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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.

Sew Knit Craft Shop front

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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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

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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…