Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Warning: Christmassy Overload : Fabric Christmas Wreaths Class



Seriously - do not open this post within eyesight of children. Don't say I didn't warn you.....it will definitely detonate high pitched squealing, general jumping about on the furniture and Noddy Holder style 'it's chrriiistmas' style singing.


Oh, just look at this feast of lovely Christmassyness! Victoria ( usually known as Miss Stitch!) helped hordes of lovely ladies to make all these gorgeous festive wreaths! What a fabulous day in the Workroom.


Whilst all this felty, wooly balled loveliness was happening in The Workroom the ShopRoom was a humm with Shop Hoppers, erm hopping. All in all it was a creative maelstrom, just how I love it to be at PlainStitch.



Aren't they lovely?


These mittens are too cute.




Loving some on-trend purple Christmassyness.






Gingham ribbon always looks lovely.




Look - gorgeous silver frosty wreaths. Perfect for this crisp weather. 


I can highly recommend spending a Saturday afternoon cutting and sticking, playing with ribbon, felt and fabric.It's definitely better for the well being than fighting the crowds Christmas shopping!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Shop Hop Winner!



Well done Jan Burrage - You are our winner!

Jan wins an amazing basket of goodies:

15 Fat Quarters
1 Layercake
1 Charm pack
1 Bobbinsaver
1 pair of pinking shears
1 Chacopen and refil
1 Mechanical quilters pencil and leads
A Christmas panel
A Gingerbread men bunting kit
a Gutermann thread set
Flower headed pins
A pack of needles
A tape measure and stitch ripper

Wow! Calling Jan and telling her she had won was sooo lovely! She was delighted!! I'm still smiling!

Well done Jan.

We'll be doing it all again next year so good luck and better luck next time to everyone who took part. We had a fantastic time meeting everyone - thank you for stopping in xx

Sunday, 23 November 2014

What do Quilters Really Want for Christmas?

Now, you might want to leave this page open on your tablet for any other significant pressie buyers to 'stumble across' over the next few weeks............

It's inevitable that we all receive a few bum pressies every now and then? A family member who just get's its wrong despite the best intentions? Somehow when you are a crafter and have a hobby you find this all the more inexplicable because;  'I'm so easy to buy for' we wail. Except if you look into another's hobby it's a complex vortex of present buying anxiety......'What are all the things for? What do they already have?' It's hard to buy a good pressie.

We've been helping lots of worried present buyers this week. To help out this is my definitive list of what all quilters always want to find under the Christmas tree!

1. Fabric. Always fabric. If in doubt buy a bundle. A perfectly coordinated bundle of fabric fat quarters will always be gratefully received. Either choose by colour (every quilter has a running 'my stash is short of...' mental list) or pick a well chosen pile of 'New In' fabrics. We all love to show off our latest stash additions!


2. Rulers. Rulers are expensive. They're harder to justify for ourselves, but if someone buys them for you...yay! 12.5inch square is a popular gift -so useful! So are smaller rulers, the 6.5" square or the 2.5" by 12.5" are also really popular stocking fillers.



3. Posh scissors. Like rulers they are a luxury buy for ourselves but a pair as a pressie are a sure fire winner. Think dressmaking shears and pinking shears for maximum 'darling you shouldn't have' effect! Or go for the little golden stork heirloom embroidery scissor as a stocking filler.


4. Clover Wonderclips. You can never have too many! They are so useful for everything. You always wish you had a few more. Buy the jumbo pack for a very happy present day!


5. Bag Handles/Lampshade Kit etc. Buying someone the constituent parts for a make is unsaid permission for them to shop for the fabric for it too! yay! Permission to craft!


6. Wooden quilting hoop. OK so even if maybe you aren't a regular hand quilter, owning a perfectly polished beechwood hoop is one of lifes tactile pleasures. Hell, it looks lovely in your sewing room/corner too and wraps up a treat. Who doesn't love an interesting shaped pressie?!


7. Colourful gadgets. Magnetic pin cushions are always a winner. New in;  funky wrist pin cushions, my daughter is desperate for a pink one!



8. Vouchers! You can't beat a fabric store voucher for feel good pressie joy. You're basically just saying 'Go to the store and get whatever you fancy'......hip hip hooray. Guilt free shopping



I hope you all get what you want for Christmas! Send them our way, and our elves will help you out xx

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Shopped Out

Photo: Phew.....you've shopped us all empty! A huge thank you to everyone who came and shopped at any of the three shops in our Hop this weekend it's been so, so busy and we've loved every minute. Sally, Judy and Claire and I had a fab time meeting so many lovely new people and just chatting...and chatting...it was a joy.

