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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



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

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.



Silk Painting Workshops with Yvonne Bell

Yvonne Bell is running a series of Silk Paining Workshops over the next two months – details below:-

Max 6 people per workshop, to be held at 207 Glebe Road, Deanshanger MK19 6ND.  Cost is £30 per person per workshop (all materials provided).  The workshops run from 10am until 4pm each day.

Take a packed lunch with you – tea and coffee are provided.

Phone Yvonne for more details – 01908 623474

Dates are:- Saturday 20th October, Thursday 25th October, Saturday 17th November, Thursday 22nd November, Thursday 6th December, Saturday 8th December

Yvonne is a brilliant Silk Painter – you can see her work on her website at http://www.vestments.plus.com or email her at yvonnebell@yvonnebell.co.uk

(Don’t be put off when you see the quality of her work – she’s a great teacher too!)

Yvonne is a member of the Guild of Silk Painters – you can visit their website at http://www.silkpainters-guild.co.uk

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 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.


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
Milton Keynes
Tel 01908 649687

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   |   http://www.tudorrosepatchwork.co.uk

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

Lorraine Hearn – local Knitwear Designer

Local Knitwear Designer Lorraine Hearn is in the processes of launching her first book –  “Aspley Collection Book 1” which aims to help raise £80,000 for Aspley Guise Lower School.
The children from the school modelled for the book and all the photos were taken by award winning Photographer Karen Parker.
Lorraine says, ‘Since I was interviewed by “Style Magazine” we have received wonderful support on this.
James Frost from the Frost Garden Centre chain in Woburn Sands came forward and modelled with the children for the Allotment shoot.  Jacqui Dankworth also modelled with the children for the “Stables Shoot”.  The Duke and Duchess of Bedford offered their stunning grounds of Woburn Abbey for the Woburn Shoot and Hollywood animal star “Warhorse” was transported over to be photographed with the children for the Woburn Shoot.
Local Press and knitting magazines have also offered their backing and have been brilliant..
The book also contains designs which cater for those growth spurts and even though the designs are modelled by the children the patterns are graded to adults too.  I based the book in four themes “Woodland”, “Stables”, “Up The Allotment” and “Woburn Abbey”.
I wanted the book to not only be about knitting patterns but to show the children what it was like for me growing up in this area. The first of the five e-books has been launched on Ravelry – click on the link below.  We will be loading on “Stables”, “Allotment” and “Woodland” and the main e book “Aspley Collection Book 1” over the coming days.’
To view the “Woburn Shoot” click on the link here or go to the sub heading on Lorraine’s website Aspley Collection Book 1 e-books
Lorraine is looking forward to the release of the hardback version of the book due to be launched soon. Kindle versions are already being worked on and will also be released.
If you want to see more about this project you can view the designs on the main slideshow on the home page of Lorraine’s website http://www.mypdfpatterns.com

Sunday evening – late blog time!

Kirsty Fish has long been a favourite of Local Craft Matters – she’s bursting with infectious enthusiasm for her craft and an occasional read of her blog will fill you with enough motivation to keep you going for a long time!

Find her here – http://kirstyfish.blogspot.com/