Save the date!

St Catherines Pop up is back. This year it’ll be bigger and better with pop up events in participating shops hosting designers, makers and workshops. Whats more there will be street food, music and activities for all the family to enjoy…

Plus its our birthday! yes 10 Years we have been on the hill. Looking forward to celebrating with you all! There will be cake!

watch this space for more info

 

New** Freemotion Embroidery Club with artist Angela Lai Yen

Artist Angela Lai Yen says come with an “open mind”

Freemotion machine Embroidery is the skill of using your sewing machine to draw. It is used for decorating and embellishing your sewing projects and can be very addictive. You’ve been warned!

Tutor Angela has been teaching Freemotion at Millie Moon for over 8 years now. Many beginners want to move on to more creative projects so Angela has created her new Freemotion Club, starting in MAY 2018 Perfect for those that have done the beginners class. You will develop a new skill every  month. Angela will teach at the beginning of the class and then its up to you to push and experiment with the skill.

In the first of the new monthly club there is a beginners/refresher session.
In this class, you will learn how to set up your machine for freemotion, you will learn about the tools and materials and work through a range of exercises to demonstrate different techniques. You will get the also get the chance to work on your own design for a final piece. Perfect for those who haven’t done it before or need to top up the skills ready for the club sessions.

Beginners/ refresher session 22 April 2018 2-6pm: All materials included £55  BOOK HERE

  

 

Future club sessions  

Each month, Angela will guide you through a series of different techniques and skills but be prepared to delve into the creative.

27th MAY 2018 2-5pm £30

In this session you will be experimenting with different fabrics, papers etc. There will be a range of fabrics to try but please bring along anything you want to play with

24th June 2018 2-5pm £30

In this session you will transferring your drawings to fabric

22nd July 2018 2-5pm £30

In this session you will be using dissolvable film/materials and how to manipulate them- you will need to bring a range of plain cottons and shear fabrics.

  • Threads and some materials included.
  • Please make sure you leave a contact number where you can easily be reached so Angela can let you know what is needed before club.
  • Project briefs can be available for those who would like.

Note::

you must have completed the beginners workshop before you can join any future club sessions 

Special Offer:

  • Book the beginners/refresher session and next 3 club sessions for £120   saving £25  BOOK HERE 
  • Book 3 club sessions for £80  saving £10   BOOK HERE

For  more information please contact us, call 01373 464437 or email info@milliemoonshop.co.uk

New Patchwork and Quilting classes with Kelly for 2018

Learn to Quilt

 

As we are now marching on into November and I thought I would skip right ahead to 2018! Have you thought about your goals for the New Year yet? I am already turning my thoughts to them and they include more quality family time, more quilting and less DIY! Well, if you are thinking you would like to learn to quilt or develop your quilting skills then now might be a good time to think about it. I will be teaching some quilting workshops at Millie Moon and thought I would share the details with you. A workshop booking or a gift voucher also make a fab present if you know someone else who might like to have a go at quilting

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Here is a little summary of my workshops at the beginning of 2018:

 

Quilting Masterclasses

I will be running a series of short masterclasses in quilting. There are three dates in the series and you can either book for one session (£25) or we are offering a discount if you book all three (£65 for all). These will take place on a Thursday between 10.30 and 12.30. On 25 January I will be teaching participants to use a rotary cutter, cut patchwork pieces and sew them together. On 1 February I will show quilters how to put together the three layers of a quilt and then different quilting techniques. Finally on 8 February I will be teaching you how to cut, make and attach binding. This is something that I think frequently stops people from actually finishing a quilt so why not come and learn how to finish that precious make!

 

 

Quilted Cushion Cover

On Saturday 27 January I am re-running my popular quilted cushion cover workshop. Quilters will learn to cut patchwork pieces, construct the top of the cushion, quilt a simple design and finish a beautiful cushion cover.

Mini Quilt

On Saturday 24 February I am running a new workshop where participants will make a mini quilt. This is an opportunity to start and finish a quilt all in one day and learn all of the basic skills you will need to go on and make a bigger quilt at home. This will include cutting, piecing, quilting and binding.

 

And if you can’t wait until 2018 why not join me on 25 November 2017 to make a quilted Christmas stocking.  BOOK NOW 

 

Teaching my first workshop at Millie Moon by Kelly Diggle

I recently taught my first workshop at Millie Moon after dreaming about becoming a tutor. I designed a pattern for a quilted cushion cover and was joined by three lovely ladies for the day. I absolutely loved this experience and Marilyn, Val and Margaret all did a fantastic job, each making a great cushion cover.

