Spring Knitting and Stitching at Olympia

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Hello! We’re back! After four crazy days at Olympia in London, we are back at the shop and have finally unpacked everything. Mostly. We had a brilliant time at the show and can’t wait to get back to Knitting and Stitching again in the autumn, but for now we thought we’d share some of our pictures and stories with you from the weekend.

Did you see Clair on the Sewing Quarter the other week? Well, not just you and me and lots of Ashford sewers, but loads of other people did and plenty of them came to say hello to us at the show. Clair was mobbed! Lots of ladies were keen to congratulate her on her debut TV appearance and we also sold huge amounts of the Alice trousers and Kimono dress pattern there as a result, plus around 300 metres of fabric! We even had a lady come and find us to show off her kimono dress that she had made after visiting us at the Knitting and Stitching show in October. It’s always nice to see our patterns made up and in the real world, so it was especially lovely to have someone seek us out to show us what they had made. So if you’re a new follower who has recently made an Emporia pattern, do pop into the shop and show us your sewing skills as we love to see what you’re been up to.

We were also thrilled to bits to have Sewing Bee stars Mercedes and Janet come by our stall and have a chat with us! They were both lovely ladies and we talked about the Bee and how they did in the challenges so far – Janet was keen to point out that she still doesn’t know what punk actually means! – and they were both very complimentary about our fabrics and patterns. It was really exciting meeting some more sewing stars for the first time since we got all star-struck by Chinello and Patrick at the Sewing Bee live two years ago!

As usual there were masses of other stands with huge amounts of inspiring and exciting fabrics, patterns, kits and all kinds of sewing related things on sale, so we had lots to look at when we were allowed time off to wander round. Over the course of the four days we caught up with some of our old acquaintances from the sewing world too, including the lovely Tracey from Owl and Sewing Cat who we used to go on fabric buying trips to Germany with; fabulous Beth Studley, Ashford’s resident quilting expert, who was there with her baby bump; friend of the shop and fellow indie pattern designer Sharon from Maven patterns; and inspiring and famous Rachel from the Foldline, who gave Charlotte invaluable advice on jumpsuits.

We also caught up with our rep from Brother, Rachel, who will be down at the shop again soon for another demo day where she will be showcasing some of our brilliant sewing and embroidery machines. Another date for your diary is on Friday 29th March 2019, when Tracey from Owl and Sewing Cat will be joining us for day of drop in sewing projects, so be sure to make a note of that.

As usual there were plenty of inspiring exhibitions to look at too, including several quilts from the Quilters Guild and an upcycling competition which showed how students of fashion had refashioned various items of clothing or reworked unexpected materials to create fantastic creations. Our favourite was an amazing denim dress with some gorgeous applique patchwork designs on the front of a seafront scene with boats and houses.

All in all it was a fabulous four days, full of laughs and hard work. Keep your eyes peeled for dates of the next show!

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New Kaffe Fassett Fabrics for Spring

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So now Easter is out of the way and the sun is finally beginning to shine just a little, we thought we would share with you some of our new Kaffe Fassett prints which have arrived just in time for some spring inspiration. As always these floral designs are some of our most popular and they’ve also been proving to be a success on our new website also, so if you take a shine to anything you see on this post today, make sure you grab a couple of metres while you can!

Fabulous bright florals and nature inspired prints are what the Kaffe Fassett Collective are renowned for, and these new arrivals are no exception. Take a look at these beautiful vivid colours that will make amazing spring and summer clothing and tell us what you think would be a great pattern to use. We’ve got plenty of suggestions to go with them too!

Big, bold and beautiful brassicas – these lovelies come in a variety of colour ways and we can see them making up as some amazing kimono dresses, maybe even a maxi one with a side split. Feminine and floaty, they are perfect for the hotter months.

Thousands of colourful circles in the Kaffe Fassett Paperweight range make for an interesting visual design. We think this design would be fantastic paired with the Alice trousers for spring or maybe an A-line skirt. And you could make yourself a purse or handbag with the offcuts.

More Japanese inspired designs lend themselves perfectly to a kimono dress, or why not try them out in a sleeveless Lotta for the summer holidays? Or for those that love the new trend for culottes, go for the Issey design to maximise how well you can showcase the large scale print.

And don’t forget we still have a good selection of other Kaffe Fassett prints still in stock, if none of these quite tickle your fancy. You can see all of them in the shop or take a look at the collection online at our website, here

 

 

Win Tickets to Sewing for Pleasure!

