Monday, 21 March 2011

Workshops at Patch

We have been lucky at Patch to secure the very talented Alex Waylett, to teach creative machine embroidery skills in a one day workshop. The course (which includes lunch) would make a terrific Mothers Day gift for your mum or yourself!!
Creative Machine Embroidery for beginners
‘Learn how to use your domestic sewing machine for freehand machine embroidery. Draw with your thread to create modern designs on silk that you would be proud to frame.’

10am – 4PM
Venue: Patch Fabrics, Lowestoft

Cost: £50
to include materials, coffee and lunch.

No previous machine embroidery experience is necessary, however it is expected that you are a confident sewing machine user.
Limited Places. 

  Full information and course requirements can be found on the Patch Website

Monday, 14 March 2011

Riley Blake

I have updated the website with some new fabric...have a fair few designs to add but just doing as I get the chance.
I like novelty prints...especially 'boy' designs and Riley Blakes Wanna Be A Cowboy doesn't disappoint.
I have added 3 designs...
all over cowboy print, cowboy quotes and a horseshoe and star print.
They are available here
I have also updated the postage options on the website.
These are now worked on a sliding scale depending on total of purchases.
Smaller orders now have a lower charge.
More information about this can be found here.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

sugar fairies....

I love to see what customers have made with purchases from Patch. And I am getting tons of inspiration from some very talented crafters.
For example this beautiful pinny
This pinny was made with Michael Miller Garden Pindot and Sugar Fairies - both in Orchid. And the pattern was from Cath Kidstons Sew book.

The fabric was bought on Saturday, 2 aprons were made, and this lady's twin girls have worn their new aprons to make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday.
(almost embarrassed to say I've made bugger all from my copy of this book - not even the bag that comes with it)
Looking forward to seeing the bags that are next on the list Penny ;)

Friday, 11 March 2011

at the end of week one.....

I'm reaching the end of my first week in the shop.
Its been great. I have seen so many people, far more than I could have guessed would come and see my little shop. I have heard the most positive comments and witnessed several ladies excitement at there *finally* being a fabric shop in Lowestoft.
I have had so much interest in my yet to be planned workshop and class programme.
And most importantly, I am loving it!!
It is far less stress actually leaving the house to go to work. I am back with my boys at about 4ish and don't feel like I am missing out on too much (they of course, have their own places to be during the day anyway and don't miss me one bit!!)
The eagle eyed amongst you might have noticed that I have removed inspiration and fabric packs from the website, I nearly sold out of the bunting packs last weekend and although I have made many more this week, some of them are using nearly out of stock fabric, and until I work out a way of keeping up with the supply, I have had to take them off. The bunting packs will probably be back, but maybe (probably) as a custom pack.
Tomorrow my Saturday boy starts with me, as he is my son I feel I should be able to work him extra hard!! I have a list of jobs that he can do over the next few weeks, I did tell him earlier he can have the title stock control manager! And obviously he will be senior cuppa tea maker ;)

Patch is open tomorrow at 9.30 until 3.30.
If you fancy a listen to my dulcet tones talking about opening the shop, I was on BBC Radio Suffolk this week, theres a link here (I'm about 1hr 22mins in.)

Sunday, 6 March 2011

We are open!!

We opened our doors yesterday morning at 9:30 and I drew breath just before 4!! Well more like 5 actually as I had to do my online orders before I went home!!
I couldn't have asked for a better response to my shop - so many positive comments, and I lost count of how many times people told me that this was just what Lowestoft had been waiting for.
Thank You so much if you came to support us in person , and for all the virtual support I received both here and on facebook.

We were in the paper on Friday...the write up was excellent, wasn't keen on them using a pic of me - but seen worse!

There was a lot of enthusiasm for the workshops and classes I am planning, so I will pull my finger out and develop a programme as soon as I can.

I am off to enjoy my time off before we reopen on Tuesday. Its our 2nd wedding anniversary today, we can't go out - we feel like all our babysitting credits have been used and don't want to ask anyone!! And I am shattered!!
You can find Patch and me at:    
9 Bevan Street
NR32 2AA
Telephone 01502 588778

We are open Tuesday to Saturday 9.30 to 3.30

We still have a large range of our fabrics on the website - and will be adding the oilcloths and the new dena designs and riley blake fabrics just delivered in the next week.
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