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Beyond Festival of Quilts – virtual event launch

Some really exciting news – the Beyond Festival of Quilts, virtual show has just been launched, starting with the Live Workshops that need to be prebooked now and that will take place during the period when the live event would have been (30th July – 2nd August). I have been working on this event for…

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Easiest Facemask Ever!

I have just, super quickly, made a facemask from a pattern by one of our Knitting & Stitching talented tutors Katya Essery, Sew Pretty. She has designed three sizes of this simple mask for women, men and children, which is made with minimal fabrics and really is easy and fast to make. The only difference…

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Complete Book of Sewing Techniques – new book

I got a surprise this morning. A new book on sewing dropped through the door – and it’s by me! The surprise is that I didn’t know that it was to be published. The book, called ‘Complete Book of Sewing Techniques’ is a rejig of another title I wrote back in 2007 (The Complete book…

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Creative Sewing Weekends planned for 2018

We’ve two great Creative Sewing weekends planned for 2018, both to be held at a new venue in Haslemere. I say new venue but actually, the weekends will be held The Georgian Hotel, Haslemere, which is an 18th century building, turned into a hotel in the 1920s. Recently bought by a couple, the staff and…

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Not so Mystery Guest on BBC Radio 2

I had the pleasure of being Chris Evan’s BBC 2 radio show as his ‘not so mystery guest’ on Thursday last week. We were talking about sewing machines as his young son Eli wants one for Christmas so Chris wanted advice on what to buy as a sewing newbie. It was great fun and the…

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The Great British Sewing Bee Live show

Patrick and Esmee were lovely, friendly and ready for snap shots with fans!

The first ever Great British Sewing Bee Live show is now over and wow, what an amazing success it was. As usual, I was there to set up and run the workshop area, which this time included a mini service on the 80 sewing machines we were using – a mammoth task completed in a…

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