Aug 31

How much space for craft?

Posted in Sewing Cabinets

Once you’ve taken a look at this video, you’ll look at your craft space in a whole different way. And even if you don’t have a permanent and dedicated place at home to sew and craft, it makes you realise, just about anything is possible!

Youtube video: small space – small ideas

So while you’re thinking about it, take a look at the storage solutions from Koala Studios and Tailormade. You may just find exactly the solution you need!

SewMatePlus IV in Asian Golden Teak

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Aug 30

Father’s Day Sunday September 4

Father’s Day is this weekend so there’s still time to whip up a gift for Dad. If he is a handyman Dad, what about a nail pouch? Or if he has a comfy chair in his ‘Man Cave’ stitch a new cushion or even renovate a footstool. Or perhaps a drawstring bag or a cover for one of his most precious tools. For a Masterchef Dad, what about an apron or fun oven mitt? For a TopGear Dad, a bag to keep all his car detailing products and a voucher for a complimentary car wash! Whatever project you choose it’s sure to be special to him because it has been made by you!

Masculine fabrics make wonderful gifts for Father's Day

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Aug 29

Hobbysew Knit in for Wrap with Love

Posted in Top Ryde City

The Top Ryde store in Sydney is hosting a ‘Wrap with Love’ knit-in tomorrow – Tuesday August 30 – from 10am till 2pm. You may have heard about WWL through the ABC’s annual event but if you haven’t, here’s the drum: volunteers all over the country knit and stitch warm blankets for those in need. The wonderful WWL headquarters at Alexandria makes sure the wraps get to those who need them – all over the world. Come to the Top Ryde store to assist our efforts and you’ll probably get hooked on this very worthwhile pastime!!! Pardon the pun. Love to see you there.
Many hands make light work

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Aug 24

Clicketty clack

Posted in Classes, Make It!

25cm knitted squaresWhile the weather remains wintry, it’s the perfect time to pick up your needles and get knitting for a good cause. And you needn’t wait for the knit-in at Hobbysew Top Ryde next week. Follow our instructions on the website under Easy Makes, to knit up some squares for the wraps we’re making for Wrap with Love. See all the information here.

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Aug 22

Patchwork with the WOW factor

Would you like to be able to create something like this?

Work created by one of Chris Jurd's Hobbysew students Patchwork class by Chris Jurd

These are just two samples of the work created by Chris Jurd’s students at Hobbysew. Chris Jurd is one of the extraordinarily talented teachers who visit Hobbysew regularly to take classes and inspire us! So why not join in the fun? Classes coming up:

Top Ryde Thursdays: September 15, October 20 and November 17.

Kings Park Thursdays: August 25, September 8, Friday September 2 and Sundays: August 28 and September 25.

Belconnen Saturday October 29; Sunday October 30.

Figtree Sunday September 11.

You can also take a look at Chris Jurd’s blog here.

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Aug 15

Stonequarry Quilters, Picton

Posted in Events

Here’s a date for your diary if you live near Picton in NSW. Stonequarry Quilters are holding a quilt show on September 24, 2011 9am – 4pm. As well as gorgeous and inspiring quilts and antique sewing machines on display, there will be patchwork items and handcrafts for sale and delicious refreshments. Where? Picton Uniting Church, Lumsdaine Street and Hume Highway, Picton, NSW. Admission is $5 per person with children admitted free. All the money raised is to support programs run by the church. For more information about Picton and the local sites read this.

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Aug 8

Inspired creation

Posted in Quilts

Looking at some of the amazing work at shows and exhibitions, in books and in store, one ponders the question where do people get their ideas? Kaffe Fassett, well known designer of patchwork, needlepoint and knitting, says travel is his main inspiration. Take a look at this video clip with incredibly beautiful images to get an insight into the way his travels to new places excite the creative juices. The video is a promotion for his book ‘Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts’. And here are some quilts from the book to feast your eyes on!


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Aug 2

How can we help?

Needing some inspiration or just the time to sit and finish a project you’ve been working on? There are classes at all our stores to help you make a start or solve a patchwork or sewing problem that has prevented you moving on! Our experienced teachers are there to help.

Figtree store

Saturday Sew In: Not sure where to begin? Come to a morning or afternoon session of this class or attend on Thursday evening. Classes run every fortnight. Contact the Figtree store to book and for more info.

Kings Park store

September 26 10am – 3pm. A chance to bring along an UFO and let Julie Clarke egg you on!

Sit & Stitch. Every Tuesday and Wednesday 1.30pm – 4.30pm or the 2nd Saturday of the month 12.30pm – 3.30pm.

Contact Kings Park store.

Top Ryde store

Patchwork and Stitchery: Join Lyall Willis on Sundays with your choice of a patchwork or stitching project. Ring the Top Ryde store for details.

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Aug 2

Four New Quilt Patterns Available For Download

Below you will find four fabulous quilt patterns available for download absolutely free! Click here to see all available Quilt Kits.

The Jack & Jill Quilt


Click on the image to download.
Or Click here to purchase the Jack Quilt Kit and the Jill Quilt Kit.



Is based on a simple-to-cut checkerboard pattern, this single bed quilt features pure cotton fabrics in a myriad of spot designs. The fresh approach is reflected in the symmetry of the design with its diagonal placement of squares. Equally, you could throw caution to the wind and combine the coloured squares in a random pattern for a completely different effect. See below to find out how you can purchase this smart quilt kit – in either blue or pink colourways – with full instructions and all fabric for quilt top, backing and binding.


The Autumn Harvest Quilt


Click on the image to download.
Or Click here to purchase the Autumn Harvest Quilt Kit.



The arresting colour scheme of this unusual quilt belies the simplicity of its construction. Simple squares and rectangles are stitched into the one block, repeated throughout. Variations on the theme? Always! Change the orientation of some of the blocks and you’ll get a completely different look. You could also make a smaller quilt and use the remaining blocks for pillowcases. The kit includes all the fabrics needed to cut and assemble the quilt top including the binding (excludes batting and backing fabric). The quilt measures 243 x 294cm which is a very generous fit for a queen or king size bed. You get the complete step-by-step instructions and, as there is no tricky piecing, this is a project suitable for beginners and seasoned patchworkers alike.


Paddington Squares Quilt


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Designed by Julie Clarke.

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