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One to one hand embroidery tuition – learn the art of mindfulness at Marna’s home studio

r Thread Therapy – close work hand embroidery as a tool for achieving mindfulness

As well as being a traditional method of creating beautiful arts and crafts, hand embroidery is a useful tool for achieving a state mindfulness.  The repetitive nature of the stitching and close work helps to focus the mind and put you ‘in the moment’.  We like to call it ‘Thread Therapy‘. It’s a chance for your mind to relax and unburden itself from invasive thoughts.   You can read more about hand embroidery and mindfulness here, in a recent blog post.

Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.

Marna has become well known for the fantastic Thread Therapy hand embroidery retreats she runs in the stunning North Yorkshire Moors.  A small group are treated to a relaxing weekend of mindfulness and stitching, with delicious meals and relaxing treatments.

There is another option if you haven’t got a whole weekend to spare but are still keen to create something beautiful with Marna.

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Enjoy a one-to-one hand embroidery workshop with Marna Lunt

Marna offers one-to-one workshops at her home studio, she will take you (or you and a friend) through the process of creating an embroidered lampshade, lantern or simply help you get to grips with all the basic hand embroidery stitches. You can have a chat in advance and work out exactly how you like to spend the day and what you would like to achieve with your hand embroidery workshop.

Marna regularly adds new dates up when she is available to teach – see all the dates and details here.

To enjoy the workshops and weekend retreats you don’t have to have any experience at all with hand embroidery or fabric. Marna will teach you new skills and inspire you to create something you can be proud of. You leave rejuvenated with a new passion for hand embroidery to soothe your soul.

Hand embroidery is easy to learn, we offer free online embroidery lessons, just sign up for our newsletter by clicking here and we’ll email you with the details to get instant access.

FREE ONLINE EMBROIDERY COURSE

 

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The Autumn Decorative Living Fair

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(fist published Oct 4, 2014)

On wednesday last week me and Mr Marna packed up his little electric car and pootled on down to that big busy place down south called London. We were getting ready to wiggle our stuff at the Autumn Decorative Living Fair in Chelsea Old Town Hall organised by the rather fabulous Caroline Zoob.

Photo credit: Alice Robertson Homes & Antiques Magazine
Photo credit: Alice from Homes & Antiques Magazine

It’s been a serious honour to go to London to do this fair, Caroline rang me in the summer to have a chat about it and I was massively excited and touched that such an accomplished and talented embroideress would ask me to attend her fair. She knows what she’s taking about I can’t hide any mistakes from her. Anyway enough of the gushing, although I may start again later.

I have always been a bit scared of exhibiting in London, mainly because I know I would have to drive down, I couldn’t, no matter how much I have tried, get everything in a bag on the train. Such a big and busy place that you don’t now well is always going to be a bit daunting travelling to for the first time, so my clever hubby came with me to keep me from being on my own and freaking out about logistics.

I’m so glad I stopped being a scared wuss pants and went for it because it was grand. Stunning location, fantastic very high quality fellow exhibiters, wonderful organisation, incredibly helpful staff, set up was easy as was breaking down and  to be honest I loved every second. A long day but just the right amount of time for me know I hobble around with a walking stick a lot of the time.

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Simon driving through central london

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Part of the reason that I loved it so is of course because I got to be with Simon which is rare on these occasions, he got to meet my friends and put names with faces and he got to see why I love doing fairs and meeting so many of the people that follow me. He got recognised by people for his blog posts which was really wonderful to see. There’s nothing more joyful than see someone you love be recognised in his own right and be seen as I see him instead of how he sees himself. He was quite shocked that I had people wanting to take my photo (as was I actually, I don’t take a great photo, my eyes vanish) and some had come especially to see the Liberty shade. It was nice for him to see me in artist mode not just mum and wife mode, food shopping and the like.

I have to thank my gorgeous neighbour Lois who was so lovely and I could have easily bought everything she had, a lady of huge taste and kindness, for making the day a very happy one. I also spent a lot of time eyeing up the stunning flower painting that Lisa had on the other side of me. And I hugely enjoyed seeing some of my favourite creative ladies Viv from Hens Teeth, Alice from Homes and Antiques magazine and Gil Fox. Lots of their goodies  are photographed below.

