Oct 31

Quilt Aid launches November 1

Posted in New Products

Hobbysew is involved with the fabulous Quilt Aid initiative and we’re certain you’ll love the designs!

Quilt Aid 2011 begins November 1st and Hobbysew Belconnen is a proud sponsor of this project developed to support a chosen charity. Twelve favourite Aussie designers have joined with six great stores to bring you a wonderful selection of blocks using the beautiful Ruby fabric range from Moda. Each store is also offering an individual finishing kit to choose from.

Hobbysew Belconnen have two beautiful block kits available for purchase – the vibrant ‘Whimsical Wishes’ block, designed by Helen Stubbings of Hugs ‘n Kisses and the gorgeous ‘Bunny Wonderings’ block designed by Catherine Baynes of Willow Valley Store.

The Belconnen store is also offering our unique finishing kit to bring all the blocks together. The finishing kit combines more of the gorgeous Ruby range with lovely wide ric rac, the perfect finishing touch!

Places in this year’s program and stocks of Hobbysew’s finishing kits are limited so don’t miss out. If you would like to place an order, click one of the following:

Whimsical Wishes Block Kit $18.00

Whimsical Wishes Block

Whimsical Wishes Block

Bunny Wonderings Block Kit $18.00

Bunny Wonderings Block

You may also contact one of our friendly staff at:

Hobbysew Belconnen
Phone: (02) 6253 0011
Email: belconnen@hobbysew.com
Address: Shop 105A, Ground Level, Lakeside Carpark, Westfield Belconnen, Benjamin Way Belconnen ACT 2616

For further information on Quilt Aid please visit www.quiltaid.com.au

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Oct 25

Launch of the new Janome

November 11 10am – 12pm

Join us for morning tea at the Kings Park store to see what all the fuss is about! The brand new Janome MC12000 will purr its way into your heart when we demonstrate all its features!

The new Janome MC12000

This is a free event where we will launch and demonstrate the machine to you. You can drool over its many features including:

  • top loading full rotary hook bobbin
  • 425 built-in stitches
  • 13 one-step buttonholes
  • automatic thread tension
  • 338 built-in embroidery designs
  • real-time PC connection with Horizon Link for creating and editing embroidery designs
  • 10 fonts with European characters
  • 2 and 3 letter monogramming functions

Places are limited so contact us on (02)9621 4000 to save your seat. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Oct 24

Get to the knitty gritty

Posted in Events, Top Ryde City

We have a lovely group meeting at Hobbysew Top Ryde each month to knit and stitch together wraps for those in need. You’ve probably heard of the Wrap With Love Foundation, but if not, you can find out more information here. If you would like to join in, learn more about how to knit squares to make a wrap or simply would like to come for a chat, Tuesday October 25 is this month’s meet. The group gathers from 10am till 2pm and we welcome new faces.

An exquisite knitted wrap
Children of Sierra Leone with wraps

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Oct 24

Junior Sewing Academy

An exciting course to teach beginners to sew is starting at Hobbysew Top Ryde this week. Over the course of 8 weeks students from eleven years up will learn the basics of sewing and included in the enrolment fee is the cost of the sewing machine! Those who already have a machine are also welcome. Classes start on Tuesday October 25 from 4.30pm – 6.30pm. This will be an incredible opportunity for young people to learn great techniques right from the start and the skills learnt will hold them in good stead for the rest of their lives. Call the store for more information: 02 9877 5067.

Junior Sewing Academy

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Oct 19

Christmas Gift Idea No 1

Posted in Gifts, Make It!

You just can’t beat a handmade gift. Not only does the recipient feel loved, but you enjoy making it as much as they enjoy receiving it!! Here’s our first suggestion: a cute-as-pie Ooshka Doll. Easy to make using fabrics you choose yourself, she comes in a few variations. Choose black hair with blue or brown eyes, brown hair with blue eyes or blond hair with blue eyes. Embellish with flowers or ric rac, whatever you fancy. This little poppet is sure to please the girl in your life. Take a look here to order your kit, or ask at your local Hobbysew store.

