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  1. As usual, there's barely a week that goes by without a new delivery of some beautiful fabrics. Lately, we've had some lovely stretch polyesters and cottons, including a grey toned stripe, a flecked dark blue and an abstract floral print. These start from £5.25 and vary quite a lot in stretchiness and weight.

    stretch polys

    Next up there is a pretty peach check at £6.00/m and a caramel and cream 'puppy tooth' (miniature dogtooth), also £6.00/m. We also have a gorgeous lightweight floral polyester in purple tones shot through with silver. It would be perfect for a Christmas party dress and is an absolute steal at £3.50/m. Widths vary from 54" - 62".

    downham dressmaking

    A couple of new Christmas prints have also arrived in time for the December rush, including these sweet gingerbread and candy cane designs, and a geometric, 1920's-inspired red cotton with gold and black detailing - perfect for a bit of festive decadence. 

    gingerbread xmas

    And finally some fun cotton prints ideal for crafting with: a lovely subtle coloured sewing-themed fabric, pandas doing starjumps (yes, really) and a summery citrus print to brighten up the winter days. Prices start at £9.40/m, and all these cottons are 45" wide.

    starjump pandas

    Happy sewing!

  2. kaffe collection

     "Colour is his very medium, whatever the substance he uses."

    As I'm sure many of you will have seen from our Facebook page, we are now stocking Kaffe Fassett fabrics. Our second delivery arrived last week and we certainly have a beautiful collection!

    Not only are the patterns and colours wonderful, but the quality of these cottons is really lovely. They are 45" (112cm) in width and priced at £15 a metre. We have them in a selection of blues...

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    kaffe pastels

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    ...and reds.

    kaffe reds

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    For those of you that may not be familiar with Kaffe and his work, he is an artist and textile designer who has been creating quilts, garments, tapestries and mosaics for almost 50 years. Best known for his vibrant colours and adept way of putting them together, he has had many exhibitions, published over 30 books and his designs are collected by (amongst others) Barbra Streisand and Shirley Maclaine.

    He also designs printed cottons for Rowan fabrics along with his design partners Brandon Mably and Philip Jacobs, which we are very lucky to be stocking. Many of these prints are limited edition, although there are often old designs in new colours, so if you like any of the fabrics in the above pictures, it's worth snapping them up!

    For more information on Kaffe, his work and upcoming exhibitions and workshops, visit his website.

    design wall kaffe

    Jenna recently attended a patchwork course with the man himself at the American Museum in BathOver the two day course, she learnt the design process that Kaffe uses when putting quilts together, with a particular focus on colour. Above is Jenna's design, an overlapping squares quilt.

    We are also now stocking the grey flannel that you can see in the picture. Its neutral colour is ideal for putting colours against and the 'brushed' effect of the flannel means that cotton pieces will 'stick' to it, meaning no pinning required! It's priced up at £15 a metre and can be used again and again as a design board for each new project.

  3. You've already seen the Janome autumn offers; here are Brother's latest deals to tempt you over the coming months (and of course you can begin your hints to loved ones for Christmas presents).


    Innov-is 10A

    Our best-selling sewing machine, the Innov-is 10A is the perfect machine for beginners and experienced sew-ers alike. With 16 utility stitches including 3 styles of buttonhole, it's simple to use and hard-wearing enough to manage all your alteration needs as well as craft and dressmaking projects.

    The 10A is currently reduced by £20 to £229.

    Innov-is 20LE

    The next model up from the 10A and the same build, the Innov-is 20LE comes with 40 stitches, including a nice range of decorative designs. It also currently comes with a Creative Sewing Pack worth £59.99 including a concealed zipper foot, piping foot and free-motion embroidery foot.

    The 20LE is currently reduced to £299 from £329.

    Innov-is 350SE

    With 294 stitches, including three styles of capital letters, the Innov-is 350SE is a great machine for serious crafters or quilters. It has an undercutting scissor function for trimming threads and includes a knee-lift for raising your presser foot hands free!

    The 350SE comes with a Creative Quilt Kit (usually £149.99) at the moment, with an extension table, and 5 extra presser feet to make quilting so much easier.

    Innov-is 955

    Brother's first embroidery and sewing machine, the 955 has 70 in-built embroidery designs and a 4 inch by 4 inch sized embroidery hoop. The sewing machine specifications are identical to the 350SE, so it's a brilliant machine for anyone to get into machine embroidery but also have a large range of sewing capabilities too.

    The Innov-is 955 is on offer at £599 reduced from £799.


    Innov-is V3

    Featuring an embroidery hoop size of 30cm by 18cm and over 200 built-in embroidery designs, the V3 is Brother's long-arm, embroidery only machine. It has a large LED screen making it easy to use and select designs, super fast 1050 stitches a minute speed and an independent bobbin winder, so you don't have to stop sewing for a moment!

    The V3 currently comes with free Design Plus software worth £349.

    Innov-is V5

    With all the embroidery functions of the V3 and all of the sewing machine capabilities of the VQ2, the V5 has got it all.  Featuring 227 designs including 17 fonts, it also has the ICAPS system for detecting changes in fabric thickness for perfect stitching all of the time.

    The V5 is also on offer with free Design Next software worth £999.

    PR 655

    Our only commercial embroidery machine, the PR655 allows you to embroider caps, shirts, jackets, jeans, hats or towels with business logos, school names, monograms, and much more. With features such as the LED needle position pointer, automatic needle threader and automatic thread trimmer, embroidery on a large scale couldn't be easier.

    Current extras with the 655 are a free wide table worth £524.99 and two Clamp Frames which allow for embroidery on extra tricky items such as football boots and baseball caps.


    All of the above offers run until 31st December, subject to availability. As always, please call or email us if you'd like any further information, or pop into the shop for a demonstration.