Sunday, 6 December 2015

Jane Makower - Wildlife fabric collection

We have recently started stocking Jane Makower Fabrics and we just had to get this fabulous Wildlife collection in!
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The Rabbits and Hares print has a bit of "Watership Down" about it - a childhood favourite of mine and I think this would be lovely used in a project for any age group.
We have this print in a brighter green colourway too:
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You could pick out the red flowers using a mini print in the same colour
As well as the striking "wildflowers" design

We have several filler fabrics to go with this collection and some of the other Jane Makower collections that we have on the way!Makower-Stitchcheck-G58

View our range of the Wildlife collection here.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Jennie Maizels Sketchbook Club training day

On thursday I spent a truly amazing day at Jennie Maizels' studio near Winchester!
Jennie was hosting a franchise training day for new tutors to run her amazing sketchbook club.
Jennie Maizels in her Studio
Firstly it was an honour to be in the presence of such an incredible lady after following her on social media for so long, check out Jennie's inspirational Instagram feed here. I have always admired Jennie's work and after being tempted to join her online sketchbook club I was thrilled when the opportunity came up to actually go to her studio for a day to get tuition from her directly.
Sketchbook Club - Colour wheel
I love the idea of being able to draw and paint but haven't ever had the confidence or knowledge on where to start!
Jennie takes all the fear away firstly talking us through all the materials we might use on our sketchbooks, from paints and pencils to newspaper and old maps. We are surrounded by materials all the time and really anything goes.
Jennie Maizels - Sketchbook club art kit
The whole studio is so inspirational too with sketchbooks, drawings, books and clothes plasters decorating every available wall and surface. We barely stopped for lunch as we were so keen to try out all the different modules for the first term starting in January (although we much appreciated the freshly made salmon sandwiches and other delicious offerings!).
Sketchbook Club - pencils
So now we are all prepared to host one of the first of Jennie's franchised "Sketchbook Clubs" here in Sherborne, Dorset.
Jennie Maizels Sketchbooks
As you know we will be in new premises from January and the beautiful new surroundings will be the perfect place for launching Sketchbook Club in 2016
Jennie Maizels - Balloon module
If you would like to watch a video about Jennie's sketchbook club please do visit her website, the video describes the online version of the sketchbook club but we of course will be hosting the club and providing all of the materials that you need including a sketchbook, pens, paints and pencils and of course the printed materials for each week's module. Working with a group often provides the encouragement and support that a lot of people desire when it comes to having the confidence to try something new!
Sketchbook Club
The course will be 10 weeks long, with a two hour session each week during the term, with a break for school half term. Modules are all different to the online course so even if you have done the online version this course will be different.
I am going to start by offering a day time course but if you would be interested in an evening course please do email me at
You know what to ask Santa for now!
Book your place here: January 2016 Sketchbook club

Saturday, 28 November 2015

I fell in love with this year's "Winter Wonderland" Christmas fabric from Dashwood Studio as soon as I saw it and ordered it over a year ago!
The reds and greens seem perfect to me for a Christmas project and the detail in each design has interest and festive appeal for both children and adults alike.

We usually run a Christmas Table Runner workshop and this year is no different, I knew I had to make one using this collection and here it is. I spent ages trawling through ideas on my Christmas Pinterest board and saved quite a few pins along the way but eventually I settled on a classic Patchwork Star design.
The stars are all made with half square triangles - an easy technique if you know how!

If you fancy making up one of these for your festive table or perhaps as a gift for a friend - you can buy the fabric here in our webshop or perhaps if you would like a bit more guidance you could come and make one in a workshop on either Wednesday 9th December or Tuesday 15th December
We will cover how to cut and sew Half Square Triangles, adding sashing and a border, layering, quilting and binding. That sounds like a lot but don't worry, mince pies will be provided!

I am looking forward to taking this one home although I think with my spillage prone little ones this will be removed from display for actual meal times...
Merry Christmas Making everybody!

