Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Sew much to do.........

I alluded to our new sewing shop in Ely in my previous post. Sew Much To Do opened its doors in November, just in time for those last minute Christmas Makes. We are fortunate in Ely to already have an excellent haberdashery department within the City Cycle Centre that is reminiscent of an Aladdin's cave, plus a couple of wool shop ventures. But Sew Much to Do is our first dedicated sewing shop.

I could barely contain my crafty excitement on my first visit. The proprietor Leslie Partridge has the kind of enthusiasm for sewing that is infectious and has created a well stocked, airy and welcoming haven which includes a wall of fresh and vibrant FQ's and a dedicated area for local crafts people to sell their creations.

But for me, the main draw is the programme of workshops which launched this month catering for all ages and abilities, including a Wednesday morning drop in club, all held in a dedicated workshop room on the first floor. I was first through the doors for the inaugural Wednesday club and along with four like-minded souls we were encouraged to suggest additions and tweaks on this "dry run" to get the space and the club functioning to the max. It was a great way to pass a couple of hours and it's only a hop and a skip downstairs to purchase any forgotten supplies. I came away with a much longer list of projects to do, workshops to attend and most importantly some inspirational local contacts.

Wednesday is my new favourite day of the week!

Monday, 18 February 2013

A little Flirt at Valentines...x

I picked up some gorgeous flirty FQ's from our new sewing shop in Ely a couple of weeks ago. More about that fantastic new enterprise to follow.
I wanted to make my daughter a little something for Valentines that wasn't purely decorative. She's a prolific scribbler so Very Berry Handmade's pattern for a Mini Art Wrap was perfect. If you aren't familiar with Very Berry Handmade I suggest you rectify that immediately right here
Below is the result prior to being filled with artistic goodies. I had one happy little girl at Valentines but that may have been down to the light-up fluffy pen hidden within!

Fabric Credits: Flirt by Sandy Gervais for Moda Fabrics with a bit of co-ordinating Riley Blake Peak Hour Dots thrown in for the ties.


Sunday, 17 February 2013

What's in a name?

To blog or not to blog, that is the question. Actually that isn't the question. The question is what to call your blog. Aye, now that is the real tricky question.
Every faintly amusing quip I dreamt up turned out to be totally unoriginal. But nocturnal aptly describes my erratic self and a stitcher, albeit a novice one, is what I am. So there you have it. The Nocturnal Stitcher is born.