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Well, I had thought that summer had gone but what a week. Pete and I are in Pembroke how lucky are we.

With the evenings drawing in far quicker than I would like, time to get into hibernation mode...... more sewing yippee. Many customers have been saying how they are looking forward to getting back to their projects.

Of course, Thimblestitch has all the bits and bobs that you might just need, a lovely array of Christmas fabrics and panels, several Autumn ranges on the shelves, one being ......

Morris Jewels by Moda

Cornucopia of Colour

The Flower and Textile exhibition at Axmouth Church was a huge success. Thank you to everyone that lent their treasured work, helped, or visited the church over the four days. Here are some of the quotes taken from the comments book:

“Staggeringly colourful exhibition of needlework & floristry - a delight”


“What a wonderful haze of colours

“Stunning! The incredible impact, so much vibrant colour as you enter the church”

“Absolutely fantastic!  The flowers are so beautiful with the textiles and have been chosen so sympathetically - Amazing “

Birthday Challenge

The challenge really has got those little grey cells working, some amazing ideas, using a very difficult fabric...... there is still time to take part. Only rules are, must be in by the end of October (tiny bit of leeway), no larger than A3. A new rule, more than 1 item is allowed, Oh yeah.... one lady asked me to stop her at 3. Please don't feel intimidated, have a go.

Don't forget to put the date in your Diary 21st November.There will be specail offers and prizes. We will be raffling the scrap quilt. All this, of course, with Jazzy's help!!


Workshop Vacancies


Spaces available on Gemma Fletcher's Precious Memories 10th October. If there is a box stashed away, full of family memento’s, holiday paraphernalia, maps, brochures,  receipts etc  then this is the course for you.
The day will entail :-  making paper fabric, stencilling, reverse appliqué, image transfer, embellishing , free machine drawing and hand embroidery.


Dressmaking  with Karen Fanzo -  Starting on Thursday the 15th October, for six weeks, either 1-3pm & 7-9pm.

Fragments - Lynda monk 21st & 22nd October.

Embellishing with Sandra Coleridge  23rd October. Sandra will bring her Embellishers. If you have never tried this technique, now is your chance.  If you have missed Sandra's previous classes, then come along, Just let me know which class you would like to catch up on.

Thimblestitch from a Student's perspective.

For a long time I had been looking for something to stimulate my creativity and to help me towards designing my own pieces.  I found Thimblestitch about 18 months ago. My work and techniques improving as a result.  Everyone is so friendly and welcoming and I am always amazed how a group, starting with the same instructions and materials, can produce such different results..

The Workshops cater for all levels from beginners  to those with extensive experience.  The work room is well laid out and the atmosphere is always good, generally dissolving into laughter, discussion and, sometimes absolute quiet, when everyone is trying to master a new technique or a particularly tricky piece of work. Quite often Zoe will come up to see what is going on and wishing she was taking part. 

During  the  Christmas Runner workshop you could have heard a pin drop. At one point, as everyone was placing squares and gold binding, ensuring they were all correct before ironing in place, ready to quilt. Everyone oohing and ahhing when you could see what the finished Runners would look like.  Varied colour palettes were used, some traditional red green and gold, mixtures of greens and gold, and blue and white with silver binding.

The 1st day of The Finishing Quilts workshop was very useful. I am a self taught quilter and picked up a lot of tips for both machine and hand sewing, even those with more experience learned something.  I came away with 2 table mats and looking forward to the 2nd day.

Being a 'Jack of all Trades' I find the temptation to learn new techniques and try out different equipment irresistible - some tidy and others delightfully messy - leaving at the end of the day with a 'Work of Art" is an added bonus. But beware, you could become addicted.

Looking forward to more Workshops and continuing to improve / learn.


And Finally

Added to the workshop list is Beginners Patchwork with Chris Peckham, and another Free motion Quilting with Jean Bartlett. I will also be booking Dot Carter for another Purse Day, as this class has proved extremely popular.

When I return from my wonderful week away, totally refreshed, I will be concentrating on booking more exciting workshops.

Our thanks go out to all my wonderful helpers who have made our week away possible..

Zoë & Pete

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