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Time for new beginnings

When I started Butterfly Bright life was less complicated, with a small premises in Swan Yard and a baby on the way. Since then the shop and workshops have expanded and I have three children under 7yrs, along with a very busy husband!
With my lease coming to an end at Digby Road I have decided to make plans for the future to accommodate all my babies (business, children AND husband) and I'd love to share my good news with you.
It has become clear that holding workshops and teaching new skills to enthusiastic makers is the area of my business I would really like to grow (and what it seems I'm good at) and so this is the part of Butterfly Bright I am going to concentrate on next year.
To achieve this, I am moving to lovely new premises right in the centre of Sherborne, upstairs above Abbey Brides in Cheap Street. It is a great space to work in, an historic building with high ceilings, (a spectacular chandelier!) and good light, and you will see a new and varied range of workshops being launched in 2016.
I will still be stocking the quality designer fabrics and yarns you need for all your making projects but will no longer offer every single haberdashery line.  Although there is still a call for knicker elastic in Sherborne, I've found it's not the kind of retail that empires are built on! A benefit of moving to the new premises (and lowering my overheads) is that I will be able to reduce my fabric prices and become more competitive online - this is an area I would like to expand on while my my children are young.
So I will bid a sad goodbye to 4 Tilton Court on Christmas Eve but look forward to new beginnings at 81 Cheap Street in the New Year.
81 Cheap Street
In order to squeeze into our new home and make way for exciting new products, we will be having some amazing discounts on existing fabricsyarns and other stock, all in time for your all important Christmas shopping - stay tuned for more details!
If you have any questions please do drop us an email at or call us on 01935 817303.
We look forward to a Butterfly Bright future and for you joining us on the next part of our journey!

Friday, 28 August 2015

Floss and Mischief - new cross stitch kits in store!

We have been on the look out for a modern bright and fun range of cross stitch kits and when we spotted Floss & Mischief on Instagram we knew they were perfect for Butterfly Bright!
Floss & Mischief logo
Their easy to make kits come in a wonderful range of beetles, bugs and butterflies,the hardest thing will be choosing which design to go for!
Floss & Mischief XK012 Emerald Bug Trio (detail)
Each kits contains the aida, a pattern, a "how to" guide, a needle and all of the relevant embroidery threads - you just need to buy a hoop to help you make it.
Floss & Mischief XK013 Mint Butterfly (contents)
If you haven't started Christmas shopping yet make this your first purchase!
Floss & Mischief XK010 Blue Dragonfly (packshot)

Ali x

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Merchant and Mills

We search high and low for the latest and most beautiful haberdashery and when we saw Merchant and Mills we just had to get some in for you!
Merchant and Mills Workbook
Their "workbook" contains 6 dressmaking patterns for some of Merchant and Mills' most classic garments that help you to make a multi layered wardrobe from scratch.

Merchant and Mills

We have also selected some of their key haberdashery lines including pins, needles, needle threaders and bees wax blocks.

I think the first thing I am going to attempt is this beautiful looking shirt dress!
Merchant and Mills Shirt dress

The Merchant and Mills Rapid Repair Kit has to be one of the most beautiful emergency sewing kits I have ever seen, with black and white thread, needles in a glass tube, safety pins, shirt buttons, tape measure and the cutest monogrammed  scissors this is the perfect addition to your holiday holdall and would also make a fabulous gift for any sewing enthusiast.

Merchant and Mills rapid repair

We love the uber cool vintage style branding and for us there is no question that Merchant and Mills is the bees knees in haberdashery!

Merchant and Mills

Do pop in soon to see for yourself!

Monday, 6 July 2015

Workshops with Lazy Daisy Jones

We have been very lucky recently to have Ashley, aka "Lazy Daisy Jones" back at the workshop teaching various dressmaking classes.

we started with our favourite class - knicker making - where the ladies took their time choosing which of our many beautiful fabrics would be perfect for a pair of frillies!
I settled on butterflies of course with a matching yellow gingham elasticated trim.
Butterfly Fabric knickers
Ashley is a very patient teacher and we were all listening intently to her every instruction...
knickers sewing workshop

We had some interesting looks from passers by when they realised what we were constructing but the finishes results were so pleasing we didn't care!
knicker making workshop

Then last week Ashley taught two keen novices to make their very own A-line skirt complete with darts and a zip. They both got a lot out of the day and Ashley has written a very touching post on her Lazy Daisy Jones blog about the experience!
a line skirt with Lazy Daisy Jones

Next we look forward to the pyjama bottoms workshop this coming thursday - we have a morning or an afternoon session available and this class would suit a dressmaking beginner who can use a sewing machine and promises to be another fun day in the workshop...
pyjama bottoms sewing workshop
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We hope to see you soon for one of our wonderful workshops!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Debbie Bliss Yarns!

We are very excited to announce that we will now be stocking Debbie Bliss yarns
Debbie Bliss logoWe have been asked many times to get the Baby Cashmerino and we have decided the time is right to expand our range of high quality yarns by bringing in Debbie Bliss.
We are also getting a range of the stunning Rialto LaceDebbie-Bliss-Rialto-Lace

which looks beautiful knitted up! Rialto_knitted
Have a look at the beautiful Sea Glass Shawl LazyDaisyJones made with the same yarn from us! This shawl is designed by Cecile Balladino.

and in August we will get some Louisa Harding yarns Amitola and GraceLouisa Harding AmitolaLouisa Harding-Grace
I used the Louisa Harding "Grace" yarn to make my crochet cowl with last summer! You can find the free pattern for this cowl on the website.
crochet cowl detail
Lets get making!


