Review: The Knitting And Stitching Show London

Review: The Knitting And Stitching Show London

if you’ve not been before, The Knitting and Stitching Show is an annual event that brings together all kinds of makers under one roof.

Held at The Alexandra Palace in London, it’s like a festival for craft. You can find workshops, showcases and the biggest thing - stalls, selling both raw materials and beautiful handmade goods, for anything from cross stitch, to leather work.

This year was my first visit to the Knitting and Stitching Show and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had heard mixed reviews - some people return year after year, leaving with bags and bags of goodies, some people say there’s too much variety and that it would be better to split the show into smaller, craft-based events.

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How To Potato Print On Fabric

How To Potato Print On Fabric

Last week I had a go at a craft I don’t think I’ve done since I was at primary school. Nope, I wasn’t making a fortune teller or a paper mache bowl, I actually did some potato printing, and now I love it!

I’ve wanted to have a go at printing on fabric for ages, creating my own designs and artwork to make into something really unique. However, screen printing or lino printing, while looking beautiful, seems a bit expensive and specialist for a beginner. That’s why I thought potato printing might be a fun

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How To Make A Simple Zipped Pouch Bag

How To Make A Simple Zipped Pouch Bag

don’t know about you, but small items just tend to get lost in my house. I don’t know where they go, but when it comes to finding a hair bobble, a lip balm, or a safety pin or darning needle when I’m sewing, I never know where to start. 

That’s why I have decided to get myself a little more organised, and make some small pouchy bags specifically for keeping all those little bits and pieces from getting lost. I thought I’d share this tutorial with you too, so you can make one yourself.

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How To Make An Easy Envelope Cushion

How To Make An Easy Envelope Cushion

I always think it’s incredible how soft furnishings can completely transform the look and feel of a room. They are a relatively easy way to update your style and can also add a bit of personality to your space. 

They are the perfect afternoon sewing project, and this tutorial shows you how to make the simplest cushion possible, with an envelope opening and a contrasting back and front.

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Refashion #1: Man’s Jumper - Oversized Cardigan

Refashion #1: Man’s Jumper - Oversized Cardigan

Have you heard of The Refashioners? Every year, Portia Lawrie of Makery, hosts a competition open to makers all over the world, to refashion an old piece of clothing or textile into something fabulous. 

In a time where we can get a new outfit from a high street store for under £20, without thinking where it was made, or who made it, we could probably all do with thinking a bit more carefully about what we’re buying.

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How to Sew a French Seam

How to Sew a French Seam

A French seam is a truly useful technique to have under your belt. Although it may look a little tricky and long-winded, it’s simple and very effective when used on particular fabrics and garments. 

This tutorial takes you through the process, giving you a step-by-step guide to sewing a French seam. 

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My Favourite Free Baby Knitting and Sewing Patterns (so far!)

My Favourite Free Baby Knitting and Sewing Patterns (so far!)

Now that I’m just about half way through my pregnancy, I’ve really kicked the baby-knitting and sewing into gear. I’ve found some great patterns and yarns since I’ve started making, and I wanted to share them with you incase you’re looking for inspiration when it comes to knitting and sewing for babies. 

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My Guide to Online Fabric Shopping 

My Guide to Online Fabric Shopping 

When I first started sewing, the biggest question I had wasn’t to do with any techniques, it was ‘where do I buy fabric online?’ I love fabric shopping, especially in person. For me, there’s nothing quite like walking through a fabric store and getting up closed personal with all the material, ’feeling up the fabric’.

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DIY Hanging Heart Decoration Tutorial

DIY Hanging Heart Decoration Tutorial

These simple, but beautiful hanging hearts are the perfect way to add a little love and ‘shabby chic’ to your home, as well as being a great way to use up some of your favourite fabric scraps and embellishments. They are also an ideal way to celebrate Valentine’s day, without the tacky or throw-away decorations.

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Tutorial: Off-The-Shoulder Top

Tutorial: Off-The-Shoulder Top

I'm all for taking old, good-quality clothes and turning them into a wearable, up-to-date garments that are actually going to be useful, and at the moment I seem to be inundated by men's shirts. Both my Dad and my husband have recently had wardrobe clear-outs and I've ended up hoarding a few of their shirts, just because the fabric seemed so nice. I knew I'd want to use them for something at some point.

As it turns out, men's shirts make really nice off-the-shoulder tops and I've put a tutorial together to share how easy it is to make one yourself. 

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Massive February Sewing Haul and Upgrade

Massive February Sewing Haul and Upgrade

Sewing used to be a very thrifty process for me, and is still something I try to keep in mind – honestly!

I used to source my fabric from charity shops, buy my equipment on eBay and rely on donated haberdashery from a neighbour who worked in my local fabric market.

It was a cost-effective hobby that also happily stopped me spending all my money in Topshop.

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Review: Mimi G for Simplicity 1283

Review: Mimi G for Simplicity 1283

When I’m reviewing a sewing pattern, I look at a couple of different things…

  • The fit – How many alterations do I have to end up making to get the fit I’m looking for?
  • The simplicity of the instructions – I’ve been sewing for a fair few years now, but there are still a few patterns I’ve tried recently that had stumped me at certain parts. After working through them, it always seems as through the instructions deliberately tried to choose the most complicated way to explain what to do. Cheers guys.
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My Make Nine for 2017

My Make Nine for 2017

So if you make things, are on Instagram, or follow sewing and knitting blogs, you’ll probably be way ahead of me and will know all about the Make Nine project. 

Rochelle, of of Lucky Lucille is the lovely lady who thought it up, and basically, makers simply chose nine patterns or items that they know they want to make in 2017 and reveal their choice to the world.

 

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Why January is Such an Unproductive Month for Crafting

Why January is Such an Unproductive Month for Crafting

...And why that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Okay, so I’m not keen on January for a few reasons:

  • Christmas is over and I’m one of those people who loves Christmas.
  • I really dislike the whole ‘new year new you’ concept. I think this was the subject line of at least 10 different marketing emails I received over the first 2 weeks of January. (Seriously, how many new me’s can the world cope with?)

 

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