- We know our customers are a creative bunch, this chart shows that on average you each enjoy 3.5 creative interests
- Surprisingly over 70% of you make clothes, closely followed by patchwork & quilting.
You suggested lots of lovely workshops which we may consider:
Many of you suggested workshops that we already offer, such as:
We need to consider how to better describe our workshops as it is evident that you are missing out on what we already offer.
I suppose we rely on you talking to us and asking for what you’d like so we can signpost you to the workshop that suits your needs – we will try harder!
We received 60 comments in this section, many of you appreciating that we were different shops in many ways.
Here’s a selection of what you purchased that we also stock and are increasing our range:
Here’s a selection of what you purchased that we are unable to stock:
You make each customer feel special, whether they purchase or not, whether they purchase a spool of thread or 5 metres of expensive fabric, you are always available to advise. Could go on…..
Customer service is fab, a great selection of fabrics, online communication
Create a friendly community that make people feel included and part of your business. Have a brand and interior that makes you want to spend lots of time in the shop. Stock quality products.
Friendly, welcoming people who are enthusiastic and share their love of all things sewing.
Personal service, friendly, welcoming and every effort made to help
You give advice and tips as well as sell items, you helped me gain confidence to buy a machine I had been looking at for a long time.
Enjoyed and learnt from the Facebook sessions, informative great if they were able to continue, I know not easy once fully open. Facebook updates and auctions. Thank you for making it possible for me to continue crafting, sewing, knitting in the last year not sure where i’d Be if not plus making for my little grandson. Posting excellent service. Everyone always so happy and cheerful. All other shops only able to order online and not ask for other items. THANK YOU 🙏😃
You have a very warm, personal approach and always go out of your way to help with queries, to make suggestions and to offer advice. Nothing ever seems too much trouble and we are always made to feel welcome. Your displays are attractive and enticing and your range of fabrics are scrumptious!
Everything!! I love your facebook sales, friendly staff, zoom zipped bag workshop was amazing.
Excellent customer service. Provide superb advice and share extensive knowledge. Stock a good and wide variety of products. Organise fantastic workshops
We are very grateful for your participation in this survey.
Your wonderful positive comments regarding my Independent business is heart-warming, I have a tough, busy, full-on but very rewarding job and I love being part of our creative community.
I thank you for your honesty, I know not everything is 100% perfect all of the time – we are human after-all, but I do take your comments seriously and will act on them and your suggestions where I can.
During lock-down it was important to let you know what we have in stock via our website, so we have worked hard in developing it and intend to keep it up to date. We are not an online retailer and we know that some of our fabrics & goods are a little dearer than the big online shops, BUT we also know that its hard to put a price on a good personal customer service!
We understand the importance of communication, so if you cant find what you’re looking for or are not happy with anything – PLEASE let us know, so we can point you in the right direction or help to make things right.
Thank you Jo x
Sew Creative – Petersfield is ‘Getting involved’ with this wonderful charity which aim to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new home made patchwork quilts and knitted blankets, and give volunteers across the UK the opportunity to contribute to their local community.
How you can help:
Donate Cotton fabrics
Donate Wadding or quilt backing
Make a quilt (sewn or knitted) – here’s the details:Project Linus with Sew Creative
Find out more about Project Linus
Together we make a difference – Thank You x
Congratulations to all category winners.
Sewing Bee Winner 2020 – Penny Hearn. Junior Sewing Bee Winner 2020 – Liddie Sobey
Presenting the talents of our amazing sewing community:
Challenge 1 – make anything you like with the 2 Fat Quarters – no. more fabric
Challenge 2 – Showcase your creative talents – must include a rainbow
Challenge 3 – Sewing with Stretch – make anything you like – you may add more stretch fabric
Challenge 1 – 2 Fat Quarters
Challenge 2 – transform a Tote Bag – include a rainbow
During Lockdown we have been working with a Federation of Hampshire GP Practices along the A3 corridor from Bordon to Haying Island and along to Fareham ad Gosport, to provide washable clinical gowns for their specialist respiratory hubs dealing with the COVID 19 virus.
