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NEWSLETTER April 21

April Newsletter 2021

April has arrived - along with the Daylight Saving change...and the trees are getting their Autumn colours now!

This time last year we were in Lockdown…at that time I certainly did not think that just over another year later we would be the proud owners of the Best Little Quilt Shop I know! ....With an excellent team of staff - Stephanie & Trudy - helping our customers, and of course - the wonderful support of all our customers.  Thank you!

 

Short Ends Sale!
Take all the remaining fabric on the bolt & only pay half the normal price for that amount …need to make room for all the new fabrics that are now turning up!  While stocks last!

New Quilting & Sashiko Classes have now been organized...details to follow.

 

Steve and I took our first break in 5 years (I kid you not) and had a very mini break over in Blenheim...it was so last minute I couldn't get Nicole our Siamese cat booked into her accommodation ...so we had a one night stay away.  We had a lovely time - stayed at the Hotel d'Urville - very Georgian / Jane Austen themed room (quite posh for us really)


It was the former Public Trust Building - so the entrance to the rooms still have the EXTREMELY large and thick vault doors!  Don't think they would move easily! 

 We had a brilliant meal Saturday night at Gramado's Restaurant - a Brazilian themed menu, very tasty, the staff are extremely well trained and actually know the various dishes - as an ex chef - it is so nice to go to a restaurant where the staff can explain all the dishes perfectly and don't go "er - I'll have to check with the kitchen..." 

On Sunday we went to the Farmers market...so I had to buy some goodies to bring home...

Booking Details for ALL of our Classes - Please Take Note!

Phone bookings can be made -
03 544 7832,
by email - info@craftyorwot.com
plus on the website 
www.craftyorwot.com
but a $10 deposit is required to secure your place. 
Deposit is non-refundable if you cancel and we are unable to fill your place, but refundable in full if we have to cancel for any unexpected reason.

 Quilting Class
Economy Blocks (now called Square on Square Blocks)
 Quilting Class for Confident Beginners
Saturday 17th April

10am start - prompt – 4pm approx. finish.
 Tutor – Stephanie Percivall
Maximum of 8 students
Kit included in the cost of the workshop. 
Cost $49 per person inclusive.

Students will learn how to construct Blocks from small amounts of fabric (great scrap buster) – these blocks are really versatile & fun to make – they look really complicated – but are actually really easy & you can create countless variations by rotating blocks round & / or using different colour combinations.  Stephanie will take you on a fascinating journey of discovery in all the variations of these simple blocks & their uses.

Sewing machine in good working order is needed for this course, plus – a walking foot or embroidery foot would be useful, but not absolutely essential. Your usual sewing requisites: scissors / safety pins / sewing pins etc.
Tea & Coffee will be available but please bring your lunch.
Crafty or Wot, 145 McShane Road, Richmond

 Quilting Class
Log Cabin Class for Beginners

Saturday 22nd May

(Smaller photo above is a sample of other blocks based on the Log Cabin Block)
10am start - prompt – 4pm approx. finish.
 Tutor – Stephanie Percivall
Maximum of 8 students
Kit included in the cost of the workshop. 
Cost $49 per person inclusive.

 Log Cabin Blocks & their variations are another easy beginner’s block which can be transformed in so many ways with the use of colour, size of blocks etc. such as Courthouse Steps / Half Log Cabin / Curvy Log Cabin & so on. These are the basis of so many quilts! Students will learn how to construct the Blocks, and by the use of different colours & formats the end result will be completely different.  Stephanie will take you on a fascinating journey of discovery in all the variations of these simple blocks & their uses.

Sewing machine in good working order is needed for this course, plus – a walking foot or embroidery foot would be useful, but not absolutely essential. Your usual sewing requisites: scissors / safety pins / sewing pins etc.
Tea & Coffee will be available but please bring your lunch.
Crafty or Wot, 145 McShane Road, Richmond

If you would like to learn how to quilt - but have not yet purchased a sewing machine - we have 2 available for you to borrow - but you do need to book them in advance!

