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Wool Tweed Friday

Wool Tweed Friday

Thank you to everyone who contacted us and bought tweed from us last week; once again it sold out very quickly. Thank you also for your ongoing support, it means an awful lot to a new and emerging business.

We have been very busy making new samples and are planning more free patterns to give away very soon in appreciation of your support, so watch this space ūüėČ

Enough of this small talk here’s the main event of the evening, more scrummy wool tweed for your perusal. I hope you enjoy this weeks selection. If you like any of them and would like to buy some you can either message me on here or ring the shop on 01729 824708 don’t forget it’s ¬†first up best dressed so…good luck!

P1080033 Roll 31 ¬†two pieces each measuring 68″ x 7.5″ ( 1.72m x 0.19m ) ¬£18.75 lovely plum shades, very popular colour.¬† (can sell as separate lengths.)



Roll 32 Beautiful fine, purple and¬†pink herringbone pattern. 114″ x 6.5″ (2.89m x 0.16m) ¬£16.50¬† (can sell as a half or quarter length.)







Roll 33 Lovely plaid in country shades of grey/blue and green very useful addition to your stash.¬†143″ x 8″ (3.63m x 0.20m)¬† (can sell as a half or quarter length.)


Roll 34 Trendy lightweight cream and beige herringbone ¬†will add brightness to any project or make a lovely background on which to applique. 104″ x 8.5″ (2.64m x 0.22m) ¬£16.25¬† (can sell as a half or quarter length.)






Roll 35 pinky tones. 158″ x 8.5″ (4m x 0.21m) ¬£25. Very useful plaid (can sell as a half or quarter length.)



Roll 36 Green and plum tones. 156″ x 8.5″ (3.95m x 0.21m) ¬£25. Another very useful plaid¬† (can sell as a half or quarter length.)







Roll 37 ¬†Orange/red and grey herringbone pattern 144″ x 7″ (3.65m x 0.18m)¬†¬£16.¬† (can sell as a half or quarter length.)



Roll 38 Plum shades of autum 140″ x 8″ ¬†(3.55m x 0.20m)¬†¬†¬£22. (Can sell as a half or quarter length.)








Roll 39 Purple and navy dog tooth check, very very soft to the touch. 102″ x 6″ (2.59m x 0.15m) ¬£15.50¬† (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

Roll 40.Lovely lavender coloured herringbone pattern, beautiful. ¬†110″ x 7″ (2.79m x 0.17m) .¬£15.50¬† (can sell as a half or quarter length.)

Happy Wool Tweed Friday!

Happy Wool Tweed Friday!

It only seems like a moment ago that I was preparing my tweed pieces for last Friday and ta dah! its time to do it all over again. I hope you like the fabrics that I shared and that you will enjoy tonight’s selection just as much. I am at the quilt show at Inglistion, Edinburgh this weekend so if you are planning to come it would be lovely to have a natter with you.

It has been very difficult to photograph these fabrics as the plains are made from two colours, in order to look closely at them click or tap on the photograph and then by holding down the Ctrl button with either + or – you will be able to increase and decrease the image to enable you to see it properly

Happy perusing, if you see a piece that you would like to buy, you can either leave a comment on here or ring the shop on 01729 824708 and we will happily sort you out and pop your tweed in the post to you.




Roll 21. Ultra soft, lovely shade of Jade green, unfortunately the photo doesn’t fully do it justice. 116″ x 8.5″ (3m x 0.22m) ¬£21.50 ¬†(can sell as a half or quarter length.)


Roll 22. A sumptuious dark shade of Cerise, extremely soft fabric. 124″ x 8.5″ (3.16m x 0.22m) ¬£22.¬†(can sell as a half or quarter length.)






Roll 23. The photograph looks a bit orangy but this fabric is certainly not orange it is a vibrant playfull cerise. Very very soft to touch. 118″ x 8.5″ (3m x ¬†0.22m) ¬£21.¬†(can sell as a half or quarter length.)


Roll 24. Rich blue with grey and orange plaid.139″ x 6.5 (3.6m x 0.17m) ¬£18.50¬†¬†(can sell as a half or quarter length.)





Roll 25. Medium brown with a ‘greeny’ cast to it, very very soft to touch. 104″ x 6.5″ (2.65m x 0.16m) ¬£15.¬†(can sell as a half or quarter length.)


Roll 26. Purple and grey, if you click on the picture you will see closely how the colours blend, another extremely soft tweed 118″ x 8.5″ (3m x 0.22m) ¬£21.50¬†¬†(can sell as a half or quarter length.)






Roll 27. Denim blue and grey, extremely soft. 100″ x 7.5″ (2.55m x 0.19m)¬£16.50¬†(can sell as a half or quarter length.)


Roll 28. Greeny grey which blends to form an overall khaki colour¬†100″ x 7″ (2.55m x 0.18m) ¬†¬£16.¬†(can sell as a half or quarter length.)




P1080003Roll 29. Beautifully delicate pink and green, the photograph does not do this gorgeous tweed justice. 100″ x 8.5″ (2.55m x 0.22m) ¬£17.¬†(can sell as a half or quarter length.)