It was wonderful to spend the day with this enthusiastic group and see how each of their fabric choices worked with the pattern. Everyone was new to working with a rotary cutter so the first part of the day focused on developing cutting skills. The participants then learned to construct patchwork pieces, learnt how to put the three layers of a quilt together and then had a go at quilting their creations. Finally they turned their quilted piece into a cushion cover.

Everyone left with a finished cushion and took away a pattern, complete with photographs, to enable them to have another go at home

 

 

 

 

 

I am so grateful to Becki and Rachel at Millie Moon for allowing this dream of mine to become a reality and I have been busy planning a few more workshops for the autumn. Why not come and have a go at some patchwork and quilting!

I am teaching an introduction to English paper piecing on 22 September, where participants will learn the basics of this traditional method and then use their finished piece to applique a denim bag (which you’ll also make).

On 28 October I will be teaching a patchwork drawstring bag. This is a great opportunity to learn to cut pieces using a rotary cutter, construct patchwork and then make a lined drawstring bag.

Finally, I am offering a quilted stocking workshop on 25 November. I am trying not to use the ‘C’ word here but I have to confess I have already been playing with festive fabrics and have started planning my handmade gifts. The fabrics I have used here in the stocking are by Dashwood and available from Millie Moon 

If you are interested in booking a place you can do this through the website by clicking here workshop or call the shop on 01373 464437. I am also able to offer a limited number of 1:2:1 sessions if you want help with a specific quilting project. Drop me an email to alittlesewandsow@gmail.com to find out more.

New Tutor, Kelly, talks about her love for Patchwork and Quilting

By day I am a professional Fundraiser and I use my spare time as my creative outlet.  I had participated in the compulsory sewing at school and was fairly uninspired but knew I had a creative streak waiting in the wings to find the right craft.  After dabbling with many different crafts in 2011, I decided to have a go at making a few small gifts for children with forthcoming baptisms and birthdays.  This was initially driven by wanting to save some money, but also to avoid purchasing the usual mass produced plastic that so often makes gifts for children affordable.  It was at this time that I started to visit Millie Moon and get to know Rachel and Becki.  Very quickly I became inspired by the beautiful fabrics that they were offering and by the wonderful community that existed around their amazing shop.  I decided I wanted to learn more and after perusing their workshop flyer I opted to book onto Caroline’s 6-week beginners quilting course which started in January 2012.

Caroline expertly guided our small group through her pattern over the coming weeks.  The quilt was really challenging but I learnt so much and came away with my first-ever finished quilt.  That quilt still sits in my living room over 5 years later and I am still very much in love with the design, and the Tilda fabrics that I chose to use.  Caroline’s tuition and support gave me the confidence to move on to another quilt soon after my first and as they say, the rest is history.

 

Over 5 years, 30 plus quilts and numerous small projects later I am now embarking upon teaching my first few workshops.  I am so delighted that Rachel and Becki have invited me to join the fantastic team of tutors and I hope to meet more of their wonderful creative community through my forthcoming workshops.  I will be teaching small projects that focus on patchwork and quilting and very much hope you will join me.

Here are the next three workshops with Kelly. Go to website to book

Introduction to English Paper Piecing Saturday 23rd September

Quilted Cushion Cover Saturday 26th August

Patchwork Drawstring bag Saturday 28th October

In addition to quilting and sewing, I love listening to podcasts, reading creative blogs, gardening and spending time with my little boy (who loves being snuggled up under one of Mummy’s quilts when he isn’t running around).  I blog at alittlesewandsow.blogspot.co.uk

Meet Molly, kids club sewing tutor

Hi, I’m Molly and I teach the children’s sewing club every first Saturday of the month at Millie Moon. You’ll also find me teaching workshops during the school holidays too!

 

We have a new summer offer for 2017 – You can now buy 3 sewing club classes for only £24! Call 01373 464437 to book this special offer (not available online)

 

 

In July we will be creating butterfly applique pictures, in August we be making felt scotty dog toys and in September fox cushions.

 

In October children can come along and make as many different animal badges as they can in the 2-hour sewing class.  I am already designing new patterns for the 6-week summer holiday, Halloween, Christmas and the 2018 children’s sewing club!