Ooooo and I have found a new favourite place to buy all my favourite sewing goodies. Sonia from The Old Haberdashery, I did a bit of damage to my credit card with that one. Highly recommend.

And now for the photos, I could have taken 50 more but I thought this would suffice. Enjoy dear readers.

hand stitched liberty shade by marna lunt

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The Chelsea Old Town Hall ceiling
The Old Habadashery
The Old Haberdashery 
stand and ceiling by marna lunt
These shades are in my madebyhandonline.com shop
new york shade by marna lunt
New York lampshade from all angles
new york shade by marna lunt
Prints of this New York shade are available on my website for preorder
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My wonderful Mr Marna

new york shade by marna lunt

New hand drawn and hand stitched portraits launched at the show and now available on my website
New hand drawn and hand stitched portraits launched at the show and now available on my website

portrait of olive by marna lunt

So as an exhibitor I recommend it, if you get the opportunity to have a stand go for it and if you can visit and like vintage brocante chic, french linens and textiles, and handmade and vintage haberdashery and gifts then you must go. I’m not quite sure where I fit in on that list but my style somehow worked beautifully with what surrounded me.

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Hopefully I will have the chance to do it again, and thanks to Caroline and the fabulous people I met both buyers and sellers who made it such a marvellous trip for me.

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Homes and Antiques Magazine stand
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Halinka’s Fairies
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Halinka’s Fairies
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Gil Fox
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Lit by lamp light

 

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Embroidered Lampshade Workshop

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Handmade Embroidered Lampshade Workshops

(first published May 27, 2014 )

A few weeks ago now I had a super fab weekend down in Devon making lampshades and teaching embroidery to a splendid group of ladies.

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It was the first workshop that I’d hosted in a while and I’m not sure why I chose to do it seven hours away from home but I did and it was wonderful. I hadn’t been to Devon before and I’ll certainly be going back down there as much as possible in the future because it’s just so stunning.

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I was lucky enough to bring a lovely friend Cath with me for this workshop and she became the best tea and cake lady imaginable keeping us all topped up with goodies and lovely compliments. Everyone needs a Cath in their pocket I think to make the day go smoothly.  We arrived at the gorgeous barn set in idyllic rolling hills and immediately felt relaxed and excited to get out the fabric and start creating.

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I was joined on Saturday morning by nine lovely ladies all eager to learn something new and enjoy each others company. With the best will in the world we want to spend days at home creating things but home life often just makes this impossible so a weekend dedicated to simply sitting and surrounding yourself with fabric and thread and no distractions is just the tonic we creative peeps need. It’s a stitch retreat for the soul.

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We spent a bit of time talking and discussing our inspiration and art and then got down to the fun bit of drawing the beautiful fresh flowers I had picked to inspire our designs. No drawing skill is needed it’s just about letting go and having confidence. Then I opened my stash of Liberty fabric for people to chose and create from.

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We were only interrupted by a delicious lunch and more tea and cake but it was hard to stop these ladies for sewing at any point even for tea!

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Day two was the same as day one but with lots of new embroidery stitches being taught and lots of advice and ideas flowing and finished up with the stunning designs being made into the finished lampshades. I was so proud of these fabulous ladies and what they made, each design was so individual and really very very good indeed, and they will be proudly displayed in their homes. I was so pleased with how quickly they picked up the stitches and how beautiful the fabric combinations and final designs were, they worked hard and I hope they have the confidence to keep on making because they really do have great skills.

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This workshop was not aimed at people with any experience, you don’t have to know how to draw or do all the stitches, you just need to want to have a go. What you are learning is a taster of a new skill which you will became better at the more you do it, these lampshades are a modern day sampler, but turning it into something practical that we can enjoy and show off in our homes.

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This workshop was such a success and I have had the most gorgeous feedback telling me how inspired my ladies were and how I must do more for us to all get together on again, and I will most certainly do that. I’m planning more ‘stitch retreats’ around the country and they will be announced on the website when dates are confirmed with venues. There will be everything from lampshade making to cushions, wall hangings and hoops. My luxury workshops will be two days long and only have eight people on each course so I can give lots of time to each person, and all guests will have a goody bag full of lovely bits and bobs, such as notebooks, pencils, buttons, blue pens, scissors etc, everything you need for the course and more.

