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Covid 19

Spring News –  Covid 19 – Coronavirus

March has always been my favourite time of year – first signs of new life emerging – spring flowers, new born lambs and birds nesting. This year March has become a month we will never forget for all the wrong reasons….

In every walk of life we are suddenly having to face up to very difficult times ahead as all of us are affected by Covid 19 in unprecedented ways.

Despite the devastating impact it is already having on businesses such as mine, we are choosing to make very difficult and life changing decisions to avoid social contact wherever possible and thereby protect our loved ones, ourselves and those in our communities. 

I am therefore postponing all workshops currently booked until further notice. All deposits paid will be honoured and I will reschedule all bookings when it is safe to do so, however long it takes.

If things improve to a level where it is safe enough, I will try to schedule some smaller group workshops after Easter but along with everyone else we just have to wait and see how things develop.

In the meantime I wish you all the best and hope you can remain safe and well until we are through the worst and able to meet up again.

Liz xxx

  

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Sewing Club Welcome & Booking Session

In response to growing demand, I am launching a regular Sewing Club this year to provide the opportunity for those who want to achieve more long term goals with their sewing projects.

Whether you need help with sewing and machine skills or just the facilities and friendly, relaxed environment to do this, Sewing Club aims to meet your needs.

You will be able to enrol for short courses of up to 6 weeks, which will initially run on Tuesday evenings and Saturday mornings for 2 hours.

  • Learn the basics you need to begin sewing and making confidently by hand and machine.
  • Learn about tools, equipment and techniques, including health and safety considerations.
  • If you have your own sewing machine and want to build confidence using it, bring it along for help and guidance which can be given if required.
  • Come along and make your own garments or household textiles such as cushions and curtains.
  • Make Do and Mend sessions will help you mend and alter textiles in response to the urgent need to prevent more textile waste going to landfill.
  • Recycling projects will help with ideas for how to reuse and recycle textiles, again in response to the need to help prevent textile waste going to landfill.

To find out more, book and come along to one of our welcome sessions by contacting Liz via the website or email links below.

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The Environment & Recycling

Over the last 30+ years there have been many attempts at launching initiatives to help save the environment with varying degrees of success.

As we are increasingly seeing and experiencing the adverse affects our existence is having on the Earth, it is now clear we must take these issues more seriously and make steps, however small, towards helping the environment or the future of our beautiful planet looks bleak.

At Stable House Textiles we are adopting 3 of the 6 R’s  – to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as we can and incentivise others to do the same.

Trading in pre-used textile products is not a new idea but it can help us recycle some of the thousands of tons of precious textile resources which are still ending up in landfill every year.

Our current collection, Denim Revival, has been inspired by my interest in denim and its long history.

Since the development of denim fabric by Levi Strauss in the 1890’s of Gold Rush America, it has been synonymous with tough and enduring products.

In recent decades denim has served to reflect the creative and sometimes rebellious nature of youth culture from successive generations, by the ways it has been incorporated into casual wear, street and catwalk fashion.

Today the use of denim is seen across all generations.

Each of our products has been thoughtfully re-designed to use the reclaimed denim as economically as possible. 

We also use as many other recycled fabrics and components as we can.

It is fascinating  to wonder at the history of each piece of denim we use, where it originated from and how far it might have travelled in its former life. It will now be given a new identity and a prolonged life.

By trading in and up-cycling your old denim products you will receive a £5.00 discount off any Denim Revival product you buy and be helping the environment in the process.

Please spread the word and help us to source as many pre-used denim products as we can.

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Art Appliqué Workshops

   

Continuing with my aim to promote and encourage recycling and all its variations I have been excited to see the outcome of the Art Appliqué workshops which have run over the past few weeks.

         

The results have been very pleasing and proved a really great way to use up smaller scraps of fabrics. Those on the workshops have produced creative and painterly pieces of textile art and it has really challenged their ability to interpret images through the use of fabric texture and colour.

      

This has been a really successful and rewarding workshop and will run again this year so look out for upcoming dates.

  

 

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Patchwork Workshops

As recycling has again become a hot topic in recent months I have revived a long time desire to help the environment by focussing on techniques and materials which help even if in just a small way. This can be achieved by saving as much waste from going to landfill as possible and so the use of scraps of leftover fabrics and adornments go a long way towards achieving this.

Patchwork is one of those techniques and it has been great to see some creative uses of materials during the patchwork cushion workshops.

More Patchwork and recycling workshops will be run over the summer and I hope to see some of you joining us.

 

 

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Country Paths Day Care Provision

One of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of my career began this year with the chance introduction through a friend to Sally Radford, director of Country Paths Day Care Provision.

The group are based in Great Dalby and Sally arranges a whole host of enjoyable and inclusive activities both at their base in the village and externally, to help stimulate and educate clients with a range of learning difficulties and/or dementure .

Thanks to that introduction I now work weekly with small groups, guiding them through different textile and art projects.

Every one of the people I work with are a delight to know and it has been such a pleasure. I look forward to every session as each individual brings something different which challenges my ability to come up with projects which stimulate while are at the same time, achievable.

Everyone without exception, has created individual,  beautiful pieces of work and I have been so impressed with what they have achieved.

I am looking forward to continuing our work together into the future.

Thank you all!

If you know of anyone in need of stimulating, caring day care provision please contact me and I will put you in touch with Sally.