Tuesday, 7 October 2014



Our new blog is over on our new website at:

www.theskepknittingandquiltingshop.co.uk

Come and visit to see all the lovely goodies we have in store!

Thursday, 18 September 2014

CLASS LIST FOR 2014/15

You can find details of all our classes and can now book and pay for them in our online shop:

www.theskepknittingandquiltingshop.co.uk


CLASS LIST FOR 2014/2015


SLASHED NINE PATCH  SUNDAY 5th and 12th OCTOBER

This is a technique class, at the end of the two days you will have a pile of blocks to make something fabulous with!  You will need your own machine and to know how to  use it, sewing supplies, rotary cutter, mat and ruler and your lunch.  All fabric is included in the cost of the class.

COST: £60


PETALS CLASS SUNDAY 9th NOVEMBER

This is a class that teaches many techniques so is very useful for future projects as well as making something great on the day. Half square triangles, raw edge appliqué, using fusible bonding and quilting.  Please see the quilt in the shop for details. You will have an 18 inch piece of work at the end of the day, perfect for a really special cushion front.
You will need your own machine, sewing supplies, free motion quilting foot, rotary cutter, mat and ruler. And your lunch.  Cost of class includes all fabrics and wadding.

COST: £40


FREE MOTION QUILTING SUNDAY 23rd NOVEMBER

This one day class teaches the techniques involved in free motion quilting. Don't be scared now! You will need your own machine and you MUST have a free motion quilting foot. Please check it fits and works before you come to class. You will also need sewing supplies and your lunch. All fabrics included in the cost.

COST: £40


WONKY STAR CHRISTMAS PROJECT SUNDAY 30th NOVEMBER

This class teaches the wonky star technique which is fast and fun. There will be a number of items you can make from your finished blocks.  There will be a choice of kit on the day from the Christmas ranges we have in the shop.  You will need your own machine, mat, cutter and ruler if you have them, basic sewing supplies and your lunch.

COST: £40


QUILTING CLASSES 2015

This is a preliminary list for patchwork classes for 2015.
We reserve the right to make changes as necessary, there is space for more classes which we will add and post details of when we have more info.

Jan
18th - Beginners single Irish chain - day 1

Feb
1st - Beginners single Irish chain - day 2
15th - Dresden plate technique class

March
1st - English paper piecing
29th - paper foundation piecing

April
12th - wonky log cabin

May
17th - pinwheel class

June
7th - Beginners Fit for a princess - day 1
21st - Beginners Fit for a princess - day 2

July - TBC

August
12th - Free motion quilting

September
20th - English paper piecing

October
11th - drunkards path
25th - strip piecing TBC

November
8th - beginners plus quilt - day 1
22nd- beginners plus quilt - day 2

December
6th - Tree skirt


Quilting classes run from 9.30 to 4 pm here in the shop.  Please look on the website www.theskepknittingandquiltingshop.co.uk for full details and pictures of what we are making in class.
Our teacher is Brioni Greenberg. One of the founder members of Fat Quarterly online magazine for modern sewists, a published author and inspirational teacher.  Google her to see her beautiful work. Her books are available to buy in all the usual places and many of her quilts are on display here in the shop at the moment.


BEGINNERS CROCHET CLASS with MAUREEN MCILWRAITH

Thursday 11th September FULL, NEXT BEGINNERS DATE TBC
The class runs for 5 weeks, 6.30 to 7.30pm in the shop.  You will learn all the basic stitches, increase and decrease, granny squares, japanese crochet, flowers and much more.  Tea, coffee and cake provided, handouts given every week.
Cost: £35 includes free ball of yarn and hook to get you started. All you need to bring is yourself!


INTERMEDIATE CROCHET with MAUREEN MCILWRAITH

Wednesday 8th October
Class runs for 5 weeks, 6.30 to 7.30 in the shop. You will learn more advanced stitches, chevrons, waves, popcorns and bobbles.  This is a great follow on from beginners or a stand alone class for those who know the basics already.
Cost: £35 includes free ball of yarn.


ADVANCED CROCHET with MAUREEN MCILWRAITH

Wednesday 12th November
Class runs for 5 weeks.  Each week you will be given a pattern.  Maureen will start you off and run through any difficult or new techniques and you will be able to finish off at home.  Examples of things done in the past are mittens, socks, hats, scarf and many more.  Please note, you may need to purchase extra yarn for these classes.  The timing of this class is deliberate as it can lead to multiple Christmas presents being made!
Cost: £35

As with all our classes your place is booked by payment in full in advance please.  Some classes fill quickly so do book early to avoid disappointment.

To book a place call in to the shop or call us on 0113 2362570. You can also book online on our website. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter to keep up with all the latest news.

Ps: we have started KNIT AND NATTER, SIT AND SEW, HOOK AND HECKLE days. These are informal days where you just come along and work on whatever you like.  Cost is £5 for the day, tea and coffee provided.  From 10am to 4pm here in the shop. Dates to be confirmed in the new year.www.theskepknittingandquiltingshop.co.uk

Friday, 5 September 2014

NEW WEBSITE!