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Next month Clair will be heading off to Birmingham for a very exciting trip to the NEC for the wonderful Sewing for Pleasure, and we are giving away four pairs of tickets FREE to our lovely followers! Featuring a wealth of exciting stalls, stands and demonstrations and workshops, this inspirational exhibition is sure to get any sewing or knitting fan excited.

Taking place at the NEC in the heart of Birmingham, Sewing for Pleasure offers craft fans an amazing array of different stitch themed activities and shopping experiences; whether you are after demonstrations of new and exciting crafts, the chance to get hands on with physical workshops or just the opportunity to browse fabric and craft stalls from all around the country, there is plenty to be inspired by over the course of four whole days. Speak to the experts, shop for yarn, fabric and patterns, and soak up the crafty atmosphere – we’re sure you’ll have a fantastic day out.

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For more information on the full run down of Sewing for Pleasure click here.

In amongst all the creativity Clair will be hosting our very own Emporia Fabric & Craft stand, where she’ll be selling new fabrics, the Emporia patterns collection and jewellery, plus a range of sewing equipment and haberdashery. We will also be launching two NEW patterns at the show which will be on sale exclusively at Sewing for Pleasure for the first week. Exciting times! Who wouldn’t want to win tickets to see that?!

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The Sewing for Pleasure event takes place from Thursday 15th – Sunday 18th March 2018 at the NEC Birmingham; if you would like to take part in the competition to win a pair of tickets to the show, all you need to do is follow the blog if you don’t already, and leave a comment below saying who would like to go to the event with. We know you all love a day trip out, so now’s your chance – get entering!

The competition runs from Friday 2nd – Wednesday 28th February 2018, and we will announce a winner via the blog and Facebook on Thursday 1st March 2018. Please make sure you follow the Facebook page too, so that we know we can get in touch to notify you if you win.

 

Gifts for Christmas 2017 at Emporia

Today is the 1st December so that’s it, we are now officially on the countdown to Christmas! Whether you are all prepped with a shopping list (or in fact have been calmly and casually shopping since August) or you are the kind of person who leaves everything to the last minute, we are here to help you with a quick and convenient guide to Christmas gifts for craft fans.

The newest gifty introduction to Emporia’s shelves has to be our amazing and super funky sewing and knitting themed jewellery. Created in collaboration with the talented R&R laser cutters, these amazing designs feature a range of crafty themes from scissor earrings and ball of wool brooches to statement tape measure necklaces. If you know someone who is proud of their crafty status, there’s no better way to reward them (and give them a chance to show off) this Christmas. The jewellery ranges from £12.00 – £20.00 per piece.

Also new in stock are these cute little craft kits, just perfect for little fingers to get to grips with. Choose from felt sewing a bear or an owl, or the chance to sew up a cotton bunny or monkey – we’re sure these will be a big hit under the Christmas tree with all ages of kids, and grownups too!

Know someone who is feeling the chill this December? Treat them to the gift of warmth with our range of soft wool cowls and bobble hats designed by Lotte Jamieson. Or if they like making things themselves, choose from our select range of Rowan knitting books and wool; how about a beginner’s knitting kit including a pattern for a simple cowl, enough merino wool to make it, needles and a knitting bag all for £25.00. We’ve also got a good selection of high quality knitting needles and crochet hooks, which make fabulous stocking fillers for crafty sorts, with prices ranging from £2.50 – £12.00. Rowan pattern books cost £9.99, and Rowan wool ranges from £6.50 – £9.95 per ball.

We’ve got a range of fat quarters, Kaffe Fasset quilting squares and a couple of design rolls in gorgeous colours and patterns available at the shop, all of which make great stocking fillers. Choose a pre-made fat quarter bundle for around £12.00-£14.00, or make your own selection based on the recipient’s likes. Individual fat quarters range from £2.00-£4.25; the Kaffe Fasset squares are £15.00, and design rolls are priced at £25.00.

We all know at least one crafter who is always losing their scissor, cotton reels, unpicker and pins – give them the organisational skills they need with one of our beautiful sewing boxes and a wrist-worn pin cushion to accompany it. Available in a variety of lovely colours and themes, these fantastic boxes are the perfect place to store all your crafty goodies, keeping everything in one neat place ready to use whenever you have sewing time. The wrist pin cushions are £4.50 each, and the sewing boxes range from £20.00-£30.00.

