Monday, 30 November 2015

Stitchscape open day

A new resource has opened not too far from me. Just down the road a bit... Stitchscape. 

There used to be a pub on the corner, but it fell into the same old state as a lot of such establishments have, and shut down. Then refurbishment happened and it turned into a suite of offices, and into one of these offices has entered the really fun and friendly Diane.

Diane had a dream, of a sewing space where groups of friendly sewing folk could congregate, and sew a little, laugh a little and have a deal of fun... and today she held an open day.

Cups of tea, mince pies, and chatter and viewing of the facilities, a large surface for cutting out, several big tables to set up sewing machines, a Sissix, and an electronic, computer linked cricut...

and friendly Diane helping someone design a named Christmas stocking for a child.

Diane also organises workshops, with a good variety and user friendly time options, so many workshops run in the day or in the evening for those of us who may also have to work!

Come the New Year I can see myself attending perhaps a little more often than may be ideal...she will get fed up with my inanities!

This bright friendly room has on site parking, and is in easy access of the motorways, and seems to me to be a great venue for the North-west..

I had fun there today, even though I was only looking and not sewing! and here is a selection of views round the place, showing work she has done for workshops, as well as inspirational books, and fabric available to buy, for the project she had arranged on the day!

the usual gubbins! we all have to have a place.... 

Sunday, 8 November 2015


Yes, I joined another swap.

This was a Christmas ornament swap, yes, I know, way too early, but that is how it goes. I was put into a group with 5 other lovely sewing ladies and we each were to make six of the same ornament, and send one to the other five, and, of course, keep the last one. So, I made some snowflakes.

 I made stabiliser design patterns, to enable me to make them somewhat similar
 I decided on little beaded stars for the bottom of the decoration, so spent a happy session making these..

and then when all were hung up together I felt they would do nicely!

the first couple have already arrived at their destination, so, there may be a few new pretties coming this way over the next few weeks!
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