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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

Makit Fenland Fair 2018, St Ives

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who attended as a trader, exhibitor and especially to all our visitors!

 

It was an early start for many of our traders to arrive in plenty of time to get set-up for the 29th Makit Fenland Fair.

The day was filled with delights and many spending a few hours browsing and chatting with our traders and exhibitors.

We caught a quick glimse of the room as the final touches were being made ahead of opening our doors to the visitors and share with you events from the day.

As soon as doors opened at 10am there was a steady flow of eager visitors arriving, all coming to grab their supplies and be inspired by the exhibits.

Sue Hawkins join us at Cranmore Park!

Lots-and-Lots collection of items

We welcome back to the Makit LQ&N (lacemaking, quilting and needlecraft) Christmas Fair Sue Hawkins the renowned embroidery designer and author.

Sue produces an astounding range of accessories incorporating her original designs for you to stitch in canvas work using the lovely colour combinations of silks and stranded cottons that sue has created. Her embroideries are all available as kits with everything in the package for you to have an interesting and individual project. A project perfectly suited to those quiet moments in life that are stolen from the day to day hustle or maybe to fill a quiet time while you are on holiday.

On Sue’s stand you will also find her unique upholstered embroidery frames and lots of unusual sewing tools and trinkets.

Lots-and-Lots collection of items

Lots of small projects – a bit fiddly but not too difficult and, be warned, slightly addictive stitching.

Campervans

Tiny vans as Scissor Keeper.…or maybe hanging on the mirror of your vintage campervan…..or is that just a dream?

Tiny-Beach-huts

Little Beach huts as ornaments or to hang on your scissors or keys.

Moroccan-Pansies

Inspired by the vivid colours of Morocco with lots of interesting stitches.

Damask-Rose-Collection

Soft and gentle colours of a classic old rose combined with plenty of interesting stitches.

GET IN TOUCH:

email – sue@suehawkins.comwww.suehawkins.com

 

Come and say hello at the Makit LQ&N (lacemaking, quilting and needlecraft) Fair at Cranmore Park, Solihull, Birmingham B90 4LF on Saturday 1 st December 2018.

A stitch in time makes the design…

For those history buffs among you, you’ll know the Jacobean period was 1603 – 1625, nothing remarkable in historic terms but very big on collars and cuffs!

Four hundred years later and scarcely a craft fair goes by without a plethora of stalls displaying bead embroidery necklaces and bracelets.

Time for a change? As the name would suggest, Jacobeadery is a subtle twist on tradition. We transform conventional thread embroidery stitches into those using beads and then use these to design beautiful items for everyday use… with scarcely a necklace or cuff in sight.

Whether you’re looking for a new hobby or a complementary skill, Jacobeadery can provide everything you need from a choice of instructions only, either download or hardcopy or full kits, which are complete with the exception of some simple tools!

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Home Study Course

For those wanting to learn bead embroidery stitches we also have a learn-at-home bead embroidery course which runs over six modules with a project for each module. All materials, beads etc. are provided module by module, project by project and participants learn

58 different stitches ending up with their own sampler portfolio and a resource manual.

Help and advice is always available at the end of a phone – 0151 924 6505/07393 305563 or by email manda@thejacobeadery.co.uk.

 

Better still come and talk to us at the Makit LQ&N (lacemaking, quilting and needlecraft) Fair at Cranmore Park, Solihull, Birmingham B90 4LF on Saturday 1 st December 2018.

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Cotton Orchard’s Sian Nunn completes the journey of a lifetime

This April, Sian Nunn of Cotton Orchard successfully completed a 260km husky sled journey across the Arctic to raise more than £8,500 for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.

In our previous blog about Sian’s fundraising adventure, we heard that she wanted to complete this challenge to support her close friend Helen whose young daughter Elsie was cared for by Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice when she had leukaemia.

And so it was that, on Saturday 7th April 2018, Sian left Exeter for the Arctic. She and Helen were accompanied by Nicky from Noah’s Ark.

