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Fabric Friday - Darling Dancewear

IT'S FRIDAY! Although the Team behind the screens here at Minerva HQ will be beavering away over the weekend we still have cause to celebrate; not only because we have the best jobs in the world (clearly) but it's also Fabric Friday!
I thought this week I'd shine light on the brightest range of fabrics we carry here at Minerva - our Dancewear Fabrics!
Now Lycra and other such fabrics may strike fear into the hearts of many, particularly if you grew up in the era of Home Exercise Videos, but it is a surprisingly versatile range of fabric! Our Hologram Floral Print Stretch Jersey is pretty darn nifty if you ask me. I really like the idea of foil print fabrics as they add a dimension of depth with the way the garment would catch the light, particularly on a jersey which would have a flow and drape to it!
Another range of fabrics that really caught my eye this week were our All Way Stretch Lycra Fabrics. As a bit of a dressing up nerd I always have my ear to the ground for super stretchy fabrics with a good colour range, and this certainly fits the bill, but what got me this week is that this fabric is great for Swimwear, too! Lady Sewalot did a lovely Emerald Green Bathing Suit for the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network and it really widened my field of vision for this fabric. We all have our preferences for our bathing suits, and by using this you can really tailor to your needs! Whether you'd like a bit of ruching over your bumpy bits, a longer leg short to cover the knees, or just something bright and fun! There's a metallic version, too, if you're feeling brave ;)
If you're going to be sewing with any of these, or any stretch fabric really, you can utilise the opportunity to use the Seraflock Stretch Thread!
Now this isn't a stretch thread in as much as it itself stretches, but a stretch thread in that, once sewn up, will stretch with the fabric. Perfect if you don't have a stretch stitch on your machine as you can just sew a standard straight stitch as normal! (though a bit of experimentation may be required to see if you machine likes it in just the spool, just the bobbon, or both!)
So that's my Fabric Friday, a little list of fabrics that've jumped out at me this week. Be sure to keep your eye out for Halloween posts, too!
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Sirdar Noah's Ark Knit Along Part 3 - Giraffes!

MEASUREMENTS 
Sitting down to top of head 23cm (9in) approximately
MATERIALS
F039 Cotton DK 507 (M) 505 (C) or 504 (M) 508 (C)1 100g ball each 
1 Pair of 3¼mm (USA3) Knitting Needles 
Small amount of black DK for eyes and nostrils 
ABBREVIATIONS
cm centimetres, mm millimetres, in inch(es), DK double knitting, M main, C contrast, g grammes, k knit, p purl, inc increase(ing), rem remain(ing), 
rep repeat, st(s) stitch(es), tog together, tbl through back of loop. st-st (Stocking Stitch) 1st Row. Knit. 2nd Row. Purl. Rep these 2 rows. 
M1 – Make 1 stitch. Pick up loop between last and next stitch and work into the back of this loop

