Christmas Glitz Swish Event

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Christmas Swish Event

Ealing Town Hall, W5
Wednesday 26 November
12 – 6.30pm

Bring and swap your pre-loved clothing, shoes and accessories at this free local event. 

“Swishing extends the life of clothes and accessories, increasing value for money and reducing the impact of textiles ending up in landfill. According to research, an average of 30% of clothes in households, equating to roughly 1.7billion items, are not worn over the course of a year. That’s a startling figure.”

Fab for getting a new outfit for the work Christmas party. See you there!

New Sewing Café in Ealing

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Sew what cafe

Sewing Café launch event

Saturday 5 July, 11am – 3pm

Pop in for a cup of tea with your family to see the café and meet other local sewing bees.

We now have space for a new sewing café that has all you need to get away from home chores so that you can get some sewing done or practice your new skills.

151 Brunswick road W5 1AH. No appointment is necessary for this event but please note that sessions are usually pre-booked online or by appointment.

I look forward to see you at the launch event.


Get creative: Freehand Machine Embroidery Class

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Know how to use your sewing machine but want to get creative? Learn how to do decorative freehand embroidery designs with your sewing machine.

Great for card making, gifts picture in a frame, fun appliqué on a dress or pillowcase, customise an old item of clothing with these techniques.  So get started: book online – Freehand Sewing Machine Embroidery class with teacher Katie (pics of her creations!). Class includes sewing machine set up, different techniques, ideas to get you designing and practice your technique.

Don’t know how to use your sewing machine yet? Book online – Sewing Machine Skills class.


Show much craft @ London, Olympia

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Demonstrations and workshops for almost anything: bookbinding, jewellery (beaded, wire and fabric),  knittingsewing, felting, embroidery, crochet, papercrafts and more… enjoy!

Stitch & Craft show – London Olympia
15th – 18th March 2012
10am – 5.30pm (closes 5pm Sunday)

What do you want to learn to sew?

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I’m excited as it’s another Supervised Sewing Group tomorrow morning but am wondering what to bake –  naughty lemon meringues or beautifully healthy muffins?!

I am looking to offer short 2 hour group classes where you learn specific techniques or skills. A bit like pay-as-you-go learn to sew, I guess.

Group classes

These group classes will be £20 or £25 per class and thought these classes would be useful:

  • zips and button holes
  • costumes
  • interiors – curtains & cushions
  • upcycle your clothes
  • alterations
  • understand the planning and constructing of a sewing project

Be great to get feedback please – what do you want to learn?
Watch this space as these classes will be starting in the next few months – probably in a Saturday afternoon or mid-week evening class.

Frill making

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Check out this easy method of making a strip of your favourite fabric or ribbon into a 3D creation that you can attach to a boring t-shirt or cardi to give it new life. Send me a pic of your creations.


Old school, now… skinny-ish!

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Transform your wardrobe out of the naughties. Why buy more when you have great sewing projects at home. Make a skirt from an old pair of jeans or make a wide pair of trousers skinny and ‘in’. Check out the web for fab ideas like a T-shirt tote bag or mittens made from an old jumper!

Before and after alterations

From bedroom to dinner table

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I am such a hoarder! So I am rather relieved and chuffed when I can upcycle something instead of throw it away. This was a quick job that I managed to get some time to stitch before this old duvet found its way into my cupboard of STUFF waiting to be transformed – some items in there I have trekked from South Africa 10 years ago!

Table runner
After - now a new table runner
Old bedspread
Before - a bedspread

Floral up an old T-shirt or cardi

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This is a pic of a bought cardi but can easily be replicated on an old cardi or T-shirt – would look great with a pencil skirt this season.

Don’t like floral print? Why not try contrasting colours or add a few pearls/ beads.

Watch this space for other ideas on how to upcycle your wardrobe.