For those wanting to give someone a truly amazing treat under the Christmas tree this year, why not take a look at some of our brilliant Brother sewing machines? Whatever your budget, we’ve got basic mechanical models that would work as perfect starter machines for someone just getting into sewing, all the way up to all singing, all dancing sewing and embroidery machines. The L14s is a great machine for beginners, with a variety of simple stitches, and it’s only £99.00. Or perhaps you know someone who would love to start sewing more stretch materials and would love an overlocker? Our trusty 1034D is a great machine to get cracking with jersey and sweatshirting, or to tackle tricky fraying fabrics like satin, and it’s only £199.00. For someone who wants to try their hand at machine embroidery with a love for Disney, the Innovis M280D is ideal – featuring 25 different official Disney machines, this sewing and embroidery combination machine is smaller and much lighter than some of it’s bigger contemporaries and won’t take up as much space on your sewing table, for only £899.00.

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As well as all these luscious gifts, we are also selling ALL of our Christmas fabric at 40% off between now and 24th December 2017 – so you’ve still got time to get making for the big day itself!

For any more information on any of the above, do please feel free to give us a ring on 01233 612278, get in touch via the Contact Form, or pop into the shop – we would love to see you! 

Emporia at Kent Quilt Show

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This week we are live at the Kent Quilt Show in Detling! We’re currently on stand number 8 on the left handside when you come in and round the corner – come and say hello!

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This year we’ve brought with us a whole host of lovely fabrics from the shop, including our Kaffe Fasset collections, new extra wide quilt weight designs from French supplier Stoff, a whole host of Marvel and the brand new Star Wars and of course all our super festive Christmas fabrics. We’ve spent the whole day chatting with lovely quilters, discussing what they’re planning to make, which designers they like and how you can never, ever have too much fabric in your stash.

There are plenty of other fabric stands and sewing machine stalls all around, all offering their own variety of prints, from a whole rainbow of plains to a selection of hundreds of different white on whites. Next door to is renowned quilter Sylvie Plested, who is running workshops throughout the weekend and introducing people to different quilting skills.

As always there is a wonderful quilting exhibition, full of amazing designs. some traditional, some more modern, and many of them using a vast array of different skills. Take a look at these amazing designs and you’re bound to feel inspired to get quilting!

We’re here at the Detling Show Ground today until 4.30pm, and then again from tomorrow from 10am – 4pm – we’d love you to come and visit us!

Star Wars and Disney Fabric

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Exciting new fabrics have arrived in the shop this week! Star Wars is back once again, just in time for the release of the new film The Last Jedi, which is due out at cinemas on 18th December. And we’ve also got a few cheeky Disney bolts on the New Fabrics table too, perfect for anyone planning Christmas makes for their kids.

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From big panels squares to cheaty block patterns that can be quilted with no hassle, these brand new prints are making the fabric fans very happy already. Take a look at these fabulous designs and tell us what you’d be inspired to make. We’re definitely thinking quilts, bean bags, drawstring bags and of course pyjama bottoms – well, it’s traditional round these parts to think of sewing up cosy pjs at this time of year.

Princess fans will be happy too as this is the first time we’ve had any of the sparkly Disney ladies on any fabric.

All Star Wars and Disney prints are £16.00 a metre and stock is limited – if you see something you want, then get your hands on it quickly as once it’s gone, it’s gone forever! Need to reserve something? Give us a ring on 01233 612278 or email us on emporia.fabric@gmail.com. Alternatively you can get in touch with us via the Contact Form at the top of the blog.

New Fabrics In Store

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Loads more exciting fabrics have arrived in the shop this week, so here’s a sneaky peak of what you can expect to see in store. From rabbits and sunrises to giant gold polka dots, we’ve got a luscious new range of inspiring prints that will have you planning your next sewing projects right away.

We can’t get over just how lovely this gorgeous collection of rabbits on a Japanese style landscape is, and the contrast between orange and blue, and purple and grey is simply delicious. With a two complementary blenders to add to the mix, this is a super inspiring collection and we can’t wait to see what you make from it. Clair’s already thinking about running up a kimono dress from the blue version …

Rich pinks, bright turquoise and luxurious gold are at the heart of this collection: it’s full of simple but gorgeous designs and the added element of the gold hints will make you fall completely in love with all the prints, whether you want just spots, floral outlines or patchwork themed birds and hearts.

Want something more subtle? Go light and floaty with these delicate feather prints – perfect for clothing or homewear projects.

Fans of simple geometric shapes will be keen on these little crosses on neutral backgrounds: choose from black, red and light blue to make patchwork projects or maybe some men’s shirts or whatever else takes your fancy.

All our new fabrics are priced at £16.50 per metre. Emporia is open from 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday, and from 10am to 2pm Farmers Market Sundays – the next one is Sunday 6th August, so come and say hello!