Stitch Solihull Blog Entries in April 2016 - Stitch Solihull

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New Fabric: Pirates by Makower

I am completely in love with the latest fabric range from Makower that has just arrived. Pirates is, as the name suggests, a wonderful collection of child friendly swashbucklers fetauring skulls and crossbones, ships and treasure maps.

Pirates fabrics

There are 8 print fabrics in the range which are (clockwise from top left):

  • Icon scatter on cream
  • Labels
  • Icon scatter on blue
  • Ships
  • Skull and crossbones on red
  • Fishes
  • Skull and crossbones on black
  • Treasure map

All fabrics are £14/m or £3.50 for a fat quarter.

The range is supported by a stunning quilt designed by Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts.

Pirates quilt

The free quilt pattern is available to download, or ask in store for a printed copy.

This is an intermediate to advance level project featuring foundation paper piecing, Y seams and raw edge applique as well as relatively advanced and complicated cutting instructions. Having seen this quilt in person, I can assure you that it is well worth the effort involved. If you need help, there are links to tutorials for the techniques within the quilt pattern.

We have kits featuring all the fabrics needed for the quilt top and binding along with a printed copy of the pattern for £65.

If you don’t want to tackle a full quilt, there is also a bunting panel priced £8.

Pirates bunting panel

The bunting panel instructions are also free to download. Each panel consists of sixteen printed flags. These can be used together to make eight completed flags or as sixteen flag fronts with an additional 60cms of backing fabric.

We still have 20% off fabric during April so why not pop in next week and take advantage of this great saving?

Stitch Up Round Up

I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our 3rd Birthday Stitch Up such a wonderful day. You came from far and wide to shop and celebrate. It was lovely to see so many familiar faces as well as plenty of new ones.

Stitch Up photo collage

Thank you to our stall holders, Rosies’ Moments and Sparkleduck for bringing such a gorgeous array of goodies to tempt us. To Liz, Mandy and Rosie who baked the delicious cakes we enjoyed. There was barely a crumb left by the end of the day! To my parents without whom none of this would have happened.

But most of all, thank you to all of you who took the time to visit. I always wanted Stitch Solihull to be a community, somewhere all crafters would feel welcome regardless of age or ability and I feel you have truly made that dream possible.

my Stitch Up purchases

I did manage to indulge in a little bit of shopping myself. The top 2 yarns are destined to be socks. The gradient skeins are going to be accents for a shawl, possibly On the Spice Market by Melanie Berg. As for the 2 at the bottom left, they’re waiting to tell me what they want to be and in the mean time are by my desk to be stroked occasionally!

I would love to see any photos you have of the day or of your purchases. If you have a plan for them, let me know too, I’m always after inspiration!

Yarn SHop Day logo

Our next event is Yarn Shop Day on Saturday April 30th. This annual cerebration of Local Yarn Shops, in association with Lets’ Knit Magazine, is now in its third year and promises to be another great day. Watch this space for more details on what to expect…