September 2016

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Crafting at Ally Pally!

Hi gang!
Just a quick one to tell you how amazing ‘Crafting at Ally Pally’ was this weekend!

I was working at the Hochanda stand giving out leaflets and freebees and meeting all of our lovely customers. You might have seen me with light up shoes!

Crafting at Ally Pally is one of the biggest paper crafting shows in the UK and is based at Alexandra Palace in the Great Hall which is such a fantastic venue for it.


There was tons going on, not only were their live demonstrations on all the stands and lots of goodies to purchase but Hochanda were there too broadcasting live on TV and you could sit in the audience and watch! It was lovely to see all the customers meet their favourite presenters and guests.


I spent too much! Take lots of money because there are bargains to be had for sure.

Hope to see you there in April! Keep your eyes peeled around February for tickets available on the Hochanda website, and if you’re a freedom member your tickets are half price!
Happy crafting!

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English Paper Piecing

Hi all, yes yes, I’m sewing again..

English Paper Piecing is not something I had heard of until recently, when Debbie Shore said she was bringing out English Paper Piecing kits.

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English paper piecing is a little bit like quilting and patchwork where shapes make up a big quilt or length of fabric, however with paper piecing we wrap the fabric is paper, which is the shape of what we would like the fabric blocks to be. ‘EPP’ as it’s known as in the industry, is centuries old and is usually done as a hand sewing project.

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I was given the challenge of making a table runner with the Kaleidoscope block I was given as part of the design team. Here’s what I ended up making!

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It’s a really lovely, simple, relaxing telecraft that I can throughly recommend! You can either do a tacking stitch or glue the fabric to the paper pieces with a Prym glue pen, which I highly recommend for ease!

You can buy Debbie’s English Paper Piecing kits right here on Hochanda.

Happy stitching!

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