Most recently I have been designing a bumble bee toy with lovely big wings and a spotty ladybird for children to make in the summer holidays.

 

 

I’ve also been making a scary spider toy for October half term and felt christmas decorations for the November sewing club, which will include snowmen, hearts, Christmas puddings and shiny star decorations.

 

 

I have lots more planned for my 2018 sewing club, including a lion cushion, an octopus toy, a bunny bag and a big crazy monster.

 

To see what I’ve been designing and keep up to date with my latest workshops, check out my Molly’s Captivating Crafts Facebook Page.

 

 

When I’m not teaching and designing for my sewing club, I enjoy making things for my niece and nephew in Australia. I made some felt food for my niece’s play kitchen, a little owl handbag and some animals for her dolls house.

 

 

I also enjoy making cushions with the lovely fabrics from Millie Moon’s shop. The photograph below shows the cushion I made for my dinning room chair.

 

 

In my spare time I also love to knit. I bought some gorgeous purple wool a few weeks ago and I have started to knit myself a jumper, hopefully it will be finished in time for the winter!

 

Our kids summer offer ends on the 25th of August, so don’t forget to book before the deadline ends!

 

Molly x

 

For more information on the kids club or any of the workshops at Millie Moon please contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regular Customer Anne wins ‘Quilt now’ competition

Last month I spent a day at Janome HQ in Stockport as one of 8 lucky winners of a Quilt Now magazine competition entitled The Story of my Quilt. Cindy Cloward of Riley Blake Designs led a workshop showing us how to do a block from their Sweetie Pie quilt.
As a keen, but novice quilter, I was very excited to be there but slightly apprehensive in case I was out of my depth but Cindy and everyone at Janome, EQS and the magazine publishers made us feel very welcome. We were all thoroughly spoilt with gorgeous cakes, a lovely buffet lunch and lots of quilting goodies to go home with.
Cindy started the day with a presentation about Riley Blake which she runs with her husband Brett, and her own needlework and quilting experiences. She showed examples of her quilts and talked about the Riley Blake designs and the process of printing fabrics. Cindy left us in no doubt that the quality of the fabric is paramount in quilt making.
We then went on to making our blocks. We cut 16 pie slices and sewed them all together to make a pie unit and then chose a fruit for the pie centre, which we appliqued onto a piece of pin dot material which in turn was appliqued onto a pin dot pie block. The room was a hive of activity with all of us working at our own pace but hoping to get the block finished by the end of the day. Cutting mats, rotary cutters and machines were set up for each of us. All equipment and materials were provided and ironing boards were on hand for the constant pressing of seams.
As we worked, Cindy asked each of us to share our quilt stories which ranged from a quilter’s husband doing a quilt just to prove he could, to a lady sewing together all the bunting from her friend’s wedding to make a stunning quilt.
My story began with me enrolling on a quilting workshop with Caroline Francis-Payne here at Millie Moon (their first:  was it really 9 years ago?!) and getting the quilting bug so that every subsequent family event has had to be commemorated with a quilt.This included my son going to uni and how I had to sew his festival wristbands onto his quilt and how I am, 5 years on, still sewing festival wristbands on to his quilt!
I left Stockport for my long train journey back to Frome feeling tired but happy, with armfuls of quilting paraphernalia and a starting block for my Sweetie Pie quilt!

Anne, 3rd from the right

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A big thank you to Anne for sharing her day with us. If you would like to have a go at patchwork and Quilting then get in touch. We run regular classes and workshops for beginners at the shop. Have a look on the website or give us a call 01373 464437

Say hello to ‘Vic’ and the new ‘Teens with machines’ sewing club

Vic has worked with us in the Frome shop for the last six years. She has been the creative genius behind so many of our popular workshops. Teaching Roman Blind making, Lampshade making and superhero capes to name a few. Now Vic is starting up a teen club at the shop. Here we find a bit more about our ‘fromemaid”  and her hopes for the new club.

1) When did you first get bitten by the crafting bug?

I suffered through needlework classes at school, and it wasn’t until I went to the local comprehensive school that we were allowed to design our own projects. I made a pink satin cushion in the shape of a scalloped shell. I loved it, and they put it in the cabinet in reception!

