Simply Stitch Open Days ‘a big success’

Simply Stitch has moved in to larger premises within the Village Hall moving from the former youth room to the former snooker rooms resulting in a much bigger studio. Nicola who owns and runs Simply Stitch said she was delighted with the response to two open days at the end of May: ‘Everyone enjoyed a glass of ‘bubbly’, while browsing through the new patchwork fabrics, admiring the many samples of work on display and picking up the latest and exciting programme of forthcoming workshops and classes. I was ‘over the moon’ at the fantastic amount of people that came for a look round and at times it was difficult to chat to everyone. Having moved from my original smaller studio upstairs in East Keswick Village Hall, everyone agreed that the new ground floor studio was fantastic…..spacious, light, colourful….a great place to relax and enjoy some therapeutic stitching time away from the demands of work.

£142 was raised in a raffle over the 2 days with proceeds going to East Keswick Village Hall Fundraising. The first prize was adouble bed size Patchwork Quilt which was won by Sue Head.

Nicola has been teaching Patchwork, Sewing and Embroidery for over fifteen years which has taken her to various parts of the country, mainly at the invitation of Embroidery Guilds. ‘I love to share my knowledge through my programme of regular classes and workshops, all of which are suitable for beginners or improvers. The best part for me is to see people enjoying a new subject, growing in confidence and wanting to come back for more. I also like to see others develop their existing skills to a new creative level where design, colour and technical ability are stretched.

More exciting and interesting workshops and more are to found on the website These range from Stitch Club sessions, workshops or one to one tuition in Patchwork, Sewing & Embroidery. Janome sewing machines are available to hire if students don’t have their own machine. Nicola also invites visiting tutors who specialise in a particular subject, to run workshops. Coming in October is Stuart Hillard who some people will remember from The Great British Sewing Bee. There will also be event evenings where an invited speaker will come along and give a talk – the next one with Katie Chaplin entitled, Kimono, Costume of Japan is on Monday September 21st. Katie dresses a mannequin in full ceremonial kimono whilst explaining the history and detail of the costume.