Category Archives: Needlework

Patchwork Pottery – Corner Pocket Tutorial

Corner Pocket Tutorial from Laurraine Yuyama:-

‘Using corner pockets is my favourite method of hanging a mini quilt or wall-hanging besides having loops and a rod as part of the finished design. It is super easy, very functional and uses minimal hanging hardware on the wall. It has come to my attention lately that not everyone knows this little hanging trick so today I am happy to share it with all of you.’

Corner Pocket Tutorial at Patchwork Pottery


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


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.

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

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.


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Latest News from Tudor Rose Patchwork – Oakley, Beds

What, you say, ANOTHER sale?    Well, yes, we will reply, but this one is special.

We are having a ONE-DAY SUPER SALE.   From 9.30am  to 9.00 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, we will discount EVERY SALE by 20%*.   We need to make room for the new stock that’s arriving daily, and this seems the best way of doing it.    We get the space, you get the benefit.

We’ll also be holding an exhibition of our staff members’ crafts in the workshop as well as exhibiting some crafts made by our dedicated customers in clubs or workshops.   Come and have a free coffee and a biscuit or two, and see the amazing things that our staff do when they’re not helping you in the shop as well as some of the fantastic crafts that our club members create.

Remember – Thursday, September 20, 9.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m. is 20% OFF DAY!

* Excludes clubs, courses and sewing machines, although we have some great specials on Janome sewing machines and overlockers.


From All At Tudor Rose Patchwok

Tudor Rose Patchwork   |   Shop: 01234 824983   |

Unit 1, Oakley Park, Station Road, Oakley MK43 7RB

Nimble-Thimble, Buckingham – Workshop News

The ladies from Nimble-Thimble in Buckingham are just coming to the end of their third annual ‘Summer School’, which they say has proved to be a fabulous (if tiring) week.

Jane Templeman says ‘Some brilliant projects have been started, and some of them even finished!!! The most popular classes this year were Twisted Bargello, Tunisian Crochet, Candlewicking, Rag Rugs and Strip Pieced Tumbling Blocks, so we will definitely be repeating them soon. We have lots of workshops planned up until the end of the year, and all of them can be seen on our website

We are particularly looking forward to Saturday September 15th, when Gail Lawther comes to teach her breathtakingly beautiful ‘Clarice Cliff Wallhanging’. (image attached) There are still a couple of places available if you are quick!’

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

Tudor Rose Patchwork News

Latest News from Tudor Rose Patchwork, Oakley, Beds
It is time for our Summer Sale – at least 15% off everything in the shop (excluding courses and most sewing machines).  Lots of items with more than 15% discount.
Lots of fabrics reduced to as low as £4.00 per metre.  Check out our special for the Stylecraft Pure Luxury Merino Wool – down from £3.80 to £2.59.  We also have some specials in the sewing machine range.
The Summer Sale will end on 14 July.
Fibre-East is just around the corner – the last weekend of the sale – Saturday and Sunday – 14 & 15 July.  This event is a celebration of British fibre crafts at Scald End Farm, Thurleigh, Bedfordshire and we understand it will be bigger than last year.  It was great last year …… Their website is  We will be at the event – under the name Wonderwool – our website for yarns with just a hint that we are Tudor Rose Patchwork.
Also, as we are unlikely to get another e-mail out by the end of August – the Bank Holiday Monday in August – we are at Knuston Hall.  Knuston Hall is a Grade II listed Adult Residential College & Conference Centre
located near Rushden in East Northamptonshire and has an open day on Monday 27th August.  There will be a craft tent with many of our tutors demonstrating some of the wide range of course’s on offer at Knuston Hall. Refreshments will include a Hog Roast and Pudding Club  and their bar will be available on the day with a Pimm’s Tent in the garden. Various Live Music performances will take place on the day along with further stalls and attractions. Entrance is Free and all are welcome!  A lovely day at a beautiful location and the food is great (with the Pimms being very nice also).  In addition, for lacemakers, Makitlace will be there as they partner with Knuston Hall also.
The shop be open as always – 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm – with Sunday always being a great day to visit.
Hopefully we will see you either in the shop, at Fibre- East or Knuston Hall.
All at Tudor Rose Patchwork
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Tudor Rose Patchwork   |   Shop: 01234 824983   |

Unit 1, Oakley Park, Station Road, Oakley MK43 7RB

Tudor Rose Patchwork is a division of Bacchus Marsh Ltd., 107 Bradshaw Way, Irchester NN29 7DW, Northamptonshire, UK.

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Threads and Patches News

Bargains to be had at our Gadget Girls Event
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Gadget Girls is almost here!

Join us for a fun event

Bargains to be had

Turn up anytime on Thurs 21st, Fri 22nd or Sat 23rd of June and try out some gadgets!

We will have as many products as possible available to view
On the Thursday we are hoping to have Ruth Cox from Janome to demonstrate various feet for sewing machines and the embroidery machines.
Our own staff will be demonstrating them on Friday and Saturday – many sewing machine accessories will be discounted.

Many of the other items we will be demonstrating – specialist rulers, marking equipment  craft products etc will also be discounted.
Don’t miss out – put the dates in your diary now. In the printed workshop list we mentioned booking in for sesssions this is no longer necessary, please just turn up and join in the fun.

Barbara Chainey

Hand Quilting with Barbara Chainey

Fri 29th June 10.30 – 4.30pm
Join Barbara to get to grips with hand quilting. Barbara Chainey is one of the foremost hand quilters, she is author of several books on hand quilting and has taught thousands of quilters how to hand quilt. Her quilts are amazing and she brings with her a treasure trove of knowledge and experience
 (and quilts!)
I have a few spaces left, so don’t miss out – £38.00 10% discount with Workshop Passport

Henrietta Longnecker Chicken Pattern

New Patterns from Happy Hollow Designs

Fantastic Fun Patterns: If you have never made a stuffed chicken – why not? There is a cockeral too!  These are fun and easy to make, our Henrietta is standing proudly in the shop window, pop in and say hello!

Braid Making Equipment

Kumihimo Krazy

Our Customers are hooked on this fun craft
We have been waiting – but they have finally arrived!
We now have the ‘No Tangle Bobbins’and various findings for Kumihimo braid making check out our website, or come in and see the great range of braid making accessories. Don’t forget our huge range of rats tail cord

New Fabrics

There is always something new at Threads and Patches , check out our new fabrics, Advent Calendars and other stuff!

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Sunday morning – blog time!

Of course the beauty of the internet is that we can read about the crafty doings of people all over the world!  This is a good read

Sunday morning – blog time!

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!”


The staff at Tudor Rose Patchwork

Tudor Rose Patchwork Shop: 01234 824983
Unit 1, Oakley Park, Station Road, Oakley MK43 7RB