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Gift Ideas for friends and treats for yourself!

We’re excited to launch our new Designer box sets in time for the Christmas season! Wrapped in tissue and boxed ready, they make beautiful gifts to friends, family or of course a fun treat for yourself!

We have chosen a select range of Designers to show off their range and add co-ordinating solids. A perfect starting point to dip into their stunning collections. Whether you love the bold fun colours of Jennifer Paganelli, the rich ecclectic patterns of Anna Maria Horner or the classic colours of Kaffe, we have a mix of designs and colours to get you started on your Free Spirit Journey.

Each season we will update our boxes so you can have fun trying out new designers and collections. Our first designers to hit our shelves are:

If this sounds good to you, why not join our Designer Club. We have a selection of Free Spirit Fabrics boxes sent to your door every two months, with a choice of monthly invoicing to spread the payments.

New Kaffe and Phillip Jacob

We’re so excited to have as box of goodies arrive full of beautiful colour! We have all four colourways of Kaffe Fasset’s new Artisan print Kyoto. The colours glow they are so pretty. Whether you love quilting, making cushions or maybe a fun dress, his unique style is so striking we know you will fall in love with these too! Pair them with some fun jumbles and you have the perfect combo!

Kaffe Fasset Collective

  • Kyoto – Red
  • Kyoto – Blue
  • Kyoto – Pink
  • Kytoto – Orange

 

Also just arrived is the sublime Koi from Phillip Jacobs new collection Arcadia. These beautiful fish could be swimming right off the fabric! The look fantastic with the new Kaffe Candy rolls too so you are onto a winner here.

Koi – Teal

Conservatory Fabrics in stock!

English Summer by Anna Maria Horner has started to arrive on our shelves! We’ve ordered lots of different bits of Conservatory. All of English Summer is coming, and plenty of precuts from the various other capsules.

 

First bolts are in our shop already and you can Preorder the bundles for English Summer now!

See whats in stock by clicking this link! 

Sugar Bowl Crafts
Sugar Bowl Crafts
Sugar Bowl Crafts

Pop up Near Brighton!

Come join us for another fun Pop up with Eternal Maker at Patcham Memorial Hall – Near Brighton (East Sussex). We’re bringing shelves full of fabrics of a wide selection of makes and substrates. From Quilters cottons to jersey we’ve got you covered with the quality and colour you’d expect from our two stores!

The wonderful Millie-Pom is our special guest for this Pop Up shop! If you’ve ever wondered how to crochet, now’s your chance to get started with this vibrant fun creative!

Check out the 3 workshops we’ve got going on and book quick as spaces are limited!

Learn to Crochet!

Join Millie for this fun and informative workshop, to learn the basics: foundation chain, double crochet, increase stitch, decrease stitch and various stitch patterns.

  • All materials provided.
  • Class suitable for everyone over 12 (or younger if accompanied by an adult)
  • This workshop will run from 10.30am-12.30pm
  • £18.50

Book here for Millie

English Paper Piecing

Don’t let English Paper Piecing scare you! We’re bringing a big stack of hexie flowers for our afternoon workshop that we will go through, talk about how to get the most from your fabric and start you on your hexie flower journey. 

Measure Up!

Come and get measured up, and pick up some tips on how to choose which size to cut from your dress pattern, how to blend between sizing and more.  Go away with a sheet of measurements which will help take your dressmaking to new levels.

See you there!

27th October 10:30-3:30 at Patcham Memorial Hall (Nr Brighton).

Getting there
The Hall address is 3 Old London Road, BrightonBN1 8XR   

We are just off the A23 as it enters the City of Brighton and Hove, and near the southbound exits from the A27 Worthing to Lewes bypass. The Hall is a white wooden building, tucked next to Patcham House School, half way along on the west side of Old London Road, parallel to the A23. There is lots of parking, though we are in a residential area, so please take that into account. Link to Hall.

We’re heading to the Creative Craft Show

We’re back at the Creative Craft Show at West Point – Exeter this month! Its our big show of the season and we love seeing all our regular customers here. We’re bringing all our goodies from Jennifer Paganelli, Tula Link, Amy Butler, Kathy Doughty and Kaffe Fasset Collective! And we’ll be launching our new look patterns at the show so you can see our Clarice Cushion and Take 3 pattern and kits and our firm favourite Floral Burst Cushion and quilt kits.

