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Sew Knit Craft with us

We’re delighted to welcome Sew Knit Craft to a Makit Fair for the first time at our annual LQ&N Fair on the 18th May.

Sew Knit Craft is a new family-run venture owned by solicitor Irena Spence. She took over an existing business located in the heart of Cambridge in 2018 and has rapidly turned it into the go-to place for textile crafts locally.

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If you’re able to visit the shop, you’ll see that Sew Knit Craft are stockists of major fabric brands including Liberty, Lewis, Irene and Moda.

They also offer a total range of wools to suit every pocket from Stylecraft acrylic to sock wool and alpaca, combined wool, acrylic and vegan yarns including bamboo, cotton and hemp.

A range of sewing machines and accessories by Janome, Pfaff and Bernina are stocked too.

Luckily for us and our fair visitors, Sew Knit Craft will have a good selection of these products on their LQ&N Fair stall. They’d love it if you’d pop along and say hi while you’re having a browse.

Sew Knit Craft also offer a fantastic selection of classes and workshops in a dedicated space within the shop. Classes such as needle felting, knitting, crochet and quilting are available and taught by tutors who are recognised experts.

Their knowledge is freely available to all textile craft enthusiasts. Irena says that, “Our creative and knowledgeable staff are always on hand to suggest a new project, answer questions about a product and help you decide what will enable you to achieve your crafting goals”.

Not only will you be able to chat to Irena and her team on the Sew Knit Craft stall but you’re also invited to drop by to do a ‘Make & Take’. This is a great opportunity to try something new and/or to get some guidance from textile craft experts.

If you haven’t got your tickets yet for the LQ&N Fair, they’re available here.

Remember that this year’s fair will take place at a new venue, the excellent KingsGate Conference centre, Peterborough PE1 4YT.

 

Want to find out more about Sew Knit Craft?

Visit their website at www.sewknitcraft.co.uk or follow them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/SewknitcraftLtd/

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An interview with Loetitia Gibier of Korry’s Little Shop

We’re delighted to welcome the return Loetitia Gibier with her business, Korry’s Little Shop, as a trader at the annual Makit LQ&N Fair on 18th May.

Her stall is always popular and loved by our visitors.

With Loetitia being a familiar face at past Makit Fairs, she was kind enough to sit down and do a little Q&A with us to help you get to know her better. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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Where does the name Korry come from in Korry’s Little Shop?

My dad gave me the nickname ‘Korry’ when I was at uni.

Korry is short for Korryghan. A Korryghan is a little domesticated Celtic demon who doesn’t sleep and is in charge of the needlework. Korryghans work at night and can be a bit mischievous – they might, for example, stitch their human’s socks to their trousers!

I got the nickname because I can’t sleep and do most of my stitching at night. When the nickname came about, my parents would find large pieces of cross stitch on the kitchen table in the morning for their birthday, having had no idea I’d been working on them.

It became how I was known on the internet so when I started the business, it made sense for me to keep it.

Have you always enjoyed needlecrafting?

I come from a creative family; my dad attended a prestigious art school and my mum would create amazing pieces of work in macramé that she would sell at craft fairs. I grew up at craft fairs.

I ended up doing scientific studies, but I have always needed to create since I was a child. Before I left to study in England, I learnt traditional French surface embroidery – the table cloth type.

I couldn’t take a telly with me, so I needed something to do when I wasn’t studying!

When did you take up cross stitch?

I came to the UK and discovered cross stitch. I was hooked. For 10 years, I would stitch the equivalent of a full-time job on top of my full-time day job. I ended up testing patterns for designers as I couldn’t get enough.

When I came back to the UK 13 years ago, I joined my local branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild. My obsession for embroidery grew. I discovered the whole world of textile art and traditional embroidery available in this country.

I ended up registering on every weekend class I could afford to learn as much as I could. This led to two City and Guild qualifications in Stumpwork.

Traditional hand embroidery became a very important part of my life.

When did you decide to set up Korry’s Little Shop?

Five years ago, my best friend asked me to be a maid of honour for her wedding, but there was a catch, she wanted a handmade wedding and that meant I would help her design and create all the decorations for her big day.

I really enjoyed it and from this experience, I started the business.

