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Christmas craft fair season!

Christmas craft fair loughborough

Last weekend we were at Our Ladies Convent School in Loughborough at their annual Christmas craft fair.

It was lovely to meet lots of new faces, and ‘hello’ if you’ve popped on to our website to take a look! Lots of interested people inquiring about our workshops and knitting circles. We will setting up a knitting and crochet club in the new year to teach people the basic skills. Please keep looking back for more information, or you could sign up to our mailing list to receive an early ‘heads up’.

We have added some more workshops to our list, these include a Basic Sewing Course which is a 4 week introduction to sewing which teaches you the skills of hand and machine sewing, by the end of the course you will be able to make your own garment!

The next course we have added is our Applique Cushion Making workshop. we will show you how to make attractive scatter cushions which you will design your own motif to applique onto the front of it. Skills include cutting, adding a zip, and learning how to applique. This is for all skill levels, we and if you don’t have a sewing machine of your own, we can provide you with one on the day.

All of our workshops are based at our offices in Loughborough, we provide you with the materials to make the items, refreshments and there’s always some cake on offer!

The next event we will be attending is the Ladies Circle Christmas Fair at Gorse Covert, Loughborough from 10-1pm


joy to make christmas craft fair


crochet penguin

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Felt bird needle holder

This very cute needle holder is super quick to make and would make a lovely present, or a great accessory for your own sewing kit.

What you will need:

  1. 2  pieces of felt in contrasting colours
  2. A piece of card to make a stencil
  3. A feather for decoration
  4. Glass bead for bird’s eye
  5. Sewing machine
  6. Pva glue
  7. Bird stensil

Step 1

Cut the first piece of felt you want for the outer case 26cm in length and 9cm wide. The inner piece (contrasting colour) should be 24cm in length and 7cm in width. Find a bird stencil from the internet, you can choose any design you like, we just went with a very simple design made by ourselves. Cut out the bird shape onto the felt using the same colour as the small insert piece.

felt bird needle case sections


Step 2

Sew the bird to the contrasting large piece using a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine. Go slowly to make sure it looks neat.


sewing machine with feltappliqué felt bird


Step 3

Place the inset onto the larger piece (make sure that the bird is on the other side!) And then choosing a running stitch on your machine, sew round the insert.

felt needle case insertsewing felt insert


Step 4

Glue on your feather and glass bead for the eye.

felt appliqué bird with feather


There you have it! a quick make! This would be an ideal Christmas gift for a budding sewer!

felt bird appliqué needle cases

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Crochet poppies pattern

Crochet poppy pattern

Crochet Poppies Pattern

Crochet poppy pattern

OK so we were asked to do a few poppies, most of the ones I have seen are basically round with a hint of petal, I have done two versions one with four petals and one simpler round one both are a good size. I crocheted them in DK bright red acrylic, with a black centre in a chunky acrylic with a 4.5mm hook. So here we go…


R1 C3 loosely, slip stitch to form ring
R2 C2, HT 10 times into the ring
R3 C2, 1HT into same stitch, 2HT into next stitch, 1HT into next stitch. This is the base for the first petal, turn and work on this petal only.
R4 C2, HT twice into each stitch to end
R5 C2, HT twice into each stitch to end. C1 the slip stitch 3 times down the left hand side of the petal then 1 slip stitch into the next stitch on the ring.
Repeat R2 – R6 3 times more to form 4 petals around the ring.
R6 1 slip stitch into first stitch on the ring then 3 slip stitches up the right hand side of the first petal, finish off.


C3, slip stitch to form ring, then slip stitch twice into each stitch on the outer edge of the stitches to form the
black spot, finish off and sew on the poppy.


R1 Make loop, C3, slip stitch to form ring
R2 C2, HT 9 times into ring, slip stitch into 2nd chain to join the row
R3 C2, HT into same stitch, then HT twice into each stitch around the row, slip stitch into 2nd chain to
complete the row
R4 repeat R3
R5 C2, HT into same stitch, then [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][HT twice into each stitch 10 times, slip stitch into next stitch] 4 times finish
of with a slip stitch to 2nd chain of first stitch


R= Row
C= Chain – hook through loop and pull yarn through, this makes one chain
HT= Half Treble – yarn round hook insert hook under stitch, pull through loop (3 loops on hook) then pull yarn through all
three hoops.

If you would like to download the full pattern and print it please do so here poppies pdf.

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Crochet Poppies for Music In Me

crochet poppies

Crochet poppies!

We are very proud to have made some crochet poppies for the Music In Me choir from Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire. The ladies were performing for Kegworth Methodist Church where they performed an array of hits from musicals, present day and past classics.

Donations for the poppies will be taken for the Poppy Appeal. Look out for our tutorial on how to crochet one of these poppies!