I then had a bit of a break, bar a couple of pinafore dresses and laundry bags, until I became a Mum, and was inspired to start making things again. I wanted fun, funky things for my son, and decided the best way to do that was to make my own.

2) What sorts of things do you like to make?

With my son getting older, I have focused more on making my own soft furnishings, cushions, quilts, Roman blinds and lampshades.I have also made new curtains and slip covers for our campervan. This year I plan to update our bedroom soft furnishings and make a picnic blanket for the van; the components for which I have had for about four years! The Roman blinds and lampshade workshops I have been running have proven to be ever so popular and I love seeing peoples’ delight at the end of each session as they go home with something that have made and feel proud of!  I do find myself making indie versions of things on a similar tilt to a lot of the mass produced tween/teen accessories lately and this is inspiring a new set of workshops at Millie Moon.

      
Next lampshade making workshop     – 14th May 2017 & 18th June 2017
Next Roman Blind making workshop – 14th May 2017 & 18th June 2017

3) Which tool is indispensable in your sewing kit?

I am still  completely in love with disappearing ink felt-tips, I am quite obessive about making sure I have a working one in my kit at all times!  I find they really help for the experimental stages when making up the first of a new design. I also love it for blind making. Nowadays I use a rotary cutter and cutting board for most projects and these are the best (crafting) presents I have ever had: The making process is so much quicker and more accurate with them

 

4) Who inspires you creatively?

I really enjoy reading other people’s blogs. I love a bit of Pinterest! I also loved watching the Sewing Bee.  There is no one particular person: Anyone who has and idea and has a go is inspiring to me.

I have a Facebook page:  Fromemaid where I put photos of my makes and workshops.

5) Tell us a bit about the new “Teens with machines” sewing club

Designed for the older students (ages 12years+) who want to learn to sew with a machine, or develop the skills they have used in school.  We will be starting with simple projects. First week we are making wired headbands, just so I can get a feel of the students abilities, experience and knowledge. I am hoping then this will lead on to bigger and bolder exciting  projects inspired by the students themselves. Lets see what happens!

   

The teens with machines club starts on Saturday 20th May and will run on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 10.30-12.30pm.

 £20 per session or special offer now on book 3 sessions for £50

The first 3 sessions are set projects to ascertain abilities. These will include materials, equipment and refreshments.

For more information on the teens club or any of Fromemaid’s upcoming workshops please go to our website, email us info@milliemoonshop.co.uk or give us a call 01373 464437

New Dressmaking master class with Anna

Wow, May is here! Here’s a bit more info about a new 4 week evening class I’ve got starting at Millie Moon Shop, before silly summer season kicks in……


The classes are aimed at improving dressmakers, those who are a bit rusty and need a refresher, those who have a project on the go and need help fine tuning their skills to get a good finish, or those who are between projects and want to refine their skills before taking on something new (that’s about everyone covered then!!) Book a single evening if you can’t make them all for £20 or all 4 for £60 – bargain.


Night 1 – Tues 16th May – Paper patterns – Where to start, how to read, measure, what fabric, laying out, cutting and making, everything you need to know to get set to sew.


Night 2 – Tues 23rd May – Zips and Buttonholes – master regular zips, concealed zips and buttonholes – make a sample of each for reference, notes with photos included.


Night 3 – Tues 30th May – Hems, Finishing touches and a mini machine service! – Binding, edge finishes and lots of different hems to look at/make samples of, plus a little bit on how to maintain your machine.


Night 4 – Tues 6th June – Stretch fabrics – another challenge, try out sewing stretch fabrics with and without an overlocker, more sample making for your collection.


Each evening runs from 6-8pm, tea and biscuits are provided, just bring a notebook/folder for notes (a few materials are needed along the way, but are all available on the night.) Any questions shout.

Anna x

You can find out more about Anna on her Facebook page  – anna vickery – seamstress and dressmaking tutor

                        

Teens transform a t-shirt workshop

During the School holidays we have had a varied schedule of workshops suitable for kids age 7+ and for teens age 12+

For this teens class the group were transforming a t-shirt into a dress.

They arrived with a t-shirt or top which they were happy to give a new lease of life and away they went. The girls got busy with their creative skills and sewing machines.

   

Dressmaking tutor Anna Vickery, helped the girls with their choice of fabrics and designs, as well as showing them how to measure and cut correctly.

Lots of concentration and a little stop for cake, and the girls completed their challenge.Girls you look amazing! Well done