We have an army of pattern cutting fairies, sewing fairies, and distributor fairies
We have raised over £8k and have purchased fabrics and elastic to make over 2500 clinical gowns, and have donated 600m of cotton fabric to local groups making scrubs for the NHS and Care worker teams.
We are now making 4000 cotton facemarks for patients to have for their doctor consultations.
THANK YOU to all who have donated or volunteered – you’re amazing!
Download the Clinical Gown Pattern & Instructions – gown pattern
Download the Risk Assessment CVirus
This is Carol – one of our pattern cutting and sewing fairies …
These projects were found on various sites on the internet, we have not developed them but are sharing them for you to use for personal use and not commercial use
Striped Felt Purse Project – Stripey-Felt-Purse-By-Jomil-Final-Amend-2
Kids Felt Masks – Super-Kids-Masks-Tutorial
Disappearing 9 Patch – disappearing 9 patch
Assembling Your Quilt – assembling a patchwork quilt
Binding your Quilt – Binding Your Quilt
THE PETERSFIELD SEWING BEE – 2019
CHALLENGE THREE – 2019
CHALLENGE TWO – 2019
CHALLENGE ONE – 2019
May 17 – Stash Buster : year block 12- May 17docx.
April 17 – Foundation Log Cabin: year block 11year block 11- April 17 docx.
Feb 17 – Double Hourglass : year block – Feb 17.docx.
Jan 17 – Starburst – tutorial : year-block-jan-17-docx
Aug – Log Cabin – tutorial: botm – Aug Log Block
July – Rail Fence Block – tutorial: botm – july Rail Fence
June – Monkey Wrench – tutorial: Odd Blocks Challenge june_
May – Union Flag – tutorial: year block – May docx.
April – Weave Block – tutorial: year block – April.docx.
March – Circles Block – tutorial: year block – March.docx.
February – Heart Block – Tutorial : Year Block – feb 16
January – Disappearing 4 patch – tutorial: Odd Blocks – January 16
Following on the success of last year’s Petersfield Sewing Bee, we have some wonderful challenges for you, the focus is on fun and challenging yourself. The boxes remain a secret until you purchase one – £20 adult (3 challenges) , £10 child (2 challenges).
The boxes contain all you need to complete the challenges
Limited availability – Get yours on Saturday 7th May!!
Are you in?
Teddy Bears’ Picnic
On Saturday 23rd January, we held a Teddy Bears’ Picnic/ Re-union to celebrate our first “Lottie” the Bear workshop course. “Lottie” created by Sarah Lloyd won our 2015 Petersfield Sewing Bee Challenge which inspired a 4 week workshop to create your own bear. Customers brought their completed bears to enjoy a picnic together with Sarah and Jo. As you would expect, all their collective creative juices flowed which has generated a second “Lottie” the Bear and a new Tilda Doll workshops.
On the 17th October Sew Creative celebrated its first anniversary.
As well as free demonstrations on machine embroidery, patchworking, textile printing, felting, machine cleaning and a dressmaking challenge, there were balloons, badges, cake (made by customers, Sue and Dorothy) and tea and coffee all day! Many customers visited wearing garments made with fabric form the shop and there was a children’s fashion parade to celebrate their sewing achievements at Sew Creative.
Unbeknown to Jo and Steven, a team of WI members, the staff and customers had compiled a memory book of the first year, created a “mini me” bunting which is pride of place in the shop and finished off the day with a flash dance in the street outside the shop to ”here comes the girls”, “celebrate” and “happy birthday”. The shop closed with bubbles for all!
Jo said, “A massive thank you to our customers, our team and to the WI Denmead Belles for making this a fabulous, memorable day; where has that year gone!? It has been an amazing journey so far and we are delighted and overwhelmed by the wonderful level of customer support. We have even more exciting plans for the shop so please sign up for our newsletter to hear these first hand or visit our Facebook page; Sew Creative – Fabric and Workshop.”
