Friday, 23 November 2012

Whirlygig Snowflake Garland Tutorial

Earlier this week I made this Christmas garland out of yo-yo thing-a-ma-jigs and I must say, I'm rather pleased with it!  Thought I'd share how it was made with all you lovely people as it really is easy peasy.  A great project to do with crafty older kiddies, perhaps?

Had a dilemma as to what to call these but I think I'm keen on a couple of names friends/family have suggested.  I've mixed them together to make this the Whirlygig Snowflake Garland, thanks to Jan and Vanessa - bit of a mouthful, but hey, it's Christmas (nearly!)

Ok, but how do we make them?  I hear you cry! To the point . . . . .

1.   Cut several circles of fabric in 3 different sizes: 10, 15 and 20cm across. You could use all the same fabric or a mixture of patterns and colours.  I used offcuts of Kate Spain's gorgeous 'Joy' collection. Lay the circle face down.

2. Double over a length of cotton and tie the end.  Fold over the edge of the circle. . .

3. . . . pull the cotton all the way through.

4. Sew a running stitch all the way around the circle, folding a seam inwards to the wrong side as you go.  Keep the stitches fairly large at about 1 or 1 . 5 cms.

5. When you have finished, your cirlce will look like this . . .

6. . . and like this on the right side.
7. Pull the cotton to gather the circle in on itself.
8. When the cotton is pulled fully, your fabric should now look a little like this. Ta-da!  Push the needle through the centre and out the other side.
9. Fasten the cotton on the reverse of the fabric.

10. Et Voila!  Your first whirlygig snowflake!

11. Take all your different sized cirlces and repeat until you have enough for the length of garland you require.  Arrange them so that different sizes are next to each other and run a length of cotton through each one.  You can experiment with where you thread them.  Different positions give various looks. . . lots of lovely variations are possible!

So there you are, a super-cute garland to hang from shelves, fireplaces or Christmas trees - wherever takes your fancy!

Right, off to finish second craft fair prep - Starting to feel a bit Christmassy now! 

Monday, 19 November 2012

Washi Dress Paper Pattern

At last, it's here!

We're so excited that we've finally received our Washi paper patterns from the wonderful Rae Hoekstra aka Made By Rae.

photo by Rae Hoekstra

A must for every wardrobe, this sweet and flattering dress features an optional cut-out 'U' on the scoop neckline, an above the knee hemline, pockets and shirring in the back for an easy, comfortable fit. No zippers or closures are needed making it a wonderful project for the intermediate sewist!
Pattern includes clear, step by step instructions and diagrams, a fit guide and plenty of tips and hints throughout for techniques such as shirring with elastic thread and sewing darts.
The addition of a long sleeve pattern piece makes the Washi the perfect dress for the colder months as well as a must for your summer wardrobe. Visit Rae's website where you can download for free the long sleeve pattern and see the tutorial for adding it to your very own Washi.
These are a limited edition print so grab them while you can. We can't tell you how much we LOVE this dress!

Friday, 16 November 2012

Tis the season to do craft fairs .....

Fa-la-la-la-la   la-la   la-la!

This weekend we're doing the first of our Christmas craft fairs and we've been busy - very busy, putting together bundles and making some super cute bunting with some of our Christmas fabric so forgive the short blog tonight.

Smaller pieces of bunting look absolutely gorgeous hung from shelves, over fireplaces and along stairs. We've used fabric from Kate Spain's Joy collection here....

and here for a bright Scandinavian festive feel.
We've also made up some more traditional looking 'shelf ' bunting with the Classic Trees and Vintage Berries. 

We've also received our oh so lovely Christmas ribbons ....
Gingham ribbons ....

Pom poms!......
....and ricrac!
I've got to think of a few projects for these beauties once the Christmas fair season is over.... any ideas?
Just listening to the weather forecast as I type (I know how to live it up on a Friday night!!) and it looks like the colder weather is on its way - frosty, sparkly Sunday morning coming up by the sounds of it - that should put those punters in the Christmas mood...
Roll on Sunday!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Christmas is a coming

In case anyone needs some inspiration, here are some of our favourite Christmas fabrics. If you like what you see, click the images to take you through to the website for more info.

Only one fat quarter of Tinsel by Maude Asbury left!!!

Tinsel by Maude Asbury

Snowflakes on White for Riley Blake is the perfect fabric for a bright, contemporary Christmas project.

Snowflake on White

If you prefer your Christmas a little more retro, check out Sheri McCully's Alpine Wonderland collection.

