Monday, 5 January 2015

2014 In Review

Wow people! What a lot of amazing things got made at PlainStitch this year! This montage has taken me DAYS to finish. I could not edit! It's bought a lump to my throat at times - such an abundance of wonderfulness! So many lovely smiling faces, so many new friends and old, so much colour and life, such warmth jumping off the screen.

2014 was a really exciting year for us, we opened our Workroom after a couple of years of life in local halls teaching our patchwork and quilting classes. We've opened the ShopRoom and filled it to the brim with lovely colourful fabric delights. We have welcomed lots of new tutors and classes to PlainStitch, run Retreats, lots of Bees and generally had a lovely time meeting lots and lots of lovely people! We've shopped, hopped, swapped, sewn, smiled, eaten cake and made lots of friends.

2015 promises lots more new deliciousness! Lots of new classes on offer and in development, new tutors and skills and lots and lots of lovely new fabric!

But PlainStitch is just a space, a room. We supply raw materials, fabric and threads, we try and light a little fire of ideas and skills and inspiration - but the most important part of this alchemy is all of you! Your ideas, time and patience, creativity and perseverance is what turns the little brown bags of fabric into amazing precious hand made items. Thank you all for your continued encouragement, kindnesses and support.

This year PlainStitch has been full to the brim with that special creative state of mind. We plan to do lots more of it next year too!

Enjoy our little montage of the last year and get inspired and start writing that project list for 2015!

We painted

Moved in!

Made everywhere look pretty

Sorted and labelled

Then had a party! 

Enjoyed our new view of the busy High Street

Put up signs

Bee in My Bonnet in progress

Amazing Log Cabins

Long Arm Jenny at work - we kept her busy this year!

Scandi Sampler in development

We had our own fabric printed!

We all went mad for Fabric Baskets

Finished Farmers wife quilts were breath taking!

Then we all needed a Granny Bag!

The sun shone all summer

Well, I just had to!

At the Bee we Swap Shopped

...and Swooned!

We made pin cushions, such fun.

and Vintage Purses

So many fabulous Samplers...............

Hot summer evenings we toiled over colourful Lampshades with every sash window rolled down

We smiled so much our cheeks hurt at The Wendover Celebrates Fayre

The sun shone, my girls raided the shop for summer skirt fabric

We made pillowcases with Little Girls

Lots of us sewed EPP all summer, in tents, on beaches, on planes, trains and ferries, in deckchairs and on cricket pitches.........

I made seasonally inappropriate scarves all summer!

I had sewing machine envy, a lot!

 The pre cut EPP shape revolution occurred!

We had such a wonderful Simple Sampler Reunion

We held a Tea Party for MacMillan

Miss Stitch made wonderful things with super talented Little People

Autumn came at last...geese flew south

Claire blew our minds with her fantastic Free Motion Embroidery class

We chatted so much, laughed so much, eat so much, oh and sewed a bit at the Retreat Day

Jeanne turned out a whole class of amazing dressmakers!

I made a Norway Quilt. Winter was here.
You shopped us bare at The Shop Hop

We made fabricy things to keep us warm and cosy

We learnt to sew Cathedral Windows. We all got a little bit obsessed with it.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year..can't wait to see what 2015 brings x

love debs x