We have launched Sew Loyal our loyalty scheme as a small thank you to all our wonderful loyal customers. For every £1 spent in the shop you will earn a point that can be can be redeemed at any time against future purchases. Please collect your Sew Loyal card in the shop and start collecting those points. See T&Cs for details.
Sew Saturday; 17th October 2015
Did you know Saturday the 17th October is Sew Saturday? Did you also know that this day also happens to be Sew Creative’s first birthday! To celebrate both we are putting on a whole program of interactive demonstrations for the day; something for everyone so please watch this space and you never know but I think there may be cake involved too.
Meeting Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably
Yesterday we were very fortunate to meet both Kaffe and Brandon at Kaffe’s 50th celebration of working with Rowan Fabrics. Saw some amazing examples of their work.
After receiving the third (patchwork cushion) and forth (zipped bag) adult challenges and the second (ipod stand) and third (creative book cover) under 16’s challenges in the shop, the final judging of all the entries took place on Saturday 20th June by Tamara Melvin (BBC Great British Sewing Bee finalist 2014) and Sew Creative tutors, Sharon Russ and Clare Allington.
Tamara announced Sally-Ann Cole as the overall adult winner and Bea James won the under 16’s. Such was the overwhelmingly high standard of entries there were several individual awards. “Lottie” the teddy by Sarah Lloyd was the adult “showstopper” and a t-shirt dress by Izzy Miller was the under 16’s “showstopper”.
Jo Watts thanked and praised all challengers for rising to the challenge with such inspiration and skill and promised The 2016 Petersfield Sewing Bee Challenge was already being planed!
Adult Challenge Two
The second adult challenge of the Petersfield Sewing Bee Challenge has now been received in the shop and the results are again amazing.
The challenge was to make a child’s garment from a 100% cotton pillowcase without adding any further fabric. We have wonderful appliquéd designs, a doodle dress, dungarees, a shirt and many pretty dresses, fit for any princess or prince. Some garments have been dyed (possible due to 100% cotton), some have been hand smocked and some embellished with lace, ribbons and buttons – all delightful!
The first challenge of the Petersfield Sewing Bee Challenge has now been received in the shop and the results are amazing; a credit to every participant. You can see both the adult and under 16s entries in our window; do please take a look.
Ready for a challenge?
Launch Date – 20th April
You will be able to register and receive your Sewing Bee challenges between Monday 20th April and 11th May.
Open to Adults and Children of all abilities.
The aim is to challenge yourself, be creative and have fun!
To help us get the challenges ready – please email us saying – “Count Me In”.
Elna Sewing Machines for sale
We now sell the full range of Elna Sewing Machines and Overlockers directly in the shop. Elna are Swiss designed and part of the Janome group. We have four demonstration models for you to try and the range starts at £120. We are giving £10 towards our 2 hour “love your sewing machine” workshop for every machine purchase between £200 and £500 and a free “l-y-s-m” workshop for each purchase over £500 (both subject to other offers from time to time). We also run an under 16’s “Love to Sew” workshop specifically for children with a new machine. This workshop is just £14; please see our Workshops page for more information. For advice, please visit us in Lavant Street.
We are also a drop off and collection point for all your sewing machine servicing and maintenance needs, again please visit us to discuss your requirements.
We now have a portable ramp for easy access to our shop for our wheelchair and pushchair user customers; please catch our attention for our assistance.
Workshops in Full Swing – many first time sewers have been amazed with their results:
Sharon’s Surgery Most Wednesdays 10am – 1pm:
Got any sewing dilemmas? Not sure how to finish off your quilt? Advice on mending, altering or repairing? Then come in and speak to Sharon – she really does know everything!!!
Our regular Crafternoon teas are aimed at all levels of crafters – a great opportunity to socialise and ‘get creative’ over a cuppa and a slice of cake.
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