We stock far more fabric than my husband thinks is good for us ! All is first quality . We spend ages searching and selecting our ranges .
Our quilting fabrics are all cotton mostly 62 count always with absolutely even waft and weft . We hold fabric on the bolt from Stoff, Timeless treasures , Moda , Benartex ,Painters Palette , Dear Stella, Lynnette Anderson ....
We have some extra wide cottons very suitable for backings of course but pretty good for fronts too!
We have masses of panels .
We have a selection of fabrics on the roll for bag and soft furnishings that are all cotton and polyester with a linen look woven background and printing on top . We have this fabric in plain colours too which we find perfect for cushion backs .
We have a lively selection of dressmaking fabrics - jersey ,pima cotton , viscose ,broderie anglais and fluffy for wrapping up warm in !
Will keep adding stock in here
We hold the full selection of DMC stranded cottons , Rayon threads from Edmar so brilliant for dimensional embroidery . Variegated cotton threads from Caron Collection renowned for their gorgeous soft subtle changes in colour . Metallics from DMC, Madeira ,Lecien .
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We are delighted to hold our wool stocks in Appletons both crewel and tapestry weights . We try to hold most in skeins and have a fair amount of hanks . we do order each week so can soon get what is needed for your project . We stock the boxed shade card too which is a real help when contemplating your colour palette .
Our favourite floorstand has to the Lowery : a slim metal upright with large flat base that easily slides under wherever you are sitting . it has lots of points of adjustment in height and angle . The clamp at the top is like a vice ( not a bad thing !) and holds all sorts of hoops and frames up to a size of about 27 inch width .
We love the simple wooden seat frame made by Elbeesee which has three different sized hoops that slot in to the base . Plenty of scope for changing height and angle again .
We work with deep wooden embroidery hoops so allowing the fabric to be more secured . We like the Madeira flat sprung hoops for machine embroidery .
We really think frames are important so much so that we produce our own - The Able Stretcher . This is a rigid plastic frame which has four arms that slot together and are secured at the size you would like . the fabric or canvas is then sandwiched into position using little oval clips .No sewing on of the fabric required . The frames come in three sizes - each making form a four inch square up to that maximum size - 9,12 or 16 inches square . Rectangles can be made too . These frames are brilliant for tapestries and larger cross stitch and embroidery .
We have stocked Just Nan charts for over 30 years !! We love the intricate cross stitches plus the way Nan introduces other complimentary counted stitches often in small bands on a sampler . Nan has an uncanny way with shading and design all of which we love to observe as her new designs continue to roll out .We try to offer most of her current range so if there is something you are looking for and you do not see it here , please email or ring and ask .
We offer the special threads , charms and beads packs as part of the chart so all you need to add is DMC stranded cottons and the fabric - usually 32 count linen .
We stock the Zweigart linens in the appropriate colour for each design and can easily put the complete kits together if it would help . Again .please contact us
We love Fabric ! We have dealt with Zweigart for over 30 years . They are the premier manufacturer of needlwork fabrics . Their fabrics are correct , straight and count as they should. The sizing is consistent as are the colours . This German company are quite brilliant at what they do .
We stock aida from 6 to 20 count .
We stock linens - manily 28 ,32 and 40 count
We stock evenweave - usually lugane in 25 count , brittney or linda in 27/28 count
We love selling the gorgeous cotton Anne cloth for afghan s .
We have rolls of tapestry canvas from rug size in 5 and 7 hpi to antique canvas in 18 count .
We also have silk gauze for those with very good sight !
We repeating our very popular January day where we offered three sessions each of an hour in each of freehand machine embroidery and jewellery making . Both are introductory classes . They are suitable for adults and children but we do need the adult to stay with the child . Places limited in both . Cost is £5 per person to go towards materials .
Learn how to give a professional finish to jewellery making so that you can create your own designs in necklaces , bracelets and earrings . We begin with threading your choice of beads from our incredible stash on to wire and showing you how to attach the clasps securely . We move on to using more than one wire and to using thread and all the time you are subconsciously learning to design !
These afternoons cater for a range of abilities . Bring along your own project or if you are new to quilting , come a earlier and we can help you get a project worked out . Whichever , Lynn will guide and advise all the way through . We have a large 2m square table for cutting and laying out and 8 one metre square desks for students . Come a bit early and bring your lunch if you would like .
Bring your own work along . Sew with like minded stitchers - hand or machine . Take advantage of the space and peace of our classroom ! there are 8 spaces each week . Booking essential £5 per person .
These lessons are 1 2 1 - so individual to you ! You will need to allow yourself an hour and a half so that Alison can teach you what you would like to learn about your machine or overlocker and then you can work on something under her guidance . There are three sessions per day on most wednesdays and thursdays . First session is 10.30-12 noon , second session is 12.45-2.15pm ,third session is 2.30-4pm . Each session is £15 . booking essential .
Kirstie will help you FIT your pattern to you . She can help you choose your fabric or match your fabric to your pattern or vice versa . She will then help you with a toile if required . We have found that most of our customers who want to dressmake can sew well but welcome help with adapting patterns to fit themselves . As the song nearly went " no one is a prefect 10"! This class runs slected wed or thursdays .
Learn how to build up your own picture with complimentary background fabrics ,then fix your subject in front , embellish and enjoy creating your own three d textile picture . A number of our students do wildlife or pets . You will be surprised just what you can create with Amy's brilliant technique and excellent drawing skills . Just bring your usual hand sewing equipment - hoop , favourite sharp needles , scissors , magnifiers ... All else is here and provided . machines not used .
A wonderfully inspiring class with a very creative tutor. Josie really does bring the best out in everyone . There is a waiting list for this class at the moment so look out for Josie's day classes and come along and get a taste of what she does ...
This is a regular weekly class throught the autumn ,winter and spring . Students bring their own projects and Wendy helps everyone . There is a real variety of stitching in this warm friendly group . We often do samplers of canvas work stitches and have made boxes, firescreens , stool tops , cushions and bags . You can come once or regularly weekly, fortnightly etc . Booking essential
These boxes are card covered with either different colours of satin or in a light natural linen colour . There are a number of shapes and sizes .The top is card with wadding and then a fine piece of white cotton . This detaches from the lid . You then secure your piec of work on the top - either string on back or glue . Then replace top in lid with some glue on the underside .
They really make a very good value effective display for smaller pieces of work . We have used them to mount embroideries ,cross stitch , miniature quilts and even just fabric .