Sunday 1st November 2020
“Remember, Remember to sew this November, quilting, stitching or knot, If you want some reasons to sew in all seasons, then I’ve got quite a lot!” 🙂
I’ve got more exciting updates about all the new and upcoming products that have (or will be) arriving at Sew-Drops over the next few weeks, an EXCLUSIVE offer on bag patterns, plus I’ll be giving you a glimpse at a special project that I’ve been working on just for November.
So, what’s NEW at Sew-Drops? Well, midway through October, we had the arrival of Mettler’s Silk-Finish Cotton Threads! Many of you have been getting in touch over the last few months asking if we could stock a range of sewing and quilting threads on our website, so I am thrilled that we now have them in stock. With 36 different colours for you to choose from, you can even pair them up with our variety of fabric collections because they’re perfect to use for all your general sewing, quilting, embroidery and overlocking projects! I’ve even been using some of the colours in my projects (including the ‘November-themed’ project I’m currently working on) and they’re so nice to work with.
Our new arrival for November 2020 will be Lewis & Irene’s Purrfect Petals Collection – I’ve been talking about this collection for quite some time in my previous blogs, so hopefully you’re as excited as I am about the collection finally being available to purchase. As you may have guessed from the name, this particular collection is all about our fluffy feline friends; it will feature cheerful cats mooching amongst the flowers, little paw prints on warm amber and cream fabrics, plus three brand new bumbleberries to go with each of the three colour schemes. This collection will be arriving sometime in Mid-November 2020, so be sure to keep an eye out on our website and social media pages for the big launch.
If you’re looking for bag-making patterns, then you’re in luck because we’re currently having a FLASH SALE on all Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H paper patterns. For a limited time only, get any pattern you like for just £7.99 – that’s 20% off! But do hurry, because this offer ends on Friday 6th November 2020, so get them while they’re on offer.
I’m going to go a little off topic now, but I thought it would be nice to just mention that I’ve been doing a spot of baking recently during my spare time – namely blueberry muffins – just to try something new. Like many people, I did my fair share of cooking lessons during High School and learnt how to do some basic culinary dishes, e.g. flapjacks, cupcakes, tomato and basil pasta, pea soup (we don’t talk about the ‘pea soup disaster’ – let’s just say that it spent more time in the bin than it did in our stomachs), etc. but I never really took those skills any further. So, the other week I decided to try out a recipe from The Hairy Bikers for some blueberry and lemon curd muffins – I thought it best to start off simple and not tackle something too technical just yet, plus I absolutely LOVE blueberry muffins. Overall, the muffins looked and tasted great. I was so proud of them (and slightly relieved that I didn’t destroy the kitchen) that I’ve decided to make them a regular bake at least once a week for me and my family. I think I’ll now look at making something new – and if I keep at it then who knows, maybe this time next year you’ll see me on The Great British Bake Off (probably not) 😊
Have any of you taken up any new hobbies recently? Anything to take your mind away from those everyday stresses, please let me know by sending me an email at [email protected] – I’d love to hear your stories x
Finally, I’d like to tell you a little bit about my special project for November 2020. It’s going to be based on one of my own photographs of some poppies which I took at Bodnant Gardens in Wales over 3 years ago.
(FACT: I actually used the said photograph as the cover photo for the November 2019 blog, if you’d like to have a look at that).
I’ll be using some of my own fabric scraps to create this piece of artwork, plus a couple of fabrics that we’re currently stocking, as well as Mettler threads and maybe even a button or two – Here’s just a sneak preview of the project. It’s still a work in progress, but I didn’t want to give too much away too soon.
Another key reason I decided to do this project now is because this year, on the 11th of November, marks 75 years since the end of World War II, and I thought it would be a nice way to pay my respects. I’m hoping to have it done in time for Remembrance, so I will be posting the completed project on Wednesday 11th Nov. at 11am on social media. However, I will update this blog at a later date to include the photo for people who don’t have Facebook or Instagram.
Updated 11/11/2020:- Here is the completed Poppies Wall-Hanging. Based on one of my own photographs and made using a range of fabric scraps, buttons, plus fabrics by Lewis & Irene and Mettler threads (these are available to purchase on our website).
I think it’s turned out really well (the green buttons and the warm red poppies are my favourite bits – they really stand out), and as an added bonus, I even managed to get it done it time for Remembrance Day too.
Well that’s all for our November blog, thank you all so much for reading. I’m really looking forward to our December Blog, featuring more updates on the latest news and products arriving at Sew-Drops! Plus, things will start to look a bit more ‘festive’ as we begin our countdown to Christmas 2020!