Discover all the ideas, inspiration and supplies you could ever dream of! Knitters, stitchers, hobbyists and crafters will be in their element with endless supplies, innovations, new product launches, demonstrations and workshops designed to encourage and inspire your creativity – there’s no better place to stock up and revel in creative craft inspiration!

 

Get your early bird tickets here: http://www.stitchandhobby.co.uk/exeter/autumn/ 

Stourpaine Pop Up Shop

Stourpaine friends! We are back on the 9th of September with our fun friendly Pop Up Shop. Joining forces again with Eternal Maker bringing quality fabrics for your sewing pleasure. We’ll be at Stourpaine Village Hall – Dorset from 10:30-3:30 on the 9th September!

We have a new guest, Kallosphere, who will be joining us for some fun with her acrylic templates. You can start your Christmas gifts and decs early with this fun little hand sewing course. You may have seen them before at various Sewing Shows and recently on Hochanda.

Here’s what Liz has to say about her workshop,

Come and have a go at some hand sewing to make gorgeous hanging decorations! Kallosphere will be using their fantastic acrylic templates to help us make some stunning Christmas decorations! You could string them together to make some Christmas bunting or have them hanging from your Christmas tree! Let your imagination run wild and embrace your creative side! There are so many different designs to choose from, some aren’t Christmassy if you are not ready for Christmas crafts quite yet!

You can also have a go at hand sewing a cute felt brooch! If you like flowers, dogs, stars, hearts and many more, we have lots of templates to help you create your masterpiece!

All the materials are included, felt, ribbon, stuffing, beads, buttons, brooch pins, embroidery thread and cotton.

We are running two workshops,

 In the morning 11-1 

Click here to book!

In the afternoon 1:30-3:30

Click here to book!

Read more about Kallosphere here…

De La luna from Tula Pink is here

At long last De La Luna is here! A wonderfully gothic collection by Tula Pink for Free Spirit fabrics.  Here’s what Tula Pink has to say about her latest collection,

The De la Luna Sisters are the not so distant cousins of the Von
Black sisters, who made somewhat of a name for themselves a
few years ago in collection called Night Shade. While the Von
Black sisters drew their power from more earthly elements, the
De la Luna sisters cull their magical gifts from the spirit realm.
Once a year, as fall crashes into winter, the matriarchs of the De
la Luna clan call on their ancestors, acting as vessels for their
vast power.
Maria De la Luna, the youngest of the three sisters can see into
the great distance of the future as she draws her power from
the most clairvoyant spirits in their lineage. She uses her prophetic
sight to write letters to mean girls informing them of the
exact time and place that they will die or sometimes when their
boyfriends will break up with them depending on how mean
they are.
The middle Sister, Magnolia De la Luna, is perhaps the most cunning
of the three although it’s hard to tell because she doesn’t
wear glasses and everyone knows that the smartest people always
wear glasses. Magnolia, Maggie for short, draws her power
from the spirits of earth and bloom. She uses her potent power
to cultivate and nurture vast gardens and lush landscapes for
her highest paying clients. Oh, did I forget to mention that she
runs a surprisingly successful landscape architecture firm in their
prosperous south Texas town?
The oldest sister, Venus De la Luna, the undisputed caretaker
of the whole De Luna clan and best friend to her cousin Scarlet
Von Black has a vary mysterious past. Venus leaves a trail of
admirers where ever she goes. Great empires have fallen under
her angelic gaze. Many great men sit alone in padded rooms
spending endless days and boundless nights whispering her
name to no one in-particular. She swears that she did nothing to
encourage their favor and was only, ever, minding her own business.
Just because these men choose to buy her gifts from her
extensive online wish list is truly no fault of her own

The full collection is on our website, for half metre bundles go here, for fat quarter bundles go here, or just look up Tula Pink on our website to check out the range!

Not sure who Tula Pink is? Oh my goodness where have you been?! She’s taken the quilting world by storm and has rapidly extended reach to the dressmaking world, bags and acessories and you can now get even leggings in her fabrics. Here’s what Tula Pink has to say about herself,

Tula Pink is an illustrator, a fabric designer, a quilter, an author, a maker and a generally good person who enjoys talking about herself.

