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  • The Great Knitted Bake Off

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    This week, we’re taking crafting inspiration from the new series of Great British Bake off. Every Tuesday we’re left dreaming of the creations baked up by contestants & with very few baking skills to show off, we’ve found a way to play along on our own terms! We’ve rounded up enough sweet treats to feed a small army (or just us on a Friday night!) & the best thing? No calories involved whatsoever!

    So if you're all ready, on your marks, get set... BAKE!

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  • Favourite Stitchtopia Snaps From Our Experts

    Our lovely crafting experts are a fundamental part of the Stitchtopia experience. Whether you are a knitter, crocheter, quilter or stitcher our experts aim is to help you get the most out of your holiday. Their guidance will give you the opportunity to pick up lots of new tips and techniques in their inspirational workshops, making your holiday truly unforgettable. This week we asked our experts to send us in their favourite snaps from a recent Stitchtopia holiday...we just love seeing pics of how much our experts enjoy our trips just as much as you!

    Janice Gunner

    Indigo dyeing workshop at Yama-ai, Kurume from our Textile Highlights of Japan holiday.

    Janice Gunner Indigo dyeing workshop at Yama-ai, Kurume

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  • 10 Crafty Projects to get Autumn Ready!

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    September has arrived with the end of the week and we all know that means the start of cooler evenings, shorter days and (most importantly) Jumper Season! It's no secret that colder weather causes delight in knitters, but truthfully, the turn of a season is exciting for any budding crafter as it means new textures, patterns and a whole different colour palette to work with! We've gathered the best Autumn projects to get you started! Get prepared for an overload of those familiar oranges, rusty reds & yellows!

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  • Highlights from the Festival of Quilts 2017

    We had a very busy week exhibiting at the Festival of Quilts at the Birmingham NEC last week. The show was incredible and we were in awe of some of the work displayed by some unbelievably talented quilters. The work on display certainly got our creative juices flowing!

    It was inspiring to see what had been created and there were definitely more than a few which caught our eye. It was also so lovely to see messages & meanings behind some of the artwork as it makes the piece take on a whole different meaning once the back story is revealed.

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  • News from the Bridge Room in the French Chateau with David Bird

    Host report by Kathy Williams:

    Set amongst the French Alps the Chataeu des Comtes de Challes was the most perfect setting for a bridge holiday. On our first evening Florian, the owner, gave us a wine tasting experience in his wonderful cellars. We tried four of the wines and then went into our first evening meal where the wine was included. Just as well there was no bridge that first evening!! Throughout the whole holiday the wine included with our evening meal was excellent. On some days we dined outside with spectacular views from the terrace.

    Our first excursion was to Lake Bourget taking a boat out to Abbeye Hautcombe. The second excursion was to the quaint old town of Chambery with its castle. We had a walking tour of the town going through many of it's little passages and into very old houses which are now apartment blocks. Saturday was market day with wonderful vegetables and a few bargins to be had.

    Both afternoon and evening bridge was very well attended. David Bird was our guest speaker and gave three excellent and interesting talks. David was willing and able to answer many questions during our stay. I am sure we have all learned something to improve our bridge.

    This was a lovely holiday with a lovely group. I am sure First for Bridge will be going back again in the near future.

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