Row By Row
We're really excited to announce that registration for our new Block of the Month project is now open. The 10-month project starts on 1st February 2017 and by following it you'll make the gorgeous Row By Row quilt shown above. The project costs only £5 per month if you want to collect the instalments from the shop or £5.55 if you'd like them posting out. You'll receive the materials list and the first set of instructions and patterns in February's instalment. The quilt is made up of a row each month and includes piecing, applique and foundation paper-piecing techniques, all of which are carefully explained each month. We've had over 50 people do this year's mystery Block of the Month project and have had great feedback about how much they have enjoyed it. You can pay for the whole project at once before the start then it's over and done with or just pay monthly, it's up to you. It would make a great Christmas present - why not put it on your wish list?! Pop into the shop for a registration form and terms and conditions and to see the sample quilt that we've made, or e-mail us on email@example.com and we'll send a form out to you. We really hope you'll join us!
Hello and welcome to our post-Halloween, pre-Christmas newsletter. The clocks have gone back which has given us an extra hour of stitchery time and we’ve lots to help you along with this. As time’s marching on towards the festive season our fabric offer for the next fortnight (or until they sell out!) is advent calendar panels, reduced from £7.50 to only £6.00 each. You’ve still got plenty of time to complete them so give us a call if you want one (or two) sending out or putting to one side for you.
We have had a lot of new fabrics arriving in the last couple of weeks. We have the new Lewis and Irene Little Flo’s Flowers ranges which are small, ditsy florals in all sorts of shade and very Libertyesque. They are great for ‘fillers', backings and smaller-scale projects. We have now got a lot of bright Michael Miller fabrics, perfect for all sorts of projects (as long as they’re bright ones!) which we’ll be putting onto the website as fast as we can for you to choose if you can’t get into the shop. We’re also trying out a small range of Michael Miller flannels in soft pastel colours and designs which are perfect for backing quilts to make them extra snuggly. We’ll add to the collection if they get a good response to these. I’ve included a photo here of some of them.
With the arrival of the cold weather we’re selling a lot of yarn and have two great offers on until the end of December. Any of the Drops yarns containing alpaca – Alpaca, Baby Alpaca Silk, Nepal, Lima and Lace all have 25% off which is an amazing saving. Lima and Nepal are only £1.50 for 50g which makes a garment SO inexpensive! We’ve also got 25% off some of our Bergere de France yarns – Merinos Alpaga, Magic, Initial, Baltic, Berlaine and Recyclaine. We’ve lots of gorgeous colours and plenty of patterns for you too.
Our patchwork and quilting workshops are just about all fully booked up to Christmas but we’re now pleased to say we’ve got the January to April programme sorted and the list is show for you below. We’ll get the photos of the samples up on the website as soon as we can – we’re stitching the new samples as I write! The cost of the classes has stayed the same and we hope we’ve put together some projects you’ll like. You can ring us to book a place, pop into the shop or book online through the website and we’ll give or send you a materials list when you book. Our dressmaking workshops are currently running on a Tuesday evening from 15th November and will continue in January as listed. A 4-week block of workshops costs £48 and all abilities are very welcome.
Don’t forget we do gift vouchers which can be used towards the cost of a quilting workshop and which would make a great Christmas present for a quilter. We’ve lots of other lovely things for Christmas too, including craft lamps, patchwork, knitting or embroidery kits, fabric bundles, jelly rolls, books, sewing tools, machine trolley bags and workboxes. If we can make your search for gifts a bit easier we will – come and see us! We’ll also keep a ‘wish list’ for you, so when the dazed and confused partners come rushing in looking for inspiration in mid-December we can point them in the right direction. New sewing machine? No problem! 10 fat quarters? Easy peasy! Just let us know what you’d like.
As always, if there’s something you need, just get in touch and we’ll be only too happy to help you.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.
