Sunday, 19 October 2014

Retreat Day!

 Yesterday The PlainStitch Workroom went on Retreat. It was just the most fun filled, warm and lovely ( oh, and well fed! The food was amazing!) day of supportive, like minded ladies of all ages and life stages, bought together by a shared love of sewing. I'm often really proud of the PlainStitch world I'm lucky enough to inhabit. But yesterday in a warm sun dappled hall, with the low humm of sewing machine and chat, punctuated by squeals of laughter, offers of cuppa, fabric sharing, ideas fermenting, skills generously offered, life stories and latest tv gossip swapping, I looked up from my sewing, looked down the long hall packed to the rafters with lovely people i've met along the way and I felt so lucky. Thank you ladies, it was a blast x

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Shop Hop!!! Fri 21st and Sat 22nd November

I'm really excited to tell you about our Shop Hop!!

I'm lucky enough to have some really lovely local sewing shop friends. Judy from Sew Patchwork in Thame and Sally from Sally's Sewing Box in Princes Risborough have always been super nice supportive friends. On a summer evening in a local pub we dreamt up the plan to run a Shop Hop for our customers. 

Visit PlainStitch, Sew Patchwork and Sally's Sewing Box over Friday 21st and Sat 22nd Nov. With any purchase in each shop collect a sticker,  collect all three stickers on your prize draw card to be entered into our £150 prize draw for a hamper of fabric and haberdashery loveliness.

We'll also have lots of lovely special offers and goodies on offer for those two days.....

Call up your friends, plan a little jaunt, have some nice lunch in one of our pretty villages on the way - make a day of it! We'd all love to welcome you to our shops.

Treat yourself . Indulge in a day out before the demands of December!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

October at PlainStitch : Halloween Hairbands and Crunchy Patchwork Apples

Look what we've been making at PlainStitch this weekend and today - perfectly timed to reflect this new autumnal turn in the weather. If you're looking out the window glumly at the rain, check out our cheerful pics and revel in some autumnal apples and spooky Halloween hair bands made by my Bee in My Bonnet class today and Miss Stitch's Kids Sewing Academy on Saturday.

Friday, 10 October 2014

A Busy Week In Pictures

Cross Stitch Christmas Fabric - love that!

New Xmas bundle in store inspired by my Christmas Patchwork Quilt colourway

The weeks are whizzing by in a warm blur of fabricy, sewingy loveliness at the moment.  This week was such a fun week. We started with our Simple Sampler Reunion and ended it with a complete fabric move around, caused by the creative buzz of some new ( shh ...Christmas) fabric and the urge to create a 'autumn' fabric display for anyone else feeling that nights-drawing-in fabric fug?

New rayon and voiles for dressmaking, scarves and more!


Lots of new things to tell you about........we've just ordered an exciting range of Cotton + Steel fabrics which I'm super excited about receiving - not least because I love a bit of collaborative sisterhood in the craft world and these ladies are leading from the front. Oooh - and also their fabric is fabulous! You know I can't resist a pony print ( ooh and there are also cats of course, no dogs or chickens mind you!)
Cotton +Steel Mustang - ponies and gold! fab x

We have Christmas gift vouchers arriving next week so if you're organised enough to be dropping hints about Santa's delivery already and you fancy some guilt free fabric stashing next year ( so much lovely new fabric arriving in Jan you know!)) then add us to your list.
New Mini Bunting joy!

Next week the lovely Jenny will be in residence at Therapy Thursday from 10am - 2pm ( we are all booked up from midday onwards but there are some spaces in the morning) so if you have a quilt nearing completion that you'd like to whisk off to the quilting fairy to finish then book a slot asap. Your quilt doesn't need to be finished - you can book it in in advance and then drop it off later when it's ready to be quilted. Nothing is nicer than picking up a finished quilt from Jenny! It's my definition of luxury!

Table runners and place mats classes  - spaces

Retro Pinny Class - 2 spaces

Hot water bottle coveres

If you'd like to take a Christmas Class in Nov/Dec do book now as spaces are filling up quickly now the weather has turned chilly. Lots of classes are over subscribed already so we will be offering some additional dates in the evening for those of you who can't make the daytime classes.

Infinity Scarf Class - extra date 28th Oct 8pm

We will be running the sold out in a blink of an eye Scarf class in the evening additionally on 28th Oct 8pm at St Anne's in a corner of the Bee so drop me an e mail for more details if you'd like to join that class. We will also be offering the equally over subscribed Christmas Wreath class at the Nov Bee on 18th Nov 8pm, again book in advance.

Christmas Felt Wreath - Nov 18th 8pm. Extra date.

We'll be at Buckland Village Hall next Saturday 18th Dec for our Retreat Day ( sorry sold out and then some, but Feb dates to come soon) so the shop will be closed.

Anyway, I've got the log burner blazing and a glass of wine and two long borders of EPP edging to appliqué so I'm going to leave you with some more pictures of The PlainStitch week.....enjoy it as much as we have!


Modern Applique


Emmy Grace Phone cover - wanties!