 2 widths, the 9mm wide ribbons are £1.50 per m and the 16mm wide are £2.00 per m

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Handmade bed!

Gorgeous dolls bed with handmade quilt, sheet, mattress & pillow. All for £40!!
Made by Kirstie from

Monday, 16 December 2013

Late Opening Tuesday 17th Dec

Apologies, late opening tomorrow, Tuesday 17th December, of 11am.  Christmas breakfast to attend, so I will be jolly & well fed!!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

PJ's ready!

Well, I finally cut into my favourite fabric in the shop - Fuwari Fuwari by Nani Iro. A gorgeous brushed cotton from Japan.  Looking forward to lounging in them later!  Shame the velvet hasn't arrived, for a little bow trim, but I can't wait to wear them - it'll have to be added on at a later date.  I used a PJ pattern - McCall's 6658, as the legs weren't too baggy and it also has 4 different top options.

Saturday, 7 December 2013


New friends have waddled into the shop, various plumage available for £15!

Friday, 6 December 2013

Christmas Gifts!

Sunny Christmas display, ready for tonight's late night shopping!  Personally, I'm looking forward to the mulled wine & mince pies :) Followed by cocktails in The Cave after!

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Angel Wings

These beautiful hand made Angel wings, by my friend Em are winging their way to the shop! They make great pressies and each one is a little different - that's angels for you!

Late Night Opening!

We will be open until 7pm, this Friday 6th December, for the lights & carols on the Green. 
Please come and join us for Mulled Wine and some evening shopping!

Art Gallery Fabrics brochure

Some fabric eye candy for your coffee break! Has links to all the patterns used too!

Friday, 29 November 2013

Felt flower brooch

Playing with felt, wire and my Sizzix today! Lots of possibilities...!
Could make a workshop for this if anyone is interested?!

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Buff the cold slayer!

Made myself a reversible buff, to keep out the cold. 30 cms of a stripe and a plain cotton jersey, will make 2 buffs costing under £3 each!!

Another finished garment!

Well, I finally finished my wool mix jersey top - hand sewing the hems slowed me down!! Still, it is fabulously cosy! Apologies for my selfie, how do people get their whole body in? Do they have really long arms?!

New Goodies!

Lots of lovely gift ideas for Christmas!!

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Open shop!

Thanks to our great Google photographer John Carratt, you can now have a look around the shop, without having to leave home!!  But we'd love to see you!!

Friday, 22 November 2013

Heart Wreath Workshop

What beautiful results, from last night's workshop!!

Thank you ladies, for a lovely evening of sewing, chat & cake xxx

Monday, 18 November 2013

Gutterman Fabrics

Last week, I had a lovely surprise visit from Tina, the Gutermann rep - she's lovely!  Not only did she give me glitzy thread samples, but she had Gutermann fabric samples!!!
After much deliberation and coffee, I managed to choose a few and low and behold, they arrived today!!
A gorgeous purple collection

and some spring greens!
They are 140 cm wide and £15.60/m and waiting for you!!

Day Off!

 Well, I was woken by my alarm at 7am on my day off, to spend the next 2 hours driving to a fabric warehouse!!  One of my suppliers, opened their warehouse and design office, for a bit of shop and chat.  Very interesting it was too and the shopping wasn't bad either!
So we now have some lovely bright cotton needlecords and matching jerseys

and a lovely green wool with some co-ordinating cotton prints.
There are also 4 gorgeous liquid satins (really -  they live up to their name!) in silver, gilt, pale pink & green. Perfect for evening wear or lining garments.  A couple of stretch gabadines, couple of summer beach & swimmer prints and stripy jerseys on their way.  I couldn't quite fit it all in my little car!!

Saturday, 9 November 2013

New window display

Our new window display is of laces and flower tulle, sorry had to take it from inside, as it was pouring down outside!  The sun does not always shine at the sea side :(

The fabulous drape dress, I cannot take the glory for.  My 15 year old daughter is much better at dressing the window, I just pin things together and suspend bits from the ceiling.
With much direction!
I have been putting some ready made gifts together for the big C, next month!

Lined pouch £6.00

Cute pin cushions £4.00

Large lined pouch in french fabric £8.00

Mouse pin cushion £4.00
I have also made a few C stockings, but it's too early to show you those!!

Colette Patterns

Here are the new Colette patterns, all £12.50, just awaiting the Laurel one. 
They are so lovely, little books with a pocket for the pattern at the back.  They have links to tutorials on their website and little hints & tips.  Also they donate some proceeds to animal welfare, so it ticks all the boxes!
I just have to decide which one to try out first, now I've finished my denim skirt!
This was a pattern from Grainline studio, to download,
It was really cheap to make.
 A grand total of denim 0.75m @ £7.00/m, short zip £1.50 and a nice brass button 20p = £6.95!!
Now I have to purchase some woolly tights to wear with it, until it's flip flop weather again!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Autumn is here!

I have finally donned a pair of tights, a sure sign the season has changed! 
Another sign is the contents of today's fabric delivery!
The wool/viscose jersey in gunmetal is today's favourite, especially as it's wonderfully soft and 170 cm wide!! Not sure how I'm going to display it, as it's central tube is somewhat floppy.
There are a couple of polyester jerseys in the photo, a couple of stretch cottons (black & red), a jacquard that I feel could be used either side out, a stretch duchess satin in mink - the epitome of glamour and a couple of interesting linings.  Oh and not forgetting Zhivago (it really is the fabric name!), the cut black fabric at 45 degrees to the rest of the fabrics! 
The best thing is to come and see them and run your fingers through Zhivago!!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Workshop Dates

Here's the gorgeous creation you can make at our next workshop!!
You can embroider a padded hanging heart or continue sewing and end up with the heart garland!!
Thursday 14th November & Thursday 21st November
6.30 - 9pm
£25 per evening, including all materials, instruction, cake & beverage
To book your place: call 01590 642808

Friday, 1 November 2013

New Patterns

Colette Patterns

Just to let you know, I've just placed an order for 11 different Colette patterns!!
Have a sneek preview at their lovely website
The patterns should be here within a fortnight, I'll keep you posted!
Can't wait - that's only 13 sleeps!!!!

