Here comes the sun…

We’re on a mission at the moment to keep people sewing throughout the summer months! Despite being well aware that warm weather and sunshine open the door to a whole host of seasonal activities like picnics in the park or BBQs on the beach – there’s no reason why our sewing projects have to grind to a halt and be left, neglected and forgotten until the evenings start drawing in.

Fair enough it might not be the best moment to start making an enormous quilt, all sewn together by machine (indoors) and then have to sit, reluctantly snuggled underneath the thing whilst your quilting it in the middle of the Great British Summer. However, there is plenty of potential for a spot of summery sewing – something you can sew by hand, for example, in the garden, in between tending to the vegetable patch like English paper piecing or Japanese folded patchwork – and thats just for starters!

To support our campaign we’ve tried to base this terms workshops on appropriate projects for the forthcoming season. Our brand new Dressmaking group starts on 5th May. This is the perfect time of year to learn how to make your own clothes for the simple fact that the Summer wardrobe is the easiest to make! Little tops and A-line skirts are a great starting point for any budding seamstress. I’ve just rustled up a really simple camisole myself using a free pattern from Colette Patterns. IMG_3909(Shown here using Liberty Tana Lawn). If you’re interested in learning about dressmaking but not sure what you want to make then print off the pattern from the website and come along to Becky’s class in May – you will be making one in every colour in no time!

Another class we’ve got coming up is a quick and easy ‘Quilt Top in a Day’ – ok so you do have to spend the day inside sewing (although our workshop is very sunny!) – but then you have a quilt that’s just right for all those picnics you’ve got planned!

So there’s no need to hang up your sewing shoes just because the sun is out, there’s plenty of little projects that will keep your creative juices flowing – and if, of course, there’s no sun, and it rains all Summer then you can always make a start on all those hand made Christmas pressies you were planning last year!