New Summer Florals and Feathers

A lovely range of pretty, bright florals and some lovely feather prints arrived at the shop this week, alongside some more unusual prints inspired by maps and the like. Giving you plenty of inspiration for some easy summer makes, take a look at these gorgeous new collections and see what you want to make from them.

Little girls dresses and skirts, bedding, curtains and cushions would look fabulous in these bright and super cute fresh florals.

These lovely feather prints remind us of early style photography or x-ray prints – perfect for making some Alice trousers for the summer or maybe a cool kimono dress.

And we’ve got a fantastic selection of some more unusual prints – these amazing fat quarters are designed by Tim Holz for the Rowan collection and feature excerpts from a range of old fashioned documents and items, such as maps, sheet music, books, forms, shop labels and Victorian style script. Ideal for adding a more masculine take on interior design or for creating a really different take on a quilt, we are completely in love  with new this collection.

And we have these three luscious designs on bolts too – what amazing things could you make with these?

All these prints are available in store now priced from £15.00 to £15.50 with fat quarters priced at £4.25 to £4.50. For more information give us a ring on 01233 612278 or pop into the shop and take a look in person.

New Fabrics for Summer Sewing

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The sun is out and we have a fantastic new selection of summery prints that will make your heart and your sewing machine sing! Just look at these big, bright, bold prints featuring flowers and the ocean waves in a range of gorgeous colours. We’ve fallen head over heels in love with most of them already, so get ready to do the same.

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These fabulous florals come courtesy of Kaffe Fassett – featuring large scale print in bright and bold colours, these babies have been much admired by many customers, as well as us. Clair has already made herself a simply stunning kimono dress from the turquoise and green print, which we think is perfect for summer wear, be it barbecues, beach days or even weddings.

Big circle skirts, skinny strapped summer dresses or loose floaty trousers would work perfectly in any of these designs – I’ve got my eye on the strong red with turquoise accents for the next Emporia pattern release! (Keep your eyes peeled for more news on that soon.) Why not take a different angle and make something for the kids? Small people doesn’t have to mean small prints – we think the poppy style flowers make excellent reversible dresses and what little girl wouldn’t look set for a summer wedding in a yellow and red floral Amelie dress?

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If you like your summer prints a little more nautical then check out our amazing Japanese designs from Tokyo Milk – featuring octopuses, swimmers from the twenties, Japanese inspired waves and coral themes, these prints are an exciting and unusual contrast to the Kaffe Fassett collection.

Octopuses may not be everyone’s obvious choice when it comes to summer themes, but these sea creatures coupled with beautiful blue backgrounds and floral flourishes have definitely got our imaginations going. I’m loving wearing my octopus kimono dress today in the sunshine.

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If the big old tentacled ones are a bit bold for your liking, then you can take it down a notch with the subtle coral print, or make like a piece of art and have traditional Japanese waves crashing all over your dress.

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Along with these fabulous prints on the bolt, we’ve also got some luscious charm packs in store too, and a few jelly rolls. So if you’re feeling inspired to make a bright, bold and summery quilt, or maybe a bag, check these little lovelies out.

Don’t forget there’s still time to enter our Me Made May competition! Show us a photo of you in a me-made garment using Emporia fabric to win a fabric and patterns – tag us on Twitter using @emporia_market or Instagram using @emporiafabricandcraft, or on Facebook using the shop name, or come into the shop in person and we’ll take a snap of you. 

Rowan and Patons Wool Now in Stock

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We started selling small amounts of wool and cotton back in the old small shop in spring, and now we’ve moved to our lovely new big shop, we’ve got plenty more space to stock it. So if you’re starting to feel the need to boost your yarn stash for the coming months, come and have a butchers at our new collections and you could start planning your autumnal knitting right away.

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It’s been a long time coming and a terrible obsession for one of us (yes, I confess, it’s me not Clair), but we finally have some Rowan yarn in the store! The truly scrumptious Thick N Thin is a gorgeous, uneven twisted wool that comes in a range of nature inspired colours. With names like Moorland and Limestone, you feel like you could be knitting something made of the landscape itself.  We’ve currently got four beautiful earthy colours in stock and will be increasing the range come autumn.

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A stable for many all year round knitters, Hand Knit Cotton also from Rowan has been gracing our counter for a couple of weeks now, attracting lots of compliments for its ice cream pastel palette. Suitable for double knit patterns and crochet, these super cute yarns are the perfect introduction to anyone knitting with cotton for the very first time.

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Fab Big and Fab Big Colour are also now on our shelves and these super duper chunky yarns will be forming the basis of our beginner’s knitting sessions (see the Classes page above for more information) which kick off in September. Extra chunky wool knits up faster than smaller yarns, so if you’re new to knitting and want to get off to a flying start, this is the stuff for you! Available in a range of bright or subtle colours, there will be more variety coming along in the autumn.

