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Posts by Wendy Gardiner

Make a Super Quick Cosy Throw

This super quick cosy throw is the perfect solution to a wedding gift dilemma. Deciding what to get as a wedding gift can be tricky, especially when the couple have been living together for a while and there is no wedding list to choose from. So knowing the couple like cuddly things, I decided to…

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Complete Book of Sewing Techniques – new book

I got a surprise this morning. A new book on sewing dropped through the door – and it’s by me! The surprise is that I didn’t know that it was to be published. The book, called ‘Complete Book of Sewing Techniques’ is a rejig of another title I wrote back in 2007 (The Complete book…

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Creative Sewing Weekends planned for 2018

We’ve two great Creative Sewing weekends planned for 2018, both to be held at a new venue in Haslemere. I say new venue but actually, the weekends will be held The Georgian Hotel, Haslemere, which is an 18th century building, turned into a hotel in the 1920s. Recently bought by a couple, the staff and…

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Home Made Quick Christmas Crackers

Rather than spend  money on glitzy crackers with plastic gifts that you throw away, make some Home Made  Quick Christmas Crackers and fill them with little gifts that are personal to your family or friends. They really are quick to make and can be reused year after year.   MATERIALS 29 x 17cm cotton fabric…

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So Simple Crazy Patchwork

Whilst at Festival of Quilts I did a demo on so simple crazy patchwork by machine. It is a technique I love, it uses up scraps of fabric, grows really quickly and can look amazing! Take a look and I bet you will be addicted too.

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Not so Mystery Guest on BBC Radio 2

I had the pleasure of being Chris Evan’s BBC 2 radio show as his ‘not so mystery guest’ on Thursday last week. We were talking about sewing machines as his young son Eli wants one for Christmas so Chris wanted advice on what to buy as a sewing newbie. It was great fun and the…

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Sewing with Faux Fur

Shrug from McCalls 7289

There are lots of lovely faux fur garments in the shops this winter and so of course, it’s time to start sewing with faux fur. I’ve just finished McCalls 7289, a little shrug made from two simple pattern pieces that is a great little topper for evenings out.   SEWING TIPS Needle choice – The…

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