Ruth, Lorna, Sue and the Leven Crafts girls
We've just put together some new workshops for this gorgeous Christmas table centre (which also looks amazing in non-festive fabrics). It would make a great Christmas present and is easy to make. We have Thursday 24th November or Wednesday 30th November to offer you, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for £25. Book soon as places are limited...
We've had so many new things arrive for you this week I don't know where to start! Three new shades of Bergere Ideal (don't forget the events tomorrow night or Friday morning) - very Autumnal and very gorgeous. We have new Michael Miller fabrics at only £10 per metre, Mouseloft Christmas and mini cross stitch kits, Sewline marking pencils, Clover quilting pencils, YLI invisible thread (the best there is in our opinion) and three different quilting/appliqué templates. So much loveliness and that's just the staff!! A reminder that the Bergere sale ends this week and the Drops merino sale next week. Talking of next week (October already, can you believe it?) we'll be starting a month of Pink events to support Breast Cancer Care, our chosen charity. More information about these very soon. Meanwhile do pop in to check out the newbies or give us a call to order by post - see you soon!
From today (24th September) until 22nd October all the Simplicity patterns in the current pattern book are half price - an amazing reduction! If you want us to order a pattern for you we can post it out to you, usually within about 8 days, depending on the day you order. Give us a call to place your order on 01287 610207.
Jenny's coming back! Two more 'Learn to Crochet' workshops - flowers and granny squares this time. Only 10 places on each so get yours booked asap! You can ring us, Facebook message us or book through the workshops page on here...
Well where did that summer go? Perhaps it's yet to happen and this month is going to be tropical! Anyway, regardless of the weather we've lots going on here at Leven Crafts this month. The Bergere yarn sale will continue for another three week or so to give those of you who haven't been knitting or crocheting over the summer a chance to stock up with supplies. On 7th September the Drops Merino Mania sale starts with 25% off our two Merino yarns - Extra fine Merino and Baby Merino. This offer is on until 7th October so plenty of time to choose your favourite shades.
Don't forget we've two Bergere de France promotional events on at the end of the month on Thursday 29th (7 p.m.)and Friday 30th (10.30 a.m.) where we will be showcasing the new Autumn/Winter yarns and giving away for free this season's mega-pattern book which normally sells for £12. Tickets are strictly limited to 20 per event due to space and you'll get your ticket cost (£5) refunded on any spend over £25. They are already selling so give us a call to reserve yours as soon as you can.
We've new Makower fabrics arriving this month from the Heartwood range which are just delicious. Here's a few pictures to give you a sneak peep...
Oh and I nearly forgot the Makower Haberdashery fabrics!
From DMC we have the Top This kits arriving very soon. They consist of a pre-made character pompom and materials to knit a simple beanie hat to attach it to. We think these are going to be very popular for Christmas presents and stocks will be limited so do pop in and have a look.
There are still a couple of spaces on the Monday afternoon dressmaking class which starts on 12th for 4 weeks (to continue if numbers allow) if anyone is thinking of having a go. Beginners are very welcome and we have machines to use if you haven't got one. Ring to book a place or book on here via the workshops page. You can order Simplicity patterns from us and we have a range of dressmaking fabrics available too.
We also have a couple of spaces on the Tuesday morning, 7 week beginners' Patchwork and Quilting course, starting on 13th. If you've always wanted to learn how to do patchwork and quilting then this is the course for you. It costs £70 for the 7 weeks plus materials and you'll be taught all you need to know to make a lap quilt by the end of the course.
We mentioned in the last newsletter that we have a social knitting group that meets on the first Friday of every month and new members would be very welcome. We have some ladies in this group who would be happy to teach anyone how to knit if you'd like to learn, so why not come along?
We're also hoping to be able to offer beginners' crochet lessons very soon so keep checking back with us if this is something you're interested in.
As always, it would be great to see you in the shop and if you live too far away we are very willing to post out supplies to you. We try to put as much as we can onto here but quite often we simply run out of time! If there's something you think we might have give us a call to check and we'll get it to you if we have it.
