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June 2014 Newsletter

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June is here already – the busy workshop has stood up to all the use and has proved to be a very versatile place to create.  The shop is now fully stocked with beautiful fabrics and notions.  Lewis and Irene have supplied their vibrant Town and Country range.  Most exciting is the new sign; you cannot miss it, look for the Thimble.

Town and Country

Lewis & Irene’s lovely range as featured in May’s Patchwork and Quilting.

Their Christmas range Noel is arriving in July

Honey Meadow is hopefully arriving in August.

Jean Bartlett’s Beginners Free Machining was completely full and ensured confidence building with the feed dogs down and a broad range of quilting designs.

The Discharge Dying day with Ann Holden had students drawing their designs in lemon juice, which bleached the fabric before revealing the final design on to which beads and embroidery were added, a fascinating process.  In the excitement I forgot to take photographs!

Sue Cattell’s bead workshop ensured that students produced beautiful, flat, spiral bracelets by lunchtime.

Upcoming Workshops

There are a few places available on June 21st, with Llinos Spriggs teaching her workshop on Illuminated Letters, based on medieval manuscripts with their wonderfully decorated capital letters, these are interpreted in needlework with Llinos’ own gold work techniques.  Everything you need is supplied, apart from your sewing kit … and £30.

Millipede Bracelet on 26th June is a chance to assemble all those beautiful beads into a piece of jewellery to match that special outfit.  Kits available

Jean Bartlett has agreed repeat the popular Free Machine Quilting class and this has been booked in October.  This workshop will be a follow on for improvers but beginners will, of course, be welcome.

Unfortunately the Beginners Machine Applique with Jean Bartlett which was due to take place on the 28th June will be moving to September. TBA

Sandra Coleridge has workshops in July, including Taster Embellishing; an opportunity to learn and play with felt and wool, (embellishing machines provided) producing a final fabric of your unique design.  Ribbon with a Twist lays down layers of ribbon, machine embroidered, cut and re-sewn to a dazzling finish.  Recycled Sari uses bright sari fabrics (kit available), sliced and sewn into an encrusted hanging.

Beginners Crochet is a new venture with Barbara Brooks, enjoy a morning or afternoon, some spaces available.

On 2nd August, Ann Holden will be cutting up old sweaters to make delicious cupcake pincushions.

Further details of all workshops can be found on the website,

Illuminated Letters

Ribbons with a Twist

Machine Applique

For all the World Cup Widows….

To take advantage of the quiet months of July and August; the workroom tables will be available for laying up your quilts.  There will be a nominal charge of £5.00 but please ring to book a time slot. Have you encountered brick wall decissions on fabric combinations, patterns layout or UFO’s (unfinished objects)? Bring them to Thimblestitch for a one-to-one consultation.  Please telephone  Thimblestitch 01404 549871.

Finally, Jazz, my Thimblestitch dog has decided that shop life is the greatest – on my regular Friday WIP day, Marian laid down a quilt on the floor.  Jazz could not understand why pieces kept being added – it was perfectly comfortable as it was!

WIP – Work In Progress!


Thank you to all those are supporting Thimblestitich – attending workshops and introducing friends Remember to fill your Loyalty Cards.