BODY 

Back and Front (Both alike) 
Using M cast on 30 sts. Working in st-st (throughout) proceed as follows:- 
* Work 8 rows. 
Next Row. K2tog, knit to last 2sts, k2tog. 28 sts. 
Rep from * once more. 26 sts. Work 5 rows without shaping. Next Row. K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog. 24 sts. Rep last 6 rows 7 times more. 10 sts. Work 3 rows without shaping. 
Break off yarn and thread through rem sts and fasten off. MAKE UP Using C, Swiss embroider random spots as chart. Join side edges of Back and Front and stuff.
MAKE UP 
Using C, Swiss embroider random spots as chart. Join side edges of Back and Front and stuff
HEAD 
Using M cast on 14 sts. Working in st-st (throughout) proceed as follows:- 
Next Row. Inc in every st to last st, k1. 27 sts. Work 3 rows without shaping. 
Next Row. (K1, inc in next st) 13 times, k1. 40 sts. Work 5 rows without shaping. 
Next Row. K2, (k2tog, k3) 7 times, k2tog, k1. 32 sts. Work 3 rows without shaping. 
Next Row. K1, (k2tog, k2) 7 times, k2tog, k1. 24 sts. Work 5 rows without shaping. 
Next Row. K3, (k2tog, k1) 6 times, k3. 18 sts. Next Row. Purl. Change to C, Next Row. K3, * m1, k2, rep from * to last 3 sts, k3. 24 sts. 
Work 7 rows without shaping
Next Row. (K2tog) 12 times. 12 sts. 
Break off yarn and thread through rem sts and fasten off.
MAKE UP 
Sew side edges of head together stuffing as you work along. Close cast on stitches at back of head
LEGS 
(Make 2) Using C cast on 14 sts. 
Next Row. Inc in 1st st, knit to last st, inc in next st. 16 sts.
Next Row. Inc in 1st st, purl to last st, inc in next st. 18 sts. 
Next Row. K7, (inc in next st) 4 times, k7. 22 sts. 
Next Row. Knit. 
1st Row. K8, k2togtbl, k2, k2tog, k8. 20 sts. 
2nd and Every Alternate Row. Purl. 
3rd Row. K7, k2togtbl, k2, k2tog, k7. 18 sts. 
5th Row. K6, k2togtbl, k2, k2tog, k6. 16 sts. 
7th Row. K5, k2togtbl, k2, k2tog, k5. 14 sts. 
8th Row. Purl.
Change to M. 
Work 18 rows in st-st. 
Proceed with knee shaping as follows:- 
Next Row. K4, (m1, k1) 6 times, m1, k4. 21 sts. Beg with a purl row work 5 rows in st-st. 
Next Row. K4, (k2tog) 7 times, k3. 14 sts. Beg with a purl row, work 23 rows in st-st. 
Cast off. 
MAKE UP 
Sew base of hoof and side edges of leg together, stuffing as you work along. 
Roll a round piece of stuffing to give the knee section definition. 
EARS 
(Make 2) Using M cast on 20 sts. 
Work 6 rows in st-st. 
Next Row. (K2tog) 10 times. 10 sts. 
Next Row. Purl. 
Next Row. (K2tog) 5 times. 5 sts. 
Break off yarn and thread through rem sts and fasten off. 
MAKE UP 
Fold ear in half and sew side edges together. 
HORNS 
(Make 2) Using C cast on 7 sts. 
Work 4 rows in st-st.
 Next Row. (K1, m1) 6 times, k1. 13 sts. 
Next Row. (P2tog) 6 times, p1. 7 sts. 
Break off yarn and thread through rem sts and fasten off. 
MAKE UP 
Roll side edges of work to form horn shape and sew in place to keep the shape firm. 
ARMS
(Make 2) Using M cast on 12 sts. 
Working in st-st (throughout) work 38 rows. 
Change to C. 
Work 6 rows.
 Next Row. (K2tog) 6 times. 6 sts. 
Break off yarn and thread through rem sts and fasten off. 
MAKE UP 
Sew side edges of arm together stuffing as you work along. 
BASE 
Using M cast on 16 sts.
 Next Row. Purl. 
Next Row. Inc in 1st st, knit to last st, inc in last st. 18 sts. 
Next Row. Purl. 
Next Row. Inc in 1st st, knit to last st, inc in last st. 20 sts. 
Next Row. Inc in 1st st, purl to last st, inc in last st. 22 sts. 
Next Row. Inc in 1st st, knit to last st, inc in last st. 24 sts. 
Beg with a purl row work 6 rows without shaping in st-st. 
Next Row. P2tog, purl to last 2 sts, p2tog. 22 sts. 
Next Row. K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog. 20 sts. 
Next Row. P2tog, purl to last 2 sts, p2tog. 18 sts. 
Next Row. K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog. 16 sts. 
Next Row. Purl. 
Cast off. 
FINAL MAKE UP 
Sew base to cast on edges of Back and Front placing legs to front cast off edge of base.
 Sew head firmly to gathered neck edge. 
Sew arms 6cm down from neck. 
Sew horns to centre back of head just above back head seam. 
Fold ears in half at cast on edge to form a pleat, sew ears 1cm forward of horns and to side edges of head. 
Using colour of your choice embroider eyes working a French knot with a straight stitch to the top and bottom of the knot. 
Make 2 small straight stitches in the nose section to indicate nostrils. 
Cut 8 lengths of M 40cm long to make a twisted cord tail. 
Make a knot leaving a 3cm fringe and cut across straight. 
Sew tail to centre back, 1cm up from base seam
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Pattern of the Week McCalls 6466 - Lined Evening Dresses & Flower

Hello Hello Hello!
Our Pattern of the Week is a WOW as well as a POW!
This is a real Mix and Match Pattern and is truly stunning
Look at that! 4 Bodices, 2 Midriffs, 4 Skirts and a Flower in one sewing pattern. It' like a GCSE Maths Exam Question! Though don't fret, we've done the working out, 64. 64 different dress combinations! This teamed with recommended fabrics of Satin and CrepeSheer Fabrics for the Draping Bodices, and Tulle for the huge skirt, gives you the chance to create something truly special.
If you want to recreate this astounding garment our Bridal Tulle is amazing for many reasons. For me though its amazing elegance and 108" width make it a winner. Match with our Shimmer Crepe for a stunning evening dress.
If you fancy an 80s throw back, try the Puff Ball variation as a chance to play with some amazing Sheer Fabric!
 
