Category Archives: Card making


Homespun Crafts one way


Homespun Crafts shop refitIt is encouraging to see in these difficult times, that Homespun Crafts has had a re-fit – the shop looks great and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful – go and have a look for yourself.

You will find Homespun Crafts at :-

56 Queensway, Bletchley MK2 2DR

or call 01908 645653


Unicorn Craft Studios Workshops

News from Carol at Unicorn Craft Studios – Craft Classes being held at 63 Ashfield, Stantonbury now, as she has moved from the workshop.

Phone  Carol on 226306, for a chat about classes.


Leighton Business Woman Writes Bookzine for National Magazine

Leighton Buzzard businesswoman, craft tutor and joint founder of, Linda Gransby, has been inspiring local people to preserve their photos and memories in archival albums (known as scrapbooking) for the past 12 years.

Linda has now written a beginners guide to scrapbooking, encompassing advice on what to look for when choosing an album, essential materials, and how to deal with various artefacts such as photos; certificates; and medals & awards. The bookzine is to be published as the cover mount gift with national magazine Your Family History, and will be available in newsagents from today.

Scrapbooking is an fascinating activity, encouraging participants to save their family memories and photos in archival albums together with information about the images.

Linda said ‘I was delighted to be asked to write this guide to help people get started with this absorbing, creative and important activity. I love helping people connect with their photos and memories, and in the current gloomy times, its more important than ever that people connect with their family and friends and celebrate life’s happy moments. Above all, its great fun to do, no special skills are needed, and all ages can get involved, from the youngest child to the oldest grandparent!’

With the digital era upon us, photos are fast becoming an integral part of our lives. Scrapbooking is about capturing a memory by telling the story of the photo in a photo safe album to pass down through the generations. Perhaps even preserving a sample of our handwriting for our children and our children’s children to see.

Linda runs regular scrapbooking workshops across the county, if you’re inspired pick up your scissors and have a go, contact her for a schedule. She can be reached at or 07967 375150. The Craft Trolley website is
More information available from
Linda Gransby
07967 375150

Sunday Morning – Blog Time!

I know lots of you get involved with die-cutting, stamping etc and this is a chatty blog from someone who seems to be having a bit of a sort-out – there may be some bargains for you stampers/die-cutters!

Papercraft Projects – Crafts by Carolyn

The Crafts by Carolyn website is full of papercraft projects, news and chat – we loved this simple Pinwheels project

Check out the rest of the site here

Craftability Closing Down Sale

News has reached us that Craftability in Fenny Stratford is closing down on Wednesday 29th August

THE CLOSING DOWN SALE takes place on Wednesday 15th August, Thursday 16th August, Thursday 23rd August, Saturday 25th August and Wednesday 29th August


Threads and Patches customers will still be able to see Vanessa as she will be working part time in the shop and running monthly dressmaking workshops.

This is sad news indeed – Vanessa is a very supportive teacher and had set up a great shop – full of a wide range of essential craft supplies.  We would like to pass on our very best wishes to Vanessa for the future.

Contact Vanessa on 07989 441147, or visit the website at 


News from Threads and Patches and Pin Wearer Day on 14th July

New Workshops now On Line

Check out the new workshops – book now to get a place!

The new printed workshop list will be ready soon, but the workshops are already available to purchase and can be seen on our website at,
The Autumn 2012 Workshop Passport will be available to purchase from 1st August (valid 1st Sept – 31st Dec), if you do not want a Passport but you do want to book a class or two then please book early as once the passport goes on sale many of the classes book up very quickly.

Pin Wearer Day – Sat 14th July

Wear yourThreads and Patches brooch pin in the shop to get10% off fabric off the bolt – or finish the bolt and get15% off. There will be other deals on haberdashery and books for pin wearers too so don’t miss out!

Thursday Sampler!

Following the success of the Saturday Sampler started earlier in the year we have had so many requests to do this in an evening:  Pay an upfront fee of £20, for this you receive the pattern and fabric for two blocks. Please Note colours will vary from those in picture, our quilt will be more ‘scrappy’ looking with a mix of blues pinks and lemons, but these are the designs
Each month bring your completed blocks to the Thursday sampler session to receive the next ones free, the number of blocks given out at each session will vary Sept – 2, Oct – 1, Nov – 1, Dec – 1, Jan – 1, Feb – 1, Mar – 2, Apr – 2, May – 2 . You must attend the full session with your completed block in order to get the next one (if you miss a session you may purchase the blocks for £5.00 each) You must attend in person.
There are 13 blocks in all.
You will need to purchase additional fabric to complete the quilt (either to our prescribed pattern or you may complete it in any way you choose).
Extra blocks will be available to purchase for £5, you may need to pre order these.
Please sign up at the shop you must pay in advance of the first session

Find Threads and Patches at 15 Watling Street, Fenny Stratford MK2 2BU ,phone 01908  649687 or click on the link on the right hand side of this page

Art and Craft Workshops at The Stani Gallery, Stony Stratford

Now Available For Booking

The Stani Studios is now offering the following art and craft workshops from 18 June ;
Card Making | Pottery | Illustration | Stained Glass | Jewellery | Digitial Photography | Graphic Design |
Acrylics | Abstracts | Mixed Media | Watercolour | Print Making | Painting Without A Brush | Freestyle

Book early to avoid disapointment. There are only 6 spaces available on each workshop.

See website for more details The Stani Studios

The Stani Studios intends to develop a vibrant artistic hub in the centre of Stony Stratford to suit all skill levels. Students will receive individual attention and personal support from experienced artists and artisans from The Stani Gallery. The Studios are close to all amenities in the high street and local countryside for outdoor studies. There is free car parking with refreshments and lunch provided on full day workshops.

For more information contact Roger Whittaker, The Stani Studios on 01908 56 76 56