There were 10 people taking part in the challenge in addition to the team’s Arctic survival guide (a Norwegian ex-Navy Seal), the team leader and three workers who had the unenviable job of rounding up the huskies, clearing up dog poo, and providing support.

Each team member had their own sled pulled by a team of huskies. Sian’s first day was challenging because her sled was carrying 50kg of dog food in addition to her supplies, which was a struggle for just five dogs. Sian spent a lot of the day pushing the sled to help the husky team. The addition of a sixth husky for the rest of the week made life a lot easier!

As might be expected, an adventure of this kind comes with challenges. For Sian, it wasn’t the physical aspect of the trek, although she says perhaps she should have practiced scooting as sledding uses the same muscles!

Sian wasn’t even fazed by the -25 temperatures. As a mum to four boys, she’s a seasoned camper and came prepared for the weather. She smiled her way through putting up and taking down the frozen tents, digging snow holes and trenches, collecting and then boiling water on a primus stove, dritech food, frozen sandwiches and 14-hour days.

Her practical, unflappable attitude is probably why Helen dubbed Sian the ‘Bear Grylls’ of the group.

For Sian, the biggest challenge came when her husky-pulled sled hit a curve too fast, throwing her off and slamming her shoulder against the sled anchor. She needed painkillers for the rest of the trip having torn the acromioclavicular joint in her shoulder.

Sian says her lasting memory will be the sheer scale and beauty of the landscape. “There is white as far as the eye can see, and with 20-30ft between each sled, it felt like perfect solitude.

“A journey like that strips you down to the most basic of needs: food, shelter and warmth. Everything else just drops away. I saw something very few people will ever see first-hand.

“It gives you a confidence. You realise you can achieve anything. Everyone should do a trip like that at least once in their life if they can.”

Sian will have a display in the foyer of the Makit LQ&N Fair on Sunday 13th May so you can see pictures of her incredible trip. There will also be a donation bucket if you have any spare change that you would like to donate towards her fundraising total.

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Visitors from all corners of the UK are heading to the Makit LQ&N Fair in Peterborough

One of the reasons we always pick the East of England Arena in Peterborough as the venue for our annual Makit LQ&N Fair is its central location. This year, we have visitors to the Fair from as far a field as the very far north of Scotland, West Cornwall, Wales and Northern Ireland.

It’s such a complement to the fair and all the traders who take part to know that there are visitors willing to travel the length and breadth of the country to be with us.

It’s always been important to us to be more than a regional fair. Visitors are able to buy textile craft tools, fabrics, threads, kits and accessories from specialist suppliers that are otherwise only available online.

inside the East of England arena with lots of stalls and visitors

Our visitors love the energy and friendly atmosphere of the Makit Fairs. Each one is a great social occasion for fellow textile crafters and packed full of inspiration for the next creative project.

Peterborough can be easily reached from A1 and A47. The East of England Arena is a 12-minute taxi journey from Peterborough station, which is located on the East Coast Main Line that runs from London King’s Cross to Edinburgh. Buses and coaches regularly run between Peterborough bus station and the East of England Arena.

As a reminder the Makit Fair is at the East of England Arena in Peterborough from 10am to 4pm on Sunday 13th May 2018.

There’s still time to order tickets online for collection until tomorrow evening (Friday 11th May) at https://www.makitfairs.com/shop/ or you can purchase tickets on the door on the day.

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Complete a Kantha paisley piece with Angela Daymond

Angela Daymond has always stitched. Her mum and grandma were both passionate crafters and as Angela grew up she forever had a needle in her hand, working on her latest project. It ignited a passion that has shaped her life.

Initially, Angela qualified as a teacher but after having her son and returning to teaching part-time, she began to consider how she could build on her needlecraft skills. This led her to complete three different City and Guilds qualifications where she was introduced to Kantha and natural dyeing techniques.

Kantha (meaning ‘patched cloth’ or ‘rags’) refers to both the tradition of producing quilted blankets, usually from discarded but beautiful pieces of fabric, as well as the craft and stitch itself, which is a small, straight running stitch in Bengali embroidery.