Our Floral Ribbon Embroidered Georgette Dress Fabric is begging to be teamed with this voluminous addition and the bright colour choices are the cherry on the cake for the big impact of this dress!
What about the seemingly boring straight skirt?
Our 100% Silk Satin Print Dress Fabric in Navy Blue is most definitely he fabric for this, teamed with our 60" wide Double Georgette Dress Fabric this will be the understated bell of the ball
Moving on to the flared skirt, time to introduce a crepe and our Large Spot Print Soft Dress Fabric Black & Cream is the one for me
With a contrasting midriff, a true winner
Wondering how to use the flower embellishment? From this sketch, less certainly isn't more!
Most certainly an excuse to experiment with Sheer Border Fabrics to mirror the detail of the bodice!
At just £4.38 this week, this is another great way to get adventurous!
As always, share your makes!
Katie B xo
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Fabric Friday - Five Fiendish Favourites

Hey Guys!
Welcome to a new feature on the Minerva Crafts Blog - Fabric Friday! Each week I'll showcase a handful of fabrics that have caught the eye of the gang here at Minerva HQ
With Halloween just around the corner this week is taking a Spooky theme! 
WARNING - This post contains terrifyingly bad puns!
Let's start with our Halloween Foil Print Jersey 
Choose from Wild Witches...
...or Ghastly Ghosts to create a Spook-tacular outfit! I really like the idea of teachers making this up into a garment and wearing it at School discos! Also, great for parents wanting to get into the spirit of things!
Another fabric worthy of any fantastical Witch or Warlock is our Sequin Satin Fabric
 
Available is a wide range of colours, this fabric is perfect for making costumes, or backdrops to ghoulish gatherings! Great for anyone wanting to make an impact but not breaking the bank.
Speaking of Ghouls...
A customer brought this to our attention with an idea to team our Gothic Skulls Design Nylon Lace with a lining fabric for a Spooky Ghost with a twist! Simply, but better than just a bed sheet!
I think this fabric would top off any Ghastly outfits, as the edges look like they're coated is ash or dust, adding the fiendish final touch to your outfit. 
So that's my Five Fiendish Favourites for the First Fabric Friday! Be sure you keep your eye on the blog for more Halloween Inspiration!
Until next time!
Katie B x
 
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Stylecraft Halloween Cosies Free Knitting Pattern

After casting off, one stitch will remain on the right hand needle which is not included in the instructions that follow.
ABBREVIATIONS
St-st (Stocking Stitch) 
Row 1: Knit. 
Row 2: Purl. 
Rep these two rows 
K2tog – knit two sts together. 
K3tog – Knit 3 sts together
 
Ghost 
You will need – 
1 pair of 4mm (UK 8, US 6) needles, Large sewing needle and 1 ball each of Stylecraft Special DK in Black and Cream. 2 buttons. 
Tension 22sts X 30rows on 4mm needles 
Instructions 
Using 4mm needles and cream cast on 46sts. 
Next row (RS): Knit. Rep last row 5 times more (6 rows in total) Cont in st-st for 20 rows. 
Next row: Knit. Rep last row 5 times more (6 rows in total) Cast off loosely. 
Button loops - Using a crochet hook make a chain to length needed. 
Tie off and secure. Sew up seam. 
Make up 
Using photographs as a guide, using correct coloured yarns doubled up embroider features on cosy. 
Sew on buttons and button loops.
 
Cat 
You will need – 
1 pair of  4mm (UK 8, US 6) needles, Large sewing needle and 1 ball each of Stylecraft Special DK in Black, Lime, Fondant and Cream. 2 buttons. 
Tension 22sts X 30rows on 4mm needles. 
Instructions
Using Black, Knit as for Ghost. 
Cat ears Using 4mm needles , cast on 10sts. 
Next row: Knit. 
Next row: K4, K2tog, K4. 
Cont to Knit, dec 1 st in middle of work until 1 st rem. 
Secure last st. Sew up seam. 
Make up 
As ghost.
 
