Saturday, 25 April 2015

PlainStitch Autumn/Winter Class Schedule Now Booking


As you all know we have been working hard behind the scenes for months now to get our Autumn Winter Schedule packed full of as many fab classes as we can squeeze in. We've listened to your requests and are excited to add a whole range of additional hand work classes with Victoria and Penny from embroidery to cross stitch and knitting to crochet. We have designed two completely new big original quilting classes with Deb and Claire, the Arendelle Quilt and The WholeCloth Quilt as well as lots more dressmaking options from Jeanne and Val, with an all new Little Girls Dresses pattern The Oliver and S Carousel Dress, and two new exciting daytime and evening Bring Your Own Pattern classes where Val will be on hand to help you with your dressmaking. Of course all the favourites will be back with a new long awaited evening slot for Modern Applique, Simple sampler running am and pm, Fabric Baskets, Purses, Pouches, Baskets, Scarves, Sewing Machine Covers, Lampshades and much much more....









We have a full exciting schedule of Christmas Makes, starting nice and early to make sure those Christmas makes aren't a last minute stress. We will be making Christmas decorations with Victoria,hristmas Cushions with Deb & Jeanne,  Deb and Claire will be collaborating on some personalised Free Motion Patchwork Teacosies, Claire will be showing you how to make fabulous Handmade Free Motion Christmas Cards, we have a workshop planned to whip up whole batches! Victoria will be running a term long Modern Christmas Cross Stitch Sampler, as well as an Autumn inspired Embroidery project, and Penny will be showing us how to knit Chunky Cabled Cushions, and crochet Granny Square Blankets....I just don't know how you're going to choose which class to take!






To book a class if you are an existing customer and have taken a class before, just e mail us your class choice and pay via bank transfer or cheque or cash or card in the shop. We can only confirm your booking on payment and it will be a strictly first past the post system! If you are a new customer, please e mail deb@plainstitch.co.uk and request a Booking Form which you must fill in and return ( e mail is fine) with your booking and payment ( details of our banking account for direct transfer are included in the booking form).





Our Kids and Teens Sewing schools will also be back with a new range of original classes, starting this summer hols for Teens and in Sept for the Miss Stitch School. You can book for both now...


























Friday, 17 April 2015

The ShopHop Prize - 1st and 2nd of May



The ShopHopPrize includes; a Moda Jelly Roll, 12 fat quarters including Dashwood, Heather Bailey and Art Gallery Fabrics. Three balls of DMC Cotton yarn, two balls of perle cotton, two YLI hand quilting threads, two machine Quilting King Tut threads, two rolls of lacy ribbon, two rolls of pompom/ricrac trim, a pair of stalk embroidery scissors, some gorgeous ceramic buttons, a pack of self threading needles, a hanky cover case, two gingham ribbons and a set of Tilda paper piecing templates........woo hoo...lets ShopHop!

 Shop Hop is back! For those of you who participated last year..you know the score..but if you've yet to ShopHop with us this is the deal.........

On Fri 1st and Sat 2nd of May we will be teaming up with our lovely friends  Sally from Sally's Sewing Box in Princes Risborough and Judy from Sew Patchwork. Visit all 3 shops over the two days pick up a sticker in each and be entered for our prize draw to win all of the items in the pictures above!

There will also be lots of fantastic special offers at all of the shops, our infamous Skinny Bolt Sale will be running for two days and we really hope that you can pop in and join in.

Round up your friends, make a date, book somewhere lovely for lunch and make a day of it...oh and good luck! I'm a little bit sad I can't enter myself! Love this springy coloured prize!


This week has been bathed in summery sunshine.

We've revelled in all the new space at The Workroom.

The sun has shone in, and creativity has blossomed everywhere!


We made gorgeous baskets



Saw fantastic quilts come to fruition....this one by Gillian from our Log Cabin Workshop..


Paula's wonderful Simple Sampler from last terms Simple Sampler Class..........

...............with it's amazing Modern Appliqué inspired back...


A nautically inspired half square triangle baby quilt...



We introduced another new class to their sewing machines at our complete beginners Get To Know Your Sewing Machine class, and our Bee in My Bonneters are pushing for the finish line with their quilts - it's all so exciting! 

We sold out two orders of Farm Girl Vintage and cleared out the UK suppliers of their remaining stock. I expect there is a preponderance of patchwork chickens springing up this weekend across the Chilterns!

 Today we kicked off our Patchwork Cushions class again....








These are going to be such wonderful cushions!


Tomorrow we pack our new room to the rafters with enthusiastic little sewing people as Miss Stitch hosts a sell out day of back to back classes of 7 - 12 year olds making springy wreaths. 

Next week we do it all again with the start of a whole new term of Simple Samplers...can't wait. Enjoy the sunshine this weekend and I hope you squeeze some sewing in xx

Monday, 13 April 2015

Embroidered Needlebooks Class is Back.. Fri 26th June

.......by popular demand we have put on another date for Victoria's Embroidered Needle books class. This class was a massive hit with the first graduates...there were multiple reports of needle book frenzy after the class. It is really THE most relaxing class I have ever taken and it created a creative frenzy of ideas...and what is so nice is that you get to play out each creative idea in miniature so it's a really do-able project - lots of quick satisfying finishes!


