York quilt museum to close
Jan03

York quilt museum to close

The Quilters’ Guild have announced that the Quilt Museum and Gallery in York will close on 31st October 2015. The Quilt Museum and Gallery Is Britain’s first museum dedicated to quilt making and textile arts but trustees have stated that it has proved financially unsustainable and since opening in June 2008 has been heavily subsidised through donations and from subsidy from The Quilters’ Guild. The donated funds are now...

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Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show 2014
Nov23

Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show 2014

Over 150 exhibitors at this year’s Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show were busy selling, displaying and demonstrating to the thousands of visitors who flocked to the Harrogate International Centre. Turning up by the coach load, eager crafters in search of yarns, threads, textiles and associated tools buzzed around the stands like bees around a honey pot. Three large halls were transformed into an Aladdin’s cave of...

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New RSN Exhibition
Aug01

New RSN Exhibition

An exciting new exhibition of historical and contemporary embroidery from the Royal School of Needlework called “Inspired by the Garden”. From 8th September 2014 through to 20 March 2015, the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) will be exhibiting a display of embroideries with a garden theme, at its home at Hampton Court Palace. Inspiration Almost since the start of embroidery, capturing flowers and the natural world has been...

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Fabric die cutting
Mar27

Fabric die cutting

Die cutting machines are becoming increasingly popular for quilting and applique and over the next few months we will be looking at models and features available. Die cutting Magazines and trade fairs are awash with devices to make the crafters’ life easier.  Top among the products currently available are die cutting machines which offer a faster alternative for cutting repetitive or awkward shapes. Originally designed for paper...

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Craft show success
Mar13

Craft show success

The Creative Stitches and Hobbycraft show took place in Glasgow from March 6-9 and by midday on Saturday the show halls were packed with eager crafters visiting the exhibitors from the world of knitting and stitching, beading, textile art and papercraft. Visitors were treated to a display of colourful costumes from the latest film adaptation of Les Miserables.  Created by Oscar nominated Paco Delado for an all star cast including...

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Bergere de France review
Jan08

Bergere de France review

Bergere de France offer some stunning Parisienne designs to take your knitting to another level. Their winter magazine has a wonderful modern take on a Fair Isle design jumper and any of their previous magazines can be back ordered. Patterns from Bergere de France can be purchased singly or as compilations in their seasonal magazines which offer great value for money. There is something for everybody, from beginner to experienced...

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