Monthly Archives: November 2012

Confessions of a Naughty Shopkeeper…

No, not THAT kind of confession – good gracious, what do you take us for – but still naughty nonetheless.

You see, I was making a display quilt to go in our shop, and I’d already decided on the design.  A simple set of charm pack squares featuring little mermaids and pirates, with a framing border using our blossom-pink chevron print to look like waves on the sea.

But when I came to cut it out…


…see that?  The direction of the pattern on the bolt?  And see the direction of the pattern on my sashing?  Yeah, that’s right.

To make sure the chevrons ran lengthways, instead of crossways, I had to cut A FULL METRE OF FABRIC.  But with that whole bolt in front of me, how could I resist?  You see, that’s why I’m a naughty shopkeeper.

But when it looks this good in situ…


…well, I can’t be too cross with myself.  And there’s a closeup here, too.  Hee hee!


(additional note: the charm packs are currently only available at The Emporium, Slaithwaite, but you can always contact us if you want to buy one mail order.  We’re hoping to revamp the online shop a bit in the new year so that it more accurately reflects our full range – sorry for the inconvenice.)


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a craft bloggers error #1 (of many to come)

These days when I start making something I think to myself “keep the camera handy”, “remember to take pictures along the way”.  It is a bit alien to me, to be taking pictures of the back of fabric, the workings and the how I did it bit.  I just want to make the thing, it be perfect and then be able to show it off.  So this is all a bit of change of mindset for me.

So this week I decided that I would finally, and seeing as we are now using the chair from Isabel’s room in the shop, make the beanbag I have been promising her.

There seem to a be a real multiplicity of ways you can make beanbags, and they are all slightly different, I found this one online  It seemed straight forward and gave a really full look that I like.  The instructions are great, easy to follow and clear.

So I got on with it, and in the blink of an eye it was finished.  What this is error, i hear you cry?  Well with all my eagerness to get on, I did just that, here is a picture of some fabric,


and here is a picture of it finished.


On the plus side, she LOVES it!




Sorry I promise to do better next time and take more pictures!


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new dress…..

As you’ll remember, I love this pattern by Emma Garry,

My beautiful flame haired niece just had a birthday and we had just the perfect fabric, a beautiful dusty pink with flame haired mermaids from the Out to Sea range by Michael Miller Fabrics.

Well it seems it made it safely half way round the world and look what a beautiful girl and dress we have now….


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We are open!


So all the running around, all the cutting, putting together and developing stock lists is done.  All the things that you would never have dreamed you needed to do until you needed to do it. All done!

We are in!

And tomorrow is the first day of the Slaithwaite Emporium open with our stock, so here’s a couple of pictures to whet your appetite, so see you there soon.



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