Saturday, 13 February 2016
I'm super excited to announce that our late Spring and Summer Classes 2016 are now open for booking - check out our classes page and don't hang about - some classes filled up on the first day of booking! We are so grateful to have such enthusiastic supportive customers!
Friday, 29 January 2016
It is a special gift to be able to take a little piece of your feelings and to stitch it into something precious for a loved one. Sometimes when we are swept up in the excitement of new fabric and fun of a new project we forget to stand back and reflect upon how special the time that we lavish on these creations is when you look at it in the cold light of day. Because we are all sewers and quilters it's 'normal' (!) to us to spend 6 months hand sewing a gift for a new baby. The sewing is as much about our quiet anticipation of that new life as it is about the stitches. But I'm always so warmed when we get a 'newbie' in who ohhs and ahhs with the real reverence that these special gifts should elicit when they look at how much work has gone into a new project.
Thursday, 31 December 2015
Wow – what a year 2015 was! Those of you who know me know that I am useless at looking back – I usually can’t even remember what happened last week – I love looking forward - I love new ideas new fabric and all the promise of a new year. But on the eve of the end of 2015 I love to reflect on everything that’s gone before. I’ve added lots of pictures of our PlainStitch year – most of them I can’t believe they were only in this year – time moves superfast and super hand sewingly slow in The Workroom!
This year we started the year making Sausage Dog Pin Cushions, we threw a Comic Relief Crafternoon, we expanded into the BackRoom and knocked down walls in the Workroom, we made Log Cabin Quilts, amazing Simple Samplers, intricate EPP quilts, our Bee in Your Bonnet Class finished their fab quilts, we enjoyed our Spring Retreat Day, we threw a first birthday party and ate the most amazing Modern Applique inspired cake! Our Sewing Bee went from strength to strength – this year we undertook the huge project of a community wall hanging and our members went over and above, sewing with 6 year olds to 96 year olds and we had such fun doing it.
Claire’s Free Motion embroiderers freestyled so much fab work from tea cosies to Christmas cards, Vic got us all hooked on hand embroidery and we all started stashing those wooden spools like squirrels! Victoria’s Miss Stitch kids made the most gorgeous stuff and the Teens raised the sewing bar, taking on many of our adult makes and showing us how it’s done, nonchalant! We made Sewing Machine Covers and all wanted a zippy pouch for our embroidery threads!
In the spring we all flew our Union Jacks for Baby Charlotte up and down the High Street, our Modern Applique class were quilting high achievers turning out works of art, and we opened the studio for Bucks Open Studios and met so many lovely new people, we took PlainStitch out and about to Fairs and exhibitions from The Quilters Guild to local sewing groups and got such a fantastic response, we love meeting new quilters and sewers!
We had such a laugh at our Farm Girl Vintage Day in the summer where we rocked our Stetsons and sewed patchwork strawberries in the sunshine, we all went a bit mad for the PlainStitch Bunting Quilt Kit with its icecream colours for high summer. We started to learn to Crochet with the lovely patient Jo. Then this autumn we welcomed Julia to the Team PlainStitch, and turned our attentions to seasonal sewing and embarked on the first class of Arendelle, designed the most fabulous Wholecloth Quilts, we made Christmas cushions, Bauble Quilts, Stockings and wreaths and we all went even more mad for Christmas Pillowcase Kits!
We stocked the shop to the gunnels with the most tempting and delicious fabric all year, we kept watching favourite bolts sell out over a weekend, we love a text print don’t we?!
We got nominated for a National Sewing Award and our Sewing Bee was a BBC Get Creative! Community Champion, we just can’t wait to see what 2016 has to bring! From Clamshells or Trip Around the World, Alphabet Embroidered Sampler, Learn to Knit with Janet and so much more that we have up our patchwork sleeves for next year, we know it’s going to be even bigger and better for 2016!