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** Drawing closed – winner has been chosen! Hi, this is Pam and Rebecca from Sew Hot. Welcome to Sew Hot’s Blog as part of the #KeepCalmBritHop!

 

Along with being the proprietors of Sew Hot, we are both avid sewists, and usually have at least several projects each that we are working on at any given time. Currently Pam is working on the Susan Ache Cross Stitch Sampler, and a couple of Laura Heine Fabric Collages. Rebecca is working on the beautiful Christmas Figs Sampler quilt by Fig Tree Quilts. We are always happy to help with any projects you may be working on, so please feel free to email us if you ever have any questions! Most of you know Sew Hot as a great place to find a huge variety of quilting fabrics, battings, threads, and notions. We make Bag Makers happy, too, with our large selection of faux leathers, sparkle vinyl, Emmaline Hardware, foam stabilisers, and interfacing. But did you know that we also carry Sashiko and Stitchery products? Often, at the end of a busy day behind the sewing machine, we want to just curl up in front of the telly, watch our favourite shows, and do a little hand stitching to relax. Sew Hot also has plenty of options to meet that need, too!

Sashiko is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan that started out of practical need during the Edo era (1615-1868). Traditionally used to reinforce points of wear or to repair worn places or tears with patches, making the piece ultimately stronger and warmer, this running stitch technique is often used for purely decorative purposes in quilting and embroidery. Sashiko is fun, easy, and produces beautiful results! You can incorporate your finished Sashiko pieces into cushions, clothing, bags, quilts, and many other things. We carry many different pre-printed Sashiko fabrics, and lots of Sashiko threads for you to try!

Stitchery includes many techniques, such as embroidery, crewel, needlepoint, and cross stitch. Sew Hot has made a “point” of carrying all of Lori Holt’s popular cross stitch patterns for you to try! We also have Lori’s cross stitch fabric, and many colours of Aurifloss, so you can get all your supplies in one shopping trip. Don’t want to bother counting small squares? Try one of our fun embroidery kits for your evening down-time. Big Stitch Quilting is also very popular to do in your lap. Big Stitch Quilting uses a larger needle and a much larger thread. It creates stitches that are larger and more easily seen. Big stitch quilting is a wonderful way for traditional hand quilters to really show off their work with colorful thread, and it adds another layer of texture to the finished quilt. We have an excellent selection of Aurifil 12wt threads that many quilters love to use! As a part of the #KeepCalmBritHop, we’re giving away an Aurifloss Merry Stitchmas Thread Collection! Just answer “What would you stitch with this collection?” in the below comments to enter. We will draw the winner on Friday April 17!

ALSO!! Just for our Blog readers, if you would like to try your hand at Sashiko, you can use code  blogsashiko  on your order for 15% off all Sashiko products. This code is good until 30 April 2020. And, don’t forget to go and check all the other fabulous creators and businesses on the #KeepCalmBritHop: Saturday, 28th March: Jo Westfoot | The Crafty Nomad Sunday, 29th March: Amy Ball | Coffee Rings Studio Monday, 30th March: Jo Hendy | Villavin Crafts & Retreats Tuesday, 31st March: Nicola Dodd | Cake Stand Quilts Wednesday, 1st April: Rachel Concannon | Rachel’s Textiles Studio Thursday, 2nd April: Lou Orth |  Lou Orth Designs Friday, 3rd April: Sonia Spence | Fabric & Flowers Saturday, 4th April: Fi | Pins & Needles Grayshott Sunday, 5th April: Sarah Ashford | Sarah Ashford Studio Monday, 6th April: Abigail | Cut&Alter Tuesday, 7th April: Karen Lewis  | Karen Lewis Textiles Wednesday, 8th April: Joanna Kent | Crafty Quilter Thursday, 9th April: Jo Avery | Jo Avery Stitch Friday, 10th April: Pam & Rebecca | Sew Hot Saturday, 11th April: Round Up Post | The Crafty Nomad</h2/ We hope you’ve enjoyed this post – do sign-up to Sew Hot’s newsletter (scroll to bottom of our home page to sign up!) if you’d like to keep up to date on all our fun products and activities!

[THIS OFFER IS NOW CLOSED – ALL WINNERS HAVE BEEN SELECTED AND NOTIFIED] – Congratulations! You have found the Festival of Quilts Giveaway Logo and have made your way to this Blog Page. All you need to do now is leave a comment in the Comments section and on Tuesday 16 August we will pick 8 names with a Random Number Generator to win a one-day ticket each to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham on 1-4 August 2019.

The winners will receive their ticket by Royal Mail.

If you would like to purchase tickets, we have a special discount code for you to use! Visit the Festival website at www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk and click ‘book tickets’ or call 0844 581 1289 and use code FESTIVAL62 when prompted. Instead of paying £16.50 for an advance adult ticket, you will pay just £14.50.

And while you’re at the Festival, come visit us in Stand J14, AND new this year, we will ALSO be sharing a second stand with Sewing Patterns by Mrs. H in Stand K2. Stand K2 will have all of Mrs. H’s bag patterns, and we will be displaying all the Emmaline Hardware, interfacings, and fabrics you will need to make her lovely bags!