Roll 30. Pink and lavender combine in this very feminine piece of fabric, again the photo doesn’t do this delightful tweed justice. 100″ x 8.5″ (2.55m x 0.22m) ¬£17.





I hope you have enjoyed my selection of fabrics this evening, we have loads more in the shop, so if you are looking for something in particular, give us a call and if we can, we would love to help you. I’ll have more to show you next Friday, but for now…that’s all folks!

Wool Tweed Friday

Wool Tweed Friday

Hi Folks, happy Friday!

Following the success of last weeks wool tweed sale here’s some more. I hope you like what you see. Don’t forget once they are gone, they are gone, we only have one identical length of any one design/colour.¬†When you have made a selection you can either ring the shop on 01729 824708 to reserve your wool or you can leave a comment here. Good luck and I hope you like what you see. Good luck and fingers crossed we have the one for you.


Roll Number 11. Dusky Cerise. 118″ x 8″ (3m x 0.20m) ¬£21 (can sell as a half length.)


Roll Number 12. Much greener than the image shows. 121″ x 8″ (3m x 0.20m) ¬£21¬†(can sell as a half length.)






Roll Number 13. Lavender blue shades. 100″ x 8.5″ (2.54m x 0.22m) ¬£20¬†(can sell as a half length.)


Roll Number 14. Fizzy pink shades. 104″ x 8.5″ (2.64m x 0.22m) ¬£20¬†(can sell as a half length.)






Roll Number 15. Shades of denim. 126″ x 7.5″ (3.2m x 0.19m) ¬£25.50¬†(can sell as a half length.)


Roll Number 16. Subtle grey plaid. 140″ x 12″ (3.56 x 0.30m) ¬£29.50 The full length would be great for bag making as this one is quite wide.¬†(can sell as a half length.)





Roll Number 17. Blue of the night check, its actually darker than appears in the photo. 151″ x 9″ ¬†(3.85m x 0.22m) ¬£25.50¬†(can sell as a half length.)


Roll number 18. Liquorice and Blackcurrant coloured 102″ x 6″ (2.60m x 0.15m) ¬£15.50 beautifully soft¬†(can sell as a half length.)





Roll number 19. Feminine shades of soft green. 95″ x 8.5″ (2.44m x 0.22m) ¬£16.50¬†(can sell as a half length.)


Roll number 20. Difficult to put this beauty into words as its a delicious mixture of pink and mauve, in fact its so nice I’m not sure if I want to sell it! 100″ x 8.5″ (2.56m x 0.22m) ¬£16.50¬†(can sell as a half length.)

Door stop pattern giveaway

Door stop pattern giveaway


As promised last week, here is a free pattern giveaway; its a simple one to get us started but a good one.

You will need

  • A piece of fabric (mine was narrow so I’ve used a long length) 60″ x 8.5″ (1.5m x 22cm.)
  • An A4 sheet of paper.
  • An ugly fat quarter.
  • Cat litter, bird seed or rice.
  • Toy stuffing or the inside of an old pillow.
  • Scraps of brown and green fabric, tweed or felt for leaves and stem.

On an A4 sheet of paper draw a pear shape. I’ve tried to attach one here but if you can’t get the image it’s easy enough to draw yourself by drawing the pear as big as you can on the paper, fold the paper in half and cut out, doing it this way, your pear will be the same on both sides. Cut out 4 pear shapes in fabric. Insert a pin to mark the top and bottom middles.


Sew ¬†two pear shapes together from the pin at the top middle almost down to the bottom middle. Repeat for the other pair of pears. (Couldn’t resist saying that.) Because wool is a looser weave than cotton I sewed my seams twice to reinforce them by pivoting with the needle down at the end and sewing back to the start point, I did a few reverse stitches too.


Sew the two halves together, from top middle almost to the bottom on each side, you will now have a saggy looking old pear


Using some scrap fabric, or that ugly fat quarter you bought and now wonder what on earth possessed you. Cut two rough circles, mine were a bit small with an 8″ diameter so make yours a bit bigger. Sew almost all the way round, leave a gap to fill.


I used cat litter to weight one pear down and bird seed in the other. Fill the cushion with the heavy stuff and then sew the hole closed. Stuff the top half of your pear with toy stuffing or the inside of an old pillow and then feed the heavy stuff in last. It will be difficult to sew the hole closed in the bottom of the pear, so with the last piece of your fabric cut a circle to cover the hole, turn under the edge and slip stitch in place.


We used tweed for the leaves and stem but you can use whatever you have to hand at the time. Cut a 1.5″ strip ¬†of brown fabric and roll it up to form the stem. Slip stitch the loose end in place and then stitching through all layers of the stem and top of the pear, attach it to the top of the pear. Put two layers of green fabric wrong sides together and sew two leaf shapes on the fabric (no need to free machine) if you begin at the point that will be stitched onto the pear once you get back to the start you can then sew some veins on with a continuous row of stitching. Cut around the outside edge of the stitching to free the leaf from the scrap. Stitch the leaves in place on the pear. Next find a door to prop open and show off your posh new doorstop.

