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    My trip to sew in Devon

    About 18 months ago I received an exciting email – would I like to come and teach a freehand embroidery course in Italy….? Ask a silly question! But after much tooing and froing we realized that getting ten ancient Singer sewing machines, not to mention tubs of fabric, lamps, scissors, thread, hoops and inspiration to Italy might be a bit too much of a challenge – even for me! middle coombe farm the sewing course venue So we settled on something a little closer to home and last month, just before the clocks changed and as the sun was setting over misty autumn trees, I found myself with a heavily loaded van, turning into a lane with grass growing up through the middle in deepest, darkest Devon. ladies on poppy treffry sewing course Middle Coombe Farm was a beautiful setting for a stitching retreat. The machines were set up in the old thatched cider barn, hung with Tibetan prayer flags and the participants stayed in various ancient rooms through the farm and the grand old farmhouse. stitching students made on poppy treffry sewing course We spent the whole weekend together, stitching, chatting, cosying up by the fire in the oak paneled sitting room, eating wonderful food that was all cooked and prepared for us in the farmhouse kitchen and setting the world to rights. It was an honor to hang out with such wonderful ladies for the weekend and I was so proud of their finished products. embroidery hoop on poppy treffry sewing course And of course we mustn’t forget the indefatigable Mari from Made on Holiday who arranged the whole thing (and convinced me to do it!). She is the most wonderful warm, Italian, non cooking, non sewing mama, she looked after us so well, if anyone could convince me to do it again she could….but we’ll see! freehand machine embroidery examples

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    Sewing Club! Tutorial: Crafty tea towel projects – wall tidy

    We have a regular sewing club in our studio. Time to remember sewing just for fun, sewing our own clothes, sewing Christmas presents, all sorts. And we're thinking of our blog projects like a bit of a sewing club we can share with you. A regular tutorial where you can create a gift, or a treat for yourself and just enjoy a bit of sewing! In this episode of sewing club we bring you... the wall tidy! wall-tidy-Bathing-beauty-LR You will need:
    A lovely Poppy Treffry 'Bathing Beauties' Tea towel
    Tape measure
    Scissors
    Pins
    Backing fabric (you could use an old pillow case or similar)
    Sewing machine
    you will need - wall tidy
    First, cut your backing fabric to the same size as your tea towel and hem on all 4 sides. sewing hem - image 2Next cut your bathing beauties tea towel into 3 strips (with 3 bathing beauties on each strip) layers - wall tidyHem the top only of each strip edges - wall tidyPlace the hemmed backing fabric face up and place strips face down, spaced out evenly over the backing fabric. (use a tape measure to make sure)

    measuring - wall tidy

    Pin strips in place. backing - wall tidy Sew along the bottom (where the bathing beauties feet are - mind their toes now!) of each strip and, when sewn, flip the strips over so you can now see the bathing beauties in all their glory.

    pockets - wall tidy

    Now pin and sew up between each bathing beauty from the bottom of the wall hanging all the way to the top, to create the pockets.

    sewing pocket seams - wall tidyUsing some of the left over fabric from the tea towel, cut three 10cm by 20cm strips. Iron each long side into the centre and then fold in half length ways to creat the hanging loops.

    tabs - wall tidy

    Pin the folded tabs to the top of the wall tidy and sew. We've sewn a cross to make it a bit stronger.

    strengthening tabs - wall tidy

    And, ta dah!! You have made a wall tidy, hurray! Now it's up to you, either pop this on your wall and get organised or wrap it beautifully and wow your friends with your creative skills!

    And to encourage you to get creative we're giving you free delivery on our bathing beauties tea towel until the end of November 14. Use code making at checkout.

    We hope you'll join us for sewing club again soon and we'd love to hear about your makes, let us know in the comments here or over on facebook what you've been up to, particularly if you make our bathing beauties wall tidy!

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