Monster 
You will need – 
1 pair of  4mm (UK 8, US 6) needles, Large sewing needle and 1 ball of each Stylecraft Special DK in Black, Lime and cream. 
Main yarn (MS) – Lime 
Contrast yarn (CS) – Black 
Tension 22sts X 30rows on 4mm needles 
Instructions 
Using 4mm needles and M yarn, cast on 46sts. 
Next Row (RS): Knit. Rep last row 5 times more (6rows in total) Cont in st-st for 16 rows. 
Next row: K4 in CS, K6 in MS, K3 in CS, K4 in MS, K6 in CS, K4 in MS, K3 in CS, K6 in MS, K4 in CS, K3 in MS, K3 in CS. 
Next row: P3 in CS, P3 in MS, P4 in CS, P6 in MS, K3 in CS, P4 in MS, P6 in CS, P4 in MS, P3 in CS, P6 in MS, P4 in CS. 
Rep last 2 rows once more. Using CS yarn, knit one row. 
Rep last row 5 times more (6 rows in total) Cast off loosely. 
Button loops - Using a crochet hook make a chain to length needed. 
Tie off and secure.
Make up 
As ghost
 
Pumpkin 
You will need – 1 pair of  4mm (UK 8, US 6) needles, Large sewing needle and 1 ball each of Stylecraft Special DK in Spice and Black. 2 buttons. 
Tension 22sts X 30rows on 4mm needles. 
Instructions 
Using Spice, knit as for Ghost. 
Make up 
As ghost
 
Pumpkin Tea Pot Cosy (make 2) 
You will need – 1 pair of 4mm (UK 8, US 6) needles, Large sewing needle and 2 ball of Stylecraft Special Dk in Spice and 1 ball of Lime. 
Tension 22sts X 26 rows in patt on 4mm needles
 Instructions
Using 4mm needles, cast on 47 sts. 
Row 1: K1, *K2, P2; rep from * to last 2 sts, K2. 
Row 2: K1, P1 *P1, K2, P1; 
rep from * to last st, K1. Rep rows 1 & 2 until 45 rows are complete. 
Next row: P3tog, *K1, P3tog; rep from * to end. K1. 23sts. 
Next row: K2tog to last st. K1. 12sts. 
Thread yarn through rem sts and secure tightly.
 Leaf 
Using 4mm needles, cast on 2sts. 
Next row: K1, inc 1 st in middle of row K1. 
cont to knit every row inc 1 st in middle of work until 10sts. 
Next row: Knit. Next Row: K4, K2tog, K4. 
Cont to Knit, dec 1 st in middle of work until 3 st rem, K3tog. 
Secure last st. 
Stalk 
Using 4mm needles, cast on 3sts. 
Next row: Knit 
Next row: slip sts onto left hand needle and Knit.
 Rep last 2 rows 4 times more.
Cast off.
Make up 
Place both pieces together; sew side seams at the top and bottom leaving an appropriate gap for the spout and handle. 
Stitch leaves and stalk to gathered top edge.
 
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Pattern of the Week Butterick 4443- Sew Easy Dresses and Belts

It's Pattern of the Week time! This week features a perfect pattern for those looking to venture in to making party Dresses!
Butterick 4443 features SIX views, including a 3 bodice variations,trims, belts, all sorts! What they all have in common is a lovely just below-knee length and close fit around he bodice.
Views A and B are the Strapless Bodice views, with varying trim. Certainly overtly the Party Dresses of the pack, I can see these at weddings and most certainly in Woven Stretch Jacquard Dress Fabric Gold.
The high cotton content of this Jacquard make it fit with this pattern well, and would hold structure of the skirt well. Perfect for the simplicity of View A with it's Baroque Patterned Texture. It also has Lycra so will give and take with all the dancing (or expanding stomachs) of the up and coming season! 
If you're looking to replicate the crisp lines of View B, Jardin Stretch Cotton Sateen Dress Fabric would most certainly be the way to go
I'd swap the Black for a lovely Navy for a slightly more gentle contrast.
View C, D, and E are the sleeveless bodices with various trims and necklines. These are more Summery Garden Party to me so I can only see these in gorgeous florals such as Floral Print Liberty Cotton Poplin Dress Fabric in Bright Pink
or even our Black/White Zebra Animal Print Cotton Poplin Fabric! (I think this would be super jazzy) 
View F is the lovely Sunny Day dress with the gorgeous sleeves. 
To me this cries bright and breezy so a lovely cotton lawn like our Floral Print Liberty Cotton Lawn Dress Fabric in Blue & White
What I really like about this pattern is you an take any of the factors and mix and match to make your perfect dress. When you read the recommended fabrics of Lightweight LinenCotton, Cotton Blends and Gingham, it can seem a bit of a limited range but actually you can move from a structred brocade to a light weight lawn and still be within the pattern requirements. A true testament to the lovely nature of cotton, really! You could even use a Poly/Cotton Georgette! I'd love to try this pattern with this Dimensional Floral Cotton & Georgette Dress Fabric
At just £4 this week, you can really get adventurous with this lovely simple and easy pattern. If you do, let us know! Get on ye olde social media
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See you Sew-n! (I do not regret this pun!)
Katie B xo
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Sirdar Noah's Ark Knit Along Part 2 - Elephants!