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Arigurumi with Lazy Daisy Jones

We fell in love with arigurumi immediately when LazyDaisyJones brought us this gorgeous and rather lovable slug!
Arigurumi crochet slug

He is made with our Rowan Yarns DK and was the by-product of a pair of beautifully crocheted socks!

LDJ crochet socks

It is amazing what you can do with leftovers!

We will arranging some summer workshops with Lazy Daisy Jones to teach arigurumi and look forward to seeing some creations as amazing as these dolls by LaDeDahKids stocked at Butterfly Bright by Gathered.

Arigurumi crochet and yarn

Keep an eye on the website for new workshops coming soon!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Back to Basics - your essential guide to Make Do and Mend!

Make Do and Mend-able:Back to Basics is the new e-book and is your essential guide to Make Do and Mend!The book will launch on 21st April, but you can be one of the first to get your hands on a copy by pre-ordering now!
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Inside you will find 19 chapters, and 150 pages of Make Do and Mend information!
The book is bought to you by Jen Gale of 
Make Do and Mend-able, and is a collaboration of sections from brilliant Make Do and Mend-ers, such as Kat Goldin from Slugs on the RefrigeratorTom of Holland, and Jane ni Dhulchaointigh-inventor of sugru, as well as TWO Great British Sewing Bee finalists, other great authors, bloggers, talented artists - and Butterfly Bright!
This book will help you get started, or teach you some new skills, in all of the ‘basic’ Make Do and Mend skills. From sewing to sugru, and punctures to plugs, there really is something for everyone, no matter where you are in your Make Do and Mend journey.
If you’ve ever wondered how to make a pattern from a charity shop find, or re-use the yarn from old woollies, then wonder no more! As well as covering the basic skills, the book also has chapters covering things like how to make your clothes last longer (from a West End Wardrobe Mistress!) and natural methods of cleaning your home.
Each chapter lists the equipment you need to get started, and then talks you through each stage, with masses of colour photos to illustrate the text.
There are also 8 fabulous projects to enable you to put your newfound skills into practice straightaway.
Back to Basics Pre-order

Pre-order now and you’ll be sent a pdf file, with a thank you, and then on the 21st April, you’ll be sent an e-mail with a link to download the e-book!
The techy stuff
This is an e-book in pdf form, so when you buy it, you will be sent a link that allows you to download a pdf containing the e-book. You can then save it to your computer or device, and either read it on screen, or you can print off any of the chapters you wish to.
The e-book is available wherever you are in the world, and the clever jiggery pokery at Paypal will take care of any currency conversions for you!
Please note that due to new EU VAT rules, the price for non-UK EU customers, will have the applicable VAT rate of the customers home country added to the checkout.
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More details on the contents of "Back to Basics - your essential guide to Make do and mend"
Find it! How to…find second-hand equipment and supplies – Jen Gale, Make Do and Mend-able
Learn to love your sewing machine! How to…use your sewing machine – Lauren Guthrie, Guthrie & Ghani
Sew it!
 How to…hand sew – Tamara Melvin, The Green Thimble
4. Button it! 
How to… sew on a button – Zoe Robinson, The Good Wardrobe
Hem it!
 How to…hem – Ginny Farquhar, Alice and Ginny
Patch it!
How to…patch – Jo Poole, The Dress Doctor
7. Remake it!
 How to…make a pattern from a charity shop find – Franki Campbell, creative pattern cutter
8. Unpick and Knit Again! How to…salvage yarn from old woollies – Joanne Scrace, Not So Granny
9. Knit it! How to…knit Alison Nurton and Caroline Bradshaw – Butterfly Bright
10. Crochet it! How to…crochet – Kat Goldin, Slugs on the Refrigerator
11. Tom says Darn it!
 How to…darn – Tom van Deijnen, Tom of Holland
12. Love Your Clothes for Longer! How to…care for your clothes – Caroline Hannam, West End Wardrobe Mistress
13. Clean it! How to…clean your home using natural techniques – Emma Northcott, Mommy Emu
14. Upcycle it! How to…upcycle – Lynn Haughton, The Upcyle Movement
15. Paint it! How to…re-paint furniture – Trixie Bradley, Lovingly Made Ltd
16. Re-cover it! How to…re-upholster furniture – Becky Striepe, Crafting a Green World
17. Plug it! How to…replace a plug – Bright Sparks
18. Seal it! How to… repair a puncture – Angela Walker, CycleBoost
19. sugru it! How to…sugru – Jane Ni Dhulchaointigh, sugru

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  • Make cloth serviettes
  • Knit a dishcloth
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  • 3 sugru hacks
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