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Welcome to my new blog!

I'll be posting sneak peeks into my sewing adventures, sharing my creative process and giving you lots of inspiration for your own designs.

23rd July 2018

Welcome!

Hello and welcome to my Half Yard Sewing Club! I’m very excited to be launching the site, and I’d like to thank you all for being so patient! Each month I’ll bring you a unique project to work on. This month, I've designed you a handy...

25th July 2019

July live stream!

Here is the video of my July live stream! We stream live on Facebook, but I'll post all of the videos here as well as on Youtube, so everyone gets to watch. This month, I chatted about lots of exciting projects and events coming up in the next...

12th July 2019

Creative Craft Show June 2019!

It’s so much fun having stands at craft exhibitions! At the end of June Kimberley, Tyler and I were at the Creative Craft Show at the NEC in Birmingham. I held a couple of workshops in the morning, and spent the afternoon chatting to customers! We...

26th June 2019

June live stream!

Here is the video of my June live stream! We stream live on Facebook, but I'll post all of the videos here as well as on Youtube, so everyone gets to watch. This month, I chatted about my top tips for free motion embroidery! The next live...

26th June 2019

Happy National Writing Day!

As it’s National Writing Day, I thought it appropriate to write about writing! Although my books are project based as opposed to storytelling, there is still quite an amount of writing to be done. I usually get up around 5am, and this is my most...

16th May 2019

May live stream!

Here is the video of my May live stream! We stream live on Facebook, but I'll post all of the videos here as well as on Youtube, so everyone gets to watch. This month, I chatted about my new book, Sew Outdoor Living, as well as answering some...

21st May 2019

Making the most of the sun!

Many of the projects in my books are photographed outside. My husband, Garie, is a photographer and he loves to shoot in natural sunlight. These pictures are from our shoot for Sew Outdoor Living, which is out next month, and they're from almost a...

10th May 2019

Dressmaker of the Year 2019

It was a real honour to be asked to be one of the judges of Sew Magazine’s Dressmaker of the Year competition this year, alongside some very talented people! The event was held in Canary Wharf, here I am arriving on a lovely sunny day! Here...

25th April 2019

Cologne

Kim and I had a wonderful time in Cologne where we visited a trade show where my fabric was being showcased on the Craft Cotton stand. The flight was only an hour or so long, it took longer to travel to the airport than it did to fly to...

19th April 2019

April live stream!

Here is the video of my April live stream! We stream live on Facebook, but I'll post all of the videos here as well as on Youtube, so everyone gets to watch. This month, I showed everyone how to add piping to a home-made cushion cover, and how to...

23rd March 2019

Sewing for Pleasure

We had such a busy time at the Sewing for Pleasure exhibition at the NEC last week, I was teaching workshops while my son and daughter were manning the stand. We arrived in our van to set up on the Wednesday, and were greeted by a cheery pink stand...

21st March 2019

March live stream and sewalong!

Here is the video of my March live stream! We stream live on Facebook, but I'll post all of the videos here as well as on Youtube, so everyone gets to watch. This month, I showed everyone how to make a quick and easy bunny rabbit! You can find the...

11th March 2019

Spring bunny sewalong!

I'm so excited to announce that this month's live stream will be our first sewalong! I'll be making a sweet felt bunny, perfect for bringing that spring feeling into your home or decorating for Easter. The live stream is at 7pm UK time on...

21st February 2019

February live stream

Here is the video of my February live stream! We stream live on Facebook, but I'll post all of the videos here as well as on Youtube, so everyone gets to watch. This month, I answered lots of lovely questions, and gave my top tips on continuous...

19th February 2019

Top Tip Tuesdays

I've collected all my Top Tip Tuesday posts right here - I'll add more as we post them to Facebook! Measure twice, cut once! It's an old saying, but so true. If your stitches are wobbly you can always unpick them, but if your cut line is wobbly...

17th February 2019

Supersized Birthday Bear!

Those of you who watched my January live stream will have seen me start this handsome bear!  Here's a little video of how I finished him off and brought him to life, with a few extra accessories that you could add to your own Birthday...

7th February 2019

40 years in front of the camera!

I thought I’d share with you some pictures from my 40-year career in front of the camera. Apologies some of the pictures are a bit blurry – they were taken a long time ago! My first TV appearance was back in 1979, when I won ‘Miss ATV’. I...

18th January 2019

January live stream

Here is the video of my January live stream - we've boosted the audio, as one or two of you were having trouble with the volume! We stream live on Facebook, but I'll post all of the videos here as well as on Youtube, so everyone gets to watch....

10th January 2019

December live stream

Happy New Year everyone! It's taken us a little longer than usual, but here is the video of my December live stream. We've had to do some editing, as a storm was causing my internet connection to drop out, but now you can watch it below! We stream...

17th December 2018

Decorating for Christmas

We don’t decorate the house too much at Christmas time; we keep it simple with a tree in the corner of the living room and a few white lights. This is the first year we’ll have all the family around on Christmas day; there will be nine of us...

22nd November 2018

November live stream

We've had lots of requests from members, so in this month's live stream I covered some top dressmaking tips! We stream live on Facebook, but I'll post all of the videos here as well as on Youtube, so everyone gets to watch. This month, I showed...

2nd December 2018

A day at Create and Craft

Create and Craft is a UK television shopping channel based in Peterborough, England. Occasionally, I present on the channel with my books and fabrics, demonstrating techniques and projects over the course of an hour. As the shows are live, they have...