At first, I would sell anything I created. I realised quickly that embroidery was what I enjoyed most. I started to teach at the same time, first as a volunteer for the Embroiderers’ Guild, then designing my own kits.

I still work full-time but embroidery is what I do every hour I have available outside of work. I even travel with my stitching projects.

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How have your experiences as a needlecrafter shaped the business?

I am obsessed with colour and love goldwork but, over the years, I’ve realised how hard it is to find suitable goldwork supplies that are affordable, high quality and aimed at advanced stitchers like me.

My solution has been to produce the type of kits I was looking for.

I create designs and source all of the supplies and materials then package them as a complete kit to be completed at home. The kits include photo instructions, fabric, full skeins or spools of thread, a generous length of goldwork wire (two to three times the amount needed), felt for padding, leather for applique, gems, beads, buttons and more. I even pop in my contact details in case people need one-to-one help.

What are your future plans for Korry’s Little Shop?

I recently launched a website with a shopping platform, which is very exciting. New kits are being created regularly and the supplies are also available. This year, for example, I’m planning to launch a kit series on British birds, as well as challenging Christmas decorations for more advanced crafters.

I currently give talks on my work and teach workshops in Goldwork, Stumpwork, Silk Shading and Surface Stitchery. The workshops are usually based on my kits or designed around a specific theme. I plan to continue and expand on these moving forward.

Has your love of needlecraft ever led to unexpected experiences?

Well, before Christmas, I was one of four contestants on the needlecraft competition in the Channel 4 programme, Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas. I had to create a piece of Stumpwork in under six hours. Anyone who has done Stumpwork will tell you, it is slow and six hours is nothing! Although I didn’t win, I really enjoyed the experience. It was an amazing opportunity and working with Kirstie was fun.

Another unexpected pleasure was seeing my sugar skull design published as the front cover project of Stitch Magazine for their Jan/Feb 19 issue. I also recently became Trustee in charge of design for the Embroiderers’ Guild – there are some very exciting projects planned for the future.

Pop along and say hi to Loetitia at the Makit LQ&N Fair on Saturday 18th May. You can also visit her website and online shop at https://korrylittleshop.co.uk/

 

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Rela Designs- knitting bags

Rela Designs – limited edition fabric bags

Rela Designs started in 2014 with the aim of offering limited edition fabric bags. I enjoy sourcing unusual, textured and printed fabrics mainly from the UK, which I purchase in smaller quantities allowing me to keep the range of stock fresh – this allows my customers the knowledge that their bag is one of few.

 

“I enjoy the whole process of sourcing unusual prints and vintage fabrics, then designing and making each bag. I love to experiment with different fabrics, colours and textures to create eye catching, beautiful but practical unique products.”

 

In 2014 a friend asked me to design and make her a bag for her knitting projects. Her requirements were very specific, ‘a hardwearing shoulder bag with pockets for needles and other knitting necessities - which if possible, would stop her collection of cats from attacking the wool!’

Thus, the hobby bag was born.

Since 2014 I have worked with knitting groups, taken on customer feedback and requests and had a selection of knitters trial the bag. Five years on, the original hobby bag is almost unrecognisable to its former design.

The bags are sturdy and spacious, with a host of pockets on the inside and outside, which make the bag unique. The unusual slanted outer pocket has channels sewn in at the lower end to store crochet needles and the rest of the pocket is perfect for storing patterns or craft books. All the bags are lined with a co-ordinating cotton and inside there is pocket the height of the bag to store a selection of different sized knitting needles. Additionally, there is also pocket for scissors, tape measures and any other haberdashery you might require for your project.. At the top of the bag are two eyelets, pop your wool (or wools, if you’re working with multiple colour yarns) in the bag, thread it through the eyelet(s) and cast on - you can then knit without ever having to remove the wool, so it stays clean, untangled and you’re able to take your knitting on the go with you.

These are some of the reviews I have received:

"It’s a real gem!"

"Awesome."

"Fantastic design."

"Quality through and through."

"So useful, spaces for everything."

"So much sturdier than I imagined."

I am looking forward to exhibiting at the Makit Fairs in 2019 and to compliment the knitting bags I now have a range of knitting needle cases, crochet hook cases and a new hobby bag for quilters.

 

Carolyn

https://reladesigns.wixsite.com/reladesigns

Rela Designs- knitting bags