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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 😉 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.





Wool Tweed Lengths For Sale

Wool Tweed Lengths For Sale

We have had so much interest in our wool tweeds that we thought it was about time that we started to offer them for sale on line. Below you will find our first batch to be photographed. We only have one role of each colourway so it really is a case of first up best dressed…you snooze you loose! 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.

We are also working on some simple patterns, using the tweed, which we intend to give away free on here. Yay!

wool 1 and 2 second attempt copy

Roll number 1. shades of purple, blue, black red and white. 136″ x 10″ (3.46m x 0.26m) £27.50 (can sell as a half length.)


Roll number 2. shades of blue, purple, Grey, white the piece measures 104″ x 10″ (2.64m x 0.26m) £25. (Can sell as a half length.)





wool 3 and 4

Roll number 3. Autumnal shades, with  blue/purple highlights . 152″ x 8.5″ (3.86m x 0.21m) £27.50. (Can sell as a half length.)


Roll number 4. Autumnal shades, with green/orange highlights. 152″ x 8.5″ (3.86m x 0.21m) £27.50 (Can sell as a half length.)






wool 5,6,7

Rolls 5, 6 and 7 shades of mauve/dusky purple, click on the image to have a closer look at the colours. Exceptionally soft to the touch. All measure 116″ x 8.5″ (294m x 0.21m) £25. (Can sell as a half length.)









wool 8,9,10


Roll number 8 Slate Green colour.

Roll number 9 Dark Olive colour.

Roll number 10 Slate Blue colour.

All roles 137″ x 6.5″ (348m x 0.16m) £19.50

(Can sell as a half length.)

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.

Busy girls at the mill

Busy girls at the mill

First of all, I want to thank everyone who came to see us at the Ardingly Quilt Show; this year was amazing we met so many lovely new faces and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We are going through a bit of a change at the moment so we left the yellow T-shirts at home, which means you are forgiven if you didn’t recognise us; we did feel a bit too incognito for our liking so might have to do something to remedy the situation in due course.
I have been busy attempting to become a designer maker over the last few months and the show was my first opportunity to display my ‘Sweet Jasmine’ baby bag, covered in lots of stitchery and needle turned applique. Let me know what you think to it. I love it, I have hidden a drawstring for security a few inches down from the top, so that the embroidery isn’t too distorted when it is drawn up and I put large roomy pockets inside to hold bottles, baby wipes and the like. We have just started to make ‘Sweet William’ the boys version it is sooo cute
The main attraction at the show was our lovely wool tweed
We are having a play around with the tweed to see what kind of things we can make in order to give people ideas, look at these pears I knocked up this afternoon.
OK so they are not a perfect pair but the tweed is such good fun to play with. Averil has been making a large piece of crazy patchwork today which I will show off soon, we don’t yet know what it will become but we will let you know as soon as we work it…

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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So much to tell you, where do I start?

So much to tell you, where do I start?

Oh my golly gosh, so much has happened lately that I don’t know where to start; today I will share with you our wonderful weekend retreat with Pat Archibald who is an incredibly talented quilt artist from Edinburgh. The first day was spent in our shop making gorgeous Indian elephants.


Ten ladies joined us and we had a brilliant time. I hope you enjoy the slide show of the day

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At the end of a wonderful day with lots of shared giggles. We decamped to High Trenhouse where after a fantastic supper Pat took us around the world in 80 quilts, sharing many of her beautiful quilts with us. We looked at how and why she creates the ghost images which appear in many of her quilts. Here is some of the work she shared.

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On Saturday morning the real work started, with the retreat getting fully underway. I love how we meet as a group of strangers and over such a short period of time, using shared experiences, we part as friends.

However Saturday did start with a near catastrophe…the power went off! Oh noooo! Up there in the wilds of High Trenhouse that may not necessarily mean a quick blip. So all the sewing machines were out of action. Not to be deterred  Pat had a plan B; unfortunately for plan B to be achieved we needed the irons to set the Markal paint…to the rescue…Grandma Annie…or at least her old dry iron, quickly followed up by Bernadette’s old flat iron which were popped on the AGA and worked like a treat, I couldn’t believe how long they stayed hot for.

The power cut lasted until lunchtime, which was about the time the ironing was finished, meaning all’s well that ends well.

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We had a fabulous lunch and dessert then back to class and crack on with the job in hand. I hope you will agree that the slideshow shows what a great weekend we had. Following the success Pat has agreed to come back next August and show us how to do her Celtic designs.  Also breaking news I have managed to secure a retreat with Shirley Bloomfield to do her wild flower basket in May next year. If you would like to join us let us know by booking your place on 01729 824708