Don’t miss out! Early bird tickets for Special Linocut workshop with Angela Lai Yen

Don’t miss out! Angela is running a one off special Linocut workshop on Sunday 21 July 2019

Tickets are £80 for the day including lunch and all materials!!

But… EARLY BIRD TICKETS ARE JUST £70 if you book before 8 June 2019… 

Call 01373 464437 or book online here!

 

Come and learn the process of Linocut from start to finish with local printmaker Angela Lai yen.

  • You will begin with ‘drawing’ plants and floral from still life before developing your design ready for print.
  • You will learn to transfer your design on lino,
  • and how to carve lino safely!
  • and how to print by hand pressure and rollers

Design will be 12cm x 12cm so please feel free to bring extra paper cards etc you would like to print onto

You will receive a glass of Prosecco on arrival, an introduction and then on with the day, led by Angela Lai Yen.  There will be a short break for lunch (provided) and then back to an afternoon for more printing.

includes all materials, welcome drink, lunch, tea or coffee.

*over 18 years old

Space is limited

This is a one off class

10.30 -5.30

£80

me made may 2019

 

It’s that time again and this year Millie Moon has decided to get involved.

Millie Moon is asking you all, whether you have bought fabric, a pattern, a button or attended a workshop to shout about it! Show your work on instagram/facebook using the hashtags and be in with a chance to win a £25 gift voucher!

All you have to do is:

  • Share your makes on instagram in MAY.
  • Tag us @milliemoonshop so we can see the post
  • Tag a friend so they can get involved too
  • Use #memademay2019
  • Use #makewithmilliemoon

We will pick our favourite each week in May and send you a £25 gift voucher to spend on your next make! 4 vouchers to win!

We even got some fab badges from @koolKactus for you to buy £2 so you can shout about it some more!

 

 

So what is it? For those of you who haven’t taken part before then here are the details from http://www.simplysewingmag.com

So, what’s it all about?

It’s that time of year when our instagram feeds are filled with handmade goodness for #memademay and this year marks the 10th year of the popular makers challenge. If you’re new to Me Made May, get ready to join a huge community of fellow sewists!

Me-Made-May (or #memademay2019 as it’s also known on instagram) is an annual challenge for people who make their own clothes, launched by blogger and maker Zoe EdwardsSo, Jo.

The idea is to encourage makers to develop a better relationship with their handmade wardrobe, by asking them to pledge to rethink how they wear their garments throughout the month of May.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve only made one skirt ever or have a wardrobe bursting at the seams – everyone can set their own individual pledge. The challenge aims to get you to wear your me-mades more often and more thoughtfully – to learn some useful lessons about yourself, your style, your body, your creativity along the way.

What started as a solo project has grown into an annual phenomenon, with sewists, knitters, crocheters and refashioners all wearing their handmade wardrobes with pride. If you like the sound of it, it’s not too late to sign up for the 2019 challenge. Remember this is not a photography competition – or an instagram photo challenge – so don’t be daunted!

Your pledge can be as simple or tricky as you want it to be, but it’s a great opportunity to move beyond your comfort zone or level up how you wear the garments you have spent hours crafting.

The goal should be to think about your relationship with what you create.

http://www.simplysewingmag.com

 

             

New Spring event – Journal Making with Gingergirl, Gaynor Ringland

On Sunday 24th march we will be holding a very special one-off creative workshop with Gaynor aka “Gingergirl”

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Gaynor is a mixed media artist who creatively uses a wide mix of materials to create something personal and beautiful.

The workshop will be a full day of crafting and journal making. A real treat for someone special? Mothers day just around the corner. (hint hint)

You will receive a glass of Prosecco on arrival, an introduction and then on with the crafting, led by Gaynor.  There will be a short break for lunch (provided) and then back to an afternoon or more making and creating. Bring along any photos, papers, printed text, postage stamps, tickets and any other ephemera and memories you would like to include

Everyone will take home a pack of crafting goodies and a journal that can be aded too.

                              

We will let ‘Gingergirl’ herself explain the day…

“The workshop will be started making a simple collaged greeting card using the pack of goodies you will be supplied with (this is just an icebreaker!) I will give a brief introduction about what we shall be making and show examples of a couple of journals. Everyone will then make a sash to tie around the middle of their book using old ribbons or felt. Basically we are taking a previously loved book and altering it by using photos, various papers, printed text, postage stamps, tickets and any other ephemera. The theme can be memories, ( I’ve done mine on childhood memories and stories my mother told me) or it could be a travel journal, a baby book, a scrapbook of things worth keeping. The journals can be glued and stitched into. No previous experience of making will be required as everyone’s journal will be completely different. It’s important that everybody brings a stash of their own personal stuff otherwise it won’t work! Also, it will be a work in progress. I add to mine all the time! If anyone wanted to bring a proper bound new sketchbook instead of using one of my old books, that’s fine. I’ve been making and collaging for about ten years now. I mainly create things for presents, pictures and collages and I make cards to sell. I have only recently started to make again after a couple of years of ill health, it has been a life saver at times and I would highly recommend it!!”

