We've just added another class to our offering on the website. The lovely Emma May is hopping over the Make HQ Studio to show you all how to whip up a cuddly quilted hot water bottle cover - a perfect Christmas gift if you can stand to give it away.
The class will run on 6th October, 7.30pm-10.30pm... plenty of time to get one or two made before it gets really chilly!
We had our first ever workshop in the new Make Studio on Tuesday and it was everything we'd dreamt it would be! It's so fantastic to finally be able to say we're in our very own space with lots of colour, a huge cutting table that we can change the height of (no more aching backs), lots of light and of course, lots of space.
Of course the fact that the first class was Emma May's brilliant Learn to Make a Roman Blind Workshop was rather fitting. Roman blinds take up a lot of space and the cutting table came into its own when everyone was able to simultaneously stand around and get measuring and chopping. We have the second part of this class in a fortnight but it has proved so popular that we have added another date - Saturday 1st November. We now have only one more space, so if you're interested then book it quick!
We also have the gorgeous By Hand London Anna Dress Workshop starting next week with only two spaces left if you want to make this beautiful dress that suits just about everyone!
We're also now able to add another Sewcial per month to our calendar of events - oh yes!
We have the very first Sewcial at Layby Farm this Tuesday 23rd September. Do let us know if you plan to come along and we can save you a spot. It's 7.30-9.30pm £7 as usual and there's plenty of free parking. Bring a project, get stitching, drink tea and eat cake - you'll be in good company.
It's the moment we've been waiting for - introducing Fabric HQ's new home! A massive thank you to Sarah Greer for the stunning photos.
We are TOTALLY in love with our beautiful new space. It's so light and absolutely huge compared to the space we've had to date.
At last we have all 700 + bolts of fabric in one place and the room to increase our offering of patterns, haberdashery and notions.
Our massive new cutting table can be raised and lowered, providing oodles of space for workshops and The Sewcial.
But most of the time we'll have plenty of space at Make HQ - our very own studio space where all our classes will be held from now on. This is seriously exciting - we've been waiting for the day when we can finally say au revoir to full-on battles with village hall trestle tables!
There's even plenty of space for a snuggly beat up old sofa where you can take a break from sewing or browsing in the shop, grab a cuppa and flick through a mag or book for a little stitching inspiration... and look at the amazing Make HQ Studio logo designed for us by the brilliant Sarah Lapham. Loving those scissors!
We can't wait to get started on our program of Autumn stitching designed to cover a wide range of sewing projects and cater for all levels of experience. See the Classes page on our blog and the website for more info and to book your place. We kick off the season with Emma May's fantastic Roman Blind two part workshop this Tuesday 16th September at 7.30pm. Only two places left at this class!
Thanks to everyone who came along to our launch party on Thursday evening. We were totally blown away by how many people turned up and overwhelmed by all the well wishes: there were cards, so many bunches of flowers, beautiful home grown dahlias, home baked treats and general excitement from everyone who came along and also from many who couldn't make it but wanted to wish us well anyway. Special thanks go to all the friends and family who helped get us in and ready for the launch. Too many to thank here - you know who you are xx
Thanks to Jen for the amazing pincushion cake pops (how did we not get a photo of them!) as well as the gift of her totally brilliant sewing themed cupcakes.
Talking of gifts, congratulations to all those who came along and won our bags of sewing related goodies filled with fabric stacks kindly donated by Dashwood Studio amongst other things.
Poor Daniya spent a nervous minute searching for her winning ticket ...
which was found, at last!
Our time in the shop on Friday and Saturday was filled with arrivals of yet more well-wishers, new customers who'd been hotly awaiting our opening and lots of tired smiles from the two of us. At last, at long, long last, Fabric HQ and the Make HQ studio are open for business. Can't wait to show you all around.