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  • Haberdashery Gift Ideas from Calico Laine

    Haberdashery Gift Ideas As we are about to hit the Autumn months, some of the more organised few start to think about Christmas. This means more gift buying and planning than anyone wants to start when they're still stuck in the post-holiday blues. Even if Christmas isn't on your mind just yet, we all love to think of fresh ideas for gift-giving at Birthdays and Special Occasions. The Beginner For that someone who has only just picked up crafting, knitting or sewing; they will most certainly need a good basic kit. If it is sewing they love, it is always best to st… Read More
  • Great British Sewing Bee - The Final

    We have reached the finish line of the Great British Sewing Bee, and what a journey it has been. We have seen some beautiful sewing coming from 10 talented contestants this year and I, for one, have loved every minute of it. For the final time this season, let's take a look at the "occasion Wear' themed episode. Waistcoat Pattern Challenge - Great British Sewing Bee First of all, the sewers were asked to create a tailored mans waistcoat complete with sham welt pockets to complete the final pattern challenge. 'Sham' pockets are just creating the illusion of a pock… Read More
  • The Great British Sewing Bee #1 - THAT Jumpsuit!

    The Great British Sewing Bee is finally back! Our team here at Calico Laine have been clearing their Tuesday nights in preparation for the excitement to begin.The sewing bug is gripping the nation and we cannot get enough! The Wiggle Dress The contestants were thrown in straight away with the first challenge; the classic wiggle dress. This iconic dress curves over the hip and tapers down towards the knee, resulting in a flattering pencil skirt design. This fitted style gives a distinct 'wiggle' when walking, reflecting it's nickname. We can thank Christian Dior's … Read More
  • Knitting Wool - DIY Easy Chunky Blanket

    I think most people would agree that knitting is one of the most therapeutic forms of crafting there is. It's something you can do whilst watching the TV of an evening and can be as simple or as complicated as you would like it to be. Knitting Wool can be a little overwhelming to choose from but here at Calico Laine, we offer a wide variety for every project and taste. Stylecraft Life DK and Life Chunky are brilliant standard weight wools with a soft feel and easy knit. We are always updating our colour range with seasonal shades and vibrant tones. Our range of St… Read More
  • How to fill a sewing box

    I don't know if anyone else has experienced this, but I have sat down to sew so many times and realised too late that I am missing something crucial in my sewing box for that project. I then thought it would be a good idea to have a checklist in my sewing box so i know when I have ran out of something I can buy haberdashery before I actually need it. This is my top 10 checklist; 1. Scissors (large) My personal favourite are the 25cm Fiskars Dressmaking Scissors. They are so sharp and accurate, it's why they are our chosen scissors here at Calico Laine headquarters… Read More
  • Buy Zips at Calico Laine

    When it comes to purchasing fasteners for your sewing projects we have a lot of items to offer including zips, buttons, velcro's and many more haberdashery pieces that all work extremely well as fasteners on a garment. A lot of our customers tend to Buy Zips more than other items as they are the main fasteners and most popular that people will always use when creating stunning clothing items and accessories. Here at Calico Laine we have a large variety of different zips that can be used for a range of different purposes whether you are using it in a cushion, a dr… Read More
  • Halloween Fabrics are coming!

    Its nearly that time of year that a lot of people love…Halloween! So why not start getting prepared with your halloween costumes with some of calico laines eye-catching Halloween Fabrics. Within the next week we are getting some great new materials in that are perfect for this time of year with designs such as spider webs, witches and pumpkins that will make up into the perfect unique costume for your children or yourself. In the meantime if you are already starting your costume we have a range of Halloween Fabrics in stock for you to look at or purchase to st… Read More
  • Buy Zips at Calico Laine

    Now its officially summer its the perfect time to create pretty summer dresses for yourselves or your loved ones in the styles you have always wanted. Here at calico laine we have a variety of stunning summery fabrics for you to choose from including cotton prints, chiffons and printed satins that will all make up into gorgeous pretty dresses in bright colours and prints that are ideal for the next few months. Bright Purple Concealed Zip When it comes to making dresses you may require a pattern or if you prefer to do it free hand you can do. A lot of dress patter… Read More
  • How to avoid Dressmaking disasters

    So the sun is shining, the weather is starting to improve and you're feeling inspired to do a bit of Dressmaking to brighten up your summer wardrobe. The only problem is you have about a dozen half finished projects in your cupboard that you really must complete before starting something new. Am I right? Don't worry, you're not alone, we're all guilty of it because a particular garment has proven to be an unflattering fit or too short or imperfect for some other reason. The item then gets banished to back of the cupboard in the hope that one day we'll muster up th… Read More
  • How To: Make a Christmas Apron

    As we draw towards the end of the year, we at Calico Laine are serving a steadily increasing number of customers who are on the hunt for Christmas fabrics to create personalised gifts for friends and family. While you don't have to limit yourself to fabrics that have festive themes, items such as aprons are a popular choice for handmade presents to give to loved ones - or even just as a garment for yourself to wear to protect your outfit while cooking dinner on the big day! In today's blog, I'll be walking you through the steps to create your very own apron. You w… Read More

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