Monday 8 October 2012

Calling Beginners....

A call for beginner sewers, those who may only have ever sewn on a button or a name label- and the more experienced too- I am running an evening English paper piecing workshop on Thursday 25th October 7-9.30pm at the beautiful vintage shop, Arrietty, in Exeter, Devon.  No sewing machine is needed, hand sewing only and here is a little showcase of what we will be making...
A mini hexie pincushion in vintage fabrics, I selected these to form a pastel rainbow of prints
 On the reverse of the same pincushion I used rich full coloured vintage scraps for a vibrant rainbow palette...
Or if you prefer, a hexie mug mat/coaster.  I used a mix of modern fabrics for this project, I like to tell a little story with my fabric choices!
And on the reverse...
Both pretty projects are made with simple hand-sewing stitches and would make lovely gifts.  I will be providing a selection of fabric scrap bags including some wonderful vintage scraps from my stash along with the die cut hexagon paper templates, stuffing/wadding and thread.  All you will need is basic sewing supplies- sharp scissors for cutting fabric and thread, needle and pins.
For those comfortable using a sewing machine, Mary Emmens is also running a class for zip purses, 18th October.   You can contact Laurel and Dan at Arrietty to book your place on any Arrietty classes here and here or ring 01392 276215.  Can't make it?  There is always a whole extended weekend of sewing in London Fat Quarterly Retreat- tickets on sale now and I will be teaching again!  More details on that very soon but I can hint that if you have ever wanted to try clothes sewing a beginner's class will be on offer!  It will be bigger than last year with more tutors and activities- I can't wait!
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  1. I loved your little hexy coasters - so cute! I love teaching this class better than any others - so relaxing and everyone gets immediately addicted and loves it!

  2. Very cute wee beginner projects :o)

  3. LOVE those coasters, shame Im not a beginner, though I could always come along and pretend ;-)

  4. Wish I lived close enough to attend! ~Lynda

  5. I wish you a huge success in your English paper piecing workshop, Kerry! The hexie pincushion and coaster are just so pretty! I love your bunny mug cup, too ;)

  6. i want to come so bad! maybe i could convince my husband it is a necessary expense! ;) xo

  7. Such adorable little hexies!

  8. I will definitely try these coasters! So cute!

  9. I'm absolutely in love with those itsy bitsy li'l scissors. Please can you tell where you got them from? Great pincushion. If we lived a little closer I would have popped in just to say Hi.

    1. You can find the scissors here

  10. I really love your little gold scissors in the photos...can you share where you bought them?

  11. They are totaly adorable! (great pics too)

  12. Your pincushion is adorable!!! What is it filled with?


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