Thursday, 27 August 2015

Christmas Fabrics

I've had my Christmas fabrics since June but can't bring myself to advertise them until September approaches. I know us Crafters need a bit of time to make Christmas Decorations & Gifts but I'm still enjoying the summer. With that said the last 2 weeks we've been talking about our Christmas projects in the sewing classes :)

Sweet Water "Holly's Tree Farm"

This Fabric Collection has been designed for Moda & was inspired by all the shop windows they saw at Christmas time. Perfect for getting a head start on gifts and projects for the festive season. Priced at £12 a metre

If you'd like to come along to the 'Sew Now' sessions we'll be making a start on some Christmas projects - Placemats, Christmas Card Hangers and later on in the month, a Christmas Tree Skirt as well as decorations.

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend. The Shop will be closed on Tuesday 1st Sept for my Bank Holiday in Lieu. Normal hours from Wednesday - Helen - 


Thursday, 13 August 2015

Nature Trail

I hope you're all enjoying the Summer. My lovely sister in law Mandy did a fantastic job holding the fort whilst on my holiday's. I was very excited to get back to the Shop especially as this week Dashwood Studio's newest Collection arrived 'Nature Trail". Designed by Bethan Janine this "whimsical nature inspired collection" is full of Woodland animals and Autumn foliage. It's background colours are teal & rose pinks making this collection perfect for most sewing projects.

- Nature Trail - 

I've been travelling through Europe for the last 2 weeks celebrating my husbands 40th. We booked an interail train ticket and hopped down through France & Switzerland until we reached Barcelona, then back up to Paris. There was so much to see and take in. I witnessed an amazing light show which was shown on the side of the Cathedral in Strasbourg. They were celebrating 1,000 years of the Cathedral. Barcelona had tiles that looked like quilts and Paris had amazing architecture. I want to create an embroidery using all these images. I had plans to start while away but never got the opportunity, I was having too much fun :) I did make some sketches though and made a start on my mini hexi quilt, this was perfect for the train (picture to follow). I visited a couple of fabric shops of course, both in Strasbourg - Papa Pique et Maman Could & La droguerie both brilliant shops. 

- Strasbourg Cathedral - 

- These tile designs look like a Quilt - 

- The amazing architecture of the Eiffel Tower, a design I'll incorporate in my embroidery -

- Me & my youngest son Nathan at the Arc de triomphe -

On my travels I've come to realise how important it is to get out there and experience the world, even if it's to the local park. These encounters provoke ideas & creativity whether it be cooking, crafting or photography. I'm looking forward to making my embroidery and for it to tell the story of my travels - Helen - 


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Summer Holidays - Opening Hours

The Summer Holidays are here. The relaxed feel to this time of year is something we all look forward too. The children have finished school, day's out are planned come rain or shine. When I was younger we had a rainy day box filled with things that kept us entertained when we stayed at home. We'd make miniature gardens using an old tin tray and collages using the Christmas Quality Street Wrappers my Mum kept. Me and my brothers and sister would hold the wrapper to the window and look at all the different colours. Summer is also a great opportunity to teach the children/grandchildren to sew. These Button Bag Kits are a great introduction. At only £4 each they'll make a great afternoon activity.

- Mini Cross stitch & Felt Kits, as seen in John Lewis -

For children who'd like to use a sewing machine these Machine Star Kits are perfect for ages 7 upwards. With an easy to use pattern & instructions your child can make Skirts, Bags & Bedroom tidies - £8 each - 

If you'd like to have a go at making a little girls skirt or dress this summer why not purchase the new Compagnie M patterns. This beautiful dress has been made using the Lotta Dress pattern age 1 -10yrs & Moda fabrics. Patterns priced at £13.

I hope you all have a great start to the Summer Holidays. I'm heading off on Sunday for my holiday's. We're travelling through Europe by train for 2 weeks. I'm very excited. I have a couple of sewing projects to take along. I'm making a start on my "Nobbly Bobbly" quilt. It's my own design inspired by this classic ice lolly, it involves mini hexi's (more info to come). I just can't put it down. I'm also taking some linen blend fabric to embroider the places I visit. I managed to get some linen embroidery threads in a soft colour palette, mmm. I'll just need to remember to look out the window :)

My lovely sister in law - Mandy - will be taking over The Little Fabric Store in my absence. Here are the Opening hours from Tuesday 28th July:

Closed: 27th, 28th & 30th July
Open: Wed 29th, Fri 31st July & Sat 1st August - 10am till 2pm
Closed: 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 6th August
Open: Wed 5th, Fri 7th & Sat 8th August - 10am till 2pm
Normal Hours resume from Tuesday 11th August

I hope you have a creative summer
- Helen - 


Saturday, 11 July 2015

Louth In Bloom

Louth In Bloom is here on Thursday 16th July. It's a great opportunity to decorate the town and celebrate the summer season. With a selection of bright summer fabrics available now is a better time than ever to make that summer dress or bunting for the garden. Summer quilts are perfect for picnics and Linen blend make great seat cushions. Summer here we come :)

- The Little Fabric Store decorated for the Summer - 

A Wool Blend Felt Daisy Chain frame the window

Decorate your home or garden with garden twine bunting
Book on the Sew Now session to make your own

- A Pot of Daisies - 
These Wool Blend Felt Daisies are also available to make this 
Summer at the Sew Now sessions 
Wool Blend Felt in a selection of colours £1.25 (12"x12")

This appliqué sign was made using a selection of Moda fabrics in bright oranges, yellows & blues. Just the colours for the summer. 

