It’s been such a busy time for me recently, with lots of things going on.
So a quick catch up with you.
I went live on the Sewing Quarter a few weeks ago. A big thank you to Derek and the team for making me feel so welcome.
A few days after it was time for the Festival of Quilts. Absolutely amazing, thank you to everyone that came on my workshops and came to say hello. I’m looking forward to next year already 🙂
And then some of my favourite Quilts …….
Then I went on a relaxing holiday to Cape Verde. A stunning island with a beautiful sunset and friendly people 😍
I arrived home to a delivery of the Autumn edition of Art Quilting Studios magazine from America, with my rags to riches article in ….
My workshops and classes start again on Saturday and I’m really looking forward to seeing the kids. I’ll be planning the rest of the years workshops next week so I’ll keep you updated.
I’ll be exhibiting at Melbourne Art festival so please come and say hello if your nearby.
Also the tickets for the Harrogate Knitting & Stitching Show have now gone on sale. You can book entry and workshop tickets here…..https://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/harrogate/
That’s it for now,
Thanks for reading
I’m really looking forward to the warmer weather now…..Winter seems to have been so long this time.
On the plus side it’s perfect weather to stay at home and sit behind the sewing machine.
My current project is a kaleidoscope quilt that has been ongoing for a few months. It’s all on my design wall but still needs to be pieced together…..
I’ve been working on it in between other projects. I’ve been thread painting on my new machine to see how it copes, plus I find it very relaxing and addictive……
If you’re visiting the Creative Craft Show – Sewing for Pleasure at Birmingham NEC this week, I have a few bits on display as part of the Midlands Textile Forums exhibition. We’re on stand L30, I’ll be there on the stand on Sunday morning. If your there please come and say hello 😘
I’m excited to say I’ll be teaching at the Festival of Quilts this year. I’ll be there for three days – Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets go on sale on the 9th April for guild members and the 16th April for non members….
I’ve had some lovely feedback about my memory box kits and photos of finished boxes……
My kits are available from my website – https://www.simplyneedlecraft.com/store/p53/Memory%2FTrinket_Box_Full_Kit_.html
and also all of my workshop dates in the Sewing Studio- https://www.simplyneedlecraft.com/workshopsclasses.html
Thank you for reading, I hope to see you when I’m out and about.
Its been a hectic few weeks with events and workshops.
I released some of my new dates for next year last week and I’m amazed how quickly to places are being booked. To see the workshops and dates please go to http://www.simplyneedlecraft.com/workshopsclasses.html
We’ve had a couple of workshops running this week for botanical stitching and art quilting. I’ve had a wonderful time and I’ve met lovely people. Everyone’s left with a work of art…..
I spent last weekend at the Bank Mills Studio Winter Art Event in Derby. I met so many talented artists and artisans throughout the weekend.
The event ran from Friday night to Sunday and featured 100’s of different types of art. I was absolutely shattered but I loved every minute of it…..
Next week I’ve got a couple of workshops running for hand embroidery and vintage decorations. We’ve got the Making Memories Quilting Group running on Monday evening and the Craft & Chat Christmas meal on Thursday…….
But I’m still managing to work on my coursework……slowly but surely.
I’ve got a busy week coming up but I’m looking forward to every minute.
Thanks for reading ……keep warm.
Its been a hectic few weeks but now things have calmed down and the Haberdashery has closed it’s now time to focus on my work.
I’m about to sit down and plan workshops in the Sewing Studio for next year. I’m also heading out around the country and dates will be announced very soon. I’m really excited and honoured to be attending big events …….watch this space
To make sure you don’t miss out on any workshops at the Sewing Studio please visit http://www.simplyneedlecraft.com
On here you’ll be able to join my mailing list by filling in the subscribe box at the top of the page. I promise I do not spam or sell your details. This is used to send you the list of workshops.
Now talking about the Sewing Studio. Since the haberdashery closed its doors the Sewing Studio to me moved around and revamped to fit in everything needed for the workshops.
Luckily I’ve had the A Team to help me. Friends and family have helped me paint, move furniture, hang quilts and organising stock and spaces. Now the Sewing Studio is ready for its new chapter…..
In the middle of all the upheaval I took part in an interview/podcast with Stitchery Stories.
Stitchery Stories is owned by a lady called Susan who is passionate about textile arts. Each week she invites a textile artist to join her in an interview to share their experiences.
You can find my interview here http://www.stitcherystories.com/amijames/
It’s not long now to my last art exhibition of the year.
This time I’m not far away from where I live. It’s the Winter Open Studios at Bank Mills Studio in Derby https://www.banksmill.co.uk/
So I’ve been busy making things small items to go alongside my art quilts……brooch’s, notebooks and Christmas decorations….
So that’s it for now. Lots more planning and exciting news to come.
Thanks for reading
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Yes my first exhibition with Midlands Textile Forum started yesterday at Bishops Castle. I’m so excited to be part of this and I’m hoping to get to see it soon….
I had such a fantastic week last week. On Thursday we made the journey to the International Festival of Quilts where two groups of my sewing students entered.
I’m pleased to say both groups did amazingly well, the theme was ‘free’. The younger primary school aged group made a quilt of hot air balloons and kites and named it ‘Up, up & away. They received a highly commended.
My older group of secondary school ages made a 4 panelled quilt called ‘ Natures Wardrobe’. They won 3rd place.
I’m so proud of them ❤️
I’ve been busy hand stitching recently. I bit different for me and a break from machine stitching.
Thread painted landscape. This is a hand stitched version of my machined landscape.
And I finished my botanical fabric journal. I’ve loved making this sample book ready for my new workshop dates. Made from vintage fabrics, lace and threads and inspiration from garden centres and countryside.
All of my new workshop dates are now on the Haberdashery website, all dates, times, details and booking is available to see. Places are filling extremely quick…….Please see here
Its been a busy time and I haven’t managed to catch up on coursework so that’s the next task……hopefully.
thanks for reading
Good Morning Everyone,
So it’s finally here……Derbyshire Open Arts starts Saturday and runs until the 4th June.
Its been manic preparing for the events but I’m finally near the end.
Saturday the shop will be open 9-4pm unfortunately I won’t be there for most of the day. However I’m here Sunday and Monday -10-3pm to meet visitors to chat about my inspirations, methods and techniques.
Hope to see you there..