Looking For Ideas for some Christmas themed makes ? Look no further !

We have opened our Christmas Crafting Wonderland Facebook page.

It’s a friendly group where we can share photos of our Christmas makes

Share some inspiration and ideas… click on the link below, join now!

The group is growing and there are some talented people out there getting busy

Here are a selection of some really cute makes!

Hope you like the makes and feel inspired for some creative sewing

Click here to visit our facebook page and join in the fun…its sewing time !

 

Gorgeous Harry Potter themed Patchwork Quilts and Cushions

We love these sewing makes, by Always Knitting and Sewing customer Hazel.

They would help give an Hogwarts atmosphere to a child’s bedroom, a touch of magic !

The colours of Slytherin, Gryffindor, Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff contrast beautifully the the black & white newsprint design.

It’s great to share photo’s of makes to appreciate the talent and provide inspiration & ideas for new makes.

Click here view the cotton fabric used by Hazel in this patchwork quilt and cushions.

Always Knitting & Sewing – New Saturday Opening Times

 Always Knitting and Sewing Shop will be open on Saturdays, from 10.00am to 2.00pm, starting on Saturday 15th June 2019. 

We are a family run business, located at 3, Ashfield Road, Chorley, Lancashire, PR7 3BW.

Call in to browse our range of knitting & sewing supplies & meet our friendly helpful staff.

Fabrics by the half metre – Fat Quarter Bundles – Buttons – Ribbon – Knitting Wool

New Opening Times from 15th June 2019

Monday to Friday – 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Saturday – 10.00am to 2.00pm.

Sunday – Closed.

Telephone -01257276513

Email – sales@alwaysknittingandsewing.co.uk

Gorgeous Dolls House Furniture featuring Moda Fabric

Take a look at this beautiful miniature dolls house furniture made by Jill.

We love it at Always knitting and Sewing and just had to share it with everyone!

Jill’s furniture is very impressive, with a great attention to small detail.

Jill choose the popular Sweet Violet cotton fabrics by Moda, the effect is amazing !Click here to view Sweet Violet Cotton Fabric by Moda Fabrics

How cute is this arm chair with a matching foot stool ?

Very talented sewing Jill, thank you very much for sharing with us.

 

Click here to view our extensive rang of Moda Fabric, by the Half Metre, Bundles, Jelly Rolls, Charm Packs & Layer Cake

Excellent Quality & Value ‘Drops’ Wool & Yarns Now in Stock

 

We are now official stockists for Drops wool & yarns.

Until the 31st May we have a special offer of a 35% Discount

 

Drops Puna, soft, light and beautifully warm, perfect for almost any garment.

100% Alpaca,

There is choice of natural, natural mix or uni colours,

This gorgeous yarn is made from 4 threads of superfine alpaca, the fibres are untreated which means they are not exposed to any chemical treatment therefore maintaining the yarns natural qualities.

Soft light and beautifully warm in 100% superfine Alpaca.

 

 

NEPAL UNI colour, aran weight 65% wool, 35% alpaca.

A lovely worsted, luxurious yarn spun in superfine alpaca and Peruvian highland wool.

This gorgeous yarn is spun from 3 strands which gives a lovely rustic stitch definition.

Perfect for Scandinavian style jumpers.

 

 

 

Drops Fabel long print sock yarn.

Hard wearing as only a sock yarn can be, Drops Fabel is a four stranded yarn and is super wash treated, which makes it machine washable and easy to care for.

Compared to regular sock yarns, Drops Fabel is spun in a softer wool quality, which makes it an amazing all round yarn, suitable for far more than socks.

Try it for baby garments.

 

 

Drops Fabel print sock yarn

Hard wearing as only a sock yarn can be, Drops Fabel is a four stranded yarn and is super wash treated, which makes it machine washable and easy to care for.

Compared to regular sock yarns, Drops Fabel is spun in a softer wool quality, which makes it an amazing all round yarn, suitable for far more than socks.

Try it for baby garments.

 

Drops Fabel print sock yarn – uni colour.

Hard wearing as only a sock yarn can be, Drops Fabel is a four stranded yarn and is superwash treated, which makes it machine washable and easy to care for.

