Knitting and Stitching Show – Harrogate Convention Centre – 28th November – 1st December | Champagne Twist

knitnstitch discount code | Champagne Twist

The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace is over for another year. But never fear, the next show will be held at Harrogate this winter on the 28th November to the 1st of December – just in time to grab supplies for all those Christmas makes and gifts.

And to help your fabric and yarn piggy banks stretch a little further, I have a ticket discount code.  Just take a look at the video below to find out more.

 

Africa Fashion Week London – Ankara Fabric, featuring Fola Ogundare of Diligent Hands Fabrics (part 2) | Champagne Twist

Screenshot 2019-07-26 at 09.03.14In the second of the AFWL special posts, Fola Ogundare of Diligent Hand Fabrics, takes us through caring for Ankara fabric. Over to you Fola!

Ankara Fabric Care

As one who has owned lots of fabrics and clothing made from my collections, here are some of my tips;

  1. Hand washing / dry cleaning is best.  If machine washing, do so at low a temperature, say 30 degrees.
  2. Do not soak for a long time before washing. Hand wash any soiled areas prior to machine wash.
  3. While most fabrics are colourfast, wash inside out using a mild laundry product.  Dry using a cool heat and avoid hanging in direct sunlight for hours.
  4. Ironing would be easier if you use fabric conditioner and use spray starch to keep in shape.

Once again thanks go to Fola for her kindness and generosity in sharing such wonderful tips. The first article can be found here.

Diligent Hands Fabrics at Knitting and Stitching Show 2018

So there you go, there is no excuse now, try making something with Ankara fabric. Check out Fola’s range at http://www.diligenthandsfabrics.com.

There will be plenty of fabric shopping opportunities at AWFL, so why not make something fabulous now you’re armed with all of Fola’s tips.

In the next `AFWL post, I will be showcasing my own Ankara fabric makes, so subscribe to Champagne Twist to ensure you don’t miss out.

Tickets for AFWL are still available for purchase, just click here to find out more.

 

 

Africa Fashion Week London – Ankara Fabric, featuring Fola Ogundare of Diligent Hands Fabrics (part 1) | Champagne Twist

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African textiles, in particular, Ankara fabric, allows for a vast range of creative and crafting opportunities. But, for some, tackling this fabric can be daunting. So in order to banish any fear of using Ankara fabrics, I asked Fola Ogundare of Diligent Hands Fabrics for some tips. So for the first time on Champagne Twist, I hand over this post to Fola.

Ankara fabric: 3 tips for creative success, by Fola Ogundare.

  1. Cotton African prints most times when new can be a bit stiff, so they are most suited for clothing that requires a bit of structure with minimal drapery.
  2. Pre-wash your fabrics ahead of sewing for projects. By experience, shrinkage may be up to 10%.  You could also adjust measurements to allow for shrinkage.
  3. Use print fabric to glam up simple garments like monotone or plain colours.  A pop of print is as potent when mixed with plain cotton or lace fabrics.  You may also make a headband or oversized purse with leftover fabric.  Don’t forget hair accessories like fascinators and button earrings and bangles.  There are lots of online resources if you need help.

Diligent Hands Fabrics at Knitting and Stitching Show 2018

Thank you Fola, for sharing your great tips. Check out Fola’s range of fabrics and accessories at www.diligenthandsfabrics.com.

In the next post, Fola will take us through the essentials of Ankara fabric care. Subscribe to Champagne Twist to ensure you don’t miss out.

AFWL 2019 logo

There will also be plenty of fabric shopping opportunities at AWFL, so why not make something fabulous now you’re armed with all of Fola’s tips.

Tickets for AFWL are still available for purchase, just click the link to find out more – AFWL tickets.

Mind, Health & Wellbeing

Mind, Health and Wellbeing Month on Champagne Twist

Hello,

As we rapidly approach Winter and end of year indulgences, it’s time to take stock before the stresses of the party season take hold.

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog suggesting ways to save extra money for Christmas – 3 real ways to save money for Christmas | Champagne Twist Hopefully your financials are in robust health, but are you?

This November, I will be sharing ideas to ensure your mind, health and wellbeing are at optimum levels, so that you’ll be ready to face anything that comes your way.

Welcome to Mind, Health and Wellbeing month, on ChampagneTwist.com

Mind, Health & Wellbeing
Mind, Health and Wellbeing month, on ChampagneTwist.com

 

 

 

 

Wednesday Thinking: Are the Big 4 sewing pattern companies​ off trend? // Champagne Twist

WED THINK

Wednesday Thinking: Are the Big 4 sewing pattern companies off trend?

