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100 Acts of Sewing July is back for 2020 - with a difference! Here's how to take part...

100 Acts of Sewing July is back for 2020 - with a difference! Here's how to take part...

100 Acts of Sewing July is back for 2020!

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Making a film with Jenni Smith

Making a film with Jenni Smith

I'm so lucky that my job has led me to meet such fabulous people as Jenni Smith and Kay Walsh.  We all have a lifelong love of sewing and making, fulled by being brought up in the textile rich heritage of the North of England. Jenni runs her own studio in Ikley and with help and input from Kay, teaches classes, writes books and creates patterns, recently in collaboration with Liberty.  I first met them both through Instagram and they have been really supportive as my business has grown over the years.  Now we often meet at events and shows...

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Stitch ripper saga...

Stitch ripper saga...

So here's a little story about the new wooden stitch rippers that are now available in my shop... When I was first developing stock ideas for Beyond Measure in 2015, I knew that I wanted to offer alternatives to the mass produced plastic tools that are most widely available for sewing.  And apart from scissors, pins, needles and thread, I would say that a stitch ripper is an essential piece of kit for most of us who sew!  But so many are plastic and designed to be thrown away after they go blunt;  I knew that a wooden alternative with...

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The Beyond Measure Open Weekend November 2019!

The Beyond Measure Open Weekend November 2019!

It's nearly time for the Beyond Measure Open Weekend! It will take place on the weekend of 15, 16 and 17 November - full details about opening times and directions at the end of this post! But what can you expect to find? Well I open up my rather industrial unit to the public so you can come and browse and buy my goods direct.  There will be the full range of website products on display, plus some gorgeous new things for the winter. This will include some of the winter limited edition products by Cohana:  Some gorgeous new festive...

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100 Acts of Sewing July '19 - Week 4 Sponsor In the Wool Shed and a Dress No 3 Hack

100 Acts of Sewing July '19 - Week 4 Sponsor In the Wool Shed and a Dress No 3 Hack

I'm really delighted to have In the Wool Shed back for 100 Acts of Sewing July '19! You can read my interview with Emma from last year to find out her business and their beautiful yarns and fabrics she sells.  I decided to use some of this floaty block print cotton do do a quick hack for Dress week (see below for prize details!). I chose to use the pattern Dress No 3 as I have not really used it as much as some of the other patterns.  It does come up large (it is designed as a loose throw-over style) so...

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