Good Morning Folks

Well…. here we are again – still confined to barracks and a dilemma – do we enjoy the sunshine – or do we sew? Well, it seems that many of you are managing to do a bit of both – which is wonderful!

and, many of you probably managed to fit in the first episode (22 April) of the Great British Sewing Bee as well .

There is certainly a lot to keep us entertained whilst in lockdown but before directing you to various resources do take a look at the blog as there has been oodles of photos sent in which showcase the enormous variety of beautiful projects that have kept you busy over the last few weeks.

And……please keep the photos of your work coming – it is good to share!

Now, for some snippets of information that might be of interest

For those of you who are fans of Kirstie Allsopp she has come up with achievable craft projects to keep people upbeat and occupied. It started on 20 April and episode 5 is this evening at 5pm. All episodes are accessible for 40 days

There was recently an interesting article in the Guardian by Clare Hunter – the calming effects of sewing can help people express and heal themselves. Clare’s book – Threads of Life – is well worth a read if you haven’t already delved into it

Lady Sew and Sew have a slouchy bag pattern on their website at the moment made with Debbie Shore Indian design fabrics

There is an invitation to join the Family of Quilts Around the World Movement – a.collective that is creating quilts around the world to tell the 2020 Covid – 19 story for future generations! Email if you would like more information

If you fancy a change from making a quilt, however, you could have a go at the Festival of quilts 1,000 piece jigsaw!
A PhD student from Bristol is looking for volunteers to help with her research called Crafting During Coronovirus.. Click here for more information.
Or, you could create your part in the National Wool Museum’s Exhibition of Hope. The aim of the project is to knit a square in rainbow colours. They will be sewn together to create a giant rainbow blanket which will be exhibited at the National Wool Museum when it reopens The museum will provide the knitting pattern
Those of you interested in costume design might enjoy this article – Unpicking The Costumes On Netflix’s production of The Crown Japanese Boro Bag pattern

And, finally

The Frontline Hero Bear Crochet pattern and, the Japanese Boro Bag pattern

If you have a pattern/ project idea or suggestions for things to make please let us know so that we can share them with the group

That’s all for now apart from…

Best wishes
Monica & Liz