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But in case you want to come to a one day course and get a smaller idea of what we learnt in Devon then I still have few places available on two workshops I’ve been invited to host at Needle and Thread in Lincoln in September and So Sew Pretty in Dumfries in July. Click the link to book, each course has sold out on one day so another date has been added). I can’t wait to meet you all there.

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But I think you’ll agree that my fab Devon Darlings did incredibly well and the smiles on their faces have certainly made it a wonderful experience for me. Thanks girls.

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illuminating embroidery 2016

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The New Year is upon us, and I’m not sure about you but I have eaten far too much chocolate…. more than I care to mention. This is the time for us to reflect on the past year and look forward to bringing in the New Year, but instead of setting unrealistic resolutions, which are quite simply going to give us all the post-Christmas blues, why not start on exciting new adventure? Don’t ban the chocolate, take up a new challenge and discover a hobby you knew you had!

Now this isn’t a blog filled with a hard sell, quite frankly Marna’s gorgeous work speaks for itself – her passion and contagious creativity is enough to make anyone want to get stitching, but before Marna’s head gets too big, why not set yourself task for 2016 learn something new, meet new people and get creative! SO LET’S GET STITCHING!

 

Sewing for some screams back memories of strict embroidery lessons, perhaps sewing means stitching endless name tags into school uniforms or maybe you have no idea where to even start! But never fear Marna is here to give you tip top advice and give you a wonderful head start so you can release your inner artist.

Illumintaing Embroidery consists of four fabulous online embroidery workshops, each consisting of easy to follow videos hosted by the one and only Marna Lunt (because everyone should have a little bit of Marna to brighten their day!)

Marna works hard to bring you fun and informative video tutorials, where you can learn from the master, discover the tricks of the trade and grow to be an expert embroiderer. The Gentle Art of Slow Stitch 1, 2 & 3 are designed to be watched around your spare moments, you’ll also receive course PDF’s with all the important bits on which are yours to keep forever!

What’s more there’s a fantastic community on the Illuminating Embroidery Facebook group, where you can meet your fellow course mates and showcase your work! They really are a friendly, accommodating bunch that are every welcoming and always supportive!

Whether you’ve been stuck at home all day with the kids, or you’ve had the day from hell in the office, sewing is absolute escapism where you can indulge in gentle and rewarding stitching. Take your embroidery with you on the bus, sit and relax in your lunch hour or get serious in your studio Marna will be your friendly mentor and helpful guide, so you can unleash your creativity for 2016.

Speaking as your average Joe Blogs (no pun intended honest!) I work your boring 9-5 job and stitching (and blogging of course!) is my happy place, a wonderful way to unwind after a stressful day and escape from life! Whether you fancy turning your hand to lampshade making or embroidering your very own wall hanging, there’s no better feeling than sitting back and admiring your hard work where you can think to yourself …. ‘I made that!’

Take a look at embroiderycourses.co.uk and explore the world of Illuminating Embroidery Workshops, set yourself a wonderful resolution for 2016!

NEW COURSES HAVE BEEN ADDED AND THERE IS EVEN A FREE COURSE FOR SUBSCRIBERS.

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#studiosnippet highlights

A while back Marna set up a hashtag #studiosnippet inviting embroiderers, textile enthusiasts, designers, makers and craft lovers across Instagram to join in and share a snippet of life inside their studio. And boy, you Instagram addicts didn’t disappoint!

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Instagram is the home of crafty folk, from embroiderers to textile peeps, illustrators to graphic designers; it’s the go-to place for inspiration and networking with creatives. We have now reached the age of the hashtag, instantly connecting us with like-minded hashtaggers across the globe! Networking through social media platforms has never been so easy. So what better way to join in the fun than creating a hashtag that shares the creative mess of maker’s studios! The best part of making, whether you’re up to your elbows in paint, or proud of your giant fabric stash and embroidery thread collection.

