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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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Lots-and-Lots collection of items

Sue Hawkins join us at Cranmore Park!

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.

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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

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Create your own stunning stumpwork piece with Kay Dennis Stumpwork

Kay Dennis has always been passionate about needle lace and this passion led her into stumpwork. When Kay took redundancy about 20 years ago, stumpwork embroidery became her full-time occupation. She was in growing demand as a stumpwork teacher and also established her business, Kay Dennis Stumpwork.

Her husband Michael took early retirement at the same time and became a professional wood turner. However, the constant exposure to dust eventually made it impossible to continue. Fortunately, he was able to use his skills to specialise in building the deep frames needed for stumpwork, adding a new product range to the business.

For the past seven or so years, Kay and Michael – AKA ‘Team Dennis’ – have travelled throughout the UK teaching stumpwork classes to embroidery guild groups and at craft centres or residential colleges such as Knuston Hall.

They have also written and published four popular books on stumpwork and two needle lace booklets.

At the Makit LQ&N Fair, Kay will be demonstrating stumpwork techniques and her new development of three-dimensional embroidery.  She and Michael will also have a small exhibition of Kay’s latest work, specialist materials, books, cards, some kits and project books for sale.

Ask them anything you like about traditional stumpwork and they’re sure to inspire you.

Take part in a Stumpwork Make & Take

Blackberries & Mushrooms StumpworkThe ‘Team Dennis’ Make & Take will be slightly different to some of the other Make & Takes you’ll find at the LQ&N Fair.

Kay will be running two hour-and-a-half sessions during the fair (price to be confirmed). The first will take place at 11am and the second will start at 2pm. There are six spaces available for each session so, if you’re interested, we recommend that you pop by the Kay Dennis Stumpwork stand when you arrive at the fair to put your name down.

During your Make & Take session, you’ll begin work on a stunning stumpwork kit – either a flat acorn with leaf or a blackberry with leaf. Each kit contains full instructions and all the materials you’ll need to complete it at home. General equipment such as needles and scissors will be available to use during the session.

Kay will be on hand at all times to offer tips and advice about creating your stumpwork piece.

You can find out more about Kay Dennis Stumpwork at: http://www.kaydennis.co.uk

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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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Revisit the Makit LQ&N Fair 2017

The Makit LQ&N Fair in Peterborough 2017 was another testament to the enthusiasm and excitement that surround our beloved textile crafts.

We saw many new suppliers join us and of course, our regular supporters and friends came along to make this event even better than previous years! We had many positive comments from visitors and exhibitors about the day and that’s made the months in the organisation really worthwhile to provide such a prestigious event to the crafting communities.

If you missed it, or if you just want to revisit the day, sit back and enjoy as we take you on a visual journey through the Peterborough, LQ&N Fair 2017.

And so the day begins!

A steady flow of visitors arrives to get us off to a good start to the day. Taking their time to walk through our Guild Village, stepping in to the wonderful exhibition by the Embroiderers Guild, and our record-breaking attempt THE BIG STITCH! Then on to the Craft Haven to ask questions of the exhibitors and to help them and get inspiration for their own projects.

 

 

The Main Hall

The biggest thing you will notice as you walk through one of our Fairs is the space our visitors and exhibitors have to move around. We take great lengths to ensure it is as comfortable and stress-free to manoeuvre around and there’s always a place to rest weary feet or sit and catch up with friends along the way!

 

 

That’s all folks!

After a busy and productive day; visitors slowly depart ladened with their new purchases and full of ideas, our trade suppliers pack up and head on home – some with many miles to cover before a welcomed brew!
Until next time…