Let’s face it, when a book comes out called The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing you know it’s going to be pretty good, and indeed this book does not disappoint.

The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing

Between them, Christine  Leech and Lucinda Ganderton have compiled a really nice set of projects for around the home that you’re bound to like. It doesn’t hurt that each design features really nice Liberty patterns.

The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing  - Cafe

There’s some simple instructions at the start of the book and each design comes with big photos and clear instructions. It couldn’t get much simpler. What I really like is that these designs are a bit different to the norm. From cloud cushions to graffiti table runners, there are some nice fresh ideas, executed with style.

The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing  - Cloud Cushions

All in all, this is a nice book, ideal for someone who’s done this stuff before, but is looking for something a bit different. The The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing is published by Quadrille – why not get your copy from our Amazon stores?

But wait! Do you want to win a copy of The Liberty Book of Simple Sewing? Of course you do!

This competition’s easy!

All you have to do is comment below and tell me a joke! Simple!

Closing date for entries is Wednesday 10th September (because I’m on holiday until then) and I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner. Good luck everyone!

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Handmade Fair Banner

The Handmade Fair is coming! This September at Hampton Court there will be three days of all manner of crafty goodness, with workshops, talks, loads of great craft sellers and so much more. The show is packed with big names like Kaffe Fassett, Cath Kidston and Kirstie Allsopp… and some wiseacre called Mr X Stitch!

Yes indeed, in case I’d not mentioned it before, I’m going to be doing cross stitch workshops on all three days, when you’ll get the chance to learn to stitch in the company of up to 100 people at a time. It is going to be a workshop like no other – for all I know it might be the world’s biggest cross stitch workshop!

Here’s some official words about the show to whet your appetite!

Kirstie Allsopp presents The Handmade Fair, Hampton Court Palace, 19th-21st September 2014

Here at The Handmade Fair, we want to Get Britain Crafting! Along with craft enthusiast Kirstie Allsopp, we have gathered the best experts to create a unique learning experience for those passionate about creating bespoke craft products. 

Book now for a fantastic day out full of crafting, learning, delicious food and unique shopping. You can try a hands on craft workshop, listen to the grand masters of handmade products in the demo theatre, dine in the Palace gardens and buy beautiful products from the handpicked sellers.

Tickets start from just £12.50 for adults. Buy tickets (http://handmadefair.seetickets.com/tour/the-handmade-fair)

Get Crafting!

Our skill workshops are your chance to learn a completely new skill or refine one you already know and love.  Classes include furniture upcycling, jewellery making, cupcake decoration, calligraphy, papercraft, lino printing, crochet and even pompoms!

More information (http://www.thehandmadefair.com/skill-workshops/)

Meet the Experts

Kirstie has chosen Britain’s best craft experts to accompany her in the Super Theatre. Guests include Cath Kidston, Annie Sloan, Kaffe Fassett, Etsy, Stuart Hillard, Mr X Stitch the V&A and the Crafts Council. Full Experience tickets cost just £29 and include a Super Theatre talk, Grand Make and Skill Workshop.

More information (http://www.thehandmadefair.com/kirsties-experts/)

Handmade fair Superstars

Are you excited yet?!

On top of that, on the Friday I’m going to be taking part in one of the Mollie Makes Mashups – an epic battle with Lauren “Deadly Knitshade” O’Farrell in which you will help us decide which is cooler – knitting or stitching!

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(Hint: It’s stitching, obvs).

It will probably be the best craft show the UK has seen for a while – I might be biased, but there really is a great lineup of craft stars and some fantastic craftsellers as well. And boy oh boy, do we have a great competition for you!

We’ve got eight pairs of shopping tickets to the show for you to win! And we’ve also got one pair of Full Experience Tickets up for grabs!

Handmade Fair Super Ticket

All you have to do to win is get on Twitter and tweet the following: I want to win tickets to the #handmadefair from @MrXStitch

Simple huh?

