Up North and want to take a class with me? Good news! There are still places available at my one day workshop at Running with Scissors on Sunday 4th June.
We’ll be making the Roewood jersey pencil skirt from my book “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts”, ideal for newbie dressmakers and those fearful of sewing knits as I’ll be showing you how to sew stretch knit fabrics using just your regular sewing machine.
There are several ways to make this skirt so you’ll end up with a finished skirt completely unique to your own style to take away at the end of the day and a signed copy of my book to make more skirts.
Full details and booking info here. Look forward to seeing you fellow Northerners!!
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Remember that upcycling project I was working on for the Martlets?
Remember me saying that I’d make some of the project instructions available here?!
Well here they are. We want to encourage everyone to have a go at a Make It Yourself Christmas this year. Dig out some old clothes or take a trip to your local Martlets charity shop, make some upcycled accessories and share some photos on social media using the hashtag #MIYchristmas, we’d love to see what you’re making.
To get your copy of this mini gift making ebook (which contains step-by-step tutorials for creating 3 of the 6 projects I showed at my upcycling evening at the Martlets: tote bag / a variety of zipped pouches / lingerie case), just subscribe to my newsletter and follow the instructions, it takes just a few minutes and will only require your name and email address.
In return you’ll be able to download the Upcycling ebook and will occasionally receive the MIY Collection newsletter packed with sewing related goodness; news, links to interesting and useful things I’ve found online, subscriber-only special offers and the occasional competition.
What are you waiting for? You only have 21 days left to get festive gift making!!!
NOTE – all existing subscribers will be receiving a copy of the ebook delivered straight to your inbox in the next few days.
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Do you hate Christmas shopping? Always leave it until the last minute, get stressed out, buy things in a panic and spend too much money?
Do things differently this year; do something creative and calming, learn something new and give your friends and family unique handmade gifts.
Join me at the Martlets for an evening of ideas and inspiration for how to make easy handmade unique accessories, perfect for gift giving, from pre-loved clothes.
When & Where?
Wednesday 16th November, 2016 at 6:30pm to 8.30pm
Location: Martlets Hospice Shop , Blatchington Road , Hove , BN3 3YG
Included in your ticket price:
- 6 detailed project packs to take away with you and to make at your leisure – I’ll have samples I’ve made for you to look at and will be on hand to advise on your ideas so hopefully you will come away buzzing with plans to make your own!
- Free glass of fizz/hot drink and nibbles.
- Discount voucher for classes at MIY Workshop.
- Free goodie bag.
- Opportunity to purchase haberdashery, clothing, fabrics and much more in store that have been specially selected for these projects.
- I’ll have copies of my new book “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts” for you to look at and signed copies will be available to buy.
- Tickets are £15 per person or £25 for two so why not bring a friend and save £5!
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Tagged ethical fabrics, handmade christmas gifts, handmade gifts, make christmas gifts, make your own, miy christmas, preloved clothes, recycled clothes, recycled textiles, sustainable fabrics, sustainable sewing, the martlets, thoughtful sewing, upcycling, Wendy Ward
I’m really happy to be supporting Rosie Martin’s Sew Dots challenge this month.
You may know Rosie as the author of two gorgeous sewing books; “DIY Couture” and her latest work “No Patterns Needed“.
Rosie doesn’t just write sewing books though, she also works for the RNIB and if you’ve ever known anyone who’s lost their sight you’ll know what a traumatic experience it is not only for that person, but for their family and friends too. My beloved grandad lost his sight in the final years of his life and I personally found it an extremely upsetting experience to watch him lose his independence and to see his previously gregarious outgoing personality shrink into one of fear and dependance.
To get involved and support Rosie’s challenge you can find out more over on Rosie’s blog here.
Part of the challenge involves a bumper prize of sewing goodies, one of which is a copy of my new book “A Beginner’s Guide to Making Skirts“, see what else you could win here.
Happy dotty sewing, I look forward to seeing what you come up with!