- Compagnie M Lotta Skirt is a size small -

- The talented Abigail Noble Art  Brooches are now available -

- Paper Pom Poms make an effective decoration - 

Some of you may remember my last window display was Beach themed. I'd been making Yo-Yo's for my Barnacle Quilt. Jane Brocket's book "The Gentle Art of Stitching" has the pattern. Here is the finished quilt.

- I've sewn the Yo-Yo's together so they have no backing. I'm happy with the results especially in it's new home on the back of the chair - 

- This is a photo taken on my living room floor, I've arrange the Yo-Yo's to meet in the middle. I love the effect it gives - 

- This is my favourite photo, they really do look like Limpets or Barnacles :) - 

So what ever you have planed for the Summer I hope you manage to have a bit of sewing in your life. Some one told me recently "sewing feeds your soul", I can  definitely agree with that.


Thursday, 2 July 2015

Create a Summer Wardrobe

The sun is out, summer is here. This time of year for me is all about dressmaking. I have a great selection of dress patterns that are also highlighted in the new Sew Magazine, as well as an advert of my own, very exciting!!! 

- The New Vintage Shirt Dress Pattern by Sew Over It -
- Tilly & the Buttons Agnes - on order - 

- The Little Fabric Store's first national advert - 

 My new window display is daisy themed for the up and coming Louth in Bloom (16th July). I've made Compagnie M's Lotta Skirt which is now displayed in the window. I really enjoyed using this pattern & love the overall look of the skirt. I used American Jane's - Fresh Air - and a plain blue fabric for the pocket lining. I really like the pocket detail. A daisy skirt for my daisy themed window. 

Compagnie M patterns are priced at £13, this pattern comes in age 1-10yrs & 12-14yrs along with xxs-xxl. A perfect skirt for summer. 

- The Lotta Skirt, I'm really happy with the fit - 

Sew Over It's newest pattern the
Vintage Shirt Dress - £14 - 

This is me modelling the Top version of Sew Over It's Shift Dress. I used Dashwood Studio's Petite St.

- A selection of Sew Over It Patterns available - 
The Ultimate Shift Dress, 1940's Tea Dress, Betty Dress, 
Ultimate Wrap Dress & the Vintage Shirt Dress

Cecilia has a market stall in Louth - Adverse Camber Vintage -
Cecilia has made the 1940's Tea Dress for herself 
out of the Kate & Birdie's Story Book Collection. 

So while the weather is warm why not make a wonderful summer wardrobe. The great thing about making your own clothes is no one else will be wearing the same outfit, it'll be totally unique. 

Enjoy the sun - Helen - 


Thursday, 25 June 2015

Quilts in the Wolds

I had a wonderful weekend visiting the Lindsey Patchworkers 3rd Exhibition in the Lincolnshire Wolds - Ludford - The Quilts were amazing, you could see how much work had gone into them. There were so many different designs and use of colours, truly inspiring. I just wish I'd taken more photos.

- Margaret with her hexagon quilt. It has fabric from her Mum's dresses. 
What a lovely family heirloom - 

- A selection of quilts displayed - 

It was also lovely to see a selection of fabrics from The Little Fabric Store in the quilts too, the Lindsay Patchworkers have been great supporters, thank you. Karen Lane is a member of the group, she's shared photos of the Event on her Blog - Lincs In Stitches -  well worth visiting her site. I'm also pictured at the Event. 

After my visit it definitely made me think about the Ohio Star Quilt I've been wanting to make. Hopefully I'll make a start on it this year. 

Happy Quilting - Helen - 


Friday, 19 June 2015

Compagnie M

I now stock a selection of Children's Patterns. New to the UK, these Vintage Inspired Dress Patterns have been designed by Belgium's "Compagnie M" . They're a welcome addition to the Tilly & the Buttons & Sew Over It Patterns I already stock. 

I have four Compagnie M Designs available, three are children's patterns & one teenager/adult. They come with a paper pattern and an exclusive code to download your instructions. Priced at £13 the instructions are well explained with detailed illustrations. I can't wait to make my own.

- A Selection of Patterns available - 

- Louisa Dress Age 1-10yrs -

- Lotta Skirt 12- 14yrs & xxs - xxl - 

- Lotta Skirt 1-10yrs - 

- Lotta Dress Age 1-10yrs - 

Additional Sew Over It Patterns are due in July & Tilly & the Buttons new "Agnes" pattern is on order

Sam Handley has made her Tilly Coco top using a Robert Kaufman Jersey I have available at £12 a metre. I love it. 

On the Chevron theme Sarah Cooper made a cotton top for her daughter using Moda's Mixed Bag, now only £8 a metre

Bonita Poole made this lovely skirt for her sister using Moda's Spring Green Essential Dots £11 a metre

While you're waiting for Summer to arrive why not buy yourself a pattern & some lovely fabric and create your own unique Summer Wardrobe - Helen -