Patchwork & Quilting

  • 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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  • Textile History of Japan

    It’s no secret that a country as culturally rich and beautiful as Japan has an equally detailed textile history to match, so we’ve put a short history together for you to get a taste for these mesmerising textiles! Japanese textiles are world-famous for their intricate design and beautiful colour pallets, which have been evolving for centuries, yet still retain much of their original style and technique.

    Japanese textile designers and weavers have always used a variety of materials including silk, hemp, ramie, cotton and other fibres coupled with an array of weaves and decorative treatments. Read on to find out more about what an important role textiles have played for this stunning country, just waiting for you to discover.

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  • Our Top 5 Free Spring Quilting Patterns!

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    This Spring we want you to be blooming with inspiration, so we’ve decided to sow the seeds of creativity with five lovely quilting patterns from around the internet! With so much creativity to be tapped into this Spring, we’ve selected some our favourites that you can easily try at home.

    So why not find a pattern that’ll put a spring in your step and refresh your passion for your favourite crafting hobby this season?

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  • Mandy Shaw Q&A

    This week we have been speaking to the fantastic UK textile designer and quilting tutor, Mandy Shaw on how she fell head over heels in love with quilting, her plans for Christmas and she spills the beans on her crafting plans for 2017.

    Mandy, you are a well know personality in the world of crafting and are the owner of an internet based company Dandelion Designs. Tell us how you discovered quilting and how you first became passionate about it.

    I have always made things since a little girl. My dolls and teddy bears were very important to me and I would make their clothes and bedding. I made my first patchwork quilt in the early eighties, while my friends were out dancing I was sewing! And then as soon as I started my family I adorned my home and children with homemade crafts of all varieties.
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