Stitch Witch Penny

There has been some super projects this week, all deserving of a Stitch Witch award! Karen’s second hat is spectacular and Katie’s hoodie is ace! But for sheer determination and the most significant progress (in spite of persistent needle threading issues) I am awarding this weeks prize to Penny of the Thursday coven for completing her patchwork cushion and bunting. I know she was well out of her comfort zone when she started, but I reckon Penny has surprised herself with what she has achieved in such a short time, and how many skills she has learned. Well done penny! Looking forward to the next project!

Notions and potions!

For the benefit of the newbies, starting soon here is what will need to bring to your first class:

You don’t need to bring your own machine! Machines are provided!

Everyone- if you could furnish yourselves with a basic sewing kit, i.e needles, pins, Fabric scissors, some threads and maybe a tape measure, you will feel better equipped. I do have plenty of equipment, but I find people tend to take better care of their own, and get used to using certain types of tools.

Beginners – If you have any pretty bits of woven cotton fabric you would like to incorporate into your first project, which is usually a patchwork item, bring them along too. ‘Fat quarters’ are great! You can buy these in bundles at most fabric outlets and on line. Watch the prices though! A Fat Quarter is a quarter of a meter, so you don’t want to be paying more than £2 per FQ. A few people have used their children’s favourite outgrown dresses and shirts etc to make cushions for their bedroom, or personalized drawstring bags, and such like. It’s a lovely idea and a good way of up-cycling stuff!

Improvers – You may bring along any project, including pattern and fabric (or your own hand drafted body blocks if you have them) that you would like to make a start on. Once I have started the beginners off, I do intend to do a little tutorial on a different techniques each week, in the hope that  everyone will get the chance to practice a new skill at some point.

See you soon!