Our new website is up and running! You can now buy online from us with a flat rate postage of £2.75 to anywhere in the uk.
There's 20% off for the whole of September as a welcome and a thank you for shopping with us, please use the code Skep20 at checkout.
In future we will be blogging on the site at:

www.theskepknittingandquiltingshop.co.uk

Visit us for a bargain as always!

Saturday, 5 July 2014

BIG NEWS AND CLASS LIST


We have had to have a change of date for the big bag class which is now on Sunday 3rd August. Apologies if this is inconvenient for anyone but unfortunately this was unavoidable.
This will likely be my last entry on this particular blog as we have
BIG NEWS!!!
Our online shop www.theskepknittingandquiltingshop.co.uk is opening in August and I will be posting from there once it does.

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for all the latest and especially now as we have a great giveaway.
There is £25 to spend in our online shop / bricks and mortar shop for the winner, all followers old and new are entered.
HOWEVER
THIS PRIZE FUND WILL INCREASE BY £1 for every new follower I get on Instagram and Facebook up to the value of £100
So by tagging your friends or sharing the post you will find on our Facebook page or Instagram you
are potentially increasing your own prize fund!
Go ahead and enter, it's easy, costs nothing and the odds of winning are pretty good!
Good luck x

Thursday, 1 May 2014

REVISED CLASS LIST FOR 2014


It's been a while!  I have some changes to the class list posted earlier in the year, some additions and a couple of date changes as life does it's thing and gets in the way!
So this is the list as it stands now, subject to change but hopefully not.

JAPANESE FOLDED PATCHWORK SUNDAY 18th MAY

 

This is a technique class. At the end of the day you will have something similar to this picture to make into something lovely, Brioni will have some ideas for you and we have a gorgeous bag on display as an example.
You will need a hand sewing kit as there is very little machine work (we'll have a couple of machines set up to use on the day) pen, pencil, ruler, glue stick, iron plus mini board or pad if you have one and your lunch.
Cost: £30 for the day includes all fabrics.


SPIDERWEB PATCHWORK SUNDAY 8th and 15th JUNE


Come along and learn the very satisfying technique of the spiderweb block.  You will need your own machine and to know how to use it, usual sewing supplies, rotary cutter mat and ruler and your lunch. All fabrics are included in the price of the class.  At the end of the two days you will have a pile of blocks to do something fabulous with!
Cost: £60

ENGLISH PAPER PIECING SUNDAY 6th JULY


A lovely class to learn this technique of hand sewing patchwork together.  No machine needed for this class and lots of different patterns to choose from - it's not just hexagons!  If you have been before you can still do this class again as this time we will have some different patterns.  All the quilts shown in this picture are EPP.  You will need a hand sewing kit including scissors, pen, pencil, ruler, glue stick and your lunch. Fabrics included in cost of class.
Cost: £30

BAG CLASS SUNDAY 20th JULY

PIcture to follow.  This is a new class to make a large bag which is perfect for your cutting mat and all your class supplies.  All fabrics and wadding included in price of class.  You will need your own machine, sewing supplies, mat cutter and ruler and also your walking foot and / or free motion quilting foot depending on how you want to quilt the bag. Don't forget your lunch!
Cost: £40

BEGINNERS QUILT CLASS SUNDAY 14th and 21st SEPTEMBER


This is a great class teaching all the techniques from start to finish.  Cutting, piecing, basting, quilting and binding.  You will make a version of the pattern above with a choice of many different kits, everything included in the price of the class.  If you've done beginners before you can still do this class, different pattern, different piecing techniques, same great bargain kit!  Kit is worth over £65 and includes top quality fabrics, 100 per cent cotton wadding. 
You will need your own machine and to know how to use it, basic sewing supplies, rotary cutter, mat and ruler (don't worry if you don't have these yet we have some to borrow if needs be and of course we have them in stock if you decide to buy) you will also need your lunch.  For day two you MUST HAVE A WALKING FOOT for your machine.  This is essential.
At the end of the class you will have a finished quilt (or almost, maybe a little binding to finish by hand) and you will have all the knowledge you need to go off and make your own quilts! 
Cost: £100

SLASHED NINE PATCH PATCHWORK SUNDAY 5th and 12th OCTOBER

Picture to follow.  This is a technique class.  At the end of the two days you will have a pile of blocks to make something fabulous with!  You will need your own machine and to know how to use it, sewing supplies, rotary cutter mat and ruler and your lunch.  All fabric is included in the cost of the class.
More details to follow.
Cost: £60

PETALS CLASS SUNDAY 2nd NOVEMBER


This is a class that teaches many techniques so is very useful for future projects as well as making something great on the day!  Half squares triangles, raw edge appliqué, using fusible bonding and quilting.  At the end of the class you will have a piece like the picture above, approx 18 inches which would make a great cushion, or you might choose to make many of these and have it as a full size quilt.  The quilt Brioni made is in the shop for you to see.  You will need your own machine, sewing supplies, darning foot (free motion quilting foot) rotary cutter mat and ruler. And your lunch.  Cost of class includes all fabric and wadding.
Cost: £40


