Friday, 7 March 2014
The tea area is now on the far left hand side of the hanger, near to a fabulous plane (sorry didnt take note what it was), I thought plenty of seating, large area, bit too large for sandwiches (very expensive) hot food, cake (yummy but I didnt) and tea & coffee, not much of a queue when I went to get a lovely hot chocolate, which was £2.50. Coffee and tea was £2 & latte etc £2.50
My opinion of the general show (my opinion) is that it was a bit like the market of quilt shows, I was quite disappointed. Lots of stalls with £5 & £6 per metre fabric. Mostly the cheap stuff, has to be a trader cant buy quality fabric that cheap you know, the mark up is not what it should be. Lots of stalls cutting fabric with long queues as they didnt have enough staff. The isle with Kaleidescope books and lady sew and sew was daft, no where near large enough. Lady sew and sew (not my favourite place, miserable staff) had their huge wadding bolts right out into the isle, I would not buy wadding like that with all the fibres and germs from all the people on it! But then I am fussy.
There were a couple of demonstrators who have been there before, nothing new. The sewing machine shop had Janome and a few Berninas but no Bernina spares, poor I thought. The French stand with their unique hand printed fabrics were not doing much of a trade. I found a stand selling bag handles with a free bag pattern which I thought was a good idea & I think I will sell some of the handles too.
Nothing was memorable, honestly this is my opinion, I dont think I will go again.
The quilts - miniatures that were not. That makes me mad. Journal type quilts which were lovely. Beautifully framed machine embroideries, which were nothing out of the ordinary except they were framed well. Some very nice basic quilts, thats about i. Except for my highlight of the day. The Imperial War Museum had a stand outside the door with lots of stuff (repro) from the first or second world war and there they were, the teddy bears. I picked one up with joined arms and legs and black glass button eyes and fell in love with it (made in Germany, which I thought so funny in an odd sort of way) I decided to buy it and then I looked at the other one who looked so sad, I couldnt resist and bought both of them, Im going to name them Nina & Jack after my parents. Make clothes for them and keep them for my Grandson when he is older to play with here at my home. I love them, so cute. Yep I have finally gone bonkers.
I bought very little. On the way back we stopped at a quilt shop where my Cheltenham spire bag was very much admired so I did a self promo which I think shocked the staff a bit. I was tired by then.
I didnt take any pictures, some of the stands had no photography on them, heavens knows why cause there was nothing to shout about, gosh how many people would be able to make an exact copy of a quilt from a tiny photo, its daft
Im glad I went especially with such lovely friends. I am now looking forward to the Malvern quilt show. I just love Malvern.
The third image is of a laminated bag kit available on the website
www.patchworkfabricuk.co.uk or www.studioapatchshe.co.uk
Choose any fabric & in the kit will be enough fabric to make a Laminated tote style bag & a set of instructions, all for £14 including UK mainland & NI postage. Postage for elsewhere will be at the additional cost
The final bag is my Lally bag workshop - Tuesday 8th April 2014. Cransley Village Hall - £25. 10am to 3.50pm contact by clicking on the word HERE
This is a beautiful large bag with a plaited handle, pockets in side, a button fastening and a zigzag top. It requires a charm pack plus 1 metre. A kit from fabrics on the website is available contact with your requirements.
Im watching the Athletics, having a rest this evening & into designing tomorrow hopefully. I am hopeful that absorbing the general stitchery atmosphere today will spark off some creativity
Have a great weekend. Ill try to do a newsletter soon and more Deli paper & Glassine play. Creative packs are now available. Mark one are selling fast.
