Category Archives: cross stitch

Mr X Stitch Introduces – Craftivist Collective’s Jigsaw Project

MK Gallery – 900 Silbury Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes MK9 3QA

Thursday 3rd January 2013 – 6.30pm

#imapieceJoin Milton Keynes’ very own Mr X Stitch (aka Jamie Chalmers) for an evening of stitching with a purpose. Take part in Craftivist Collective’s Jigsaw Project and create embroidered puzzle pieces with provocative messages in support of Save The Children’s Race Against Hunger Campaign.

Next year, the G8 summit will be held in the UK, which means our Government is in a prime position to put world hunger at the top of the agenda. The Jigsaw Project aims to raise awareness and show that the craft community thinks these issues are important.

Jamie will be speaking about his trip to Indonesia with Save The Children and the rest of the project team – Craftivist Collective founder Sarah Corbett, who will also be there on the night, graffiti knitter Lauren O’Farrell, and Craft Blog UK’s Hilary Pullen.

Craftivist Collective was set up in 2009 with the aim of tackling poverty and injustice through non-violent creative action. This type of “slow activism” allows you to stop and reflect on important issues, changing yourself as well as the world. Could trying your hand at craftivism be your New Year’s Resolution?

Visit http://imapiece.craftivist-collective.com/ for more project information, and www.savethechildren.org.uk/craftivist to sign Save The Children’s online petition.

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Paper Crafts at HCS, Stony Stratford

papercarftbannerStony Stratford High Street is becoming THE place to shop and always busy and bustling with crafters, HCS Crafts in Stony Stratford have now opened a new Paper Crafts Shop at 4 Timor Court, Stony Stratford.

Check out their website at www.hcscrafts.co.uk – packed with information and supplies for knitting, stitching and more about the new paper crafts department.

HCS Crafts, 73b High Street, Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes, Bucks. MK11 1AY

Threads and Patches – News and Workshops, Offers and The Stitch Olympics

News

We have had a few staff changes – Elaine Brough has sadly left our staff in order to look after her elderly mother, however she will still be around at some workshops!. Jane Caldwell (nee Medland) has returned from Kent and rejoins the team – we are very pleased to welcome her back.

Workshops
We still have spaces on some of our workshops. Our Workshop Passport has sold well, but you can still buy them – just £70 for up to 18 workshops – I don’t believe there is a better deal anywhere. Check out our workshop pages at www.threadsandpatches.co.uk.

Don’t forget to check what requirements you need to bring with you. I do have to offer an apology though, we hit a little glitch with our website last month which meant I was not able to update the requirements lists. This is now sorted and over the next week or so I should get everything up to speed. I shall also be adding some of the workshops for next term (yes 2013 already!) so keep checking what we are up to.

The Stitch Olympics!
Coming soon to a shop near you! – This is Threads and Patches Competition for our Trophy Cup ‘I love the it here’. The competition will be held at Threads and Patches on Sat 29th December . The challenge is to make a Fabric Picture no smaller than 10″ square and no larger than 20″ square that says what you love about the UK. You may use any techniques you wish so long as the background of the design is fabric. I shall be adding more information to the website this week.

Offers

Special Offer Pattern
Bring this Newsletter to the shop:
Get this pattern half price – just £4.00

Sally White
Threads and Patches
Find Threads and Patches at:
15 Watling Street
Bletchley
Milton Keynes
MK2 2BU
Tel 01908 649687
www.threadsandpatches.co.uk

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  http://www.threadsandpatches.co.uk/acatalog/Workshops_and_Classes.html,
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

News and Workshop List from Tudor Rose Patchwork

Click this link for the latest news and Workshop List from Tudor Rose Patchwork Tudor Rose Patchwork Brochure Jul Dec 2012 , or visit the website at  www.tudorrosepatchwork.co.uk

Sunday morning – blog time!

http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/crafts-magazine/blog/

The Crafts Council blog – obviously worth a read!

What’s New at Tudor Rose Patchwork

Latest News from Tudor Rose Patchwork in Oakley, Beds

“First, the January Sale went really well. We were pleased, and so were those of you who came in to take advantage of the many specials we had running. FINALLY, we had a winter sale that wasn’t snowed out. It also brought in a number of new customers along with some very old customers who came back for the first time in years. It was fun to meet these people. We hope they’ll become regulars!

