Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Cushion Workshop

There are still limited places available on the cushion workshop, taking place at Patch on Saturday 21st May  from 10am - 1pm.
Suitable for absolute beginners, you will leave this half day session, not only with a fabulous cushion but also with the skills to go home and make lots more.
All materials will be provided. Fabrics chosen from our ever expanding shelves..you can choose just the one design or 2 or even 3 if you are feeling adventurous.
The workshop is being taught by Leanne, super talented textiles graduate. Leanne has made the gorgeous sample cushions curently residing in the Patch Fabrics window, seen here!

The cost for this workshop is £25, which includes everything needed to make your cushion and refreshments.
If you would like to book a place for yourself or a friend or relative (age 12 and over) please contact Patch Fabrics by telephoning 01502 588778 or by emailing claire@patchfabrics.co.uk.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Happy Easter Web Offer.

Patch has been closed today and I have been hand sewing and enjoying the sunshine, I have been preparing some samples for a workshop I have been asked to run (more on that another time) and also trying to finish the table runner that didn't get completed in time for Christmas last year!! Quite strange to be stitching festive fabrics in shorts in the garden!!
We are open again as normal tomorrow, when I am hoping to change the window display a little and will be directing my saturday boy (son number 1) while he takes pics of buttons to add to the webshop.
Leanne, who will be running the beginners sewing workshop on 21st May, brought in some sample cushions that she has made to demonstrate what you will leave with at the end of the workshop....they look fab, so tomorrow they will be photographed too..
(I have to wait for my son to come in as I have just broke my 4th camera in 2 years...we learnt after the 1st time and always insure but I haven't replaced it yet..wondering if I should bother with our history!!)

There is a special offer for Patch web shoppers this weekend..
Anyone placing an order over £20 (excluding postage) this Easter weekend will receive a Patch Ribbon Pack with their order, if you have a colour preference do let me know and I will try very hard to arrange. There is no need to add to order, it will be sent automatically :)

I am in the process of adding some more fabric bundles to the depleted section of the shop....my favourite is the plains stack below..
Thanks for all the comments on my last post, there is still time to leave a comment to win a metre of your choice of fabric...

Monday, 18 April 2011


I have missed my 1st birthday. I started Patch on the 26th March 2010, and although I knew I always would have a shop 'one day' I didn't imagine for one minute it would happen within the year.
The shop is now in its .....*stops to count* 6th week?? 7th??Not counting now..its great. Lovely customers, great feedback..this is work???
The online stuff is getting neglected..I am having a new website so holding off filling the current one as I don't relish doing everything twice..however its taking a while so will be adding more items this week.
We have however broken our 4th camera in 2 years, so that needs sorting first!!
So I'm thinking a giveaway to celebrate?
The randomly chosen winner will receive a metre of fabric of their own choice..this can be as a bundle or as a full piece. Just pop over to Patch website, or if you can shop..and decide what you love and leave a comment to tell me. The random number whatsit will choose somebody on May Day Bank Holiday.
Rules go like this....
* you need to be a follower of this blog
* you need to make a comment below this post (nowhere else please x) before May 2nd.
* I need a way of contacting you!
* and thats it. 

kaffe fassett teapots

 michael miller honk honk!

 I was lucky enough to be chosen as blog of the week at The Sewing Directory..I don't blog as much as I'd like to so don't feel entirely worthy but very grateful to Fiona for choosing Patch.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Jewellery Workshops

Come along, have fun and find out how to

Design and make your own jewellery

Learn easy step by step techniques

See and have a go yourself at some beautiful designs

Have a fun and informal workshop with some wonderful beads and trimmings

Starting 10 May 2011 1.00pm - 3.00pm then every 2 weeks
Cost: £4.00 per person per session (subject to change depending on numbers)

Welcome to bring your own materials but a wide selection of beads and findings will available to purchase.

This group will be run by Steph Appleton who has held many jewellery workshops in the Lowestoft area.
I will be taking bookings on Steph's behalf, early booking recommended as space limited.

You can email or phone me at Patch for more information on 01502 588778 and claire@patchfabrics.co.uk.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Knitmare on Elm Street

I am in love with this new Michael Miller design..probably not for the faint hearted though...
          the 2 prints below are knit pirates and quilt pirates..so cute....if skulls can be described as cute!!

they can be found over on the website.

They would look great as a quilt, and work really well with Ta Dot in Ebony aswell as Klona Cottons in black and grey. In the shop, customers have chosen these designs for projects including a blind and an adult skirt....I plan a quilt for 13yo's new room...however don't hold your breath..the friendship star started in January isn't finished yet!!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

How well do you know your Sewing Machine.....

...or overlocker?? Do you use your machines to the best of their ability or do you drag it out of the cupboard (corner, box etc) and hope that it will do just what you want it too??
Have you forgotten how to thread your overlocker?
Ann Haughton from Suffolk Sewing School will be coming to Patch on Tuesday 7th June to teach. In the morning from 10 til 1, the workshop will cover the Sewing Machine. This course will cover:

Threading Techniques
Understanding Tension
Selecting the correct needle and threads
Sewing a straight seam
Overlocking stitches
Sewing Stretch Fabrics
Button Holes

Then from 1 til 4, Ann will be covering the Overlocker. This course will cover:

thread your machine from the beginning
understand how the stitch is formed
when to use a 3 thread overlock stitch
when to use a 4 thread overlock stitch
how to use the differential feed mechanism for perfect results
understand how to use the extra feet for your overlocker and those that are available

The following will be covered depending on the machine you have:
Cover Stitch
Lap stitch
Chain stitch

Each course costs £30 - but both courses booked together will cost £50.
More information can be found here and here.
There are limited places available so early booking is advisable...

The full list of workshops and classes available at Patch can be found on the website.
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