Alpine Wonderland by Sheri McCully

Alpine Trees by Sheri McCully

We've totally fallen in love with this collection from Kate Spain.  Here is just a taster; see the website for more of this festive screen printed bunch of beauties - rightly named 'Joy'.

Winter Garden Tonal Snow from Joy by Kate Spain

Tree Line Holly Berry from Joy by Kate Spain

Peace Holly from Joy by Kate Spain

If you prefer your Christmas a little more traditional, have a look at the Classic and Vintage ranges including our own hand made bias binding.

Vintage Berries handmade bias binding

Classic Trees in Cream

If you're looking for a bit of fun this Christmas, these two Michael Miller fabrics are for you.

Many Mini Gnomes for Michael Miller

Heavenly Pixies for Michael Miller

. . . and finally, the amazing Brrr! by Laurie Wisbrun; the coolest Christmas fabric around! Check out the whole range by clicking the picture below.

Main Ice from Brrr! by Laurie Wisbrun

Whichever fabrics tickle your fancy this Christmas, we'd love to hear what you're planning to create.

Happy making!

Monday, 12 November 2012

Ribbon, ric rac and pom poms, anyone?

We had a lovely parcel in the post today - the beginnings of our new haberdashery range - yay!!!

We've started the range with some lovely ric rac, ribbons and mini pom poms (proper photos to follow). We'll have them on the website in the next few days.  Great for stocking fillers, finishing Christmas projects or even to wrap a gift for a fabric lover - gorgeous!

Friday, 9 November 2012

OK, so this is exciting!


No, no, it really is....

Sometime in the next week or so, we are going to have a rather special pattern for sale.  Many of you, I'm sure will be familiar with Rae Hoekstra and her amazing blog, Made By Rae.  Rae has been selling the PDF pattern for her sensational Washi Dress for a while now but we are so excited to say we're going to be selling the paper pattern - hooray!!

photo by Rae Hoekstra

The Washi Dress has developed a bit of a cult following, which is totally no surprise as it's the most flattering and infinitely versatile pattern we here at HQ have seen for years!  If you use Rae's Flickr link or blog you can see a gazillion Washis in an amazing array of fabrics.  The iconic 'U' cut-out gives this dress its distinctive neckline but it can be changed to suit its wearer.  I made one recently (I'll post the picture later) and decided to change the neckline as I already have the top with the 'U'. It's such a lovely pattern to work with - for those with relatively little sewing experience it's a simple, straightforward project and it's a cinch for the seasoned stitcher.

photo by Rae Hoekstra

The paper pattern does not include the long sleeved version shown here but you can download the pattern piece for free from Rae's site.  Click here for the link.

Other news......

New habby bits and bobs

Next week is going to be quite a busy one at HQ.  Not only are we expecting our Washi Dress paper patterns to arrive (if customs are nice to us, that is - it's coming from The States!) but we will also have some new haberdashery bits and bobs.  We've gone a bit pompom and ricrac mad here of late and felt it only polite to share!  Also, we've got some beautiful Christmas themed ribbons coming, so watch this space and the website for photos and details.

Christmas shopping, anyone?

HQ are going to be at the Make Believe Cafe
in Berkhamsted on Sunday 18th November 10.30-3pm
where we'll have some lovely fabric stacks
for sale amongst other things. If you haven't been to the Cafe yet, you must go, especially with kids - they will love you forever!

A Little Bird Told Me Gallery
. . . and then on 24th and 25th November (10-4pm both days) we'll be at the Courtyard Christmas Fair in Wendover, organised by the amazing Melanie at the A Little Bird Told Me Gallery.  Check out the gallery for gorgeous contemporary artwork as well as unique, handcrafted gift ideas.

Come join us if you're nearby and start your Christmas craftiness in style!

Last but not least ....

Oh, and don't forget our Roar! bundle giveaway over at Sew Scrumptious - just a few days left to enter!!


Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Fabric Giveaway

The lovely Louise at Sew Scrumptious is hosting a fabric giveaway for us. Visit her blog here and comment on which of our fabrics is your favourite for a chance to win our Roar! bundle which includes fabrics from Print & Pattern and Remix by Ann Kelle.


Hi all and welcome to the Fabric HQ blog.

It’s here that we’ll be sharing HQ news, inspiration, promotions and anything else that floats our boat. If there’s anything that you would like to share, please do drop us a line in the comments box below, we’d love to hear from you. 

Rae & Jacqui