Archive | August 2015

Sewing Bee at Doddington Hall & Gardens

Local sewers may be interested in this fabulous free event run by the Needle and Thread Workshops – tomorrow!  Please read their invitation, below.

Doddington Hall and Gardens by Tim

Doddington Hall and Gardens
by Mr handmadebysoo

Needle & Thread with Doddington Hall & Gardens
Amateur & experienced sewers please come along to our two Sewing Bee sessions to help create a unique quilt, The People’s Quilt!
During Doddington’s current quilting exhibition Voices From the Inside, visitors have been invited to sign their name on fabric squares to be stitched together to form a quilt. In keeping with the collaborative tradition of quilts being a keepsake of memories and people’s individual handiwork, we would like the finished item to be stitched by you!

The stitching will be done over two days, and Needle & Thread will be there for guidance and help! On Sunday 23 August, the squares will be pieced together by hand and on Tuesday 1 September, the item will be quilted and bound to create the finished item.
This finished quilt will become a part of Doddington Hall history and remain in their archives.
Sunday 23rd August 9.30am to 4.30pm
Tuesday 1st September 9.30am to 4.30pm

Sewers are invited to attend either or both of the sessions for all or part – as you wish!

To book a place (participation is free but refreshments INCLUDING CAKE(!) will be included) please contact Susanna Plummer on 01522 812 517 or email susanna@doddingtonhall.com.
The Sewing Bees will take place in the Coach House. For full details visit the Doddington Hall website.

We do hope you can take part!

Needle & Thread x

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Fenton Knitting Group welcomes a very special guest

On Tuesday evening members of the Fenton Knitting Group welcomed a very special guest indeed.  B had travelled all the way from Kent to stay with handmadebysoo.  A regular member of the Aylesford Knitting Group, which closed when Soo relocated to Lincolnshire, B  joined us at The Barn for one night only to share with us the joy of knitting.  Soo said: “I was so excited that B was coming to visit and especially that she was able to join us at the Fenton Knitting Group.  It was just like old times!”  The FKG’s living mascot, DeeDee, was also eagerly anticipating B’s arrival.  But first, she had a spot of gardening to do.  Don’t forget to plant catnip, DeeDee!

DeeDee contemplates her herbs

DeeDee contemplates her herbs

New knitters and stitchers always welcome

We’re a very friendly bunch here at the Fenton Knitting Group and we always welcome new members.  So whether you’re a top notch knitter, a complete beginner or would like some help with improving your skills, or even if crochet or sewing is more your thing, why not come along to The Barn any Tuesday evening and join us for a piece of delicious cake, a cup of tea and lots of laughter and gossip!

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Are you joining Kirstie and me at the Handmade Fair?

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As a lifelong crafter and huge fan of La Allsopp, handmadebysoo has been given an exclusive preview of the Handmade Fair 2015.  Here are the details:

The Handmade Fair is back! Following on from an incredible first show at Hampton Court Palace in 2014, Kirstie Allsopp will be returning this September once again to run the country’s most exciting craft event.

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This isn’t your average craft market – it’s a long weekend of hands-on workshops, entertaining interviews, ‘make and takes’, and all the shopping and fabulous food you can manage! Plus Kirstie will be there every day to host some of the sessions and, of course, craft!

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Take a look at the full line up over at www.thehandmadefair.com

PS. Did you know they’re also running a Christmas Fair this year?

handmadebysoo will be there!  Join me!  I have a free ticket going spare!

Taking place at Manchester Central from 20-22 November, The Handmade Christmas Fair will include all things crafty as well as all things Christmassy! Find out more at www.thehandmadechristmasfair.com

Wobbly Wednesday is coming soon

Wobbly Wednesday

Wobbly Wednesday 4 November 2015

handmadebysoo is knitting lots of wobbly jelly babies using the pattern from Jean Greenhowe’s Little Gift Dolls to help raise awareness of nystagmus ahead of Wobbly Wednesday on 4 November.

Nystagmus, also known as Wobbly Eyes, is a complex condition where the eyes move involuntarily. This makes it harder to see. Few people with nystagmus drive and most face difficulties in everyday life.

Every year hundreds of children are born with nystagmus, often with no known family history. Adults can develop nystagmus too, due to accidents or illnesses like stroke or MS.

Nystagmus Network funds research into nystagmus, provides information and support, raises awareness and educates people about the daily impact of nystagmus.

Find out more, here: http://www.nystagmusnet.org