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  1. Just a quick news post for any loyal readers wanting a grab a bargain this weekend. For the next two days only (until 23rd November) Brother have some fantastic offers on top of their current seasonal deals (you can view these here).



    Firstly the Innov-is 35 comes with a Quilting Kit for this weekend only. This kit includes: an extension table for the sewing machine, a free-motion embroidery (darning) foot, a walking foot, a stitch-in-the-ditch foot, a quarter-inch foot and an open-toe applique foot. The price remains as usual at £399.00.



    The Innov-is 55 also comes with a Quilting Kit for the next couple of days (exactly the same contents as above) and the prices remains at its usual RRP of £449.00.


    Finally in the sewing range, Brother's Innov-is 550SE not only also comes with a free Quilting Pack, but also has £50 off the RRP, bringing the price down to £699.00.


    And lastly, the Innov-is 1250, with both sewing and embroidery capabilities, has an amazing discount of £400, reducing the price to £999.00.

    As ever, do feel free to pop in and ask for a demo, or give us a call for more details!


  2. As usual, there's barely a week that goes by without a new delivery of some beautiful fabrics. Lately, we've had some lovely stretch polyesters and cottons, including a grey toned stripe, a flecked dark blue and an abstract floral print. These start from £5.25 and vary quite a lot in stretchiness and weight.

    stretch polys

    Next up there is a pretty peach check at £6.00/m and a caramel and cream 'puppy tooth' (miniature dogtooth), also £6.00/m. We also have a gorgeous lightweight floral polyester in purple tones shot through with silver. It would be perfect for a Christmas party dress and is an absolute steal at £3.50/m. Widths vary from 54" - 62".

    downham dressmaking

    A couple of new Christmas prints have also arrived in time for the December rush, including these sweet gingerbread and candy cane designs, and a geometric, 1920's-inspired red cotton with gold and black detailing - perfect for a bit of festive decadence. 

    gingerbread xmas

    And finally some fun cotton prints ideal for crafting with: a lovely subtle coloured sewing-themed fabric, pandas doing starjumps (yes, really) and a summery citrus print to brighten up the winter days. Prices start at £9.40/m, and all these cottons are 45" wide.

    starjump pandas

    Happy sewing!

  3. kaffe collection

     "Colour is his very medium, whatever the substance he uses."

    As I'm sure many of you will have seen from our Facebook page, we are now stocking Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Our second delivery arrived last week and we certainly have a beautiful collection!

    Not only are the patterns and colours wonderful, but the quality of these cottons is really lovely. They are 45" (112cm) in width and priced at £15 a metre. We have them in a selection of blues...

    kaffe blueskaffe blues 1


    kaffe pastels

    kaffe pastels 1

    ...and reds.

    kaffe reds

    kaffe reds 1

    For those of you that may not be familiar with Kaffe and his work, he is an artist and textile designer who has been creating quilts, garments, tapestries and mosaics for almost 50 years. Best known for his vibrant colours and adept way of putting them together, he has had many exhibitions, published over 30 books and his designs are collected by (amongst others) Barbra Streisand and Shirley Maclaine.

    He also designs printed cottons for Rowan fabrics along with his design partners Brandon Mably and Philip Jacobs, which we are very lucky to be stocking. Many of these prints are limited edition, although there are often old designs in new colours, so if you like any of the fabrics in the above pictures, it's worth snapping them up!

    For more information on Kaffe, his work and upcoming exhibitions and workshops, visit his website.

    design wall kaffe

    Jenna recently attended a patchwork course with the man himself at the American Museum in BathOver the two day course, she learnt the design process that Kaffe uses when putting quilts together, with a particular focus on colour. Above is Jenna's design, an overlapping squares quilt.

    We are also now stocking the grey flannel that you can see in the picture. Its neutral colour is ideal for putting colours against and the 'brushed' effect of the flannel means that cotton pieces will 'stick' to it, meaning no pinning required! It's priced up at £15 a metre and can be used again and again as a design board for each new project.