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  • Friday, September 23, 2016

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    MY FAVOURITE SEWING BOOKS By Jeanette Archer

    MY FAVOURITE SEWING BOOKS By Jeanette Archer

    MY FAVOURITE SEWING BOOKS By Jeanette Archer I love a good sewing book, I have shelves heaving with various books ranging from dry old text books through to gorgeous modern sewing books with lovely glossy photos. I have far too many on my wish list at Amazon. My very favourite books though are old, you could call them vintage if you wanted to be fashionable, but really they are just old. The Readers Digest Book of Sewing Oh how I lov ..

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  • Thursday, September 15, 2016

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    Book Review by Caroline Coates

    Book Review by Caroline Coates

    String Craft: Create 35 Projects by winding, looping, and stitching with string by Lucy Hopping This is a great book for anyone. Although it's about playing with string, it really does cover quite a lot, from paper craft to sewing and even a bit of furniture. I love that most of the equipment and items used are easy to get hold of and available from most good craft shops. In fact, I found I had the stuff around the house to make quite a few of the projects, without ev ..

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  • Friday, September 09, 2016

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    The Perfect Fit

    The Perfect Fit

    Here is one of the most common questions we get asked at Ministry of Craft.... Dear Ministry of Craft, Both my mother and I are self taught sewers. We can work round simple patterns and make a garment, but they don't fit. What we can't do or understand is how to alter a pattern to fit our shapes, which is the best course for us. Many thanks Phillippa Dear Philippa, Oh what a pain it can be to get the perfect fit when you're making your own cl ..

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  • Thursday, September 01, 2016

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    #MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - AUGUST

    #MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - AUGUST

    We have a very romantic Ministry Makes this month, the winner, Tanah, sent in the below....... Just wanted to thank Sam, Jeanette and Alison for all their help and wisdom in getting me to the point where I made my wedding dress! I was still sewing it in August (wedding was 7th, I finished it on 4th…eek…buttons took longer than I had anticipated / I put off doing them) so I thought I’d enter it for your Ministry Makes competition! It might encourage other people who hav ..

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  • Friday, August 26, 2016

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    Top Sewing!

    Top Sewing!

    Hola! What have you all been sewing lately? Here's a little update on my sewing adventures! I was inspired recently when I popped my head in to our Introduction to Bodice Fitting (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/all-courses/c160911-pattern-cutting-introduction-to-bodice-fitting) workshop and decided to turn my bodice block into a top. I wanted to have a go at pin tucks - something I haven't done for some time and also create a yolk in the front of the top. Pin tucks  ..

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  • Thursday, August 18, 2016

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    Beaded Jewellery, Introduction to Beadwork

    Beaded Jewellery, Introduction to Beadwork

    We are very excited to have a new tutor, Clair Rigby, joining the Ministry of Craft team. Clair is going to be teaching BEADED JEWELLERY: INTRODUCTION TO BEADWORK (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/jewellery-making). After learning to bead in 2011, Clair developed what can only be called an obsession for teeny, tiny seed beads and seriously, sparkly Swarovski! Clair will be sharing her skills in bead 'weaving' - using a specialist needle and thread to stitch lots of teeny,  ..

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  • Friday, August 12, 2016

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    August Pattern Picks

    August Pattern Picks

    Chunky cardigans aren't really the order of the day at the moment but you'll thank yourself for investing the sewing time once the autumn frosts roll in! I love cardigans, especially ones that you can wear over a plain dress to liven up an outfit. The hardest thing about sewing them yourself is finding the right type of fabric. We've been scouring one of our favourite online fabric stores and we've found some cardigan friendly knits that'll look stylish and keep the cockles warm. We ..

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  • Monday, August 01, 2016

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    #MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - JULY

    #MINISTRYMAKES WINNER - JULY

    We have a winner for this months #MinistryMakes competition! Well done Valerie and thank you for sharing only your second creation following your introduction to the wonderful world of sewing. It is Valerie's god-daughter's new favourite reversible square scarf, made with the fabulous Lina Morata fabrics Cloud Tears in coral/pink/grey blue and plumetis coral and the Camelot Cottons fabric It's a Bird Life in pink and coral. A six-month subscription to Love Sewing Magazin ..

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  • Thursday, July 28, 2016

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    Clone a Summer Dress

    Clone a Summer Dress

    I had a rare Saturday off from teaching workshops, so am proud to say, I used my time well. Inspired by our Clone your Closet (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/all-courses/c161002-clone-your-closet) workshop and Fabric from our Online Shop (/fabric.html) and desperate to re-create a favourite summer dress (bought from Tesco for £6 in the sale), I drafted a pattern and made my dress. I drew around our Tunic Dress (http://www.ministryofcraft.co.uk/workshops/all-courses/d160924-s ..

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  • Friday, July 22, 2016

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    July Pattern Picks

    July Pattern Picks

    Shirts and Shirt dresses are surely the coolest way to stay smart in the summer. When I say cool I mean in the temperature sense but obviously you'll look pretty dapper too! We came across this gorgeous shirt pattern (http://www.backstitch.co.uk/i-am-patterns-hermes-shirt-and-dress-paper-sewing-pattern) when looking for some summer sewing inspiration, we're jealous of everyone off on their holibobs and needed a bit of sewing inspiration to lift our spirits! Imagine it in this lovely ..

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