Useful Links and Recommendations for Stitchers

Useful Links and Recommendations for Stitchers

This page is pretty random, but interesting. Sometimes they are first featured on our Facebook page and we don’t want to lose them.

Philippa writes
We have been contacted by a Girl Scout troop leader from Fairview, USA who has found our website useful when introducing her troop to the creative opportunities of Covid-19 lockdown and helping them to do their Textile Artist badge. It reminded me of a painstaking piece of elaborate knitting I once did; a cardigan in white yarn for my firstborn baby. Alas, the very first time she wore it, she spilt blackcurrant juice down it.  Perhaps if I had had access to this information my handiwork would not have been ruined. Thank you Anna!
A Guide to Removing Wine, Blood, Lipstick and other Stains! – good range of one off workshops and weekly classes in all kinds of textile arts, mixed media and other crafts. – runs an extraordinary range of mixed media and textile workshops, very inspiring and a really supportive tutor. Worth going all the way to Colchester for!

Dave got in touch with us and recommended this site which helped him learn useful sewing skills

We all have our favourite shops for creative crafts, especially the ones that also run workshops and classes. Have you visited Backstitch at Burwash Manor? Carol writes:

“I can honestly say that since it expanded recently, it is a real treasure trove of beautiful modern fabrics, knitting yarns and every sort of haberdashery or sewing notion you could want. I hadn’t been since she doubled in size and it is great. Alice also runs some useful workshops.”

Dilly Bradford recommends a wonderful firm selling materials You will be able buy some of the wonderful things she has made at local craft fairs

Kits can be a great way to get started. Ehrman have a tremendous range of needlepoint tapestry kits for sale.

There is also a very useful website which we used as part of the Stitch in Time project to create the panel featuring the Trumpington Village Sign from original artwork by Sheila Betts.

Geoff Rosenberg of Stitch Fabrics has been holding monthly fabric sales in Trumpington Village Hall for many years. He is very enthusiastic and helpful and has recently been joined by Maggie of Textile Garden haberdashery. They both sell online, but it is great to be able to see and feel before buying

Carol suggests a look at this inspiring website this includes forthcoming exhibitions etc. and a list of Forum members who offer workshops.

Yong has sent us the link to a wonderful tutorial he found, showing how to make a bunny out of a garter stitch square. Great for beginners and fun for all!
Have a look for yourself:

Jackie recommends: Starting to Sew
A Facebook group for sewing beginners with lots of helpful videos etc

The stitching shop in King Street that used to be called Sew Creative is under new management, called Sew Knit Craft and is still a great place for advice and workshops as well as shopping.

Philippa has learnt to do entrelac knitting, thanks to a helpful video