See you soon!
Ruth, Lorna and the Leven Crafts girlies
It would be lovely to see you at our Bergere event. Past events have been great fun with sample garments to see and try on and yarn to feel. Tickets are limited to 20 per session due to space but it's SO worth coming along for the free pattern book (worth £12), not to mention the wine and coffee! See you there!
Hello and welcome to the latest Leven Crafts newsletter. We hope you are having a great Summer, despite the mixed weather. We’ve lots happening here over the coming weeks and months including a wool sale, new workshop programme, dressmaking classes starting, a Bergere de France Autumn/Winter wool event and the completion of our Block of the Month project.
This month sees our Summer Bergere de France yarn sale. We’re making room for the new Autumn/Winter yarns and patterns which will arrive early next month so there are lots of bargains to be had. We’ve got 25% off Berlaine DK, Initial 4 ply, Merinos Alpagas, Baltic Aran and Magic Aran and 30% off any Bergere ‘oddies’ – odd balls which would be great for small projects. Next month there will also be another Drops yarn offer coming along. As soon as we’re told what it’s going to be we’ll let you know.
At the end of September we are again holding a Bergere de France wool event to showcase the new Autumn/Winter yarns and patterns. Colin, the Bergere UK Managing Director, will be coming along with lots of garment samples to look at and free pattern books (worth £12) for all who come to the events. They will take place on Thursday 29th September from 7 p.m. and on Friday 30th September from 10.30 a.m. Numbers are strictly limited to 20 for each session (due to space!) and tickets cost £5 which will be refunded on purchases over £25. There will be free refreshments available at each session. Tickets are available now so if you’d like to reserve yours just give us a call on 01287 610207 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put your name on one, or two…!
We’ve just launched out new quilting workshop programme from September to December and they are booking up really quickly. We’ve tried to include smaller projects for you this term and lots of new Christmas makes, including a ten minute table runner drop in day which will be fun. Here’s the programme for you and, don’t forget, photos of each workshop sample are here on the website (look under the ‘more’ heading at the top of the home page) and you can book through here too.
We also have a new season of dressmaking workshops starting in September for all abilities. If you are a complete beginner our tutor Amy will teach you all you need to know to make your chosen garment, and if you have some experience but are returning to dressmaking after a break, she’ll also help to get you going again. The classes will run on a Monday afternoon from 1.30 until 4 p.m. and on a Tuesday evening from 6.30 until 9 p.m. A block of 4 weeks costs £48 and you can also book through here.
October will be the last instalment of our Mystery Block of the Month which has been running since January and getting rave reviews as they say! The final instructions will include a bit of a surprise (our lips are sealed!) and the chance to sign up for next year’s project which won’t be a mystery but will be amazing. We are planning a ‘showcasing’ day when you can drop in and show off your finished quilt – we can’t wait to see them and it will spur you on to completion should you need it! If you haven’t taken part this year but want to be involved next year let us know and we’ll add you to our list and send out the details to you later in the Autumn.
And finally, we occasionally get asked if we have knitting classes or a knit and natter group here in the shop and we have had some in the past which have started and stopped for various reasons. We’ll just tell you about a drop-in knitting group that has been growing here in the shop if anyone is interested in coming along. It’s on the first Friday in the month from 10 until noon and all abilities are welcome.
That’s all for now but you know where we are if we can help with any of your stitchy queries. Don’t forget to put those dates in your diary and get booking soon. Enjoy the rest of the Summer.
Ruth, Lorna and the Leven Crafts Girls
Uh-oh, Lewis and Irene alert!! The latest collection has landed! It's called 'Make Another Wish' and it's last year's 'Make A Wish' in a new and glorious range of colours. Fairies and dandelions and seeds and hedgerows and all good things. You'll find them on the Quilting/fabric page. :o)