Updates from the Studio

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Hi Everyone, 

How are you? I hope you're all well and adjusting to the new rules and regulations. I just wanted to check in and update you all on a few things. Please note; these are all plans that could change. As we know everything can change on a weekly, or even daily basis. The following dates are what we are planning if everything carries on as expected. 

The shop, as you know, is now open Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am-3pm. It's been a nice adjustment and I've seen quite a few of you the last few weeks which I really appreciate. Online orders are still going well and you've all been so supportive, thank you. I'm trying hard to keep the website up to date and uploading new fabrics and stock as soon as it arrives. Don't forget we still offer a Click & Collect option if you prefer minimal interaction. 

From Monday 13th July we'll be starting to offer one to one lessons on Mondays and Wednesdays, and welcome the return of two of our clubs: Wednesday Night Sew Sessions and Stitch & Bitch. Both clubs will have a strict pre-booking system and will be a first come, first serve basis. 

Our workshops will return in September as will our usual opening hours (all being well). You can see what workshops we currently have on offer HERE

We thank you all for your continued support during these strange times. Thank you all for your messages, comments and orders. It really means the world and I can't stress that enough. Thank you. 

Keep Safe, Keep Well, Keep Sewing. 

Happy Handmade!

Ilford Jacket/Shirt

Saturday, June 13, 2020
Hi Everyone,

Wanted to share with you my latest make over on the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. I made the Ilford Jacket by The Friday Pattern Co. And I'm totally in love with it.

A note from the shop.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Hi Everyone,

A couple of notices from the shop. We (that is Luna and I) are now in the shop Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to fulfil orders and open up more regular collection times for locals. Thank you so much for all your orders the past few weeks, you've helped our little sewing ship stay afloat.

Our collection times are now 10.30am-1pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Order by 10am on any of those days for collection or posting that same day.

From Monday 15th June (next week) we will be open to the public with reduced hours:

Monday 10am - 3pm

Wednesday 10am - 3pm

Friday 10am - 3pm

We will only be allowing 3 people in the shop at any one time with strict 2m/6ft social distancing measures. We will have Hand Sanitiser as you come in and we ask you not to touch anything unless you wish to buy it. We also ask that if you have any cold or flu symptoms, that you don't come in, just so we keep all our customers, staff and family safe. Collections and online orders will be running as before. 

Thank you to those of you who have been buying my digital downloads and templates. It's so nice to see you using them. I love seeing all your textile artwork. One change I have made is I'm splitting the donations of my 'Together' design between NHS Charities Together and Stephen Lawrence Charitable TrustI wanted to contribute to the current anti racism efforts around the world and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust has been doing some incredible work with young people and businesses across the UK. It's important to me that the Sewing community I wish to be a part of is open and welcoming to everyone, no matter your background, skin colour, gender or age. I've been sharing some great insights from some wonderful people on my Instagram stories lately if you wish to learn more.

I've continued (although slightly less frequently) to upload video content to my Youtube Channel. I've loved having more time to film tutorials and a lot of you seem to be enjoying it. Thank you for all your kind comments, I'll try my absolute best to keep it up in some way.

Finally, I wanted to say, I hope you're all well. I hope you and your families are safe and I hope you've been sewing as much as you want to. Thank you all for all your support. It means so much.

Happy Handmade everyone!

Bias Cut Skirt

Saturday, May 9, 2020
Hi Everyone,

Just thought I'd share some more photos of my latest make for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. I made a super simple bias cut satin skirt. Super easy to wear, super soft and easy to make.


Friday, May 1, 2020
Hi Everyone,

Happy May! Hope you're all safe and well. I thought I'd put a little blog post together as I get A LOT of messages and emails asking who is running mask making groups, scrubs groups etc. So I thought it might be useful to put all the information I have gathered in one place.


So mum has been making scrubs for a local hospice as part of a local sewing group. There might be local groups in your area, and each one requires different colours, sizes and products. So please contact them first before you start stitching.
They all require fabrics that can be washed at high temperatures, which is why only certain cottons and cotton blends are accepted.
'For the Love of Scrubs' is one of the main community groups for this campaign. If you search on facebook, there are local versions of the group to join. They can help find you patterns, fabric and tell you who needs what.
You can also join one of the Scrub Hub community groups which you can find HERE. Similar system, loads of regional groups to help.


Scrubs bags are very useful apparently, and as long as they're a good size, most hospitals can use them. There are loads of great patterns online and again joining a local group can help. I've done a step by step tutorial on the Hobbycraft Blog which you can see HERE.


Now after speaking to loads of people, including some nurse friends, The best ear savers are the stretchy headband ones with a wide band and buttons behind the ears. Not only do they make masks more comfortable, they're comfy on long shifts, and those who have to wear full face screens don't get blisters around their foreheads. All good news! 

There are loads of how-to patterns online. And again, I have done my own step by step tutorials on the Hobbycraft Blog HERE on how to make your own. 

Please check with your local groups and communities what sort of thing they want. A lot of hospitals have been inundated with items, so it's better for them to only be sent what they need so we don't give them extra work to sort it all out. 


Now this is a tricky subject. Please please contact local groups to check who you can send face masks to and what type they need. Cotton face masks are not medical grade and most hospitals can't use them. BUT some are combining them with the appropriate PPE to make their medical masks last longer. Care homes are also in need of some, but it's best to check local groups first. 
On a personal level, mask wearing can help when visiting vulnerable people, going to the supermarket or just wearing out and about to stop you touching your face as frequently. Obviously we're not trained to know how to properly put on and take off our masks, but if you wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off, and wash the masks after every use outside the house, that's perfect. 
Filters can be put inside different masks to help stop water droplets getting through the cotton, but again, they won't be medical grade. Coffee filters and Sew-in interfacing seem to work the best. 

I have another step by step tutorial on the Hobbycraft blog, on how to make a simple face mask, which you can have a go at HERE. I have seen the other 'shaped' masks that you can also make. Both are for personal and preventative use. More information on local groups and another mask pattern can be found on the Lucy & Yak Website HERE

Elastic supplies are running low due to the making of such items, my shop is running out and suppliers can't get it in fast enough. You can use cotton bias binding as ties instead if you can't get hold of any. 

The main point is, check your local groups before making anything if you want to donate your sewn items locally. Don't feel pressure to sew them at all and please don't worry about all this. We're all just getting through this crazy time together. Some of you are probably like me and are just crazy busy, but if you want to help, you have the resources at least. 

Keep Safe, keep well and keep sewing.