I have to say that visiting Marna’s studio is a real treat, not only filled with inspiring collection, jars of buttons, reels upon reels of ribbons and of course a glorious stash of Liberty fabric for good measure! Visiting the Little A Designs studio is serene, peaceful, creative nook it’s difficult not to feel inspired stepping into her studio space! There’s no staged insta shots, Marna’s studio is as scrumptious as it looks in her photos!

The #studiosnippet hashtag has been used dozens upon dozens of times across Instagram by you lovely lot, it’s great to see how you are inspired, what makes you tick and a snippet into your creative processes! Here is a quick glimpse of just a few #studionippets!

What’s great about #studiosnippet is seeing the vast array of creatives out there, working with totally different mediums. From glasswork by @jfostermpls to talented yarn spinners like @slyjewels, exquisite embroideries by @linenandfredembroidery and the amazing fabric stashes of @oktoberdee, what links everyone together is real thrill of creating and making. Scrumptious colour palettes, endless art materials and boundless enthusiasm!

This is just the beginning of the Studio Snippet journey, with an overwhelming start from fantastic crafty folk it’s the start of something very special! Post pictures of your snippets on to instagram, don’t forget to use the hashtag #StudioSnippet to take part.

A huge thank you to everybody who took part!

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The Autumn Decorative Living Fair 2014

new york shade and my stand at chelsea by marna lunt

On wednesday last week me and Mr Marna packed up his little electric car and pootled on down to that big busy place down south called London. We were getting ready to wiggle our stuff at the Autumn Decorative Living Fair in Chelsea Old Town Hall organised by the rather fabulous Caroline Zoob.

Photo credit: Alice Robertson Homes & Antiques Magazine
Photo credit: Alice from Homes & Antiques Magazine

It’s been a serious honour to go to London to do this fair, Caroline rang me in the summer to have a chat about it and I was massively excited and touched that such an accomplished and talented embroideress would ask me to attend her fair. She knows what she’s taking about I can’t hide any mistakes from her. Anyway enough of the gushing, although I may start again later.

I have always been a bit scared of exhibiting in London, mainly because I know I would have to drive down, I couldn’t, no matter how much I have tried, get everything in a bag on the train. Such a big and busy place that you don’t now well is always going to be a bit daunting travelling to for the first time, so my clever hubby came with me to keep me from being on my own and freaking out about logistics.

I’m so glad I stopped being a scared wuss pants and went for it because it was grand. Stunning location, fantastic very high quality fellow exhibiters, wonderful organisation, incredibly helpful staff, set up was easy as was breaking down and  to be honest I loved every second. A long day but just the right amount of time for me know I hobble around with a walking stick a lot of the time.

simon driving in london
Simon driving through central london

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portrait of olive by marna lunt with hoops

Part of the reason that I loved it so is of course because I got to be with Simon which is rare on these occasions, he got to meet my friends and put names with faces and he got to see why I love doing fairs and meeting so many of the people that follow me. He got recognised by people for his blog posts which was really wonderful to see. There’s nothing more joyful than see someone you love be recognised in his own right and be seen as I see him instead of how he sees himself. He was quite shocked that I had people wanting to take my photo (as was I actually, I don’t take a great photo, my eyes vanish) and some had come especially to see the Liberty shade. It was nice for him to see me in artist mode not just mum and wife mode, food shopping and the like.

I have to thank my gorgeous neighbour Lois who was so lovely and I could have easily bought everything she had, a lady of huge taste and kindness, for making the day a very happy one. I also spent a lot of time eyeing up the stunning flower painting that Lisa had on the other side of me. And I hugely enjoyed seeing some of my favourite creative ladies Viv from Hens Teeth, Alice from Homes and Antiques magazine and Gil Fox. Lots of their goodies  are photographed below.

Ooooo and I have found a new favourite place to buy all my favourite sewing goodies. Sonia from The Old Haberdashery, I did a bit of damage to my credit card with that one. Highly recommend.