                                               

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Sun 24th March 2019

11am-4pm

£59 per person (over 16+)

includes welcome drink, lunch, tea or coffee.

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This is the start of a new season of events at Millie Moon. These will be whole day events including all materials and lunch provide.

** keep an eye out for the next special event with Angela Lai Yen in May! **

Its our 10th Birthday!

Its our 10th Birthday.

Yes how excited are we!

We will be celebrating in store on 23rd June 2018 with workshops, discounts, special offers, and of course cake!

10-8pm

(For those of you that cant get to Frome, Keep an eye out for online discounts by signing up for our newsletters here!)

We have a range of different taster workshops at just £10 per person with local illustrator Jo Joof, tutor and Maker Fromemaid and mixed media artist Gingergirlmakes. The workshops are 2 hours long and are just £10 including all materials (suitable for adults and kids age 8+)

Come along and join us, we would love to see you all.

You can book workshops online or give us a call 01373 464437

1 -Join local illustrator “Jo Joof” for sketchbook club. 1-3pm £10

2 – Join local designer/maker “Fromemaid” for fun fabric printing with indian blocks 3.30-5.30pm £10

 

3 – Join local mixed media artist “Gingergirlmakes” for paper craft and coaster making 6-8pm £10

There is also a big street party taking place the same day, St Catherines summer pop up. Food, music, pop up shops, it will be a great day.

We would like to say “A really big thank you” to all our customers who have supported us over the last 10 years! We love our shop and so glad you do too. We couldn’t have done it without you all. Best job in the world.

Rachel and Becki  xx

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

Black Friday 20% off and free P&P

So, its nearly here. A weekend where all the big shops offer silly discounts and long opening hours!

As a little independent fabric shop, we can’t offer these crazy deals but we would like to help you with your Christmas Shopping if we can.

So this weekend we will be offering 20% off all ONLINE  purchases and free postage. * excludes workshops

There will be a few in store special offers for those of you who live close enough to visit.

We have sewing kits, Christmas fabrics, and lots of lovely handmade items by local makers.

So sit at home with a cuppa or pop to Frome and say Hi, and escape the madness of city shopping!

Discount code:  BFMM2017

*Offer from 6am friday 24th November 2017 to midnight on Monday 27th November 2017 inclusive

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 

 

Sew Saturday and Sew Sunday! – Join us to celebrate independent fabric stores in the UK

Join us for the nation’s ‘stitchiest’ event of the year! Sew Saturday is back for 2017, taking place on the 21st of October and this year we promise to give you more than ever before…

All over the country, people will be celebrating the independent fabric stores and haberdashers thanks to a national campaign organised by “Sew” Magazine, so show your love for local bricks and mortar businesses and come along and join in the fun!

This year we wanted to make Sew Saturday a little more special than usual so we have decided to run it over the whole weekend!

Sew Saturday (21st October)

Special offers, discounts, prize draw and cakes, plus a workshop for Teens!

For teens age 11+ Sewing machine workshop with Vickie making zipped pouches 10.30-12.30 £20 including materials and refreshments

(basic machine skills essential)                                     BOOK HERE

 

Sew Sunday (22nd October)      

A day of mini workshops and cake! What more you could you want?

The day will take place at the shop from 10am to 2pm          BOOK NOW

During the day there will be 3 mini workshops with our tutors  Anna, Angela and Paula where you will make ALL 3 different projects, which you can take away with you, all great gift ideas. There will also be plenty of tea and cake to keep you going.

Workshops include –

Anna- Peter Pan collars

Angela – Freemotion embroidery Christmas cards

Paula – Hand embroidered buttons and brooches

We are hoping the day will give you an idea of what we do in our workshops, meet the tutors and generally have a good day sewing.

Tickets for the Sunday event are limited so book early!                    BOOK HERE

£45 per person for the day, including all materials and refreshments – age 16+

 

If you would like any further information on any of the events being held over this weekend please contact us

info@milliemoonshop.co.uk  or call 01373 464437

 

See you there!

 

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