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!
So you might have seen Leonie on Hochanda in a brand new apron. I made it for her, for her birthday last week!
Now I promised you all a tutorial, so here’s a tutorial for an apron you can whip up in just 15 minutes! All you’ll need is a metre of fabric!
First of all, measure…
– From the collar down to knees (length of the apron)
– Around the hips from side to side (width of the apron)
– Inside arm to inside arm (width of top of apron)
– From collar to waist (from top of apron to straps)
The back straps should both be around 4 cm (1.5″) longer than the width of the apron. Then finally for the neck strap, just use a tape measure to find a comfortable length around the neck.
First of all, fold your fabric in half then measure in from the fold at the top HALF of the inside arm to inside arm measurement, then measure down from the top edge of the longer side of the fabric – on the open edges. Mark the two points and then draw a curve joining the two points up.
Next, give it a neat edge! Turn the edge of the apron over and sew around the entire thing, being super careful around the curves.
Strap time! Make the straps by folding each side to the middle and then half again before top stitching to hold it together. Do this for all 3 straps.
Next, attach the straps to your apron and press. Make sure you sew over the same spot a few times to keep it secure.
Viola! A complete apron. Happy messy crafting in your new apron!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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