Newsletter 10th May 2019

If you are thinking of buying a sewing machine make sure you talk to us first, we have some Amazing Janome Offers
with savings of up to £500 plus FREE Quilting Kits available on selected Janome models.  All machines purchased from us include 1hr FREE tuition tailored specifically for you.
Don’t delay all offers are subject to stock availability 

This month you will find us at the following events: Saturday 18th May  Makit LQ&N Fair Peterborough, followed by Springfields Quilt Show Spalding on Friday 31st May & Saturday 2nd June. If you don’t manage to visit a show you can catch us on the UK’s leading craft channel HOCHANDA TV on Sunday 19th May where we will feature our latest kits. We are currently putting together our July to December Workshop Schedule, check out the website as new classes available for booking are being added every day. 

Have a go at Wet Felting
It’s easier than you might think! and with the help of expert Clare Bullock in just two days you will create your own unique needle case, perfect for yourself or to make as a gift. Friday 31st May & Saturday 1st June 10am to 4pm  Book Online Here

1/2 Price McCalls Patterns Offer ends soon…… 20th May 2019
Calling all dressmakers, available in-store only don’t miss out on the opportunity to purchase the latest spring/summer McCalls Patterns at 1/2 price.

Project Linus – “A Quilt is a hug you can keep”
The next workshop here at Tudor Rose is this Friday 10th May, if you would like to come along and join the group please just give us a call on 01234 824983 to let us know you are coming or for further information you can email the Bedfordshire coordinator at 

If you are thinking of buying a sewing machine make sure you talk to us first, we have some Amazing Janome Offers
with savings of up to £500 plus FREE Quilting Kits available on selected Janome models.  All machines purchased from us include 1hr FREE tuition tailored specifically for you.
Don’t delay all offers are subject to stock availability 

Is it too early to talk about Christmas? Not if you want to get a statement quilt finished in time, and grab a bargain fabric! Summer is the best time to stock up on themed fabric supplies, before prices start to rise.

The Inprint at Jane Makower Christmas fabrics are one of our more unusual collections, featuring such themes as ‘Christmas in Britain’ (note the Angel of the North), ‘Santa in Snow’, and ‘Narnia’. Currently all at 50% off – just £6.40 per metre

Lewis & Irene – Timsbury Lane. Summer blooms and modern paisley swirls on pastel backgrounds. Reduced to £5.48 per metre till 21st May.

Don’t forget to check out Lewis & Irene’s website for lots of inspirational free projects!

And finally…Pretty And Co-ordinated from Sugar & Spice Textiles. Spools and buttons make a perfect compliment to all your sewing-themed projects. 50% off = £5.45 per metre.

Crafting Holiday at Home

Every now and then I get asked to write the blog for Tudor Rose Patchwork.  I’m not a great blogger, my daughter knows more than I do and she’s only 14.  But then you expect a 14 year old to be a technological wizard.

I might not be a technological wiz, but I can craft.  In fact I love to create and make.  So much so that I decided to treat myself to a week off work.  The children were still and school and the husband was out at work and I had the luxury of 5 days to please myself crafting.  The washing machine did go on but there was not one garment ironed – apart from the quilt I was working on.

As well as having my sewing machine out to work on my quilt, I had yarn on the coffee table to crochet, my Pfaff Creative 1.5 embroidery machine was running 1400 stitches per minute and I finished a beaded parure.

According to Wikipedia, a parure typically consists of a combination of a matching necklace, earrings, brooch, bracelet and often a diadem or tiara.  Well mine was a mini or demiparure:  necklace, earrings and bracelet.  It was a huge project but the feeling of joy when I completed the last beaded toggle was immense.


So you have an idea of what my living space looked like.  The dining table, which when extended seats 14, was piled high.  It was so nice being able to leave everything out ready for the next day, knowing that I was coming straight back to it and not having to put things away until who knew when.

I loved being able to leave the embroidery machine set up.  It does take up quite a bit of room and I don’t have a dedicated crafting space so leaving it on the dining table for a week was marvellous.  Christmas is coming and I treated myself to a few Christmas designs.  I now have a set of 8 pristine, white napkins, each with a different design and in a different colour. 

My daughter chose purple as the colour scheme for our Christmas tree this year so we now have 5 white and purple embroidered felt decorations.  And finally, I nearly burnt out the engine creating lace bookmarks and a lace lantern.

It was a really wonderful week.  The downside, all the house work to catch up on.

Guest Blog – Terry Fletcher

One of our most regular and favourite customers spent some time here on her own working on her projects, and while she was here she wrote a lovely blog post for us! Pop that kettle on and fetch the cake 🙂



‘Another productive day at Tudor Rose. I’m doing a ‘Day Away From Home’ on my own and I’ve cut out, stitched and almost completed the quilting on a lap quilt designed for a Christmas present!

Could I have managed at home? I suppose, but at home I would have felt the need to put on a load of washing, and probably put some tea on as well. This is much less stress! I can lay out the material, and have my machine, the iron, and the cutting table all in the same space. Measure, cut, stitch, and plug in my headphones, find a book, and start quilting. Joy!

This sounds so anti-social, but I also come along with my sister and several friends, usually once a month. We do different things, helping where needed, and it’s all very relaxed. We chat, catch-up, and have a nice lunch in O for Coffee that we haven’t had to cook or clear up. It’s become a regular social occasion for us. And if we run out of cotton – we’re in a shop!’

Not Christmas Already?!

Well no, but panels and fabrics are arriving thick and fast so that we can all be ready in time. Gifts
created and decorations made.
Today, I’m at the sewing machine making Christmas Stockings.
It’s a bit of a chore, however, to find inspiration when the sun in beating down and the temperature
is topping 26 degrees C. Not that I’m complaining about the sun at all, just finding it hard to think in
terms of Christmas and the Winter season.
What embellishment will enhance the stockings? Do I go for glitz and sparkle or something more
subtle? It is a Christmas stocking after all so maybe sequins and seed beads. The panel I’m using has
a Scandi feel to it so perhaps embroidery with a bit of glitzy DMC. Watch this space.
Jon has already been busy putting together an incredibly simple “folded” advent calendar. We are
all amazed by how quick and it easy it was to make and customers are loving the end result. Proving
popular already.
Who else has started getting ready for the festive season? Tell us about the projects you’ve got in
mind. My mum is making bags for her friends this Christmas, it was cushions last year, and already
has 2 completed. Only 5 more to go!
Delighted with the finished result. Only took a couple of hours, computer had to be worked at and
customers had to be looked after in between!
I’ll be in touch with my next sewing challenge….Joy