Compared to regular sock yarns, Drops Fabel is spun in a softer wool quality, which makes it an amazing all round yarn, suitable for far more than socks.

 

 

Drops Merino extra fine 100% wool.

This is a beautifully soft yarn, perfect for everyday use.

This range includes both solid (uni) and mix colours.

It is super wash treated and machine washable, having a luxurious texture which is gentle on the skin.

It is perfect for baby and children’s garments.

 

Nepal Mix Aran weight 65% wool, 35% alpaca.

A lovely worsted, luxurious yarn spun in superfine alpaca and Peruvian highland wool.

This gorgeous yarn is spun from 3 strands which gives a lovely rustic stitch definition.

Perfect for Scandinavian style jumpers.

 

Lindy Hop 1940’s Style Dress…Quintessentially Beautiful.. A Must For Summer.

Donna at Always Knitting & Sewing has been getting creative again this week with a Lindy Hop, 1940’s style beautiful dress. This is draped on our resident model Mavis, and looks gorgeous. This style of dress has had a fashionable resurgence in recent years….its clear to see why.

The dress is featured in our cream poppy cotton fabric , we also offer a variation of this fabric featuring a Navy blue colour way.

 

The Lindy hop is a popular American dance, with its origins beginning in dance venues, playing Jazz music, in Harlem, New York City.  The height of it’s popularity was during the swing era of the late 1930s and early 1940s. A lindy hop swing dress is a great choice to wear, it has a sassy & feminine feel, and is perfect as a flowing dress on the dance floor, or an eye catcher for a date or special occasion in the summer.

 

 

Donna also produced this beautiful summer dress, using our Pink Poppies cotton fabric. The dress features impactive shoulder straps and a beautiful bow presentation. Ideal for a beautiful summers day…..which doesn’t feel far away….

Click here, to view our extensive selection of floral cotton fabric by the half metre, Ideal for dressmaking.  Summer doesn’t feel that far away…..sewing time…lets get busy

 

The Great British Sewing Bee…Technical Fabric Week

Well what a contrast, from last week’s fun groovy 1970’s, to this weeks tough technical fabric makes…maybe Ben was the lucky one, leaving the competition and missing out on this tough challenge ? got to say, the contestants didn’t look cock a hoop !

The first challenge was to make a panelled swim suit, using lycra and a mesh lining. The results were positively surprising considering the trials and tribulations experienced by the sewers during their three hours…. it didn’t look fun….more like completing community service ! Janet was in great demand as an adviser to her fellow contestants who clearly needed guidance and inspiration.

There didn’t seem to be any easy bits to this challenge, working with stretchy fabric, matching the mesh and piecing the jigsaw together. Don’t think i’ll be trying this make at home, the worthy winner was Juliet with a stunning swim suit worthy of the beach.

The transformation round seemed to take the sewers by surprise…a waterproof jacket for a dog made out of an old tent.  Now this is a make i’ve never considered, but if you have a dog, I guess could be quite fun, creating a bespoke jacket to suit the character of your dog. Jen won with her camouflage number whilst Juliet continued her success with a dog version of a Sherlock Holmes coat…Elementary I suppose.

This was obviously not the episode for me…the next challenge was to make a tracksuit with a stripe, another make not on my list, but the sewers excelled on this one…Ricardo’s skilful work produced a ‘ Bulgarian Olympic track suit from the 80’s…..which in my opinion was the worthy winner, but Garment of the week went to Jen with a tracksuit which also looked like it belonged to a Bond villain who was fond of cats.

Well someone didn’t enjoy this episode more than me……Alexsei had a bit of mare, particularly with the time restrictions again….he wont be joining us next week.

The Great British Sewing Bee…… 1970’s Week…..

I have fond memories of the 1970’s and this weeks show proved to be nostalgic for me….. whilst tricky for the contestants. To create authenticity….or was that really pressure ? vintage sewing machines replaced the modern ones.

The first challenge was to create a pair of flared jean trousers, iconic fashion of the 70’s initially worn by sailors.  My memory of flared blue jeans has got to be the rockers ‘Status Quo’ belting out their tunes. Three and a half hours were allowed for this 13 piece pattern challenge.

