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100 Acts of Sewing July Week 3 Sponsor - Ernest Wright Handmade Scissors

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100 Acts of Sewing July Week 3 Sponsor - Ernest Wright Handmade Scissors

It's about a year since I posted about the closure of the Ernest Wright Factory in Sheffield.  At the time there were so many messages of love and support for the staff, but it seemed that nothing could stop the closure and we were all sadly resigned to losing this heritage company forever Except that two customers and Kickstarter-backers, Paul Jacobs and Jan Bart Fanoy, felt that they could not let this happen.  The factory is now back open and producing their best scissors ever! I had a chat with Paul to find out how the next chapter of Ernest Wright history is unfolding....

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100 Acts of Sewing July - caught in neck facing

100 Acts of Sewing

100 Acts of Sewing July - caught in neck facing

The 100 Acts of Sewing Patterns often use bias tape for finishing necklines and this is a neat and cost effective way of finishing an edge. Once you get the hang of them, they can look really professional, but sometimes beginners can struggle to get them flat (take a look at this tutorial for some tips) and they don't suit all neckline shapes. It is no secret that I love a square neckline.  Although you could use bias tape to finish one, a neckline facing will give the stability and crispness you need when straight lines are a feature of...

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100 Acts of Sewing Week 2 Sponsor - Sara Buk Jewellery

100 Acts of Sewing

100 Acts of Sewing Week 2 Sponsor - Sara Buk Jewellery

So now it's time to introduce you to our second Week 2 sponsor of 100 Acts of Sewing July - Sara Bukumunhe Sara is a contemporary jewellery but she has a broad range of craft skills under her belt! Sara has very kindly donated a piece of her hand made jewellery this week - the winner will be able to choose from a silver pendant or earstuds from the Sewn Up Range.  Details of how to take part (and a very special discount for you) are below but first let's find out a bit more about Sara.... Can you tell...

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100 Acts of Sewing Week 2 Sponsor - Offset Warehouse

100 Acts of Sewing

100 Acts of Sewing Week 2 Sponsor - Offset Warehouse

Our Week 2 Sponsor for 100 Acts of Sewing July '19 is Offset Warehouse.  They have very kindly donated some beautiful fabric to me to make a garment (news of that later this week!) and also a prize of a 2m length of fabric for one of our Instagram prize winners this month (see below for more details of the luscious fabrics available to choose from).  It's been a pleasure to use these gorgeous fabrics and knowing they are kinder to our environment and the society in which they are made makes them feel even better. So let's find out...

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100 Acts of Sewing July - Tulip Cuff Pants No 1

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100 Acts of Sewing July - Tulip Cuff Pants No 1

So I'm pretty chuffed (as we say up north) with this little hack for two reasons: 1. It turned out pretty well first time 2. It took me back to my art college days when I'd see something I liked and then jump in fearlessly to try and recreate it.   I think that we are endlessly bombarded with patterns and possibilities these days.  A quick web search and we can usually find the pattern we want, or pretty close to it.  But back in my day, I could barely get hold of the big name dress patterns in a local shop, so...

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