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Ive another web domain name. www.patchworkfabricuk.co.uk
I thought that this would be a better name as it says what I am selling. Im keeping www.studioapatchshe.co.uk. Simples....oh no its not
Picture this, 7 months of hard graft nearly every evening adding data, coping buttons, blah blah (please dont nod off!) Then I think hey ho Ill upgrade the new name to an ecommerce with a lovely cart that has pictures, the option to give you lovely folks a loyalty code and the quick option to do flash sales. Yippee Shelagh, pay your dosh, copy the site over and then...nothing, huh...nothing
So contact and ask whats up and how about this. It cant be done, yep nothing in the Weebly blurb that says it cant be done, apparently all my stuff is in html code and not a csv file (yep Im glazing over too) Ive options,
1. Do everything again (I dont have a spare 7 months)
2. Write a csv file, the sample file talks about grommets and widets. Im so cross that I asked what on earth are those, to be told they are example products, whats up with trousers and shoes eh? everyone knows they are products grrr
3. Get a refund
4. GO back to the original site format
5. GIve up and go and hide under the stairs
Decision. Get money back, get 3 months free, leave the site as it is & the new one. Go to Duxford quilt fair tomorrow and chill out with my mates.
I give up. The world of website building has beaten this dinosaur. Ill stick to stitching, which I did today with a lovely group of people making the Cheltenham Spire bag and very beautiful they were and I forgot to take any pictures, sorry
Im not uploading anything tonight, Ive had enough. Ill report on Duxford tomorrow. Gosh I need chocolate.
Sorry to off load x
Monday, 3 March 2014
Hi, from an early Spring here in England, some beautiful days, hardly any wind, scudding clouds and beautiful clear air and enchanting blue skies. If this damn cold would go away I would feel quite chipper!
First news is that I know have a dedicated web address for my fabric store / shop
I love the name and it does say what it does on the tin lol!
Im working away at it, as I have to convert every single little piece, serves me right for not reading all the small print. Still I will have a lovely cart with pictures and I will be able to offer discounts and codes and flash sales, in the meantime the 'old' website format is still working, both on www.studioapatchshe.co.uk and on www.patchworkfabricuk.co.uk
It will take me a few weeks to re-do everything, but do pop by and she how Im getting along, Im trying to put explanations, well more words anyway attached to each of the fabrics. All such a lot of learning Im now trying to come to grips with whatever SSL is...... Still keep any boredom away.
I had a lovely day today with my mentored class, who were all doing such diverse things, it was so lovely to see such activity.
The next news is that the CREATIVE DELI PACKS are ready, whooo hoo, at last. I had a great long list of people waiting that I had to order in more supplies, hence the delay, everyone is treated equally here (hopefully)
If you click on these words it will take you to a link on the studioapatchshe website
According to analytics's writing click here and such is a no no, hummmm.
The picture shows some of the items the pack contains, the extras will vary.
The packs have a few surprises in them as well as the advertised items.
I am aiming to do other creative packs eventually.
This weekend is the Duxford quilt fair. This is the one place that I would love to have a stand, so Im going to have a look.
Its WOrld tennis day today which seems a trifle contrite given the European problems with Russia etc. I do feel that Putin has waited until the Olympics had finished to wield the big stick again, oh dear what a worry. Lets look on the bright side and hope that a solution can be found really quickly for all our sakes.
I caught sight of the Oscars today, such a co-incidence that they co-incided with the trial of Oscar Pistorius. Of which I have no comment until the facts have been told, except we are all now denied seeing him run again, no matter what the outcome is.
Back to the silly Oscars, I thought the speak by Steve Mcqueen was excellent. SOme of the dresses were fantastic
Lupita Nyong'o so beautiful
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
I have a lovely waiting list, if you would like to be added to it then please CONTACT ME HERE
I seem to have picked up yet another cold, the third this winter. Great fun...lose 3 stone and get 3 colds...not.
More Deli Gelli to come & Gelli fabric & stitch too, just not enough hours in between coughing and sneezing & a really annoying printer (shame on you Epsom for not recognising my ink grrr) Ive had to wheel out my really old trusty Hewlett Packard thats at least 10 years old, no stupid messages on that one. Still whilst faffing about I found all sorts of lovely stuff that Id forgotten, including a giant Hungry Caterpillar quilt, that only needs its binding & will be a lovely floor quilt for a certain little man, who has decided that sleep is not in his world if he can help it!
Saturday, 22 February 2014
All orders received before then will be at £2.50
still a complete bargain
Friday, 21 February 2014
Congratulations to all our team for their bravery and skill
I have made a small quilt top inspired by the Sochi quilt. Being a bit Deli paper obsessed at the moment, Ive forgotten to take a picture, Really I must tell the truth I more than a little obsessed by my grandson, who is so captivating. At just 5 months hold he can hold a spoon and scoff down food whilst sitting in a fab little high chair that attaches to our table.