Preparations for Edinburgh are coming along nicely

Preparations for Edinburgh are coming along nicely

Thank you soo very much, to everyone who reblogged and who rang us to buy the wool tweed which I put on the blog last week…its now all gone! We were absolutely floored by the response, it was amazing and so definitely something I will repeat as it seems that many of you struggle to get a variety of top quality tweed at the low prices which we offer, I’m really pleased that we can oblige you ūüėČ Would it be useful if I made it a regular Friday thing? Let me know.

Today we have been very busy bees, preparing for the quilt show at Ingliston, Edinburgh next week. I decided that I would ‘knock up’ a few Union Jack cushions to show people how they can use the tweed especially the off cuts. The long thin strips are ideal; whats more it doesn’t matter if the lengths are a bit short as botching them up only serves to add to the appeal.


I don’t think it is a secret that I am a huge fan of wool tweed…I went shopping yesterday and I saw the most amazing fabric footstool; it was huge and had a hand painted cow on the top. It was also gorgeous but not the ¬£150 worth of gorgeous the shop wanted for it. Then I had one of those light bulb moments and thought I bet we could make one of those in tweed…so we are! Continuing the theme of using up left overs, we decided to piece the top in small squares to use up as many bits as we could. Look at the photo, see how the random colours work together and compliment each other. I think that I will weigh the resulting block of squares and then if anyone wants to recreate our cushion we can bag up a random selection of colours so that you would be able to achieve the look as cheaply as possible. Again, feel free to feedback your thoughts as I am really eager to know what you think.




Finally for today I wanted to share, with you, the progress on the flying geese. We pondered for ages and thought about the feedback that we’d had, this is the result, the beginnings of a bag. Sue will make another strip of flying geese to go along the bottom, should they fly the same way or opposite way? then she will make up the bag using a simple design so as not to detract from the wow factor of the geese. I love it, well done Sue you have created a beauty.





Cushion or bag?


flying goose

Clever Sue was playing around and look what she created, this lovely flying goose (still needs a bit of stitch detail adding.) We thought that she could add a flying geese strip…or two and then make it into something, we are pondering what would be best, a bag or a cushion? What do you think? She has chosen a beautiful duck egg blue wool tweed for the background with cotton fabrics for the applique. We have picked out some beautiful tweed plaids to go with this panel in gorgeous dusky pinks; even at this stage it looks totes amazeballs!

We have had a brilliant tack and chat session this morning, the table was full of chatter and exciting projects. Jean was finishing her Jennie Rayment Suduko cushion, if its finished in time she will be able to show Jennie when she comes to stay with us in July (spaces available if you are interested) Jennie will be doing her tucked and pleated circles with us. We also had Karen making another rag rug, however Karen’s rugs are nothing like us mere mortals would make, check out the photos below of these carved, textural extravaganzas.



I love tack and chat day!

New Block of the Month Quilt

New Block of the Month Quilt

Tah da!

At long last I would like to present, to you, our new block of the month quilt.

The Owl and the Pussycat, who sailed away for a year and a day in a beautiful pea green boat. They took some money and plenty of money wrapped up ion a £5 note.

It still needs quilting and a few stitch details adding here and there but we are ready, at long last to share it with you.

Click on the picture and it should expand to fill your screen


I am absolutely blown away with this quilt, illustrated by Sue Lenehan who is a fantastic artist. This is the first time that we have collaborated to produce a quilt and I am incredibly pleased with the result. As I mentioned it is not yet finished and in some ways I think that it may never be complete as the possibilities are endless.

This quilt is now for sale as a block of the month (BOM) quilt with fabric. It runs over 8 months at £20 a month; this includes all the fabric, Bondaweb, trinkets, instructions and postage to make the quilt top and binding. It does not include threads, backing and wadding but we can supply these at competitive prices if you wish us to. If you want to give it a whirl ring us on 01729 824708 and you will find that your first block is waiting for you!

Even if you aren’t going to do it, tell us what you think about the quilt, we would love to hear feedback from you.

Time for a catch up…get’ kettle on

Time for a catch up…get’ kettle on

Where does all the time go? It’s ages since I last posted, I’ve been snapping pics and all that business but not getting round to actually posting; partly because I have been a bit under the weather on and off since August, I have been taking medication and to be honest at times I’ve been a bit ‘loopy loo’! The Owl and the Pussycat BOM is coming on a treat and I’m really excited about revealing it as it won’t be long now (famous last words.)
For today I wanted to share with you a quilt retreat that I was invited to at Parceval Hall, Skyreholme. The venue was on another level from the kind of places we are used to, owned by the church it is the most tranquil place to spend time. Thank you Connie and Di for the invitation and I look forward to visiting you again next year.

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Shirley Bloomfield is going to be with us yippee!

Shirley Bloomfield is going to be with us yippee!


I am so very very excited to let you know that Shirley Bloomfield will be with us in May 2015 to teach us how to make her wild flower basket. The flowers are 3D you can actually put your finger up inside the fox gloves and almost pick the other blooms

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