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Workshop Spaces Available...

There are a few spaces for tomorrow evening!

You could be having fun, learning a new skill, eating cake and going home with a Christmas gift made!!!

So what are you waiting for...
Call 01590 642808 or 07713 498459 to book your place!!

Buttons Galore!!!

Welcome to Button Heaven!


 We've also had a button delivery this week.  Lots to run your fingers through!

My particular favorites are the rose buttons, in 2 sizes and colours

A Week of Deliveries!

 Winter Fabrics...Part 1

Well, our first delivery of wintery fabrics, has arrived.  A bit of a mixed bag!
Let me talk you through them,

a lovely black, polyester moss crepe,

a heavenly, gorgeous heather flower tulle,

a couple of cosy polyester flannels,
a navy, suiting

and a wonderful, Chanel style tweed, I think reversable!
Just waiting for the rest now!!

Monday, 21 October 2013

Afternoon Delivery from Japan!

Early Summer Order has Arrived!


It seems so long ago since I placed an order with some Japanese manufacturers, I'd kind of forgotten what I'd ordered!!

A cute little print I fell in love with
£11.00 per metre, 100% Cotton, 110cm wide and pattern repeat 15 cm
Gorgeous lace and doily prints on navy blue cotton

£12.00 per metre, 100% Cotton, 110 cm wide and pattern repeat for the doily 8cm and lace 16cm
and finally a collection of prints - spots, lace motifs, flowers and a stripe!

all 100% Cotton, 110 cm wide and £13.50 per metre
So many lovely things in at the moment, must finish my denim skirt and make something a bit prettier!!

Last Week of Butterick Pattern Sale

Just a reminder, the Butterick 40% off Pattern Sale ends this Friday 25th October!

Well, summer may be finally over, rain and wind the order of the day.  I am still refusing to don the tights, a pair of brogues teamed with skirts and dresses, is putting off the moment!
After last week's visit to a Textile fair, I am awaiting deliveries within the fortnight!  More autumnal textures and colours, plus a bit of glam!  A button order has also just been placed, ready for those wintry makes.
The website is ready for an update, after a Sunday of photography with my eldest.  A little hurried at the end, as his friends were waiting with surfboards ready to hit the beach.  Yes, wind is greatly received by some and rain not bothered about!  Just waiting for the photos to be edited and resized, let's hope the wind dies down!


Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Fabric Delivery!

A Bit of 1920's Splendour!



Beautiful 100% Premium Cotton

£13.50 per metre


I am really excited about these fabrics, Art Gallery Fabrics describe their prints as 100% premium cotton and their tag is "Feel the Difference".  You know what, you can.  They have a real lustre to them and the colours are gorgeous.  I still have the Great Gatsby buzz, being as it's one of my all time favourite books, so this is my fabric homage to
F. Scott Fitzgerald!

Monday, 14 October 2013

New Buttons

Look what's here!


These are big, 65mm across!

They'll look great on a jacket, bag ...
Endless possibilities!

Workshop Taster

Here's what you can come away with, from our

Patchwork Pincushion Workshop!

And yes, it will be finished! None of that half done nonsense here!
Kirsty the brains behind this workshop, has timed it (and allowed for cake time!)

So Come and Join Us

To Book 01590 642808


Thursday, 3 October 2013

First Workshop Date!

Make a Patchwork Pincushion

Wed 30th October    6.30 – 9.00pm
(maximum of 6 people)
£25 includes tea/cake & all materials
Booking essential!!
or pop into the shop

A Grand Day Out!

A day off, so what's a girl to do?

Take herself (and daughter & friends) to The Knit & Stitch Show at Alexandra Palace!!

October 10th - 13th from 10am - 5.30pm

I am so looking forward to a day of looking, chatting and maybe shopping, with like minded people.  What a great mix of exhibitions, stalls and new ideas, all housed under one roof!
Most definitely my stash will be added to, some may not even see light of day for months (even years!)  But on a rainy day or dark winter's evening, I know I'll have something to play with!!

SALE Time!!

Date for your diaries!!

Fri 11th October - Sat 9th Nov
 Butterick Pattern SALE 40% OFF prices!!!

 SEE & SEW will be £1.95, down from £3.25 and all other patterns £4.50, down from £7.50!

Time to stock up, sewers!!!

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

New Patterns...

Here is our latest delivery of patterns.  Some more Serendipity Studio dresses and skirt patterns and an infinity scarf from Villa Rosa designs.
Everyone finds the Kay Whitt patterns (Serendipity Studio), so easy to follow.  I've had people use the Emaline skirt pattern, for a first dressmaking project and all have said how pleased they were with the results.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Opening Times


When we're open!


Mon - Sat   9.30am to 5.00pm


We have 2 entrances, so don't be put off by the steps!!

Our side entrance is is completely flat, so wheelchairs are welcome!

We're Open!

Finally we've move in!


It's been a bit mad, so no time to write I'm afraid.  But now the broadband is up and running, there's no reason not to!
For those who haven't been able to come and see us yet, here are some interior photos!


Fabrics, trims, threads and haberdashery!

An extendable table for fabric cutting, pattern book browsing and workshops!!

Buttons, interlinings and more haberdashery

More fabrics and a sewing machine to rent by the hour (beverage included!)