As many of you know, I love sewing, I adore sewing. I’m not a fan of clothes shopping per se because I find it difficult to find clothes in styles that fit and suit me. Hence, one of the many reasons why I love sewing.

But there is one hurdle when it comes to creating my own fashions. While the indie pattern industry is growing, the big four, long established and market dominating sewing pattern brands are slowly dying a death. It may seem a good thing at first, but in the long run, if these major pattern companies – McCalls, Butterick, Vogue and Simplicity – don’t change soon, it could spell the end of the sewing pattern industry as we know it.

 

When I heard about the possibility of making a cocktail party dress, showcasing my outfit at the Knitting and Stitching Show and following my favourite home seamstresses creating their unique versions, I was so excited, until I saw the patterns.

With a heavy heart I say this – but there simply wasn’t anything I felt passionate enough to make from the selection of patterns available for the challenge.  Some of the styles seemed born out of 1980 – and not in a good way.  Only one pair of trousers, a jacket with a pointed back hem and dresses that my grandmother said she wouldn’t wear, let alone spend time money and effort creating.

I felt all the more guilty because the idea behind the event is to raise money for the Eve Charity (click here for details). But, I couldn’t justify making a dress just for the event, that I knew I wouldn’t enjoy making or wearing, and would never wear again. This hardly encourages new-to-sewing folks to pick up a needle and thread.

Another major issue I had with the collection of patterns, was the non-existence of patterns for men. Last time I checked a) men wear clothes and b) men attend cocktail parties. This was a golden opportunity missed, to encourage the growing number of males who are taking up the hobby. It was as if there was a huge sign saying, “Boys Not Allowed”.

I also got the impression that these patterns were chosen in an attempt to boost sales, rather than to welcome newbies to a new skill set, or encourage more established sewists to stretch their skills. Some of the styles were 20-30 years behind the times and lacked modernity. When I look at the fashion magazines and Pinterest boards, I don’t see my style favourite reflected in patterns offered by the Big 4.

The most popular styles seem to be the classics created during the 1940s through to the 1960s. Thanks to films and television shows such as Down With Love, Ad Men, etc.  Shirt dress patterns, the Walk Away dress, the Mondrian dress are just 3 examples of styles that have sold successfully in recent years.

There is also still a severe lack of patterns for wheelchair users or those with physical disabilities.  All the patterns, in fact, were styled towards slim, average height, able-bodied women.

I normally buy PDF patterns from indie pattern designers because they are usually up to date trend-wise, and are easily adaptable to my height and shape. My last pattern purchase from the big 4 was actually a classic style shirt dress.  Even when there are 50% savings, I find it impossible to buy more than 2 patterns. The dated designs just are not that appealing to me, and to spend upwards of £15 for a single pattern that I would spend more money, time and effort to adjust, just takes away the joy of sewing.

(GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED) – The Knitting and Stitching Show Tickets, Alexandra Palace // CHAMPAGNE TWIST

***** Giveaway Now Closed *****

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying your Sunday.

I have hinted about a special announcement for a little while, and I finally received confirmation yesterday afternoon, so now I’m able to share with you that I have 3 pairs of free tickets to giveaway for the forthcoming Knitting and Stitching Show.

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All you have to do to be in with a chance to win 1 of 3 pairs of tickets –

  1. Follow me on this website (champagnetwist.com) and
  2. Subscribe to my YouTube channel or follow my Instagram account.

Then, to let me know you want a chance to win a pair of tickets, leave the following message in the comment box below:

“Dear Champagne Twist – I would like to go to the #knitnstitchshow @ Ally Pally”

There isn’t long, you only have until 6pm tonight.

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Available Dates

  • Wednesday 11th October  – 10am – 5.30pm
  • Thursday 12th October (evening only) 3pm – 7pm
  • Friday 13th October  – 10am – 5.30pm
  • Sunday 14th October  – 10am – 5pm

 

Terms and Conditions

  • The contest is open from Sunday 8th October 2017, 13.00hrs GMT, until Sunday 8th October 2017, 18.00hrs GMT.
  • Once the contest is closed, 3 separate winners will be randomly chosen.
  • I will contact the winners, requesting names and addresses.
  • The winners’ details will be passed to the show organisers, and arrangements made for the winners to collect their tickets from the box office, at Alexandra Palace.
  • Sorry, this giveaway is only open to UK residents. However, there will be other giveaways soon.

BEST OF LUCK!

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For more information about The Knitting and Stitching Show, please check out the following links:

The Knitting and Stitching Show, Official Website

Spring Knitting and Stitching Show – review 

The CT Show: Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, Olympia, London