New Sewing Clubs at Sassy Sewing
Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
So here we go! Details of our new Sassy Clubs – we’re so excited!
Our two clubs are open to all, no matter what level of experience and will offer the opportunity to sew in a relaxed and friendly place with instructors on hand to help you if you need it. You can come to as many or as few as you wish – you don’t have to attend every one.
Club number one, The Sassy Sewing Club is for all those of you who want to sew – dressmaking, quilting, crafting – whatever you’re in to. Bring a new project or finish something you’ve already started. – it’s entirely up to you. These will run every two weeks on a Tuesday evening from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. First dates are 24 May, 7 June (TBC), 21 June, 5 July, and 19 July and each session is £10.00.
Club number two, The Sassy Quilting and Patchwork Club is for everyone interested in this fascinating craft. Bring your own project, big or small or we can work on one together from start to finish if you’d prefer. This club will run one Tuesday per month from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. First dates are 28 June and 26 July and each session is £10.00.
You can bring your own sewing machine if you like but it must have a current PAT test – let us know if you need help finding someone to do this for you. Or use one of ours at no extra cost. Numbers are limited and so booking and paying in advance is required to guarantee a place. Please call the shop on 01507 524566 or email me at email@example.com for more info or to book. Sassy Sewing is in Horncastle, Lincolnshire.
Book Review – Quilting on the Go
Monday, May 9th, 2016
Quilting is one of those crafts that once you start doing, you just can’t stop. I get annoyed with myself for not doing as much quilting as I’d like and it’s only because I have too many projects on the go at once. But this is the year I have promised myself some dedicated time to spend on this fascinating hobby.
I have a few books on this topic and my current ‘go to’ is this fabulous one by Jessica Alexandrakis. It teaches the technique of English paper piercing and is stuffed to the brim with inspiration for beginners and there is enough of a challenge for those more experienced too. The clue is in the title really – it’s for those who want their quilting project to be mobile – something you can do on the train, on the beach, while your baby naps etc. Basically quilting without spending hours behind your sewing machine, which is fab now the weather has turned nice finally. Quilting in the garden – bliss! So with my current busy schedule this book is a real treasure – I can quilt wherever I find myself.
It has five chapters covering tools and techniques and a whole host of lovely projects too, which come with all the patterns you need. There is also graph paper included for those who want to draft designs from scratch. There are all sorts of things to make in this book – shoulder bag, baby quilt, pincushion and a photo frame for instance. There are clear instructions for each and good step by step pictures also.
The techniques section is comprehensive – you can learn how to do whipstitching, edging, cutting, joining and tacking plus everything else you need to know to finish the projects.
There are puzzle pieces for designing, a colour tool to help you with choosing your fabrics, a resource section, advice on using up your fabric scraps and even an example travel tool kit.
The book is £12.99 and available on Amazon. I can recommend you take a look at this one.