Hitomezashi Sashiko Classes
(also known as One Stitch Sashiko) 

these classes are suitable for beginners,
plus those who want to explore Sashiko further.

Saturday 8th May
&
Saturday 10th July

 

First sample is Ajisazashi or Hydrangea Stitch - really easy & includes the needle weaving technique (one of my favourite Sashiko stitches)

Second sample to be covered is a Komezashi / Rice Stitch variation - again really easy - but so effective!
 
10am start - prompt – 4pm approx. finish.
 Tutor - Christine Hart
Maximum of 10 students
Kit included in the cost of the workshop 
Cost $49 per person inclusive.

2 different projects will be stitched in this class –
kit includes Pack of  Sashiko Needles,
Navy & Ecru Dot Grid Fabric & all the threads needed to complete the patterns.
Students will be given a brief history of Sashiko & Boro Stitching, before learning how to deal with the skeins of Sashiko Threads (especially useful for the 100mt skeins!)  How to stitch Sashiko economically, so as not to waste too much thread, plus lots of other tips and tricks to stitch your work and what to turn it into afterwards.  Final finishing off will need to be completed at home due to time constraints.
Bring a basic sewing kit with you (needles / pins / scissors). 

Tea & Coffee will be available but please bring your lunch.
Crafty or Wot, 145 McShane Road, Richmond

A sample idea - combining patchwork and Hydrangea Stitch - cushion was consructed using 'scraps' from my fabric stash - great stash buster...still more scraps to go of course...

Boro Inspired Stitching Class
suitable for beginners & those who want to learn the
Boro Stitching technique
Saturday 12th June

10am start - prompt – 4pm approx. finish.
 Tutor - Christine Hart
Maximum of 10 students
Kit included in the cost of the workshop 
Cost $49 per person inclusive.


All fabrics, Sashiko thread, and Sashiko needles will be included in your kit to stitch the small purse pictured. As well as how to make the traditional Flower trim as the zip pull. 
 (Zip will be already inserted into the foundation fabric ready for your Boro Stitching).
Students will be given a brief history of Sashiko & Boro Stitching, before learning how to deal with the skeins of Sashiko Threads (especially useful for the 100mt skeins!)  How to stitch Sashiko economically, so as not to waste too much thread, plus lots of other tips and tricks to stitch your work.   
Final finishing off will need to be completed at home due to time constraints.
Bring a basic sewing kit with you (needles / pins / scissors). 

Tea & Coffee will be available but please bring your lunch.
Crafty or Wot, 145 McShane Road, Richmond

New Knitting Yarns

We now have in stock the latest Alpaca knitting yarns from our supplier.

Chaska Alpaca Sock Yarn - 4ply - 2 neutral shades - great for indie dyers - 75% Baby Alpaca / 25% Nylon - 100gm skeins

Chaska Alpaca Air - Brushed - 12 ply
80% Alpaca / 20% Acrylic - 50gm balls

Chaska Alpaca Muhu - 8ply / DK
100% Baby Alpaca - 50gm balls

Naturally Omana 4ply Sock Yarn - solid colours (instead of some of those 'interesting' colour mixes)
35% NZ Merino / 40% Alpaca / 25%Acrylic - 100gm balls

 New Fabric Arrivals

A delightful range of prints from Windom Fabrics - "Midsummer" - including florals / blenders & rabbits.

Goose Creek Garden by Poppie Cotton - another lovely range of coordinating fabrics...
and I just love the slevedges...
if I was using this range I would have to include them in the design somewhere...
an alternative take on keeping your ducks in a row?

And for something a bit different...

Colour Theory! 
This would be great for bags with attitude!  You wouldn't loose your bag easily -  that is for sure. 
And the 'colour swatch' fabric would be great for pops of colour in your projects.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in the shop or at one of our classes.
All the best from Christine & Steve,
Trudy & Stephanie.