Monday, 20 October 2014

The Victorian Family Fayre

I had a wonderful day on Sunday, the Victorian Family Fayre took place in Louth. Shop Owners & Stall Holders got into the spirit of the Event and dressed up Victorian style. I improvised with a black dress & a black skirt sewn to the bottom. I think it's years of finding clothes for the children's school events. There's nothing like a "World Book Day" to have you scouring the wardrobes!! I managed to get my hands on the Vintage Apron at at my last Craft Event at the Memorial Hall in Cleethorpes. 



Thanks to everyone who called in to my little shop in New Street, it was a lovely to meet you. So many people visit Louth for this Event. It's great to be part of it. The Louth Town Partnership & Love Louth have worked really hard, they should be very proud, it was a great success.


The Indoor Market Hall Ladies & Gentlemen


Lou from FoxHollies (right) & her Colleague from The Old Maltings, Louth. Lou's Cushions & Quilts can be seen in my Shop Window, they're also available to purchase.


Naomi of Little Bits of Louth. Naomi & I started on Louth Market the same day, a year ago this month. 



Cathy & Brian both looking the part. They have a unit in the Indoor Market Hall. All the units are now full, it has a great atmosphere with so many unique shops.


 - What a great opportunity to be part of such a wonderful community - 

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Monday, 13 October 2014

10% Autumn Sale

There will be 10% off Fabrics in my Autumn Sale on Saturday 18th October. A great opportunity to buy fabrics for your Handmade Christmas Gifts. I'll also be Open 10-2pm for the Victorian Family Fayre on Sunday 19th October. A great Day out, it's well worth visiting Louth for this Event.


The Hall of Fame winner was picked by Sheila from Serendipity in Louth. Denise Inkson made a Pram Quilt, she was the lucky winner of 3 Christmas Fat Quarters.


Sheila from Serendipity 



Denise with her winning Fat Quarters

Keep sending those photos through to be in with a chance of winning 3 Fat Quarters.

Here are some photos from the Sew Now Sessions. Sophie came along with her Dad. Here's Sophie with her finished Fabric Flower. Lynne made a Needle Case using English Paper Piecing, all hand sewn.




Sophie with her finished Flower Brooch 




Lynne's finished Needle Case


We'll be making a start on Christmas Projects in the next couple of weeks. I now stock Wool Blend Felt. Felt is so forgiving and is very easy to work with. If you're new to Sewing, Felt Craft Projects are a great place to start. I have a great selection of colours, photos to follow.

- Helen - 


Monday, 6 October 2014

Autumn Scene

I love the change in seasons, the different routines it brings. The cold wet weather is on it's way & it's time for Coal Fires burning with marshmallows. It's a time were we can start our sewing projects, especially if they're for Christmas. 

My Autumn Window shows the beautiful MoMo - Avant Garden designed for Moda. The Bunting has little Felt & Fabric leaves in-between the Flags. Wool Blend Felt will be in stock this week. It's so nice to work with and very forgiving too.


Wool Felt has also been used to make these adorable Animal Softies. You can buy the Patterns & Kits from Alicia Paulson



The Toadstools have been made by Four J Creations & are available to purchase as well as this Autumn Cushion from Fox Hollies. Louise has used felt to applique on the Cushion


I've made this Cafetier & Mug Cosy Set & Quilted Coasters using the Linen Blend I stock. I've appliqued Flowers on them too. Make the Coasters at my "Sew Now" sessions, they'll make a lovely Christmas Gift


A Fox Hollies Quilt & Cushion available to purchase with Cowslip framing the Window


I hope this Window inspires you to Sew.

If you want to make a start, get in touch & book on a session. We'll work on basic Hand Sewing Projects & move onto cushions & quilts. Sessions are on Tuesday & Saturday 1pm - 3pm & Thursday 10am - 12pm.


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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

"Bee Inspired"

A wonderful new Sewing Studio is Opening in Louth. Wendy Honey has been working so hard getting her lovely Creative Studio ready to host a range of Classes that will start in the coming months. 

"Bee Inspired" will be holding Patchwork & Quilting, Dressmaking & other Crafting Classes at her Studio. How lovely it'll be to Sew in such a lovely environment, this will surely inspire you to make & create. 

As you know I hold Hand Sewing Sessions at my Shop and these Classes are perfect for anyone who wants to progress to machine sewing. 



Wendy's Opening Day is on Thursday 25th September 1pm - 6pm. It's a great opportunity to see what Classes are available & Coffee & Cake too. Unit 21 Nottingham Court Fairfield Est. Louth LN11 0WP

After having a wonderful week off with my husband I was so happy to step foot into my little shop again. Autumn is a great time of year to start sewing, especially with Christmas on it's way. These Classes are a great opportunity to start. When I wanted to start sewing it took me so long to find a class, it's great that Louth now has a dedicated Creative Studio on it's Doorstep. I will be providing Kits & Fabrics for the courses as well as 100% Cotton Wadding. I'll definitely be attending on Thursday. 

Hope to see you there - Helen -

Friday, 12 September 2014

20 Years

My lovely Sister-in-law Mandy will be covering for me next week. 



I'm going away for a week to celebrate my 20th Wedding Anniversary. Where does that time go. When I look at this picture I see a young girl but at the time I was a grown up & knew exactly what I wanted. When you start getting older you can see chapters in your life that tell your story. If anyone had told me what my future would be now I wouldn't have believed them, I couldn't even Sew!


Me & my beautiful daughter - Lauren - on my Wedding Day 


Whilst I'm away the Shop will be Open 10am - 2pm on Wed 17th, Fri 19th & Sat 20th Sept. I'll be Closed Tues 16th & Thurs 18th. Normal hours resume wk commencing 23rd Sept. 

See you when I get back  - Helen -


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Avant-Garden

Here's the New Autumn Collection by Mo Mo "Avant-Garden". This Collection has so many warm tones with splashes of Pink & Red thrown in. It works wonderfully with Bluebell & Brown Essential Dots. Priced at £12.00 a metre. 








- Jelly Rolls are also available, perfect if you're starting a new Quilting Course - 



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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

New Friendships

Whilst building my Business I've made many friends along the way. Some fellow Crafters & others just starting their Creative journey. I met Kathy over the Summer. Kathy's father had sadly passed away & had travelled from Sydney,  Australia to be with her extended family. New to Sewing Kathy visited my Shop and bought some Fabrics to make Napkins. I had a lovely Singer Sewing Machine on loan in my window which prompted her to find out if her mother's machine was repairable, unfortunately it wasn't. I was overjoyed when she asked if I'd like to use it for my window display. I managed to display her treasured mother's sewing machine in my window.



Kathy also wanted to make her Napkins before heading back to Oz so Kathy asked if she could have a one to one Sewing Session at the Shop. We had a great time, sharing life experiences whilst making her beautiful Napkins. 


- Kathy working on her Napkins - 




- Me & Kathy -


- Kathy's finished Napkins - 


Kathy is now back home is Oz were it's now Spring. She has already proudly used her mitred cornered Napkins. I love knowing that a piece of Fabric you buy inspires you to make something and then has a story to tell. How wonderful that Kathy's Napkins will transport her back to her past in Louth, with fond memories both Old & New.

- Helen -