You have until September 10th to get your tweets in, at which point I’ll pick the lucky winners at random and be in touch! I hope you take part, I hope you come to the show one way or the other, and I look forward to meeting you all there.

It’s going to be brilliant!

The only issue with these tickets is that the show is in the UK, so all of you international MrXStitchaholics are welcome to take part, but you’ll have to cover the cost of getting the show. Just flagging that up. :)

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I’m not going to let the fact that I’m a columnist for Mollie Makes’ sister publication, CrossStitcher Magazine, affect my review of their latest book: Mollie Makes: Embroidery: 15 New Projects for You to Make Plus Handy Techniques, Tricks and Tips

Mollie Makes Embroidery

Compiled by Lara McSpara Watson, their Editor, the book contains a selection of projects that make good use of embroidery and designs that have been created by some of my favourite industry chums.

Mollie Makes Embroidery - Nicole Follow The White Bunny

As well as Nicole Vos Van Avezathe, there’s designs from Carina Envoldsen-Harris and Alyssa Thomas and a really nice iPhone cover pattern from Sophie “WhatDelilahDid” Simpson.

Mollie Makes Embroidery - What Delilah Did iPhone cover

One nice thing about this book is the extensive 65 page glossary of stitches and techniques at the back of the book. It really covers a lot of the stitches, including some lesser known ones – Cretan stitch anyone?

Mollie Makes Embroidery - Cretan Stitch

 

All in all this is a great introduction to embroidery with a range of projects for anyone to have a go at. The glossary is worth the price alone and it’s a great addition to your stitching bible collection.

Mollie Makes: Embroidery: 15 New Projects for You to Make Plus Handy Techniques, Tricks and Tips is published by Pavilion Books. Why not get your copy via our Amazon stores?

Hang on, hang on! Don’t go buying it just yet, why not try to win a copy of the book with us?

All you have to do is tweet us with the following phrase: “@MrXStitch, I want to win the @MollieMakes Embroidery book!

I’ll choose one lucky tweeter to receive the prize! Closing date for entries is Wednesday 10th September (because I’m on holiday until then) and I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner. Good luck everyone!

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OMG do we have an awesome Pinterest prize for you today!

Pinterest Swag from Mr X Stitch

To celebrate our love for Pinterest, we’re giving you the chance to win the following goodies:

  • A Pinterest Apron!
  • A Pinterest Notebook!
  • A Pinterest Drinks Mug!
  • A copy of Pinterest Perfect!
  • And a nifty Pinterest Tote Bag to put it all in!

Before we get to the competition, a quick review of Pinterest Perfect!.

I’ll be honest, it wasn’t the book I was expecting. I’d thought it might be a book that would help you make the most of Pinterest to build a platform as a crafter, but it turns out the book is a collection of craft projects inspired by Pinterest power users. Much nicer than what I was expecting!

Pinterest Perfect - Ronda Palazzari
As well as interviews with the crafters in the book, many of whom are paper-based crafters (but we’ll forgive them) there are a good number of projects for you to try, from simple paper cutting to mixed media designs and a lot in between. I was particularly taken by the calligraphy of Molly Jacques - fancy!

Pinterest Perfect - Molly Jacques

Inside the book there are a few tips on how to better use Pinterest, so it’s a helpful book on a few different levels. It’s a nicely designed book, and a great gift for someone who wants to try something a bit different.

Pinterest Perfect! is published by Walter Foster books – why not buy a copy via our Amazon Stores using these conveniently located widgets?

So, what does it take to be a Pinterest Winner? All you have to do is this:

Visit MrXStitch on Pinterest, try not to get too lost in our Pins and Boards, find a Pin you like and then leave a message on the pin, telling us what you think of it! Use the hashtag #winterest just to seal the deal.

Psst! Did you know you can use messaging in Pinterest? It’s very cool! Check out this video:

Closing date for entries is Wednesday 10th September (because I’m on holiday until then) and I’ll use a random number generator to pick a winner. Good luck everyone!

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