100 Acts of Sewing patterns – they’re here!

100 Acts of Sewing patterns are back! Ok, I know for some of you they weren’t here in the first place – they sold like hot (yarn) cakes at Edinburgh Yarn Festival and the final few barely made it to the website listing before they were whisked off to eager sewists. But a large box […]

‘We’ won!! Craft Business Awards 2018

I am never really sure how to refer to my business.  Most of the time it is just ‘me’ working away, and I do feel it is very much my baby.  But there are so many others involved that it really does become a ‘we’ for a lot of the time. So, I am delighted […]

Cohana style!

Now did you know that on the 8th February the Kanto region of Japan celebrate Hari-Kuyō, the Festival of Broken Needles? It is a celebration of all the sewing needles and pins broken in their service during the past year and an opportunity to pray for improved sewing skills.  People gather at Shinto or Buddhist temples and stick […]

Beyond Measure nominated for an award! And a big thank you….

Beyond Measure has been shortlisted for a Craft Business award! How exciting!  I entered this a few weeks ago as I thought it would be nice to be part of something that acknowledges all the hard work that goes into running a small business.   The awards are sponsored by Association for Creative Industries and recognise […]

Louise Lockhart of The Printed Peanut

It’s nearly time for the Beyond Measure Open Weekend.  I am busy clearing the space and making room as I am sharing the studio with artist and illustrator Louise Lockhart, the Printed Peanut. It’s been almost a year now since I introduced the SEW panels, designed by Louise, to my shop.  I loved Louise’s work […]

Beyond Measure Open Weekend as part of Todmorden Open Studios

It’s less than one week until Beyond Measure will be open to the public for a whole weekend on September 8, 9 and 10!  This year we are officially part of Todmorden Open Studios which includes 20 artists exhibiting in various venues around the town.  There are 4 of us in the Old Fire Station, so […]

New shear cases have arrived!

I’m delighted to introduce a new item to the Beyond Measure range of leather goods, made especially for us by Matthew Riley of Awl Leather.  Many of you have been asking for a larger case for your dressmaking shears, so here it is at last – The Leather Shear Case! We went through several prototypes, […]

New things for wool lovers

I really love wool, it’s such a wonderful material.  Warm, waterproof, light, adaptable.  I love sewing with wool (especially the boiled variety, and of course tweed) and also making it into my lovely wooden pincushions. Doing more wool based events over the last couple of years has also rekindled my interest in knitting – who […]

Beyond Measure Open Day Saturday 1st April 2017

After the success of last September’s Open Day, I am again flinging open the doors to my Todmorden studio this Spring on Saturday 1st April! There will be slightly extended opening hours this time, from 10am to 4pm.  As before, I will have my full range of products available to buy, plus some sale items, […]

Clean as a new pin

Spring is coming at last – do you get the urge to have a clear out and invest in some new tools?  I am rather obsessed with pins and of my first blog posts on Beyond Measure was all about my quest for the perfect pin.  Viewing the feedback, it seemed that everyone had a […]

Dropcloth Samplers now in stock

If anyone’s visited me at an event recently, you may have noticed these beautiful Dropcloth Samplers for sale on my stand.  I’m delighted to announce that they are now available online!   Dropcloth samplers are designed and printed by US artist Rebecca Ringquist.  I first saw Rebecca’s work at the Rijswijk Textile Biennale in the Netherlands. […]

Party at mine – my first open day….

Thank you so much to everyone who came to my first open day!  I was very excited about having an event at my workspace but I did have pre-party nerves – who would come? What would they think? Would they find me in the depths of deepest darkest Todmorden? I had a frantic few days […]

Beyond Measure Open Day part 2 – Our little town of Todmorden

So, if my last blog post about my open day (full details and directions in my last post) didn’t persuade you to quickly google travel times and routes to Todmorden, then I am pretty sure this one will! For those of you that don’t know, Todmorden is a small market town on the Rochdale canal, […]

The first Beyond Measure Open Day!

Less than two weeks to the first Beyond Measure Open Day in my new work space! It’s going to take place on Saturday 10 September from 11 am – 3pm. So, what will be happening? Well, I’ll be setting up the space like a real shop, so you can browse all the usual gorgeous Beyond […]

The Sewing Weekender 2016

How to write a blog post with no images? Yes, somehow at the Sewing Weekender, I managed to take ZERO decent photos apart from the ones of the beginning and end of my journey.  So I will have to try and be a bit creative… I was attending as a sponsor of the event, organised […]

Xerea versus Washi

I’ve tried out a couple of dress patterns recently that have been on my list. First up is the Xerea by Pauline Alice.  I made view A in a size 40 (bust 36) and lengthened it by about 7cm.  I didn’t do a toile (sigh) and unfortunately discovered that the bust darts were pointing to totally […]

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