Lot's of you completed the full hop and posted your cards in the £150 draw box. We'll be drawing a winner on Monday when we get all the cards from the 3 shops together and we will notify the lucky winner and then announce the winner on facebook and the website. Fingers crossed!!!


Phew.....you've shopped us all empty! A huge thank you to everyone who came and shopped at any of the three shops in our Hop this weekend it's been so, so busy and we've loved every minute. Sally, Judy and Claire and I had a fab time meeting so many lovely new people and just chatting...and chatting...it was a joy.

Lot's of you completed the full hop and posted your cards in the £150 draw box. We'll be drawing a winner on Monday when we get all the cards from the 3 shops together and we will notify the lucky winner and then announce the winner on facebook and the website. Fingers crossed!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Shop Hop Sale Continues Tomorrow......


Wow ladies - we've had such a lovely first Shop Hop day, my cheeks hurt from smiling and chatting so much, thank you all for coming out in the rain and being so lovely and encouraging.

Remember that even if you aren't 'hopping' between shops you can visit and shop our 2 day Massive Shop Hop Sale. Those wicker baskets are still full of some lovely bargain fabric even after the mauling they've taken today!

We're open tomorrow from 9.30am - 4pm, do pop in x



Thursday, 20 November 2014

Shop Hop Sale This Weekend!

Come and visit PlainStitch, Sew Patchwork and Sally's Sewing Box this weekend for fun, freebies and special offers.
What is a Shop Hop?

Visit all three of our lovely sewing, patchwork and haberdashery shops over the two days and be entered for our £150.00 prize draw.

Deb @ PlainStitch - 8 High St ( entrance in Back Street), Wendover

Sally @ Sally's Sewing Box - Market Sq, Princes Risborough

Judy @ Sew Patchwork - Swan Walk, Thame

There is no minimum spend to quality for a sticker on your entry card. At your last shop fill in your details on the card and drop it in the prize draw box.

If you can't fit in a whole 3 stop  'hop' pop into any of the shops this weekend for special sale offers and other fun goodies, open to all shoppers.

The kettle will be on at PlainStitch and our very enticing wicker baskets of sale Bolt Ends ( 2.5m pieces and below), 1/2m and Fat Quarter and Eighth Bundles will be brimming with lovely goodies. So if you want to build your stash or squirrel away some nice big bargain bits for quilt backs or dressmaking then pop in and get a bargain at £8/m.

Before planning your journey do note that at PlainStitch we're mums of little ones so we open school hours on Friday 9.30am - 3pm but we're open extended hours on Saturday 10am - 4pm for the Hop. Sally and Judy will be open as per their usual scheduled hours.

You can find us in Back Street Wendover, directly behind Christopher Pallet Estate Agents on the High Street ( Opposite the Red Lion). We have a shiny blue front door in a little brick courtyard - just ring the doorbell and we look forward to seeing you then, Debs and Claire x


p.s  Just remember 'First Up, Best Dressed' as my dear old Nan used to say!!
 If the little sale 'preview' that went on at Therapy Thursday today is anything to go by you want to be in early if you want anything left in those wicker sale baskets! Fab fun day ladies! xx

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Farmers Wife Quilt Work In Progress & Shop Hop Preparations!


Yesterday was our monthly Farmers Wife Quilt Class. I really really love this class. It's all that real, honest, old fashioned patchwork is all about.
Challenging little blocks.
Templates and  1/4 inch rules.
Patience and perseverance.
The journey not the destination.
I do love quick sewing, but my heart is firmly in old school patchwork.


What is fabulous about this class is that whilst the methods and techniques are hundreds of years old, the fabrics and interpretations of the patterns are fantastically modern. This post is just an explosion of full on colour. I love it!












We're working really hard behind the scenes to prepare for the Shop Hop on Friday and Saturday. We've been unrolling skinny bolts ( 2.5m or less left on the bolt) and bundling up these big pieces at £8/m into a rather fabulous wicker basket of fabric bargain beauty! Our Therapy Wednesday and tomorrows Therapy Thursday crowd are getting a sneak preview as we bustle about with towering piles of bolts in transit!



We will be opening up the sale baskets of fabric at 9.30am sharp on Friday (we'll be open for extended hours for the Shop Hop from 9.30am - 3pm on Friday and 10am - 4pm on Saturday). Get in early for a bargain!