Ooshka doll

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Oct 17

Blooming handbag

Come and join the very talented Monica Poole in a class to make her Blooming Handbag. The bag is as practical as it is fun; it fits a mobile, pen and features a simple zippered pocket. There are two variations. In the first, the body of the bag is quilted then embellished with a frenzy of fabric creating a large flower. The second features a bag made using shrink sheets to create a special textured effect with a frilly rose brooch to embellish. Either way, there are so many variations depending on the fabric you choose. Come to the workshop! You’ll have a fun day, learn new techniques and walk away with a new summer bag or fantastic Christmas present!! How good is that?

Blooming Bag - fabulous fabrics for a summery bag

Variation of Blooming BagTop Ryde Hobbysew November 10 2011 10am – 3pm Fee: $50

Figtree Hobbysew December 6 2011 10am – 3pm Fee: $65

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Oct 11

Imagine the possibilities…

Posted in Hobbysew Stores

Winnie the PoohHobbysew Top Ryde is pleased to announce the addition of Brother sewing machines to its extensive range. There are many features which make Brother machines so desirable with a capital D!! Number 1 is Disney! Exclusive to Brother, you will be able to embroider any of 76 patterns of Disney’s best loved characters. Imagine the possiblities for homewares and clothes for the kids! What fun! Aside from this, the machines offer features such as a large workspace for embroidery, touchscreen displays, a handy knee lift and an advanced needle threader. There’s also automatic thread tension to take the guess work out of sewing; the machine detects the thickness of the fabric and automatically adjusts to give you the best stitch results. If all of this makes you think about upgrading your sewing machine, come in to one of our Hobbysew stores to test drive one.

Selection of machines and overlockers

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Oct 7

The identity of this craft celebrity?

Posted in Make It!

Martha Stewart dresses upIt’s MARTHA STEWART!!! We think it’s a pretty fab outfit. Well, given the resources she has to hand, I guess it’s no more than we would expect for the cover of her book “Best of Martha Stewart: Halloween Handbook”.

The gorgeous golden stole is sewn from tulle so rev up your sewing machine to create this very glam addition to your wardrobe. (We can see it in midnight blue or black too.) Strips of tulle in varying widths and 2.5m in length are gathered onto a panel of tulle to give that lush ruched look. Her jewellery is a combination of Christmas ornaments and craft store supplies. Mystical tatoos and crystals are applied to her face. Gotta love it! More detailed instructions are available here.

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Oct 5

School holiday fun

Posted in Quilts

There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing kids fully absorbed in a creative experience. Set them up with the materials and they can spend hours happily creating. There’s a heart warming story in the Sunshine Coast Daily about this very thing –  a pair of children who, nurtured by a grandmother who quilts, have spent their time this school holidays creating patchwork quilts for sick children. Phoebe Sternberg is ten years old and her brother Ethan is nine and their work is brilliant!

Ethan and Phoebe Sternberg

The pair planned their designs on paper first. Ethan designed a quilt with a sports car driving along a road with motor bikes and spaceships. He knows his target market!! Ethan says: “I wanted greens at the bottom for the ground and blues at the top for the sky. I found some striped material for a road and we used tracing paper to cut out the shape of a car in red material. The wheels are buttons I sewed on. I think it looks awesome. It’s just the right size for a boy to put over his legs if he’s in a wheelchair.”

Phoebe went about creating her quilt in quite a different way to her brother. She chose a checkerboard of print fabrics alternating with some motifs in fabric paint. ”A couple of my friends came over to help. We drew hearts, balloons, a sun, flowers and other things like that on the plain squares I had cut out,” she said.

“I picked out some pretty patterns for the other squares and stitched them together. It was actually quite hard staying in a straight line. It was fun, though.”

This talented pair were helped by their grandmother who volunteers for the not-for-profit organisation Linus providing quilts for those in need – the sick, the elderly or those affected by natural disaster. The Sternberg’s quilts will be on display at the Linus stand at the Brisbane Craft and Quilt Fair from October 19 – 23. Thanks for the inspiration kids and well done!

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