Wednesday, 20 February 2013

What fun!

I had a brilliant time at Textiles In Focus over the weekend with a busy stand and some great workshops! We had a brilliant space for our stand which really allowed us to spread out - which was great at there were 3 of us on a couple of the days and it would have been a bit of a squeeze otherwise!

We met loads of creative and friendly people and I came home inspired and keen to get to my sewing room! It has taken me a few days to get over it as 3 days is exhausting but after a bit of sleep I am good to go!

I taught a workshop on both days and here are some of the results!


Textiles in Focus is an intimate show - with about 20 carefully selected traders invited each year. What this means for the visitor is that there is plenty of lovely space to move around in. None of that 'shin bashing' or 'elbow knocking' that has become the norm for many of the larger shows at the NEC and the like. Here you have wide isles to stroll down as you admire all of the textile loveliness on show! It really is a tribute to the hard work of Pauline Verrinder who, with the help of her family, work so hard to make this show a success.
As well as a lovely selection of stalls (of which we were but one) there were 29 2-hour workshops on offer thoughout the weekend. There were a fascinating selection of skills to try - and I'm not just saying that because 2 of those workshops were put on by yours truly! There was a whole raft of things I would have happily signed up to if I hadn't have been working.
There were also some fabulous exhibitions put on by Anglia Textile Works, Fen Edge Textiles, Fibre Fusion and the Cambridgeshire Embroiderers Guild. These left me somewhere between 'hugely inspired' and 'terrified out of my mind' because I would never be as good as these ladies obviously are. A thrill for me was to see the work of Pam Tasker who teachs in our shop, but who's work I never usually get to see. This was tailoring taken to a whole new level and would make any woman look fabulous! They asked us not to take pictures so there is notheing to see here... but take a trip over to their websites for a bit of a look around!
You will be pleased to know that I wasn't too terrified in the end. I bought some stunning space dyed fabrics from 21st Century Threads, coupled them with some delica beads from Spangles and some hand dyed threads from own own stall and got back to a bit of hand stitching with a passion! I promise to share some more when I have something to share!

Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Beaded Buttons everywhere!

Never one to relax, I have been on a creative whirlwind since the New Year. As soon as the sale was over, Bee Crafty has been working on our first major show - Textiles in Focus at Cottenham Village College on 15th, 16th and 17th February.

This is very exciting, and even more so for me because I was delighted to be asked to teach at the show this year.

I will be teaching a two hour class on my "Beautiful Beaded Button Brooch". Here's a sample.

At least one of the days has already sold out so if you fancy joining me you had better get your skates!
I will also be taking this opportunity to premier my new range of Bee Crafty Ribbon Beaded Button Brooch kits. This has been such a fun project and I just haven't been able to stop making samples! Julie has been busy getting that packs together while I have the lovely job of making sample after sample!
The kits contain a selection of beads, the button blanks, fabric scraps, ribbon and brooch backs - so all you need are thread and a needle!

The kits will be available from the show at £14.99, and we will also have them in the shop as well so if you are interested please email us at Bee Crafty and we can send you one in the post or just drop in and choose one to match your outfit!

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Snow quilting

January was a bit of a weird month at the shop. We had our sale week, which was our most successful week ever... and due to a deligue of snow, as well as an overturned lorry on the A14 we also had one of our quietest weeks!

So to make the most of the extra time in the sewing room I got some workshop samples out of the way, and managed to make two lap quilts in two days - from start to finish!I must have had my bionic knickers on!!! This is the turned 9 patch that I will be teaching at Bee Crafty on 24th May.

The pink one came first - a response to the horrid gloomy weather! And then I had a play with some of my leftover Moda bits and bobs for the second one.

And all done and dusted in less that 12 hours in total. Now that's fast!!!!

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Creative Juices are flowing...

I really can't believe how long it has been since my last post! In my defence, I have been very very busy and now that Christmas is out of the way I can share a couple!
This is my Heart Quilt which I made for my best friend's 13 year old daughter which has now taken pride of place in her new bedroom! I absolutely loved making it and the quilting was huge fun!

It caused such a stir in the shop that I will now be teaching a simplified version in my shop in July.

Everyone loves a heart, and my 10 year old niece was no exception. The only stipulation was pink and purple, so I went crazy!

Not sure why blogger insists on showing this picture sideways but you get the idea!
I also made my brother Tim a quilt made from his old jeans. He had been complaining that everyone had a quilt except him! So now that is rectified!!!!
So that lot was completed and delivered for Christmas.

Then it was time to make some bits for myself!

This was my attempt to tidy up my scraps boxes!

These look so much better than the plastic boxes I was using before, and they used up some of those lovely scraps to make them!
Another use of scraps was my laptop mat. This was to solve the issue of cold elbows while I am typing which is a terribly modern issue :)

So that is January..... there is more to come but I will share that later! I am teaching at Textile in Focus this year so I am busy putting the finishing touches to a range of beading kits that we will be premiering there on our Bee Crafty stand. Very exciting!