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How to: English Paper Pieced Patchwork

Patchwork has a long tradition of using precisely cut, paper pieces to ensure that the complex geometric designs fit neatly into place, ensuring fewer mistakes and more economical use of fabric – which was and can be expensive. Follow these … Continue reading

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How to: Knit Socks Part 1

To start with, knitting socks can be tricky….but well worth the effort! AND, once you’ve grasped it, you’ll never stop! Socks make great presents for anyone and everyone, for almost every occasion. Plus, the great thing is, what you need … Continue reading

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‘Hook a Portrait’ textile workshop at the Biscuit Factory.

Louise Underwood ‘Hook a Portrait’ Textile Workshop Saturday 4th July 2015 £40 per person 10am – 4pm, 1 hour lunch Suitable for beginners, this workshop will teach you how to use the traditional North Eastern technique of ‘Hooky’ matting to … Continue reading

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How to: Yarn Bomb a chair!

WARNING!! -This is a really fun one and could possibly get addictive! You will/may need: Knitting wool – double knitting and above in thickness, and lots of colours! Crochet hook or knitting needles, Wool needles, Foam/seat pad, Fabric for patchworking, … Continue reading

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How to: Broomstick Crochet

Broomstick Crochet is a traditional technique dating back to the Victorian period. It is a very decorative technique which can make the finest mohair’s, to the cheapest polyester and the chunkiest wools, look beautiful – whether by giving them a spider web feel … Continue reading

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How to: Simply applique and ‘bling-up’ a cushion!

You will need: 1 plain cushion or pillow Assorted fabric Needle, thread and pins Scissors, ideally pinking shears Buttons, beads, sequins (I found these in Poundland!) Paper and pencil   Step 1: Draw out on paper a simple bold design … Continue reading

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How to: Customise your Doctor Martins

My lovely red patent leather Doctor Martins had finally begun to look a bit desperate, the patent was peeling away and no longer could nail varnish patch them up any longer. The actual boot itself was fine, just didn’t look … Continue reading

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How to: Catherdral Window

This is a beautiful technique which simulates the look of quilting and patchwork but the great advantage to it is that once each piece is completed, it will already have a tidy, finished backing which means there is no extra … Continue reading

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