And now for the photos, I could have taken 50 more but I thought this would suffice. Enjoy dear readers.

hand stitched liberty shade by marna lunt

venue ceiling
The Chelsea Old Town Hall ceiling
The Old Habadashery
The Old Haberdashery 
stand and ceiling by marna lunt
These shades are in my madebyhandonline.com shop
new york shade by marna lunt
New York lampshade from all angles
new york shade by marna lunt
Prints of this New York shade are available on my website for preorder
my ever faithful mr wonderful
My wonderful Mr Marna

new york shade by marna lunt

New hand drawn and hand stitched portraits launched at the show and now available on my website
New hand drawn and hand stitched portraits launched at the show and now available on my website

portrait of olive by marna lunt

So as an exhibitor I recommend it, if you get the opportunity to have a stand go for it and if you can visit and like vintage brocante chic, french linens and textiles, and handmade and vintage haberdashery and gifts then you must go. I’m not quite sure where I fit in on that list but my style somehow worked beautifully with what surrounded me.

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Hopefully I will have the chance to do it again, and thanks to Caroline and the fabulous people I met both buyers and sellers who made it such a marvellous trip for me.

Homes and antiques Magazine stand
Homes and Antiques Magazine stand
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Halinka’s Fairies
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Halinka’s Fairies
Gil Fox
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Coooorrr Country Living Harrogate

Well I’ve been travelling around rather a lot recently meeting lots of crafty business ladies, making new friends. The season started off with the Islington Country Living Fair were I got the chance to meet the fab ladies from some of my favourite Facebook pages. We all decided to meet to celebrate Helen from Kindred Rose’s amazing achievement of getting into the Christmas Country Living magazine. Didn’t see a massive amount of the fair due to having far too much fun with my wonderful new found buddies. All incredibly talented, but more than that, all kind, generous, hilarious and an utter joy to be around.

There is Andrea from Polka, Julia from Julia Crossland Art, Roslyn from Roslyn Mitchell Designs, Helen from Kindred Rose and Kate from KateCreates.

Andrea, Me, Julia, Roslyn, Helen & Kate

I had a wonderful little trip up the road to Wynard Hall to see the brilliant Emma Lamb and walked away with one of her stunning cushions and two pin cushions as well as having a fab chat with her. And I have to say I think she’s rather great, her work is stunning and it’s still one of the best buying experiences I’ve ever had.

The entrance to the CL Harrogate fair, so festive and made me go ‘wow’.

Then I only went and saw the Country Living in Harrogate twice! First time was to see Ranjit from Eclectic Tea and Lyndsey from Sorbet to visit Ranjit’s glorious stand (and buy everything on it). Lyndsey had helped her style it and the stand only went and WON the best festive stand award which seemed to be the only win of the show which was amazing news!! and well deserved, it was stunning. Whilst I was there I bumped into Sara from Kitty Eden which was a fab treat.

Sara, Ranjit, Lyndsey

I spent a lot of that day buying Ranjit’s stuff and chatting wildly & excitedly, so left in a bit of a whirl wind and daze. Couldn’t remember half of what I saw but was glad to be going back on the Sunday with my mum to do a serious amount of Christmas shopping.

One of our first stops was Emily Notman‘s stand which was packed full of beautifully stitched pictures and brooches. Was incredibly hard to chose but had a lovely chat with Emily who is enchanting.

Could have filled a carrier bag with the beauties on Emily’s stand, too much to chose from.
Leah Haliday’s stand full of treasures that rightfully should be all in my house right now.

In the third hall I found a gang of little stands which utterly thrilled me. The first was Dear Prudence which had cards and notebooks to die for and next to it was Leah Halliday’s stand full of amazing vintage goodies which I could have happily spent my mortgage on.

There were three halls packed with sellers and the atmosphere was one of excitement. It’s the first time Country Living have come to Harrogate and they certainly put on a great first show. The halls were decorated with purple and white and each stand looked stunning against the festive backdrop. I’d happily have gone everyday. It was great to see so many familiar names from the area and so many hand made goodies which is what I think Country Living should be about. After all, the mass made stuff can be bought in any high street shop at anytime and this is the place to really show off new British talent.

Green Walnut Designs ceramic buttons being sold on one stand.