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It’s been very popular with everyone since we introduced it back in March, but we’ve just added a few new colours to the chunky cotton Natura XL range, with the dusky pink, soft grey and French navy proving to be just the sort of shades that make knitters go Oooh! Great for chunkier crochet, this yarn is fantastic for baby blankets as the soft cotton is naturally breathable, but also that little bit warmer than the thinner stuff.

With needles and crochet hooks now added to the collection, and more varied colours due for arrival next month, we’re seriously in the mood for getting our knit on. If you’d like to join us for our Friday Knit and Natter sessions from 1pm, we’d love to see what you’re working on. Or if there’s some kind of knitty stock you’d like to see on our shelves, pop in and let us know – we’d love to hear your opinion.

STOP PRESS! Local wools will be joining the Emporia collection soon! Keep your eyes peeled for more news on our Facebook page or via Instagram.

Wool Comes to Emporia

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You’ve been asking for it for ages, and now we’ve finally succumbed – at long last, we are now stocking wool! Gorgeous colours, soft merino strands in invitingly squishy balls of loveliness. Check these babies out, currently appearing in our spring themed window:

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Aren’t they lush? And that’s not all the range, over the coming months we will be stocking up with more colours and giving you the chance to tell us what you like best. I personally love the turquoise contrasted with the pale pink, or the deep teal with the reddish pink – simply delicious colours. These yarns are all 100% pure merino wool and knit up as double knitting on 3.5mm or 4mm needles, making them fantastic for a huge variety of projects, from clothing and accessories to socks and fine knit hats and gloves. Once I’ve finished spending all my time on Pinterest wading through inspirational patterns, I’ll get cracking on my first new wool makes!

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And that’s not all – coming very soon to the shop will be more fantastic yarn in the form of super duper chunky cotton, just perfect for the summer. These extra chunky cottons come in a range of colours just as beautiful as the merino, but since they’re a lot bigger, they knit up really quickly making them ideal for beginners. For anyone that thinks of knitting as a winter pasttime, these cotton lovelies will make you change your mind, so keep your eyes peeled on Facebook for when they hit the Emporia shelves.

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If you’re inspired by these beautiful colours and fine wool to get knitting yourself, but you’ve never done it before, now is the time to sign yourself up for a beginner’s knitting lesson and make yourself a special skinny spring scarf. There’s one more session on Monday 23rd March, and two more on Monday 20th and Monday 27th April 2015. The classes start at 6pm and last two hours, giving you the chance to learn all the basics including casting on, knitting, purling and casting off. The class costs £25.00 per person and includes 100 grammes of merino wool or 200 grammes of cotton yarn. Give us a ring or fill in the contact form for more information.

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So this is just the beginning of our little woollen adventure – let us know what you think of the yarns, and what else you’d like to see in the shop and maybe by this autumn, we’ll have even more for you to choose from.

Welcome to Vintage Corner

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This week we thought we would share with you the lovely selection of vintage items we have been collecting over the past couple of months. Every now and then some very kind customers pop in and donate various different bits and bobs from the past. Just the other day a lovely lady came in with a beautiful old cotton reel to sit alongside our vintage sewing machine in the window, because she thought it looked like it belonged there. What amazing customers you all are!

So now we have been on the receiving end of these fabulous donations for quite a while, we’ve created our very own vintage corner, where you can get your hands on some truly unique items if retro is what floats your boat.

We’ve got quite a stack of patterns, including those super duper prom dress we showed you a month or so ago, alongside various other designs from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Prices range from £4.00 upwards.

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There’s also a collection of various vintage fabrics (see top pic) in funky old school patterns or simple delicate designs. Obviously they are all one offs, so what you see is what you get, but some pieces are large enough to be able to make skirts or dresses from, and if you are into making kids’ clothes or smaller stuff, then there’s plenty to choose from. Prices for the vintage fabrics start from around £5.00 per piece.

And if you don’t want to go to the bother of making anything yourself, Aye Aye do a smashing range of make up bags in vintage fabric, so you can always get yourself one of those instead. The small bags are £6.50 and the larger ones are £8.00.

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Those of you who love a rummage will be delighted to take a closer look through the button jars and cotton reel bowl, as there is a multitude of delicious old fashioned designs and colours waiting to be taken home and used in some brand new project. Take a look at these shiny lovelies:

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 The buttons are 10p for small, 20p for medium and 30p for large; and the cotton reels are £1.00 each.

And for anyone who loves a bit of retro knitting action, you can get your hands on a pair of some truly retro needles in a variety of sizes, and colours, for a £1.00 too.

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