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  1. There are still some places left on the following class. Why not join us for a very creative few days customising your clothes and furnishings?
    Customising ClothCustomising Cloth - Making new from old
    Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace, Surrey
    October 1st - 2nd, 2011 (2 days)
    I will be teaching alongside Caroline Homfray and we will be showing you how to customise and recycle cloth and clothing to revamp your wardrobe, make furnishings and other accessories.
    For more information on the class, to see what you will be doing and to get some free projects, visit us at our Twin Needle website!
  2. My new commute started this week, Chatham up to Rugby by train. In theory an easy journey being only two trains, but joining the London commute was a little stressful! I will get the later train this week!

    Euston station     St Pancras station

    We had a great class, Rugby is a brilliant venue and very useful being right in the middle of town as, inevitably, there were a few things we forgot! See more about this class on our blog here: Then it was back to Kent on Wednesday night from St Pancras station (which you can see from above pictures, is much more appealing than Euston).

    Had a lovely few days away in Norfolk to recharge the batteries, then it was into London again yesterday for a visit to Buckingham Palace for a tour around and a good look at Kates Dress! It was slighty strange to see everyone filing past it and admiring it, when I had worked on a little part of it. I thought it was well displayed, although it looks tiny! Much easier to see the design and shape of it on display as compared to on the television.

     It's worth a look but book tickets in advance and be prepared for queueing and lots of people (you also have to pass through airport type security to get in). You also get a tour around the state rooms of the Palace and a visit to the Faberge exhibition where you can see, amongst other things, the very sparkly Mosaic egg given as an easter gift from Nicolas II of Russia to his wife, the Empress Alexandra Feodorovna:

    Mosaic Faberge egg

    After all that, it's time to shoot back up to Rugby again for another week!

  3. Well it's September already and that means more new stuff! The September/October newsletter is out now, you can read it here on this website (if you missed an issue you can view all issues published by following the link on the publications page). 

    There are many new items in the shop including needles, tape measures, webbing for framing up, kits, new and improved velvetboards, shisha mirrors, books and more! Check out nearly 100 items in my shop here.

    Bunting detail

    'Mini bunting' kits now available. Easy to make, sew or glue!

    Now taking bookings for day classes in embroidery, visit the classes page to see what's happening. There is more information and a booking form on the new website: Hope to see you in the heart of England!

    HOE Website image

  4. So I arrived in Rugby for teatime on Friday with a car full of equipment for our classes in September. Nikki had already been working hard on our stand for two days so all I had to do was pick her up on Satuday morning and walk onto the stand which was looking fabulous:

    RSN stand Quilts 2011- Sarah    RSN stand Quilts 2011

    We had lots of interest and it was great to meet some Rugby students from our taster classes and first Intensive CC course, and I think we have some sign ups for september and day classes which is great! If you haven't been to this show, there are hundreds of competition quilts on display organised into various categories. These were a few of my favourites:

    Quilted doll     Folk costume dolls    Hare quilt

    Quilted Doll, folk costume dolls, Hare quilt

    There was some amazing work on display and it was great to see so much creative work going on. It made me want to rush home and make one of my own, but perhaps I should make one for the 'Miniature Quilts' category first! This one must have been the smallest in the show at and inch square:

    Inchie quilt

    Packing up the stand was interesting, we had to get a 5 metre stand into my Ford hatchback! There was just enough room to squeeze Nikki in the front seat...

    NEC car packing