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BLOOMS fabric collection from Gutermann

BLOOMS is the new fabric collection
from Gütermann creativ

The new Blooms collection is a re-interpreted floral theme in powdery pastels combined with deep apricot and vibrant greens and blues. Now spring can last all year roundwith these fabrics!

With great potential for creative combinations, the delicate blossom on a dark blue background is a bold choice for upholstery and other soft furnishings, bringing contemporary spice to plainer surroundings or the fresh pastel backgrounds give an air of cool opulence, which are perfect for dressmaking, quilting and small decorative crafts.

All 36 designs in the BLOOMS collection are available:

  • By the metre (width 145 cm), £18.90* per metre.
  • Pre-cuts (100 cm x 70 cm) £10.00*
  • Fat Quarter Bundles (5 Fat Quarters, each 45 cm x 55 cm) £19.90*
  • Fat Quarter Singles (45 cm x 55 cm) RRP £4.85*

To give a professional look to your finished projects, there's a gorgeous range of coordinated ribbons from £4.10* per pack and a 7 reel Sew-All Thread Pack £10.95*

* All prices are recommended retail prices.

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For UK stockist information contact: Gü or call 01453 883581.

UK Haberdashery makes an Environmental Stand with New Packaging Policy

Backstitch, the haberdashery at Burwash Manor
goes plastic-free on packaging!


Parcels won't quite be tied up with string, but parcels from Backstitch will no longer use any plastic. As part of its commitment to reducing waste and environmental impact, Backstitch’s online customers will now receive their orders of fabric, yarn, patterns and haberdashery in recycled brown paper, ‘tied up’ with brown paper tape.

The move has been welcomed by many customers, and feedback is positive that the brown paper is not only strong and practical but also looks great. A recent online customer commented on the Backstitch Instagram account, ‘I really loved my brown paper packaged pattern I received last week, it felt really special!’

Backstitch has always used paper packaging for instore customers at the Burwash Manor based Haberdashery, but like many businesses had until now used plastic parcel bags for posting out their online orders.

Alice Synge of Backstitch says ‘The attitude towards packaging has taken a real shift recently and we're really behind this move. We've noticed a very clear change in behaviour in our Burwash Manor store with customers usually refusing even a paper bag for their purchases. Like so many people we are really worried about the impact of single use plastics and know that postal packaging is a contributing factor. We're proud to have made this move to eliminate plastic from our packaging.’

Backstitch is encouraging people to share their views on the no-plastic topic using #backstitchnoplastic.

For more information on Backstitch’s packaging policy, click here


The 2018 NetPrinter Sewing Pattern Printing Giveaway

There's still plenty of time to enter Netprinter's competition and get your PDF patterns printed for free!

Netprinter competition 2018

Netprinter has been a leader in the online printing of large scale plans and documents for the last five years. Originally set up to provide plans to the building industry, but realised that its services would be valuable to the sewing world and launched the Sewing Pattern Printing section of the website back last year.

The Netprinter Online Pattern Printing Portal was been set up to provide a quick streamlined online service for sewing enthusiasts that need 24 hour, 7 day a week capability to print large patterns in one piece. They now work with a wide range of designers and sewing enthusiasts to deliver top quality printed patterns on demand.

Based in Plymouth in the UK, NetPrinter print all sewing patterns on state of the art machinery and patterns can be turned round for next day delivery, plus there's no minimum orders and orders can be made in just a few simple steps. If you're out of the UK don't fear, patterns can be shipped overseas and is surprisingly cheap!

NetPrinter has a competition for 2018. Every month iduring the year, they will be giving away two prizes of credit, which can be used to order sewing patterns from their website. The first prize is £50 and the second £25.

How to enter
Sewers simply have to visit and submit an email address, name and their five favourite designers or sewing bloggers. Once entered, they'll be out into the draw every month for the rest of the year, which drawn on the last Friday of every month. All winners will be notified by email.

Whether you print patterns periodically, or regularly, it's a great way to be in with a chance of some free patterns and as they say, you've got to be in it to win it!



Scarves for Water

The Obakki Foundation is bringing clean water to villages in need, one scarf at a time. For every 500 of the limited edition scarves sold, the Obakki Foundation will drill a well. To date this has brought water to more than 2 million people and they’re just getting started.


The Obakki Foundation was established by fashion designer Treana Peake in 2009 and its work has focused on meeting the basic needs of people in South Sudan, Cameroon and Uganda through the development of long-term solutions for growth.

When launching the Scarves for Water campaign the foundation vowed to provide a clean source of water for many villages where mothers and children would spend hours walking to a reliable source of water to cover their basic needs such as drinking, cleaning and cooking.

With each limited edition scarf dedicated to a village the foundation achieve their aim of empowering the people, allowing them to grow fruit and vegetable, raise live-stock that can them be ‘sold’ to other villages thus allowing the village prosper and grow.

500 of these 'limited edition' Night print  scarves worn around the world build a clean water well for the village of Nukta. Each scarf is packaged with tags and material about the Obakki Foundation’s programs for clean water and information about the community that benefits from your purchase. As you wear this lightweight modal blend scarf, remember its greater purpose.

To find out more visit The Obakki Foundation and vist the Scarves for Water page.

Hand-dyed washed linens from The Maker's Atelier

The Maker's Atelier has just introduced lightweight hand-dyed linens to its fabric choices. The linen has been sepcially dyed to The Maker's Ateiler own set of preferred colourways and is available by the metre. 

Everything about this fabric says summer and inspired by sweet pea blooms for this colour selection of periwinkle, coral and lilac plus as neutral warm taupe. The fabric is available in 1/2 metre to 4 metre lengths and costs £19.50 per metre. The crumpled, dry handle of this fabric is  ideal for your summer makes such as dresses and blouses.

To find out more visit The Maker's Atelier

Go figure!

Sew Direct is the UK website for everything Vogue, Butterick, McCall and Kwik Sew. The Figure Your Fit leaflet has recently had a make-over and is now available as a handy 64 page A5 book.

It contains a collection of pattern fitting adjustments to show you how with a good set of measurements, a realistic sense of your figure and a few easy-to-master techniques – anyone with basic sewing skills can transform a garment that's made well into one that fits well. It also includes all-important adjustments for bust, shoulders, armholes, neckline, chest, back, sleeve, waist, hips and pants.

Buy it for £4.95 from Sew Direct -
click here to find out more

Leading US fashion tutor, Kenneth D King comes to the UK

Kenneth D King is a leading Fashion Tutor and Couture Designer from the US and his flamboyant style is well-known and he has made garments for amny celebrities.

Alison Smith's School of Sewing has a one-of-a-kind workshop with him to make a moulage. A moulage is a body casting that will become your body double (complete with arms) to help you solve fitting problems you have in the future.

Not sure how many places are left but the workshop runs from 15th - 18th April, 2018 in Shepherds Bush in London. To book your space get in contact with Alsion Smith at



City Trouser pattern

The Avid Seamstress has relaunched its
City Trouser pattern

Re-launched due to popular demand, The Avid Seamstress has brought back its City Trousers  for 2018. The tailored trouser is really popular ta the moment and this pair is effortlessly stylish.

The cigarette fit has a minimalist look with a narrow waistband and invisible zip at the back to create a body-slimming silhouette. Plus some easy to insert side pockets and optional side slits at the hem, this is a versatile pattern that any sewer can tackle.