We went to local Morrisons today to get organic vegetables, nothing, nada, not a single organic anything. Dreadful I was disgusted. Now it will be a trip to the awful Tesco to see if they have anything. I wonder if its the awful floods that we are having here in England?
We also looked for bibs with sleeves. The only one we found was plastic & on opening it found it to be split.
So the next project for me is to run up a few out of my lovely fabric.
He can now roll front to back and is really trying to roll back to front. He is very vocal and happy and smiley. Sorry to be no pictures. He has simply made my life
Have a lovely weekend, I know I will. Oh by the way Deli is back in stock, but be quick its shifting fast. Here is the link
I am putting together a creative Deli pack. more about that soon
Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Here is a large version of the Cheltenham spire bag that should be Chesterfield spire
Workshop is thursday 6th march please contact for details and to book a place
All the fsbrics are from studioapatchshe
The dark one is Paris and the bag has pockets inside, button closure and a tab for keys
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
www.studioapatchshe.co.uk to go on the waiting list for more yummy Deli
More playing coming soon & also Glassine, which I have been using for years.
Watch out for this super fabric, soon appearing on www.studioapatchshe.co.uk
Newsletter out very soon with a special just for subscribers & its FREE
Thursday, 13 February 2014
This new range Mykonos is perfect for patchwork, furnishings and for over printing.
Using a plain fabric allows layers to be built up slowly, using a preprinted fabric gives exciting results.
I used a previous fabric like this in my Across the World workshop (available HERE)
Im on a bit of a mission to get people to see the potential in the stunning cotton fabrics available nowadays.
Today I started teaching a foundation pieced quillo, using the add a quarter method, also in honour of the winter Olympics I have created a diamond stack and whack pattern, Im sure that Mykonos will make an appearance as well.
Its almost 10pm here and I have to put away the whole of the fabric shop, moved for the boiler git, who for some unfathomable reason would not look at the boiler without my DH removing shelves and all the contents. I do wish I had been here. I am quite furious about it, thanks a bundle British Gas grrrrr.
Wednesday, 12 February 2014
Choose ANY fabric from across the Studioapatchshe website to make a laminated bag, no matter the price
Kit comes with chosen fabric, laminating fabric & instructions & INCLUDES FREE UK mainland postage
Contact for postage rates outside mainland UK
Sunday, 9 February 2014
In her honour I have been inspired by the Russian Patchwork to design this quilt.
Using Close to Home & Around Town fabrics, very appropriate I think!
Congratulations Jenny, Im awaiting seeing you get your medal. Go Team GB.
I also LOVE the USA patchwork coats, oooh Id love one of those.
Friday, 7 February 2014
Ive uploaded a picture of a new workshop class at Cransley Village Hall
The Cheltenham Spire Bag on 6th March 2014, a Thursday, the link is HERE
Whilst doing this I found some images that I dont think Ive posted
Im watching the winter Olympic opening ceremony. We got SO fed up with the commentary from Hazel Irvine that we turned it to no commentary hooray soooo much better.
I think that the picture in the newspaper will be the 5th ring not opening, some kind of justice for human rights I think.
I waiting for the lighting of the flame.....
Thursday, 6 February 2014
Deli paper back in stock HERE
So what can you do with it???
Stamp - use stazon ink
Print - acrylic, liquid acrylic
Journal - text - many different non water based pens
Gelli plate or mono print - these are the same processes
Make your own WASHI tape - oh yes cheap washi tape
Stitch by hand or machine
It tears, it scrunches, it pleats
If you have been watching the Interior design challenge on BBC2, in the semi finals there was a fabulous folded wallpaper, I thought ah ha could do this with deli paper (not on the wall lol) in a journal
It is re positionable even when wet cause it is very strong
When I recvoer from this nasty bug then I will post a Gelli-deli tutorial.
Get a wadge of deli and get together with friends and have a gelli fest!
Back to the coughing x :-(