One of those talented people is Clare from Green Walnut Designs. I have my company buttons all hand made by her and they are my trademark of a Little a product. Her stunning ceramic buttons were being sold on the Wool and Buttons stand, which had a very cozy feel, so cozy that none of my photos came out all being too dark. But is certainly felt snuggly.

Owl & Cats stand, mmmmmmm yum.

Another favourite stand was Owl & Cat which had so much colour and fun and gorgeous stuff to shower my children with, I am going to be buying rather a lot from this company in the future.

I could happily write for days about the beautiful things I saw, far too many to mention. But from me, the show gets five stars and I suggest you definately make it a big tick on your list for a visit next year. You may even see me there.

And whilst in Harrogate two more places you must visit, the first one being Betty’s Tea House which I am ever so slightly obsessed with. I have a cupboard for there Christmas Tea here and it runs through my veins at this time of year.

The heaven that is Betty’s in Harrogate.

And if you don’t fancy the one in town then sneak to RHS Harlow Carr just up the road, as they have one too.

If you don’t fancy the queues in town then the RHS Harlow Carr may be the place for you and you get to walk around the most spectacular gardens perfectly decorated for Christmas.

The second place is Duttons for Buttons………a treasure trove of buttony delights…….ahhhh. I don’t need to speak, the photos speak for themselves.

I tried to get them all in my pocket but I couldn’t get away with it:(

So you see it certainly ain’t dull up north, it’a glorious region of crafty delights. Come visit us.

Knitting & Stitching Show 2012

I’d been umming and arring about going to the Harrogate Knitting & Stitching show for weeks because at this time of year I really can’t afford to be out of the workshop and missing valuable sewing time, but I had been once before and remember that it was fabulous and really deserved the attention. So on Friday night I made my mind up to go and not so bright and breezy on a very dark and foggy Saturday morning I got my trusty camera out and off I went.

I didn’t go looking for anything in particular other than bright and cheerful things to tell you all about, and maybe see if there was any exciting new ‘stuff’ out there. I saw many of the same stands overflowing with glorious buttons, wool, ribbons and tonnes of fabric. Lots of stands holding all sorts of new machines and ‘tech’ but I had to revert my eyes so as not to become green and ‘need’ everything.

One of my favourite stands is Clothkits which many of you will have heard of. They primarily sell lots of fabulous sewing kits to make beautiful clothes. Really simple patterns for us all to have a go at using glorious fabrics. But it is so much more than that. It is a one stop shop of sewing fabulousness. Pom poms, buttons, fabrics, trims, all manner of stuff. So definately have yourself a peek.

Another fantastic place to head for gorgeous trims is Aarti J, the colours and textures are splendid.You’d have a field day in this one place, sifting through roll upon roll of goodies. An Aladdin’s cave not to be missed.

 

 

 

 

 

Selvedge were showing their wares again and I was so pleased to renew my subscription and have a look through the stunning Sophie Digard scarves and Merchant & Mills pins. I could look through their website and dream of owning nearly everything they have on there.

 

 

 

 

I saw two really fab artists who I loved. Their work being totally different from each other.

Jo Smith had a little alcove cramped with woven, embridered, machined mixed media art that used tiny aminal skulls as a frame with glossy black mounts that were so original and intriguing. I loved looking at the depth and detail of the work, my photos unfortunately don’t do them justice as they were glazed works and my camera is a bit pants.

 

 

 

Then Jane E Hall had a stand full of her incredible machined butterflies. Yes that butterfly in that picture is machine stitched!! Amazing!

 

 

 

And last but not least Fabrics Galore. There stand had the most enormous queue and it was easy to understand why. Rolls and rolls of fabric to die for. Liberty that I couldn’t stop stoking and very nearly jumped in. We were all very British and queued and waited very patiently whilst the stand holder did a sterling job of cutting and cutting and cutting. Mainly for me! I came back a very happy camper and in need of a new credit card.

If you’re in any doubt then I can tell you that yes go next year, save up and definately go. Be prepared for a bit of a trample and tussle especially if going on a Saturday but I had a great time with lots of bargains and new ideas and unusual products in my shopping trolley. It’s a manic time of year with Christmas, work, craft fairs and the like but it worth stealing yourself away for a few hours.