We think this class would be even more friendly and cosy and lovely in our new BackRoom at The Workroom so we will be running it again on Friday 26th June 10.30 - 1.30pm. We have a lovely new range of Aurifloss embroidery threads due in to the shop at any time so treat yourself to an indulgent class of colourful threads and quiet contemplation..........we felt positively Jane Austen-ish in our enjoyment of this class - don't pass up on the experience!



For those who want to take their embroidery skills up a level, Victoria will also be running her You Are My Sunshine by Sarah Edgar embroidered sampler class over three classes on Friday the 15th May, 12th June, 10th July, teaching a further range of stitches and techniques.
















Our Lovely Cake Decorating Neighbours Need Your Help...........

Our lovely creative neighbours at Cornelli Sugarcraft are running the Race For Life for Cancer Research UK at Waddesdon on Sunday 17th May. 

Check out their Race For Life Themed cakes in the window at the moment - fabulous! 

How can you help? 

Join them on the 17th at Waddesdon, 

Buy a raffle ticket or donate in the shop or online at Just Giving.

Drop in to their coffee morning on Monday 11th May at Number 2 Pound Street for coffee and cakes and cake decorating mini demos...




Join the Pink Army - Cornelli Sugarcraft Specialist and Race for Life 2015

Race to see the new window

We thought that we would give you a headstart!!  Here is the new window that has just gone in.  We hope that you like it.  Debbie has designed everything around "Race for Life" for Cancer Research UK - as this year, on Sunday 17th May, at Waddesdon Manor (Aylesbury)  we are joining in and we would love you to be part of it as well.

Clearly there is a bit of a pink theme to the window!!  On the first cake Debbie has used ribbon and some of her gorgeous and elegant flowers to represent remembrance for those lost to cancer.  On the second cake she has used the ever popular Katy Sue moulds, along with PME spray colours and some of our ready made clay figures to represent the race and the grounds of Waddesdon.  This cake is about the fun of participation.  The short video's on the Katy Sue website really show how easy it is to use these moulds and what great results can be obtained. Definitely worthwhile giving it a go to see for yourself.  On the third cake Debbie has made simple Cancer Research ribbons out of flower paste along with a bit of sparkle.  This cake is about the generosity of giving.

We hope that you will join us in some way in raising money for Cancer Research in May 2015.

Cancer Research UK
 
The world's leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research, Cancer Research UK is fighting cancer on all fronts, finding new ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer to save more lives.  This charity is entirely funded by the public.  It would be great if you want to join us in our efforts to raise money around this special, local event - working together to ensure that more people beat cancer.

Take a look at this short video if you need any motivation to contribute in any way as we (staff and customers at Cornelli) look to do our bit - and have a whole load of fun at the same time!
 
Join us :
  • at No 2 Pound Street on Monday 11th May
  • donate a raffle prize by Saturday 9th May
  • raise awareness of work done by Cancer Research UK with your family and friends


Thank you for anything that you can do.  Debbie will be updating her Facebook page - so keep an eye out!
Race for Life
 
So, the actual race is taking place on Sunday 17th May 2015 in and around the beautiful grounds of Waddesdon Manor (Aylesbury).  It is a fantastic day for all who get involved.  It is a 5k (3 mile) stroll, walk, jog or run (whatever you want to do) in beautiful countryside, surrounded by loads and loads of wonderful women and their children (and "others" - sorry, no men allowed to participate, but they have a key role as supporters!)  Pink is obviously the colour of the day, with many people choosing to dress up in amazing costumes.  There is a group warm up to music followed by the race which is extremely well organised, and the reception that you get at the end by the crowds of well-wishers and supporters has to be seen to be believed.  Oh - and there is a goodie bag for all who get round the course!!
 
Join us:
  • sign up yourself for the race on the Cancer Research website - our group name is "Cornelli Sugarcraft" (group reference number XE2540) and join us on the day
  • donate on our "Just Giving" page 
  • donate in the shop
  • buy a raffle ticket
 
Tea & Coffee Morning
 
On Monday 11th May, No 2 Pound Street have very kindly agreed to have Cancer Research UK (Cornelli Sugarcraft Specialist Race for Life team) as its chosen charity.  If you haven't been to one of these before, basically Nicola and the team from No 2 deli and wine shop donate monies from tea and coffee sales on the day to charity.  This is a fantastic opportunity for us to raise even more money - and one of the great ways that you can help out.  After all, having a drink (and possibly a bit of cake!!) is in our book the best way to make a contribution to any good cause!!

Staff from Cornelli will be at No 2 throughout to welcome you.  Debbie will be showing off her skills (mini demonstrations!!) and there will be goodies for you to buy.  We are hoping to run a raffle and it would be great if you have anything that you think may be suitable as a prize (those unwanted christmas and birthday presents!), if you can drop it off at the shop by Saturday 9th May.

We would really love to see you there on the day - it is for a great cause, a fantastic opportunity for us all to get together and should be a fun day.  Children are welcome.