Secondly, we have a number of new part-time staff members who have either started or are about to start work in the shop. We have two “Saturday girls” who will be swapping off working in the shop on … Saturdays, believe it or not. They are Cayleigh Hawkins and Charlotte Furneaux. Both of them are students at Sharnbrook who would like to get some work experience. Cayleigh’s already done two Saturdays, and Charlotte will be starting this month. Another one from Sharnbrook is Sam See – he working on Sundays and it is nice to have a Sunday boy around. Please give them a warm welcome – and bear with them as they learn the ropes. Also starting this month are Fliss Lovegrove and Sally Peryer. Some of you will know Fliss because she’s been on quite a few courses and some clubs at the shop. Sally has been working in the textile area for a many years, most recently at the Singer Sewing Centre. She will bring a welcome infusion of fabric knowledge. Again, please welcome them to the shop.

Clubs and Courses

We’re pleased to be able to tell you that a new Beading Club is starting at the shop. Sylvia Fairhurst will be tutoring for this club which will run between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Sylvia will be available between 10 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. to help you with any questions about technique or with that knotty problem you’re having with a pattern. The rest of the day will be for you to work on your projects – and hopefully putting the advice Sylvia has given you to good use! There will be, naturally, tea, coffee and biscuits available all day. Sylvia will also bring along her beads and kits for you to peruse. The price is £13 for the day and there are only a couple of places left. Unfortunately we cannot accept casual bookings for this club.

We’re also happy that Helen has agreed to fill an unexpected gap in our Saturday workshops on May 26 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. It’s a Bag Day. It’s a Beginner’s Quilting Day. It’s a UFO (Unfinished Objects) Day. Helen will work with you on whatever project you would like to do. She’ll also help anyone who’s new to patchwork to get up and running in the craft. This is an opportunity to make the most of Helen’s huge experience in all facets of threadcraft. The cost for the day is £30. Book soon!

We’d also like to suggest that you look at Jenny Jone’s Roman Blinds Day on Saturday, April 28. Roman blinds look great but are a little tricky to get perfect. Jenny’s expertise and trick and techniques will help you to get it right first time. This would be well worth your time.

Also – if you have a project waiting to be quilted and just can’t find the confidence to start, have some practice at quilting – Machine Quilting for the Quivering on Thursday 17 May with Helen Coverley.

And finally in this section, Kathleen Laurel Sage has a workshop on Saturday, April 21 in which you’ll make large butterfly tassels. Like all of Kathleen’s workshops, this will be both informative and entertaining – and you will definitely learn something new!

New Products

Do you have problems cutting straight with the “standard” rotary cutters? Do you find that you can’t really apply pressure evenly along the length of the cut? Well, we think we have the answer. We’ve received stocks of the new TrueCut cutters and rulers. Our staff have become rapid converts because they’re so much easier to use and get it right first time. We suggest you come in and have a look. The staff will be only too happy to demonstrate.

And, in the fancy yarn department, we have three new products coming in towards the end of the month. One is the new Rico Can Can Disco yarn. We will have this in all eight colours. It’ll be interesting, so if you’re a needle fanatic come in and see what you think. The next is a new scarf yarn from Wendy called Rococco. It’s a scarf yarn, available in black, silver and gold and when knitted up has a scalloped edging with tiny sequins. One hank of yarn = 1 scarf. Aren’t these scarf yarns fun? And last but not least we will be getting in six colours from the range of Patons 100% Cotton DK with more colours coming. This yarn is silky smooth and can be used for knitting or crochet. Definitely worth a look.

Plus, we have some new beads – spikey and soft. Brilliant colours and a little unusual.

We hope that you all have a fantastic spring and summer and that we’ll see you in the shop – either physically or on-line – in the near future!”

Regards

The staff at Tudor Rose Patchwork

Tudor Rose Patchwork Shop: 01234 824983 http://www.tudorrosepatchwork.co.uk
Unit 1, Oakley Park, Station Road, Oakley MK43 7RB

Upcoming events and Workshop Lists

Beds Knitting and Crochet Guild Open Day – click here for more information

Threads and Patches have a new Workshop List – go to www.threadsandpatches.co.uk for more information

Sue Stallard has a Beading Workshop List available for 2012 – email Sue for more information – suestallard01@hotmail.com

Sunday morning – blog time!

It’s about time we had a link to Mr X Stitch and his website.

Mr X Stitch is at the forefront of the contemporary embroidery movement. It is your number one source for new stitching inspiration and the freshest ideas coming from around the world.

He says his position as a premier manbroiderer both excites and frightens him, but he is embracing the craft with both tattooed arms…

Visit the site here http://www.mrxstitch.com Some of the featured work is not for the faint-hearted or easily offended – you’ve been warned (but honestly, it’s worth taking the risk!)

Pin Money Roadshow – 17th March

Where?  Upstairs at Brackley Town Hall

When? Saturday 17th March from 9am until 3.30pm

Craft classes, workshops, craft stalls and demonstrations, not to mention your chance to take part in creating the Brackley Rainbow.

For further details of workshops and craft classes go to www.pinmoneycrafts.co.uk.

All welcome for a day of crafting.