Thursday 1st September 2022
The summer holidays have officially come and gone for another year…but that’s not necessarily a terrible thing, it just means that we can start to look forward to all the wonderful things that’ll be happening over the next few months…like Halloween, Bonfire Night, and dare I say it, CHRISTMAS!
But, before I get into all that, I just wanted to start by sharing something with you all…
Now, some of you “might” have noticed that I haven’t been posting on social media as much recently, that’s because I decided to take a short break in mid-August whilst my family and I dealt with an unforeseen health issue concerning my Mum. It’s still a little too raw for me to talk about in full at the moment, but during that time, I kept myself busy by working on some sewing projects – they really helped to take my mind off of things and to cope with all the stress and worry (another reason why sewing is a good hobby to have).
Thankfully, my Mum is now on the road to recovery, and I couldn’t be happier, so you’ll hopefully be seeing more posts from me on social media again soon.
So, as I just mentioned, I’ve been sewing over the last few weeks – mainly Christmas projects, which I’ll talk about in a future blog. However, I did manage to make something autumnal which I’d like to show you…
This is my attempt at the ‘Toadstools Appliqué Hoop Kit’ by Corinne Lapierre (on the left). As a lover of all things autumn, I was overjoyed to receive this kit as a gift from my Mum last year. I really enjoyed cutting out all the felt pieces and decorating them (and the background) with french knots and lazy daisy stitches, especially the toadstools – I don’t know about you, but I always think that there’s something quite “magical” about toadstools.
Anyway, one last thing that I must mention about this kit is that it did not take me too long to make – to give you a rough idea, I worked on this kit for about a week, but I did approx. 1-2 hours per day.
If you fancy having a go at making this kit, we recently added some new Corinne Lapierre’s felt and embroidery kits (including this one) onto our website.
The Autumn 2022 newsletter has now been sent/emailed to all newsletter subscribers, so be sure to check your inboxes. If you would like to sign up to our seasonal newsletter, please go to our ‘Homepage’ and scroll down until you see the ‘Newsletter’ section.
Finally, in last month’s blog, I announced that we would be getting 2 x fabric collections this autumn:
The first, which will hopefully be arriving at the end of this month, is Tilda Fabrics ‘Hometown’ collection. This cosy range is inspired by the love of home and community. We will be stocking the mini FQ bundles in all 4 x colourways (Rust, Blue, Plum/Grape, and Sage/Green) plus matching blenders, the charm packs, and the fabric-covered buttons. Although this collection is autumn-themed, Tilda did mention that some of the colourways can be combined together to create winter projects too! E.g. the Rust and the Sage/Green.
The second fabric collection, which will be arriving at the end of October, is Cassandra Connolly’s ‘Meadowside’ in collaboration with Lewis & Irene. Now compared to her first fabric collection, ‘The Heart of Summer’, the overall tone for this range is very different (but in a good way). With a mix of beautiful flora and fauna designs on rich burgundy, mustard, and purple hues, this collection is definitely aimed at those who love autumn. Project-wise, I would definitely recommend making a quilt with these fabrics – which reminds me, once the collection has been released, it’s worth taking a look on Lewis & Irene’s website as they will hopefully post up some quilt patterns on their website specifically for this collection.
If the product / digital photos are anything to go off, I think we’re in for a real treat with these ranges. Both of these collections can now be viewed on our ‘COMING SOON’ page.
Thank you all so much for reading this month’s blog. I will be back in October, hopefully with Tilda Fabrics’ ‘Hometown’ collection. Fingers crossed!