Poor Ben had a challenge to forget, Alexei failed to finish and Mercedes couldn’t get the zip right, which is always tricky, even without the pressure of time. Leah forgot to check the direction of the pile, so the front flowed in a different direction to the back, easy oversight, but difficult to hide. The winner was Jan with a mustard well made pair !

The transformation challenge was to produce a punk outfit, only one and a half hours for this one, and with a tough judge, Esme has experience in this line of tartan rebellion and anarchic designs. Alexei was a glutton for punishment and opted for trousers again, which resulted in last place, Riccardo took first place with tartan & zips…. I was happy to move on to the made to measure challenge, punk was never my thing….and this did not catch my imagination.

The five and a half hours were allocated to produce a maxi dress….more my scene than punk. The judges were looking for a good fit around the bust and waist with a flowing skirt to finish. Janet rolled back the years to make a dress that she last made in the 70’s for a wedding, featuring a scooped neck and bishops sleeves, the ditsy fabric was a great choice and I thought she was a worthy winner, but her bodged collar let her down.

Mercedes stole the show winning garment of the week, taking the plaudits of the judges for perfect balance & flow, impeccable neckline & gorgeous floral fabric, which created the embodiment  of the 1970’s………… It was time for Ben to go home, he’d had a bad day at the office, his adventurous quest for bespoke makes were hampered by the pressure of time limits…..A pattern is emerging here….keep it simple !

 

 

Sewing Bee, Series 5, Episode 2……

The BBC’s Sewing Bee was back last night with the popular ‘children’s week.

The first challenge of the evening wasn’t easy, Making a hoodie. The project entailed lots of tricky features, needing good attention to detail, in particular getting the the hood attached and shaped to sit correctly.

Three different fabrics were required, stretch jersey for the outer material,  a lighter stretch for lining and ribbing for cuffs & waistline.

The jersey material is easily stretched whilst being sewn and care must be taken not to lose the shape. The overlocker is essential to prevent the fabric fraying and providing a tidy finish. An overlock is a stitch that sews over the edge of one or two pieces of fabric, ideal for edging, hemming and seaming. Care must also be taken with the ribbing to prevent it gathering.

Janet stormed ahead bringing her experience to the machine, a choice of cute bunny rabbits looked great, with the judges exclaiming ” a cracking little hoodie, 1st place….. perfection”

The transformation challenge had a fun theme, and the potential for some enchanted creativity. A fancy dress outfit for a child, themed on an animal was to be made from a fake fur coat. With 90 minutes to complete the project…no pressure!

I love the idea of up cycling material and have been motivated to get around charity shops, to find some garments & material for some innovative sewing makes.

I had high hopes for Alexei, who had previous experience making a Gruffalo outfit for his nephew. He had a cute photo in the studio which looked fantastic, and I thought it put him in pole position.  Alexei’s debut in sewing was interesting, in secret he made a dress for his girlfriend, which she was presented with, totally out of the blue…..boyfriends & husbands take note……on second thoughts…the garden needs weeding!

Ricardo got to work on a dragon, Mercedes didn’t  listen to the requested task and made a great outfit, but not what was requested, a good learning experience. Jen came second with my favourite, an exotic bird, I couldn’t help but see the connection with a childhood memory of a fearful bird that many a celebrity came a cropper with…… Rod Hull & Emu !

First place was taken by Ben with his ant outfit, great design, attention to detail and top sewing. A clear winner in the opinion of the judges.

The ‘made to measure’ challenge this week was to produce a dance outfit.

Janet opted for a sailors outfit, which included a gorgeous swish skirt with ric-rac finishing. Alexei produced a fairy outfit, in a great choice of colours and Jen went for a Highland dance outfit with a Scottish theme which looked great with some beautiful piping done to perfection….I thought she had it in the bag…

Leah, who had previously disclosed her lack of experience with children’s themed sewing makes stole the show with a beautiful swan outfit……a worthy winner for the ‘Garment of The Week.

Unfortunately whenever there is a winner, there is usually a loser, and this week we said good bye to Sheila. Shame to see her go…….but that’s The Sewing Bee…….another great show, leaving us looking forward to more next week.