Thursday, 26 January 2012

Tennants Antique Needlework Sale

Well, I've learned something new today - I had no idea that Tennants Auctioneers from Yorkshire conducted specialist needlework sales, or in fact that it was possible to bid online for lots.

There were some really attractive items, especially some of the antique needlework tools and samplers.  Great for collectors, but also good for any City & Guilds diploma students studying the history of needlework.

You can download a catalogue or view the lots online - the sale is this Friday - by going to the link below.
Tennants Link

Thursday, 19 January 2012

International Women's Day Competition

Great to be back in the office after a few days off with sickness - that stomach flu certainly has a lot to answer for! Just in time to put up the new newsletter and also the new FB competition details. The newsletter is available for download from this LINK

“The female form” is a theme very close to our hearts as all of us here in the office are of the fairer sex and majority of our students are too! We wanted to acknowledge this in some way, so we have a Facebook competition running on this theme which will be open to entries from 19th January 2012 and will close to entries at midnight GMT on 8th March 2012.

There have been some amazing pieces of textile art produced featuring the female form in some way—think Alice Kettle from her site HERE or Rachael Howard's site HERE. Go to our FB site to upload a photo of any textile you have produced that features a woman (or bits of a woman!) at SST's Facebook Group HERE

There's a lovely book called Sew Pretty Homestyle as a prize for the winner.

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Christmas Card Competition Winner

I'm really pleased to say that Rosemary Ryan from the Facebook group has won the Christmas Card competition - many thanks to everyone who entered and also to Jeanette Ransom for judging it for us.

A photo of Rosemary's card is below and her 3 m of Christmas Fabric is winging its way to her.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Back with a Vengence - Workbox and me

First day back in work after a LONG Christmas break - wonderful !  Honestly, though, it is nice to be back and doing something which has nothing whatsoever to do with eating, drinking or entertaining visitors.  And boy do we have lots to do.  Please bear with us whilst we sort it all out - there is a lot of feedback to get through.

Dropping into my in-box over the Christmas break  was an email from Paul Mills to tell me that Workbox magazine has re-invented itself  since his fathers very sad death last year and will be back in production  around March.  It's now overseen by Paul Veysey from River Media.  I have to say that the new logo and front page look very enticing, so fingers crossed that an old favorite of mine will do very well on it's re-launch.  Their site is at