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Monthly Archives: April 2013


    Well, perhaps that is a slight exaggeration (!) but certainly the recent Great British Sewing Bee has sparked lots of enthusiasm amongst keen sewists and encouraged newbies to have a go. Simplicity patterns are flying out of the door and lots of fabric...
  • Can sewing patterns and knitting needles be the 'mother of all inventions'?

    You might not think of sewing patterns and knitting needles as inventions, but they have both revolutionised needlecraft in their own ways. The first sewing patterns were created in 1863 and transformed home needlecraft by allowing men, women and chil...

    Since the start of the first Great British Sewing Bee programme on BBC 2, there has been a buzz around the UK offices of Simplicity, particulalry when Steam Punk enthusiast Mark Sanders, brought a classic Simplicity day dress sewing pattern to the tab...
  • It's OK to start small when you learn to sew

    Since the Great British Sewing Bee launched on BBC television last week, we've seen a new buying trend that hints that more people are trying to learn to sew. In the days since the first episode aired, we have seen an unusually high number of orders f...

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