With her new qualifications under her belt, Angela initially split her time between teaching and running needlecraft classes. Her experience and techniques were soon in such demand that she gave up the classroom and began teaching needlecraft full-time.

About three years ago, Angela decided it was time to explore different ways of reaching people who wanted to learn from her. So many people were getting in touch saying that they couldn’t attend her classes but would love a kit or instructions that they could follow unaided.

This led Angela to release Kantha Stitching, her first book of Kantha patterns and stitch diagrams, and kits that people could complete at home. The following year, she released a DVD about natural dyeing.

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Since 2015, Angela has produced four books and rolls out new kits and patterns every year. Her first book has been reprinted four times and she has just released her fourth book, A Drove of Hares in Stitches, containing quilting, Kantha and applique projects that focus on the hares that roam the Fenlands where Angela lives.

Angela will be bringing her books, Kantha kits, natural dyeing starter kits, patterns, threads and fabrics to the Makit LQ&N Fair on Sunday 13th May. We are also looking forward to her joining us at the Makit Fenland Fair on 6th October 2018 in St. Ives.

Make & Take with Angela Daymond

Paisley is a traditional Indian motif often found in Kantha work.

Drop in to Angela’s Make & Take to learn how to adapt a paisley design using different types of running stitch to create a simple but stunning piece of Kantha. Angela will be on hand to get you up and running.

Kantha is ideal for all experience levels – whether you’re a life-long needlecrafter or you struggle to tell one end of a needle from the other. The size of the stitch isn’t relevant – the variations add interest, tell a story and just go to show that people aren’t robots!

Angela will also have examples of natural dyeing techniques to hand if you’d like to find out more.

Want to know more about Angela Daymond? You can find her at:

Angela also appears on Hochanda every 6-8 weeks (approx.). Hochanda is on Freeview channel 85, Sky 663 and Freesat 817. Or you can watch on their website (including catch up).

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The Common Thread offers embroidery for all experience levels

Tanya Haines of The Common Thread grew up in South Africa and has been stitching and knitting since childhood, but it wasn’t until she moved to England in 1993 that a whole new world of needlework, and all that it had to offer, opened up to her.

She is a hand embroiderer and has been designing and teaching traditional hand embroidery for over 23 years. Tanya started teaching at the Woburn School of Needlework in 1994. When the owner retired, she started the Bedfordshire School of Needlework, which has now become The Common Thread’s School of Needlework.

Over the years, Tanya has designed pieces in order to teach students the traditional forms of drawn and pulled threadwork, Hardanger, Casalguidi and Reticello, as well as silk ribbon embroidery and stumpwork.

The Common Thread continues to go from strength to strength with the company now stocking hand-dyed silk ribbons, the full range of the hand-dyed Chameleon Threads, as well as mother of pearl accessories and other haberdashery items.

Through the commercial side of the business, Tanya creates and sells her own range of beautiful designer embroidery kits. These include designs for the beginner in the "Sample of Stitches" Collection, as well as designs for the more experienced embroiderer who is looking for a more challenging project.

You can buy full kits as well as pattern- and print-only packs and pattern-only PDF files.

Tanya continues to teach at Guilds and full-day embroidery workshops throughout the country.

 

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Make & Take gives a taste of silk ribbon embroidery

Tanya will be running a Make & Take area at the LQ&N Fair entitled, ‘A Taste of Silk Ribbon Embroidery’.

For just £7, you will be able to buy a small silk ribbon embroidery starter kit containing a simple design, together with instructions and all the materials you need to complete it. Tanya will be on hand to help you get started and give you help and advice as you work on the piece. You will then be able to finish the project at home.

Tanya would love to see you at the Make & Take and says, “Come and try this gentle style of embroidery to see whether it’s something you might enjoy.”

You can find out more about The Common Thread at:

Website: http://www.thecommonthread.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/threadsincommon