We have several special guests visiting the shop this year ~ we’ll be telling you all about each of them as soon as all the details are confirmed, so keep an eye out for more!
First up, we are delighted to announce that hugely popular quilter, author, presenter, and TV celebrity Stuart Hillard will be visiting us this September to give both an afternoon talk and a workshop. (Bramble Boss Anne and Stuart have been in cahoots since the Festival of Quilts last year!)
Many of you will recognise Stuart from the first series of the Great British Sewing Bee, when he stitched his way into viewer’s hearts despite being a primarily a quilter with very little garment-making experience. That experience changed the direction of his life, enabling him to make a career out of what he loves to do ~ sew!
Although he’s been sewing since childhood, making and designing home décor projects, quilts and more, as well as encouraging others to give up the rules and just enjoy sewing, it’s really since his appearance on the show that everything has taken off. Recently he’s taught workshops, written for magazines, presented on television, and published one book ~ Sew Fabulous! ~ with another due in August.
Away from the Hive ~ the Great British Sewing Bee and me
On Friday 1 September, Stuart will be at the Bramble Patch to give an afternoon talk called “Away from the Hive ~ the Great British Sewing Bee and me” which he describes as a “fun-filled, gossip-strewn look at my life, work and the tv show that changed everything!” Starting at 2 pm, tickets will include coffee and cake and the chance to meet Stuart after the talk.
Machine Sewn Cathedral Window Patchwork
The following day, Stuart will be teaching a full day’s workshop on “Machine Sewn Cathedral Window”, a technique from his new book Use Scraps, Sew Blocks, Make 100 Quilts.
Both of these events are now available for booking either through our website or via the shop.
Away from the Hive is a talk at 2 pm on Friday 1 September 2017 and costs £15 (including coffee and cake).
Machine Sewn Cathedral Window is a one-day workshop on Saturday 2 September 2017 and costs £50.
Places are limited for both, so do book early to avoid disappointment!