Have you ever tried to match a Kona Solid to an Aurifil thread? There are just so many colours to choose from, and so many of the shades are very hard to tell apart! Now Aurifil has the ultimate cheat sheet!

You can find a comprehensive colour chart to match all your Kona Solids colours to the best Aurifil colour at this link:  Aurifil to Kona Cotton!

We think this will be a big help!

Congratulations! You have found the Festival of Quilts Giveaway Logo and have made your way to this Blog Page. All you need to do now is leave a comment on who is your favourite fabric designer in the Comments section below!

ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON PLEASE!

On Friday 21 July we will select 6 names with a Random Number Generator to win a one-day ticket each to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham on 9-12 August 2018.

The winners will receive their ticket by Royal Mail.

Thanks for participating in this Giveaway, and hope to see you at the Festival of Quilts!

UPDATE: Congratulations to: Petra R, Mandy A, Aimee S, Eleanor V, Susan F, and Jayne D who have all won tickets to the FOQ! See you there!

* Drawing is closed – tickets have been mailed out.

Congratulations! You have found the Festival of Quilts Giveaway Logo and have made your way to this Blog Page. All you need to do now is leave a comment in the Comments section and on Tuesday 1 August we will pick 8 names with a Random Number Generator to win a one-day ticket each to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham on 10-13 August 2017.

The winners will receive their ticket by Royal Mail.

If you would like to purchase tickets, we have a special discount code for you to use! Visit the Festival website at www.thefestivalofquilts.co.uk and click ‘book tickets’ or call 0844 581 1289 and use code EX17 when prompted. Instead of paying £15 for an advance adult ticket, you will pay just £12.50.

And while you’re at the Festival, come visit us in Stand B4!

 

We are excited to announce that Issue 8 of the Craft Network Sewing Magazine will include a photo and directions for the Christmas Star Basket, designed and sewn by Sew Hot’s Rebecca Wright!

The basic basket directions will be found in the magazine, but you can find the details for the patchwork star panel in the PDF below:

christmas-star-basket

We hope you enjoy this project! Please send photos of the baskets you make!

We hope you’ve enjoyed Sew Hot’s Birthday month as much as we have! We’ve had huge weekly sales, and we’ve given away a Blueberry Park Journal and a Dashwood Fat Quarter Bundle.

To end this special month, and to also announce the arrival of Tula Pink’s eagerly awaited next collection – Chipper – we are giving away an Aurifil Large Chipper Thread Collection AND an Aurifl Small Chipper Thread Collection! You can enter by commenting on this blog with the three things you would most like to have with you on a deserted island! This could be sewing or non-sewing related. Be creative, be funny, but most of all be outstandingly unique.

The large Thread Collection winner will be chosen by random drawing from all comments. The small Thread Collection will be awarded to the most creative and unique answer, as determined by us. This drawing closes at midnight, Thursday March 31, UK time.

You can see the Chipper Collection HERE.

We have a Big Birthday Surprise Announcement! Sew Hot is now on Instagram! And our last, and biggest, Birthday Month Giveaway will be on our new Instagram account.

It’s easy, just follow our Instagram account – sewhotuk – and leave a message on the Giveaway photo (pictured below) in our Instagram stream (not here on the blog). The Grand Winner will receive all 3 pictured Dashwood Fat Quarter Bundles. Wow – thats huge! And again, many many thanks to Anbo, our fabric supplier, for all the great fabrics. We couldn’t have celebrated so generously without you!

Are you having as much fun as we are? We are thoroughly enjoying reading all your comments about who taught you to sew! There are some great stories and they all show that each of our sewing adventures is unique and as individual as we are.

Last week we were giving away Fat Quarter Bundles of Dashwood’s Cuckoo’s Calling fabrics. Using a Random Number Generator, we picked these winners for Week 2 Birthday Giveaways!

Twitter – @SarahVonSew Facebook – Kim Lyon Blog – Alexandra Harper-Pailing

This week’s Birthday Giveaway will be for Fat Quarter Bundles of Dashwood’s Fly Away fabrics (pictured above)!  Many thanks to Anbo, our fabric supplier, for sponsoring these Giveaways and helping us celebrate our Birthday!

To enter, please leave a comment on this blog (and, if you want, on our Facebook page and Twitter feed) letting us know your craziest sewing experience, or biggest sewing blunder! Let’s be bluntly honest… we can all chuckle together. We’ve all been there! Contest will be open through midnight Monday March 23. Winners will be announced Tuesday March 24.

Last week’s Birthday Giveaway was a huge success! Many of you left comments for us about what you would make with the Dashwood September Blue Fat Quarter Bundle. From these comments, we used a Random Number Generator and picked the winners!

Our first week winners are: Blog –  Jennifer Ladbrooke Facebook – Margaret Daniels Twitter –  @Archiewonderdog

This week’s Giveaway will be for the Dashwood Cuckoo’s Calling Fat Quarter Bundle (pictured). Many thanks to Anbo, our fabric supplier, for sponsoring these Giveaways and helping us celebrate our Birthday!

To enter, please leave a comment on this blog (and, if you want, on our Facebook page and Twitter feed) letting us know who taught you to sew! It should be fun getting to know all of you a little better and find out who inspired you to create! Contest will be open through midnight Monday March 16. Winners will be announced Tuesday March 17.