Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Simple Pleasures at Fabric HQ Workshop!

Last week we hosted our very first workshop of the year, overseen by the brilliant Emma May of Simple Pleasures School of Sewing.

The 'Making Friends With Your Sewing Machine' workshop had been in the planning for such a long time that it was fully booked before we even went to print with our program for the first quarter of 2014! We'd had such a job finding a venue big and light enough for this class.  But we got there in the end, and didn't we have fun?

Emma really was fab - taking the time before the class to find out which machine everyone had. She got to the bottom of what it was that everybody wanted to know....

... and after running through the basics, everyone got to grips with their own individual machines. 
There was an interesting mix of machines but my absolute favourite has to be Sarah's Jones 641.  Such a cool looking machine! Even though the instructions for creating a button hole are a bit of a headache!
The manual is super funky in cerise and lime and those bright orange dials and buttons are retro-tastic.  I love it!
Then Emma moved on to machine applique - a great way to get to know your machine.
and finally, she'd brought along some lovely fabric, ribbon and lavender to make into cute little lavender bags!
Thank you Emma on behalf of HQ and the girls who came along to the workshop.  We all had a great evening, summed up by Anna who wrote to me afterwards to say:

" > Dear Rae,
   > I just wanted to say how useful I found last night's class. Even
   > though I am relatively experienced compared to some I learnt a lot. I
   > thought Emma was excellent and look forward to the other classes."
We've got lots more lined up for the next couple of months.  We have a couple of spaces left on our current Workshops. Although we're pretty booked up,  we will be letting you know what we have planned for the second quarter of 2014 very soon.  Stay tuned for more on that.  In the mean time, why not pop along to the next Fabric HQ Sewcial?  7.30pm St Anne's Hall, Wendover on 4th March. This month we'll be looking at how to make your own bias binding and how to perfect French seams.
We've just been told to expect a very special delivery of fabric tomorrow at HQ (please be kind, Mr Postman!) so check back tomorrow to see what's new. We weren't expecting this lot of little beauties for some time so we're very excited!




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