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  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017

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    Ministry Makes

    Ministry Makes

    What have you all been sewing lately? Here's a little update on my sewing adventures! In preparaion for a new wrap around skirt workshop, I made this skirt using fabric from Dashwood Studios, Cotton Meadow in Navy (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/fcotton-cotton-meadow-in-navy). The fabric was great to sew with and the weight was perfect. I drafted the pattern from scractch using 3 identical skirt sections sewn together (back, front and a front underwrap). I then drafted  ..

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  • Wednesday, January 04, 2017

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    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - DECEMBER

    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - DECEMBER

    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - DECEMBER Sarah certainly has the sewing bug since attending our 4-week Introduction to Sewing course in Chorlton. On completion, she moved onto our 4-week Develop your Sewing Skills course and also our A-line skirt workshop at Fred Aldous where she made the amazing cord skirt. She needed to take up some Ikea curtains which was her initial reason for enrolling onto our introductory course so she used the cut off curtain fabric to make this black and white c ..

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  • Thursday, December 29, 2016

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    What's on in 2017

    What's on in 2017

    January 2017 27th - 29th January Spring Quilt Festival, Ardingly Wonderful displays of quilts to see, plenty of shopping opportunities and experts to 'show you how'. Order your tickets and get more information here . February 2017 2nd - 4th February Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts, EventCity, Manchester A show for stitchers, knitters and hobbyists full of ideas, inspiration and craft supplies. Plus workshops, demonstrations and new product lau ..

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  • Saturday, December 24, 2016

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    Ministry Makes

    Ministry Makes

    What have you all been sewing lately? Here's a little update on my sewing adventures! I've been dying to try out this Lisette (B6168) pattern from Butterick for a long time. I really liked all the extra detail in the design around the neck, waist and cross over. I was not sure how the gathers over the waistline would look on me so this was a bit of a gamble. With the arrival of some new fabrics from Dashwood Studios, I was inspired to make it up in time for Christmas using ..

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  • Thursday, December 15, 2016

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    BOOK REVIEW BY CAROLINE COATES

    BOOK REVIEW BY CAROLINE COATES

    Knitted Animal Cozies: 35 wooly creatures to keep warm by Fiona Goble Anyone who knows me, knows I love messing about with knitting and the dafter the project the happier I am.....no lacy cardigans for me. So this book, with everything from caterpillar lip-balm covers to a whale phone cover is my kind of book. I love the creations in this book and can't wait to make more, I think the salamander pencil case next! This book includes great illustrations to remind you of sti ..

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  • Friday, December 09, 2016

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    FABRIC FRIDAY!

    FABRIC FRIDAY!

    We have just received our first delivery of DASHWOOD and SEVENBERRY fabrics from Anbo Textiles. I have had my eye on their collections for while as they work with some exciting designers producing quality fabrics at a middle of the range price. The Polar Bears fabric is a Japanese imported fabric from Sevenberry fabrics. It is slightly heavier than a quilting cotton and so ideal for cushion covers, curtains and blinds, more details here. (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/shop/fabric/ ..

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  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - NOVEMBER

    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - NOVEMBER

    MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - NOVEMBER Christine attended our Sew Social workshop and made this incredible vintage Vogue dress (V8999). The dress required a mere 6m of fabric! Christine made a head start before the class by cutting out and sewing together all of the many panels in the skirt, just leaving an opening for a side zip. It didn't take Christine long to make the bodice up, then with the help of our tutor, Jeanette, the skirt and bodice were fitted together and on Chr ..

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  • Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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    Tailors Ham Tutorial by Jeanette Archer

    Tailors Ham Tutorial by Jeanette Archer

    Tailors Ham Tutorial by Jeanette Archer Materials: ½ metre of calico Fat Quarter of Quilting weight cotton Matching sewing thread Sawdust Equipment: Fabric scissors Fabric marker Pins Sewing Machine Iron and ironing board Instructions: 1. Draw your ‘ham shape ‘onto stiff paper or card. Ours measures 21 x 26 cms, you can use a plate to draw around to curve the edges, remember to make the top narrower than the bottom ..

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  • Monday, November 14, 2016

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    Christine's Story

    Christine's Story

    Christine has now attended 3 workshops with us and we are so glad she has shared her story below with us. It really goes to show how sewing can have a very postive effect on your well-being, you can follow Christine's project on Instagram @Anti_Hermit_Plan. Christmas 2015 was miserable; my mum died recently which made Christmas Day strange, and then I was laid up with bad flu from Boxing Day until early January. Whilst lying on the sofa, feeling sorry for myself, I decid ..

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  • Friday, November 11, 2016

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    MINISTRY MAKES

    MINISTRY MAKES

    What have you all been sewing lately? Here's a little update on my sewing adventures! Yet another twist on our twist tunic dress! I wanted to make a tunic style denim dress to layer over a tee and tights for the winter. The denim I used was the one from our online shop (/shop/fabric) from Jane Makower, it has a lovely soft feel and worked well, although I can tell it is going to crease during wear. I dropped the sleeves and bound the armholes and added a separate section to t ..

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