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  1. Kaffe Fassett, iconic fabric and knitwear designer, is currently celebrating his remarkable career of 50 years in the craft industry

    To join in with the anniversary celebrations, we've created our own list of reasons why Kaffe is one of the most inspirational crafters around...

    1. He got the nation crafting, before it was fashionable! In 1985, Kaffe launched a project on the TV programme 'Pebble Mill at One', inviting viewers to needlepoint an image of their favourite thing. Over 2,600 entries were sent in. Since then Kaffe has continued to inspire thousands of crafters to use rich palettes of colour, or to try a new craft for the first time.

    2. Now 77 years old, he still works relentlessly. Kaffe's craft talents include needlepoint, mosaics, tapestries, costume and set design, rugmaking, knitting, fabric design, and quilting. He still travels worldwide, teaching and lecturing, and releases at least one new quilting book each year. 

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    3. He passes on his knowledge and enthusiasm. Kaffe runs lectures and workshops around the world throughout the year. Jenna has been lucky enough to attend one of Kaffe's colour workshops and encourages her own students to take any opportunity to go to one. His current calendar of events is always available on his website kaffefassett.com

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    4. He believes anyone and everyone can try it - and do it! In his own words, working with colour is not an 'intellectual game'. 

    "The main thing is to have a go at trying out colours, the wilder the better. None of us designers really know what works until we see it, so sampling becomes wonderfully exciting as you stumble on really unpredictable and interesting colours."

    5. He tore up and reinvented the rulebook. Kaffe dropped out of art college when he started to be taught the 'rules' of colour - believing that colour was instinctive, and shouldn't be treated scientifically. How often have you laboured over whether a particular shade or tone is "right"? Why not take a leaf out of Kaffe's anti-rulebook!

    "Good designing follows no rules: remaining open to the unexpected is paramount."

    6. The glorious fabrics! Kaffe and his team create beautiful fabric designs - so it's easy to get started on a colourful project of your own - and we stock them in the shop! We now have selected Kaffe fabrics on sale at half price - these are from previous season collections, and many of his prints are limited edition - so once they're gone, they really are gone! As well as fabrics on the bolt, we have a wide selection of fat quarters to help you get started on your Kaffe-inspired projects!

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    7. He encourages men to get crafting too... in fact he encourages all of us not to let anything hold us back.

    "Though knitting is overwhelmingly considered a female activity, I never saw it as exclusively so. I loved doing it and had so much to explore in the field that it never occurred to me to be put off doing it."

    8. His patchwork and quilt designs are suitable for beginners. Kaffe often works with very simple shapes, and his quilting books are written like recipe books, which makes many of his ideas and designs perfectly suitable for beginners.

    9. He lives by his personal maxim of 'finding colour in a grey world'. Widely regarded as Britain's greatest colourist, Kaffe is best known for his vibrant colours and adept way of putting them together. But don't worry - he certainly caters for pastel palettes in his fabric designs too!

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    So why not join in with the celebrations, come into the shop and see the colour for yourself! All it takes is a few fat quarters, some inspiration - and you too will be 'dreaming in colour'!

  2. Janome have teamed up with SEW magazine for this amazing competition with £10,000 worth of prizes to be won! 

    The competition is simple. Pop into our shop and use the awesome Janome 350 and embroider your name! We will have a selection of embroidery threads and fabric ready and waiting, with the prizes being so amazing, don't be afraid to get funky! 

    The first place winner will be the proud new owners of the Memory Craft 15000! Second place will win the stunning Memory Craft 9900 and third place will win the Memory Craft 350, bringing you back to where it started! Not only that, 17 lucky runners up will win a box of Mettler embroidery threads worth £41.50!

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    For more information and to sign up pop here! We can't wait to see what you come up with! Good luck!

  3. With summer on its way, the fox is on its way out (much to Jenna's despair) and making room for the new trend flamingo

    If you love flamingo's, and crafting, as much as we do, we have just the things for you!

    Sasha loved every moment of cross stitching this funky flamingo. The kit is from the Brodrick design studio and is on offer for only £8.50! But be quick as we only have 2 left!

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    Sticking to the abstract theme, how about this amazing fabric! In black, white and pink it is great for being subtly on trend! We think a skirt or some cushions would like great in it!

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    If you are looking for a more realistic print this fabric is perfect! It is like bringing the tropics straight to you! A dress would have such a wow factor in it! How about re-lining those deck chairs and feel like you are right there (no one needs to know your back garden isn't actually a in the tropics! We wont tell if you don't!).

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    Now you have the fabric, you need the haberdashery bits to get you going!

    A pink polka dot picot bias binding would look amazing anywhere! Brighten up an old top with it, edge the flamingo fabric with it, just stroke it because it is pretty...we can't get enough of it! Aurifil have a very subtle pink variegated thread that would brighten up any of your quilting needs, along with all of the ribbons and pink buttons we have in our haberdashery it is really hard not get excited about this trend!

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    If you like a bit more pow to your wow, why not add some of the funky flamingo fluff or sequins to catch the light and make them look like they are glistening in the sun! 

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    Don't forget to show us what you have made by tagging us or using the #exetersewing on facebook, twitter, instagram or pinterest! Happy sewing everyone!