We’ve had the most busy day! Finishing off a little bit of painting in the hall, putting up curtains, doing about a year’s worth of dusting (!), rearranging the furniture, putting up the Christmas tree, getting out our crib scenes and having a mug or two of mulled wine.. We’ll be back tomorrow with some photographs of all our lovely preparations, but in the midst of all this excitement I know I still need to keep up with the fabric news!
I’ll be adding eFabrics to the Very Big List of UK fabric Shops next time I update it. I haven’t used the shop personally, but it comes recommended by members of The Sewing Forum (which is a fabulous community for sewers, if you don’t already know it). People speak highly of their excellent customer service, fast delivery and good quality fabrics at good value prices. You can’t say more than that really. Judging from my brief look round their website they have a pretty vast variety of fabrics available – for dressmaking and other crafts too – I really like the look of all these lovely 100% cotton polka dot fabrics – great range of colours! They’ve also got lots of useful haberdashery and patterns.
Sales and Giveaways
Backstitch is having a sale – you just need to browse around to find the special offers – they’re scattered around the shop. There are some excellent bargains to be had on Amy Butler & Anna Maria Horner especially.
The Sew Me Happy sale is continuing and it’s a good one, although there’s a bit less of Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley, because I bought lots!
Don’t forget that The Sewing Directory is currently running a competition to give away A SEWING MACHINE – wow! And don’t let Christmas distract you from your sewing and PC too much, because on Boxing Day they will begin a giveaway for a dressmaking dummy worth £160…
You’ve still just got time to enter the brilliant giveaway of a Layer Cake of American Jane’s Punctuation over at Simply Solids. I don’t know why I am telling you that because I REALLY want to win!! By the way, if you’re a fan, like me, of Denyse Schmidt, then pop over to her site for a look at her upcoming collection Greenfield Hill – it is absolutely stunning.
New Fabrics In
Seamstar have the complete collection of Tanya Whelan’s Delilah just in. Over at The Eternal Maker, they have some of the Echino Fall 2010 fabrics now in stock. This site is NOT the easiest to navigate at all – but the easiest way to find the Echino range is to browse by brand, and select Kokka from the list and then you’ll see the Echino fabrics – alternatively you can search the site – the search box is at the bottom left had corner of the page.
Today’s Christmas Craft
As part of a Christmas ornament swap I received these fabulous recycled card ornaments from Izabela of the brilliant ISAMO blog and shop. Izabela and I both crochet, so she was kind enough to go with a paper craft rather than a crochet ornament (not that I would have minded – she is very talented at beautiful lace crochet). But I’m just delighted with this cute way to use up last year’s Christmas cards. You can find instructions for creating your own Christmas card baubles, at the always-useful Things to Make and Do site. Thanks Izabela – these look fantastic on my tree (pic taken before tree arrived!).