FREE MOTION QUILTING SUNDAY 23rd NOVEMBER

Please see examples in the shop.  This one day class teaches the techniques involved in free motion quilting. Don't be scared now!  You will need your own machine and you MUST have a free motion quilting foot (darning foot) for your machine, please check it fits before you come to class.  Please bring sewing kit and your lunch.  All fabrics included.
Cost: £40

All classes run in the shop from 9.30am to 4pm.  Your place is booked by payment in full in advance please.  For classes more than 1 month in advance please call us to add your name to the class list.  We will let you know when it's time to pay although you can (and a lot of customers do) pay at any time in advance to be sure of getting a place.  A lot of our classes are oversubscribed.  

Our teacher is Brioni Greenberg. One of the founder members of Fat Quarterly online magazine for modern sewists.  A published author and a great and inspirational teacher.  Google her to see her beautiful work.  Her books are available to buy in all the usual places and many of her quilts are on display here in the shop at the moment.

Please email me if you need any further information about the classes theskep@btinternet.com
 To book a place or add your name to the list for any future classes call us on 0113 2362570 or call in to the shop.  Examples of almost everything can be seen and drooled over in the shop!  
Hope to have you with us soon!


Thursday, 20 February 2014

NEW BEGINNERS AND CROCHET CLASSES

We have a beginners crochet class starting on Wednesday 12th march. Cost £35 for 5 weeks, 6.30 to 7.30pm here in the shop. You will learn all the basic stitches, flowers, granny squares, japanese crochet, charts and much more.  Tea, coffee and cake are provided as well as weekly handouts.
Your teacher is Maureen Mcilwraith, experienced, inspirational and just all round great teacher.

Intermediate crochet starts Thursday 13th march. Cost £35 for 5 weeks, 6.30 to 7.30 in the shop. This is a great follow on class from beginners or a stand alone course for those with some experience already. You will learn more advanced techniques, chevrons, waves, popcorns and much more.  Weekly handouts, free ball of yarn and refreshments provided.

As with all our classes your place is booked by payment in full in advance please, give us a call on 0113 2362570 to book your place, hope to see you soon!

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

CLASSES FOR 2014


Our next class with available spaces is CATHEDRAL WINDOW.
It is on Sunday 16th march from 9.30 to 4pm.  The cost is £30 which includes all fabrics. You will need to bring a hand sewing kit and a packed lunch.

BEGINNERS PATCHWORK CLASS
This is on Sunday 13th April AND Sunday 27th April, 9.30 to 4pm.
The quilt you will be making will be similar to this one:
This is a great class which teaches all the basic techniques to make a quilt from start to finish so you then have enough knowledge to go off and do something else on your own.  The cost is £100 for the two days INCLUDING the kit to make the whole quilt with 100 per cent cotton wadding.  If you have done a beginners quilt class with us before please feel free to do this one too if you wish, it is a different pattern to any we've done before therefore different techniques involved, plus you get to take advantage of the kit worth £65 plus!
You will need your own machine and to know how to use it, you'll also need a walking foot for day 2 of the class, basic sewing supplies and a a packed lunch.  If you have a rotary cutter, mat and ruler then do please bring your own, we will have a limited number of these available to borrow on the day, they are also available for purchase in the shop if you want your own.


Classes later on in the year include:
JAPANESE FOLDED PATCHWORK SUNDAY MAY 18th

SPIDERWEB QUILT - photo to follow
SUNDAY JUNE 8th AND SUNDAY JUNE 22ND

ENGLISH PAPER PIECING, SUNDAY JULY 6TH
this is a hand sewing technique

SEPTEMBER 28th AND OCTOBER 12th
SLASHED NINE PATCH - photo to follow 

NOVEMBER 2nd
PETALS

NOVEMBER 23rd FREE MOTION QUILTING

Further details of all classes to follow. As we have made the list available for the whole year which is different for us, we're trying something new, you can register your interest and we will put your name and details on a list.  Closer to the time of the class we will post a reminder on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the blog that it is time to secure your place by paying in full in advance.
This is done on a first come first served basis, you can of course pay for your class as far in advance as you like to be sure of a place, some customers have done this already.  Not to be pushy but the string pieced star class was full before I had even advertised it and we could have filled it twice over so if you want to be sure, book in advance!

BRIONI GREENBERG
Is your teacher for all our patchwork classes.  She is local and a published author, also one of the co-founders of FAT QUARTERLY online ezine.
She can be found blogging at flossyblossy.blogspot.co.uk and her latest book (see picture below) is available from all good bookshops, bricks and mortar and online.


Email us at theskep@btinternet.com for any further information, to be added to our mailing list or to be added to a class list.  Or phone us in the shop on 0113 2362570
Further details will be posted as I have pictures of the samples.
Hope to see you in class!