Looking Back 2018

Looking Back At 2018

We started 2018 with our January Pop Up Sale being held at a new bigger venue Cogges Church Hall, the move was reasonably successful but sadly the Church committee decided the hall was not to be used for commercial ventures, therefore
this became a one off venue. We returned to the Methodist hall in March and were quite pleased to be back, best part having Huffkins over the road for our sandwich lunch!

We have had our ups and downs this year but it has been an exciting year where we have seen many new ideas come to fruition. Our quilting club held on Monday evenings has been the biggest success with lots of beautiful quilts being made and new techniques learnt, this has lead us to design and sell our own range of quilting kits and introduce a new course on paper piecing to be held in February.

Dressmaking has once again proved popular and I am always surprised how much our sewers achieve in just 8 weeks – Well done to them all

Another big surprise was the success of our childrens clothes Saturday workshop, we had a full house with some staying all day whilst others did half a session, this lead to more Saturday

workshops which included make a dress in a day, sewers made a paper dress in the morning to get size right followed by the real thing in the afternoon, lucky my husband was out as there were often women in a state of undress! Our introduction to sewing course is held over 5 nights, by popular demand we added a new slightly shorter

course to our Saturday workshops spreading it over two Saturdays rather than 5 evenings, this proved successful and we will be planning some more. However my favourite Saturday was Llama pyjamas, two friends who had not sew before but wanted to do something together came along and made pyjamas out of knit fabric, I thought this was a lovely way to spend time with a friend.


We have to thank everyone for being patient during the year when first Claire’s Husband was ill for a couple of months followed by several weeks of her being ill and unable to function properly. We had to juggle the classes and orders were delayed, so we thank you all for your patience. They are both very  well now and hope their health we continue to improve in 2019. Lastly one of our immediate family members passed away suddenly in November, this left us in turmoil, having to cancel the planned Pop Up Shop in and once again we had to apologise our lovely customers to bear with us and change dates of classes. Everyone was very kind and we have now caught up!

My favourite challenges this year  were the border challenge and the Princess and the Pea soft toy for my Grandaughter







Of course we did lots more things far too many to talk about here, I have just selected a few of my favourites. We are really looking forward to 2019 to meeting lots of new people and helping them to love sewing and fabric the way we do, we will also be moving to a new website that we hope will be more user friendly. As a result we are asking for your help to clear some of our stash by taking a look at our Biggest Clearance sale yet starting on line on the 29th December, with a  Pop Up Shop on the 5th of January. We really want to reduce the amount of stock to transfer to the new site, this will then give us more time for sewing and watching the Sewing Bee when it starts in January.

All that is left for us to do now before starting on the Mince Pies is to say……………


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thank you all for your custom

Diana and Claire






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