29th November 2018

Clover giveaway!

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! I've got some fantastic goodies from Clover to give away to not one, not two, not three, but four lucky Half Yard Sewing Club members! I have three packs of Clover clips to give away! These clips are so handy to use instead...

15th November 2018

Christmas shopping book offer!

OFFER HAS NOW ENDED! I’m so excited to be able to offer all of you lovely Half Yard Sewing Club members 50% off all of the books on the Search Press website! Not only will you be able to get every single book on the website for half price,...

16th November 2018

My sewing machine collection

I collect many vintage things, from Victorian cow creamers through to German pre-war Monk jugs! But the collection I love the most are my vintage sewing machines. I have around eight of the classic black Victorian Singer machines. However, my...

13th November 2018

My fabric range - competition!

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED! This year I launched my first fabric range, ‘A Cottage Garden’, which is based on sketches of the things I love in my garden. The birds drinking from the bird bath, daisies growing in the lawn, a dragonfly that...

5th December 2018

The Girl with a Sewing Machine

I was delighted to meet Jenniffer Taylor when I was at the Alexandra Palace in September, and we had a lovely chat about sewing, life and her book Girl with a Sewing Machine. I'm also offering members an exclusive discount on her book, so read on to...

23rd November 2018

Vintage inspired cushion covers

I bought my son and his wife a vintage armchair last year and was lucky enough to find matching fabric to make two cushion covers! I love the elegant stag design and thought simple black piping would give the cover a stylish finish. I added a zip...

10th November 2018

Joy of Jelly Rolls member offer!

OFFER HAS NOW ENDED! Has my Flying Geese Quilt got you excited about quilting? Are you a veteran quilter looking for new ideas and inspiration? Or do you have lots of little scraps of fabric lying around that are too pretty to throw out, but just...

18th October 2018

October live stream

I can't believe it's already October, and we've had our third Half Yard Sewing Club live stream! We stream live on Facebook, but I'll post all of the videos here as well as on Youtube, so everyone gets to watch. This month, I talked everyone...

20th October 2018

Knitting and Stitching Show 2018

I spent four days last week at the KSS show, which took place at this beautiful palace in north London, UK. Alexandra Palace, also known by locals as the ‘Ally Pally’, first opened on Queen Victoria’s 54th birthday, in 1873. It then burnt...

10th October 2018

Paris

There were two reasons for my recent visit to Paris, firstly to see the Jean Paul Gaultier Freak fashion show at the Folies Bergere, and secondly to pick up a little inspiration for a future range of fabric. Both boxes ticked! Garie and I...

14th October 2018

Special Christmas book offer!

THIS OFFER HAS NOW ENDED! It's that time of year again! I've started thinking about my Christmas decorations, and I'm excited already. To help you out with your festive makes, I'm giving all of my Half Yard Sewing Club members a fifty percent...

12th October 2018

Sew Perfect Pets giveaway!

COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED! I'm excited to annnounce that I'm giving away five copies of Helen Rhiannon's brand new book Sew Perfect Pets to my lovely Half Yard Sewing Club members! There are 18 stylish pets to make, and every one of them is...

5th October 2018

India - part 2!

I thought you’d like to see a few more pictures of our India trip. If you haven't seen the first part of this blog, click here to read it! We spent a lot of time visiting the markets – the streets are too narrow for cars so we travelled around...

28th September 2018

Fun with Fat Quarters member offer!

OFFER HAS NOW ENDED! Lots of you have been asking me for project ideas based around fat quarters, and especially for fat quarter gift ideas with Christmas on the horizon. We've got lots of festive fun coming soon on the Half Yard Sewing Club, but...

21st September 2018

The Handmade Fair

I spent a couple of fabulous days at the Handmade Fair at Hampton Court last week, it was so lovely to meet so many of you, and so many of you joined our club too! The show opened at 10am and the queues of people were reaching around the field. The...

20th September 2018

September live stream

We had a lovely time in our second Half Yard Sewing Club live stream! We stream live on Facebook, but I'll post all of the videos here as well as on Youtube, so everyone gets to watch. This month, I showed everyone my collection of cutting tools,...

6th September 2018

Golden Ticket!

I’ve signed 100 of each of my new Build a Bag books, Occasion Bags and Tote Bags. There will be a golden ticket inside one of the books - if you’re the lucky person who finds it, get in touch and I’ll send you this bag! This is the...

30th August 2018

August live stream

I'm so excited to share my first ever Half Yard Sewing Club live stream with you all! We stream live on Facebook, but I'll post all of the videos here as well, so everyone gets to watch. I had a wonderful time chatting to you and answering...

29th August 2018

Fabric giveaway!

As a thank you for all of my lovely Half Yard Sewing Club subscribers, I'm giving away two sets of my Cottage Garden fabrics, with 5 x 1m lengths in each pack, worth around £40 each! It's 100% quality cotton fabric, which can be used for anything...

1st August 2018

Birthday bunting

I don’t know about you, but in our family, birthdays all seem to arrive at once! What better way to decorate the house and garden than with birthday bunting! I simply appliqued letters onto squares of fabric and then pegged them onto a length of...

8th August 2018

Indian Trimmings

Last year, my husband Garie and I went on an amazing fabric-finding trip to Delhi, and came back with the most wonderfully embellished silks and trims. While most of the fabrics are still in a suitcase, waiting for a little inspiration from me to...