Stitch Solihull Blog Entries in March 2016 - Stitch Solihull

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Easter Holiday Activities

It’s a gloriously sunny Good Friday and we are open today from 10-5. Unfortunately, the sunshine is not set to continue into the Easter weekend but never fear, we have lots of kits and projects to keep the kids entertained on a wet bank holiday.


Buttoonies Pirate Buttoonies are an ingenious use of buttons and pre cut foam shapes to make up into a wide variety of creations from pirates to penguins via pigs, sheep and birds. They are scored for difficulty on a scale of 1-10 and at just £4 each, it would be great fun to collect the whole set.

Pom Poms

Fabulous Pompoms

Fabulous Pompoms by Alistair MacDonald costs £4.99 and contains 20 projects using the pom poms to make everything from Easter chicks to bunnies and bunting. Using the clever Clover Pompom makers just about anyone can make a pompom and we have them in sizes from 2-11cm.

Gifts in a Tin

Lamb in a Tin

Gifts in a Tin are beautifully presented in a hight quality tin and are a perfect introduction to sewing for young children. They contain a mostly assembled creature with designs including lambs, puppies and teddy bears that just need stuffing and sewing closed. Most kits also contain an accessory to add play value such as a feeding bottle for the lambs. They allow for quick results while still leaving a feeling of achievement.

Sock Zebra in a Tin

For older children there are also sock animals in a tin. These are complete kits with needles, thread and comprehensive photo instructions. Just cut up the sock and sew back together to make your own companion, be it zebra, monkey or owl! All Gifts in a Tin cost £10 except for the smaller sock owl which is just £6.

Weaving Kits

Bracelet Weaving kit

Juko Designs weaving kits contain everything you need to weave either a bracelet or a bag. The cardboard loom comes ready warped so is all ready to go and full colour instructions are also included. Bracelet kits cost £10 and make 2 bracelets while bag kits cost £14 and show you how to work in the round so there’s no sewing up later.

Cross Stitch

Easy Peasy Cross Stitch Chicken

Fat Cat Cross Stitch Kits are a prefect introduction to the craft for those with no prior experience. They have bold designs with block colours and comprehensive instructions. The Easy Peasy kits contain easy to stitch binca and thick tapestry wool for younger children while the Sew Simple kits contain aida and embroidery cotton allowing for slightly more detailed designs. The kits cost between £6.95 and £7.95.

3rd Birthday Stitch Up

Stitch Solihull is turning 3! I know, I don’t believe it either. Where has the time gone? To celebrate, we’re having a party. Our 3rd Birthday Stitch Up will be held on Saturday April 9th from 11-4.

Knitting Birthday Card

We are being joined in our celebrations by independent yarn dyers Rosies’ Moments and Sparkleduck. They will be bringing an array of irresistible hand dyed yarny goodness which is sure to brighten your day.

Sparkleduck stand

How could you resist all that colour? We will be Stitching and Sipping all day and it wouldn’t be a birthday without cake too. Bring your works in progress and compare purchases in a friendly, social space. I’m going to sort out some special offers on End of Line yarns and fabrics too.

Rosies' Moments stand

We’d love this to be a really special day so please tell all your friends or better still bring them with you! I have created a Facebook event which can be shared via Social Media or why not send them a link to this blog post? We’d love you to help us make this the best birthday ever!

New Yarn: Ella Rae Cozy Soft Prints

We’ve had lots of new yarns, buttons and gift ideas delivered recently. The shop has also had a spring refresh to make room for all the new stock allowing us to stock more fabric and yarn than ever before! One of the new yarns is Cozy Soft Prints by Ella Rae.

Ella Rae is an Australian yarn and pattern brand famed for quality, affordable yarns and simple, classic pattern designs. Cozy Soft Prints is a Double Knit yarn composed of 75% acrylic and 25% super wash wool. It can be machine washed at 30 making it perfect for baby and child garments. It retails at £6 per 100g ball which has just under 200m on it making it very affordable.

Ella Rae Cozy Soft Prints

We have 9 variegated colour ways that consist of a range of coordinating colours. This makes the finished garments fun and eye catching. There is great pattern support as well. There are 4 individual patterns that cost £3 each. They are all sized from 3 months to 5 years and take between 1 and 4 balls of yarn depending on design and age knitted.

Cozy Soft Prints Individual Patterns

There is also an accompanying pattern book, Cozy Soft Booklet 123. This contains 6 patterns for ages 3 months to 8 years. It costs £6 which works out at just £1/pattern! None of the garments use more than 5 balls of yarn which means they are an affordable and fun way to knit for the small people in your life.

Cozy Soft 123 booklet