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Hand illustrated embroidery patterns from Pink Ink Designs

Cathie and Mel of Pink Ink Designs have been working together for the past 15 years. Through Pink Ink, they hand illustrate beautiful embroidery patterns, printed onto fabric for you to colour, stitch and create.

Cathie began her career as a trained illustrator who hand drew and hand painted illustrations for children’s books for a living. Mel, on the other hand, worked in catering before segueing into interior design. When the good friends had their children, Cathie began 3D sculpturing in paper and Mel soon joined her on the fair circuit. Eventually, the pair decided to use their skills to create special designs on fabric.

In November 2015, they launched Pink Ink Designs.

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Soon after they began trading, Cathie and Mel realised that they needed to strip back their colourful designs to a neutral template from which crafters could develop their own unique creations. This means that 100 people could work from the same design and no two finished pieces would ever look the same.

Mel says it took them ‘months and months’ to find the right fabric for their kits, “We needed to find something that would let the pigment move through it without becoming too washed out, but also stay put when we wanted it too”. The quality of the kits shows that the months of searching paid off.

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Hochanda-logo-channel-numbers-2These days, you can find Pink Ink Designs on the Hochanda arts and crafts channel once a month (SKY 663/FREEVIEW 85/FREESAT 817) as well as on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. They are about the launch their first fully 3D kit.

Make & Take with Pink Ink Designs

Every Pink Ink Designs kit contains one of their signature moth or butterfly designs as a practice piece. This gives the crafter a chance to try out different products and techniques before embarking on the main design. Drop by Pink Ink’s Make & Take stall to sit down and have a go. There will be a wide range of fabric paints for you to use and you can get helpful hints and tips from Cathie and Mel - they can’t wait to meet you! People have applied their finished designs from previous Make & Takes to purses, handbags, hair slides and more. Mel says she has only ever met one person who said working with printed fabric designs wasn’t for her! It’s a fantastic option for all age groups and ability levels – you simply take the design to the level that suits you. Find Pink Ink Designs at:

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Bradford & Watling Make & Take

Bradford & Watling LogoOne of the Make & Take areas at the LQ&N Fair in Peterborough on Sunday 13th May will be hosted by quilting company Bradford & Watling.

Bradford & Watling is a brand new enterprise, a collaboration between good friends Emma Bradford and Josie Watling. Between them, the duo has more than 30 years’ quilting experience.

As you’ll see from the Make & Take (more about that below) and the Bradford & Watling stall, Emma and Josie are on a mission to make quilting convenient and accessible for all ability levels.

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They supply pre-cut quilt kits – designed and hand cut by them as well as beautifully packaged - in a range of difficulty levels, sizes and designs to suit everyone from beginners to advanced quilters.

The kits contain all of the pre-cut fabric needed to make a quilt top or smaller blocks for cushions, table runners or even bags. In addition, each kit includes detailed instructions and matching binding. This is a fantastic option if you dislike or find it difficult to use a rotary cutter.

All of the fabrics have been carefully colour matched. While some of the kit patterns are likely to stay the same, different colourways will be available throughout the year. For example, you can currently purchase blocks in the colours of the suffragette movement. Later in the year, a stunning poppy design will be available to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One.

Bradford & Watling also offer a mix and match range of quilt blocks so that you can put together your own sampler quilt, as well as kits to make baby quilts and more.

The majority of kits from Bradford & Watling only require the use of a sewing machine and a pair of scissors so there is no need to invest in a lot of equipment if you are a beginner. And, as the kits are pre-cut, the smaller ones can be made in as little as an afternoon.


Make & Take your own quilt block

In the Make & Take area for Bradford & Watling, you’ll have the chance to make and take away a single quilting block for a special show price of £5 (usually priced at £7.50). Choose from one of three designs that can be made into cushions or for which more blocks can be purchased to make a quilt.

Emma and Josie will be running short demonstrations explaining what the kits are and how they can be used.

We’re delighted that Bradford & Watling have chosen the Makit LQ&N Fair as one of their first fairs to attend. We would like to wish them every success for the future.