Tula graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA. It was fun but she was tired of being broke so she decided to get a job. Tula worked briefly as an Exhibit designer for Museums in Southern California, where she grew up, and when that became too quiet she relocated to the music industry. After about 5 years of that her ears began to bleed so she left her job and California and went in search of a new home. The plan was to move as far east as she could get without renting a boat and work her way back west until she found a place she liked. Tula got about half way and then she ran out of gas money so she stayed put.

Tula now lives in a small mid-western town outside of Kansas City, MO in a house that used to be a barn and still sort of looks like one. Tula’s main function in life is fabric design. She lives for it. Her signature designs have been adapted to fabrics, woven ribbons, paper products, needlepoint kits, embroidery patterns and sewing machines and can be found in independent fabric shops and retailers all over the world. Tula is most recognized in her industries for her dark sense of humor, a flair for hiding animals in the strangest of places (artistically, not literally) and her boldly unique use of color and pattern. Tula comes from the “more is more” school of design where there is never enough space and always room for that one last thing.

Today Tula Pink works closely with the good people at Free Spirit Fabrics to develop multiple fabric collections every year, is an Ambassador for BERNINA sewing machines, develops collections for Aurifil Threads and Renaissance Ribbons and writes books for F+W Media about quilting and sewing. She works all day everyday and gets very cranky when she is asked to leave the studio or if Tula Pink is her real name.

For real deal up date info on Tula Pink, her Studio and projects follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Back to Stourpaine Village Hall

We are returning to Stourpaine this September with Eternal Maker! We love this pretty village and have been spoiled by all the lovely people that come to see us there. We’re working on some new workshops for you so watch this space.

Here’s the key details to put in your diary:

  • Stourpaine Village Hall
  • 9th September
  • 10:30 – 3:30
  • Stourpaine, Blandford Forum DT11 8TJ
  • Tea and Cake available to purchase  on the day

We will be bringing 100s of fabric bolts with us suitable for quilting and dressmaking! If there is something special that you’ve seen, message us so that we bring it along with us!

Floral Burst

New Kaffe Collective in

We now have all the colourways of the glorious Kaffe Collective Sunburst (Free Spirit Fabrics). The prettiest shades of ‘happy’ fabric we’ve seen in a long time! We’re using these wonderful fabrics in our cushion and quilt kits too. So you can treat yourself to the fabric or if you want to make these fun projects you can we’ve got them ready too!

Kits are all with precut strips ready to sew so perfect for the beginner and those wanting a fun easy project.

Floral Burst Cushion Kit

Floral Burst Quilt Kit

Next Pop Up Hampshire!

We’ll be coming to Droxford Village Hall in Hampshire on the 7th July. We’ve once again joined up with Eternal Maker for fun, fabric and cake!

Classes are now listed for the day:

Introduction to Hexies -We will show you how to tack and sew your flower with time spent
exploring manipulation of fabrics to create new patterns

Measure Up Come and get measured up, and pick up some tips on how to choose which size to cut from your dress pattern, how to blend between sizing and more.  Go away with a sheet of measurements which will help take your dressmaking to new levels.

Kim Edith will be joining us again for another introduction to scrapbooking with textiles! At this 2 hour workshop come and create a small stitched fabric collage inspired by Kim’s latest Stitchbook ‘Into The Woods’.  Learn a range of techniques that Kim uses to make her Stitchbooks, including using stampers to create lettering, adding photos to fabric, and how to turn textile scraps into works of art.  Chose from either a butterfly or a mushroom template which you will be able to personalise and create in your choice of colour and pattern.

What you need to know:

Doors open at 10:30 and close at 3.

Parking is free but limited immediately outside the building. There are more spaces less than a 5 minute stroll away  in the community parking area by the playing fields on Park Lane which is nearly opposite. If you are planning to bring your sewing group please let us know in advance as we have access to overflow parking if we arrange ahead.

So if you are in the Hampshire area do come say hello. We chose Droxford as it is easily reachable for Petersfield, Fareham, Portsmouth and Southampton. Hope to see you soon!