February 2014 Newsletter

Newsletter February 2014

Dear All,

Hope you all had a good holiday season and that you all have a happy New Year.

Here I am at the start of my second full month of trading and, thanks to all of you and your support; I’m feeling quietly confident as we go into the Spring.             

              The workshop calendar is beginning to fill up. Dee Spence-Thomas has a few spaces left on the 25th January. In addition, I have booked myself to do a workshop using the wonderful Moda “Oh-So-Sweet” Candy (I’m calling it ‘Boxy-Boxes’) on Thursday February 6th. Jean Bartlett will be teaching a beginners’ machine quilting class on Friday February 14th and Dee Spence-Thomas is following up with her second Foundation class on Saturday February 22nd.

Please see the Workshops and Classes section of my website: www.thimblestitch-devon.co.uk                        

At the same time as these, all my own regular monthly classes are running. Most of them are filled, but I do have a few spaces in my Saturday class. These are ‘Mixed Media’ project classes with tuition. If there is enough interest, I may be able to start more classes.

I am considering scheduling a ‘drop-in’ session where you can bring your work to Thimblestitch@Zoë’s and buy yourself some time to use the facilities in the workshop, together, of course, with any advice from me that may help. Please let me know if you might be interested in this, and we can take it further.

 Further down the line, I have Diana Wright (Discovering Dissolvables) and also Lynda Monk booked. I am sure we all know Diana well, but Lynda is from further afield. You may have seen her at West Point in September with her amazing new technique so I am lucky to be able to book her while she is on her July tour of the West Country.

I have aslo booked Tracey Bartlett to take a couple of felting classes, the first of which is a felted corsage and an item of Jewellery in February and a beautiful felted bag in March.

Also in March I have managed to book Niki Perrington, who will be making a cosy Lap quilt, example in the shop (its gorgeous) using her own, hand dyed flannelette, details on website very soon.

There also seems to be a lot of interest in Knitting and crochet, so have got several feelers out on that front.

 The other big news is that I now have the East Devon Agency for two sewing machine brands – Juki, a well-established and respected range of superior machines, and Britannia, a recently revived brand on the British market, an excellent, versatile mid-range machine.

Can I just thank everyone for all the help and support and all the kind wishes and interest in Thimblestitch.