Friday, 25 May 2012

An evening with the Frome WI

On May 17th we were invited by the lovely ladies of the newly formed Frome Wi to be their guest speakers. All the team gathered together at the shop on beautiful Catherine hill and wandered up the hill to the United Reformed church hall on Whittox lane, sewing machines at the ready.

With plenty of space to spread out we quickly set up our 3 make tables and 3 demonstration tables. Tonights theme, Jubilee of course.

Two tables were making Jubilee corsages with Angela and myself and the other table were working on paper craft with Gaynor. Some fab pieces were made.

On the demonstration tables we had Vickie (Fromemaid) demonstrating her own jubilee tea cosy kits, 

Caroline was marking the jubilee with a special quilt demonstration 

and Becki was giving away expert tips in making jubilee bunting. 

A really lovely but exhausting evening and the ladies moved around the room, one lady referred to it as 'speed crafting'! Hopefully everyone had a go at the makes and were inspired by the demonstrations.

We have a range of jubilee fabrics, ribbons, buttons and bows in both shops. Fromemaid tea cosy's, Millie Moons Bunting and corsages are available ready made and in kit form. Pop in and be ready for your street party!

Thanks to Frome WI for inviting. We will see you in November for "christmas crafts"

 Photos supplied by Storm @ Frome WI
If you are interested in joining the WI, then please contact Storm via their Facebook page

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Olympic Torch Relay in Frome today

What an incredible day it has been today, there has been not a single cloud in the sky- which helped to make the occasion a really memorable event.
In the shop this morning, Gaynor held a drop in "Sew a Union Jack Brooch" workshop.  During which the footfall of people heading down Catherine Hill was a quite a sight in itself and  there was a tangible hum of excitement in the air.  Myself and Gaynor went down to watch the torch bearers run through Bath Street.  As we turned the corner into Stony Street there was an almighty cheer from children as the warm up guys on bouncy stilts revved them up.  These guys were high fiving the motorcycle Police Officers as each drove past; the atmosphere was wonderful!    Our position meant we saw one torch lighting the next and glimpsed the runner going past- couldn't have asked for more!  (Well, maybe a photo that is actually in focus?)!
 We headed back to the shop, from where we then saw and heard even more of a crowd heading back up the hill.  When this trailed off a bi,t a delightful young girl came in with her Mum and I helped her to sew her own patriotic brooch from one of our kits. I was very impressed with her stitching ability and it was a real real pleasure to meet her.  Here she is, Elizabeth, proudly showing her work:

 Roll on the Jubilee!
Hope you all have a fantastic Summer, Vickie.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Olympic Flame in Wells

Hello hello, what a lovely day its been, perfect for the Olympic Flame making its journey through Wells. Our fabulous shop in Wells was lucky enough to be on the direct route. The skies were mighty blue and the crowds out with there flags all waiting in anticipation, I was surprisingly quite excited and waiting to capture a picture of the torch bearer.....

...doh, I got too excited and snapped too early!! I got the guys just before the torch bearer, disappointment! Note to self....practise my photography skills and trust anyone other than myself to take important pictures!!

Oh well, to cheer up myself I took some pics of our lovely Jubilee window display and of the lovely new fabrics we had in. Yes you heard correct - new fabrics! Going on the Jubilee theme with more red and blue but in a very subtle way. Just have a look.

Bye for now,
Angela (hanging my head in shame!)

Quilting Weekend!

We are delighted to announce that we have Anne Baxter coming to teach a quilting weekend in Frome!

Anne will be teaching a log cabin design, and the weekend will see you sew a large proportion of the project and equip you to complete it with confidence (fast workers may get very close to completing the quilt).

Here are all the details:

Dates: Sat 21st & Sun 22nd July 2012
Times: 10:00-16:00 each day with a break for lunch (not provided)
Place: The Bennett Centre (St John's Church Hall - opposite the auction rooms), Frome
Quilt design: Log cabin
Materials: Not included (a list will be provided) & you will need your own sewing machine
Tutor: Anne Baxter (
Max places: 10
Fee: £115.00

Anne is a highly experienced patchwork & quilting tutor, and her classes are extremely popular (here's a blog post about one of Anne's Cornwall weekends). The class is suitable for people who haven't made a quilt before, but you must know how to use a sewing machine (how to thread it up and sew straight lines). Even more experienced quilters will learn invaluable hints and tips over the course of the weekend.

To book a place (they are sure to sell out quickly), call Millie Moon on 01373 464650.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

New Vintagey fabrics in store........come see me!!

Hello its Angela here, I just needed to jump on and quickily give mention to the new Maria Kalinowsk fabrics - 'The times of your Life'. They have just arrived in store and are lovely, lovely, lovely. I think they are perfect for those one-off stand-out summer dresses (come on sunshine we're ready for you) and Gaynor thinks funky mens shirt - why not, treat the men in your life, give them colour. Okay I will stop rambling and won't keep you waiting any longer......

Enjoy and bye for now.

P.S My favourite is the retro cameras........actually the pink cauldsac......mmmmm actually......mmm i cant decide I love them all !

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Mollie Makes 1st Birthday

Wow, its been a whole year of this fabulous magazine landing through the letterbox. This is such a lovely mag and a refreshing read in the craft world. So inspiring!
We were very lucky to be featured in issue 4 of the mag, with a great write up on the shop and the workshops. 


Now Mollie Makes is a year old and has celebrated with another scrumptious issue including a fab wedding guide for those of you who want to create something unique and memorable for your wedding.


We stock Mollie Makes in both shops and it sells out every month. The new issue has just arrived. 

Friday, 4 May 2012

More from the Wells WI

The ladies of the Wells WI have been working on a Bunting Project. Each flag has been designed and made by a different member of the WI.

We have the bunting displayed in our Wells shop window, pop along and take a look at their work.  They have used a variety of appliqué, embroidery, buttons, and embellishments to make each flag unique.

Also, since our evening with the WI, we have had quite a few of the ladies in the shop to make more corsages, try new projects, sign up on workshops and even show us some of their work. 
Here is Suzanne's free motion embroidery cards, inspired by the lovely Angela. 

Finally an apology, there was a problem with the photos on the last WELLS WI post. Hopefully I have sorted this now, go back and take a look at the post again from FRIDAY 27th April