Sunday, 13 February 2011

Sewing classes this weekend

Laura's cushion
Beata, Laura and Yolanda hard at work cutting out their cushions

Polly and Claire's finished cushions

Beata and Yolanda's finished cushions

this weekend I ran several sewing classes and a crochet class. Here are the gorgeous results. I am so proud of my ladies and their work!

Friday, 11 February 2011

New ventures

The craft classes are running and proving to be very successful - and enjoyable!

From March I will be teaching quilting workshops at The Create Place in Bethnal green on Wednesday nights.

They run lots of cool and cheap classes in a fantastic venue, check out their website

I am very excited to be involved with them.

We will also start offering a sewing machine repair service from there. You can drop off your machine and I will take it home to repair it, or you can come to the monthly repair clinics. Alternatively I can repair machines at your own home. Prices tbc but likely to be in the region of £15 an hour plus £15 call out to your home. Generally most machines can be fixed within the hour. Low cost alternative to an expensive repair shop!

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Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Great craft books

As I have a very serious craft book buying habit I was incredibly pleased when I was contacted by Iain from New Holland Publishers asking me to review some of their crafts books, none of which I owned or had read.

Yesterday I received a box full of goodies and hereby are my reviews. Can I just say I was very impressed with all the books! And that readers if my blog can get 20% off these books plus free p&p if they enter Cheeky at the checkout!! Website is

Make a monster (using fleece). Right up my street. Colourful and fun, with clear instruction and full size patterns. I want to make them all!

Love sewing

Another winner. Great projects, very clear instructions, nice photography.

A cupcake doorstop! First thing I am making tonight. I love it! Patterns are printed but not full sized and not loose so need to be photocopied.

Love crochet

Excellent instructions on starting to crochet, some of the clearest I have seen (and I have seen a few!) and some fantastic patterns.

These gorgeous fingerless gloves are begging to be started today!

And more guilt free cupcakes:

Crafts with kids

Too scared to show Max as he will instantly want to make everything in it (and I have cupcakes to make first!). Rockets, finger puppets, games, lots and lots.
Love this book.

Beautiful knits for heads, hands and toes

The cover looks a little dull but there are great ideas in this book.

Strangely divided up into different colour ways, there are more than just gloves and hats as there is a cute capelet, some lovely bags and wraps too. Using everything from thick wool to whispy mohair there is projects for everyone in here.

Cannot wait to start some chunky socks!

Am loving these books and hope you do too

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