It's that time again! Expand the menagerie with Pattern #2 of the Noah's Ark Sirdar Knit-a-long!
MEASUREMENT 
To centre Back 17cm (6¾in) 
MATERIALS
F071 Snuggly Baby Bamboo DK main shades 116 or 109 2 x 50g balls Oddments of shades 120 and 170 
1 Pair of 3¼mm Knitting Needles 
Small amount of black yarn for eyes.
ABBREVIATIONS 
cm centimetres, mm millimetres, in inches, M main, C contrast, k knit, p purl, inc increase, psso pass slipped stitch over, rem remain, rep repeat, sts stitches, s1 slip one stitch knitways, tbl through back of loop, tog together. M1 make 1 stitch - pick up loop between last and next stitch and work into the back of this loop. st-st stocking stitch -1st Row. Knit. 2nd Row. Purl. Rep these 2 rows.
BODY 
(Worked in 1 piece commencing from back end) 
Using M cast on 30 sts. 
Working in st-st (throughout) proceed as follows:- 
Next Row. Knit. 
Next Row. Purl. 
Next Row. K2, * m1, k2 rep from * to end. 44 sts. 
Next and Every Alternate Row. Purl. Next Row. Inc in 1 st st, k20, m1, k2, m1, k19, inc in next st, k1. 48 sts. 
Next Row. Inc in 1st st, knit to last 2sts, inc in next st, k1. 50 sts. Next Row. Inc in 1st st, k23, m1, k2, m1, k22, inc in next st, k1. 54 sts. 
Next Row. Inc in 1st st, knit to last 2 sts, inc in next st, k1. 56 sts. Work 13 rows without shaping. 
Next Row. K25, k2togtbl, k2, k2tog, k25. 54 sts. Work 3 rows without shaping. Rep last 4 rows 3 times more. 48 sts. Work 4 rows without shaping. 
Next Row. (K2tog) 24 times. 24 sts. 
Next Row. (P2tog) 12 times. 12 sts. Break off yarn and thread through rem sts and fasten off. 
HEAD 
Using M cast on 25 sts. 
Working in st-st (throughout) proceed as follows:- 
Next Row. K11, m1, k3, m1, k11. 27 sts.
Next Row. Purl. 
Next Row. K11, m1, k5, m1, k11. 29 sts. 
Next Row. Purl. 
Next Row. K11, m1, k7, m1, k11. 31 sts. 
Next Row. Purl.
 Next Row. K11, m1, k9, m1, k11. 33 sts. 
Next Row. Purl. 
Next Row. K11, m1, k11, m1, k11. 35 sts. 
Next Row. Purl. 
Next Row. K11, m1, k13, m1, k11. 37 sts.
 Next Row. Purl. 
Next Row. K11, m1, k15, m1, k11. 39 sts. 
Next Row. Purl. Work 8 rows without shaping, placing a marker at each end of last row. 
Next Row. K2tog, k16, s1, k2tog, psso, k16, k2tog. 35 sts. 
Next Row. P2tog, purl to last 2 sts, p2tog. 33 sts. 
Next Row. K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog. 31 sts. Rep last 2 rows 3 times more.19 sts. Work 7 rows without shaping. 
SHAPE TRUNK 
Next Row. K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog. 17 sts. Work 5 rows without shaping. 
Next Row. K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog. 15 sts. Work 3 rows without shaping. Break off M and join in C. Knit 2 rows. 
Next Row. (K2tog) 3 times, k3, (k2tog) 3 times. 11 sts. Next Row. P2tog, purl to last 2 sts, p2tog. 9 sts. Break off yarn and thread through rem sts and fasten off.
LEGS 
(Make 4) Using M cast on 16 sts. Work 22 rows in st-st. Break off M and join in C. Knit 2 rows. 
Next Row. K1, (k2tog) 7 times, k1. 9 sts. Next Row. Purl. Next Row. (K2tog) twice, k1, (k2tog) twice. 5 sts. Break off yarn and thread through rem sts and fasten off. 
EARS 
(Make 4 pieces) Using M cast on 12 sts. Next Row. Inc in each st to last st, k1. 23 sts. Work 7 rows without shaping. 
Next Row. K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog. 21 sts. Work 3 rows without shaping. 
Next Row. K2tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog. 19 sts. 
Next Row. Purl. Rep last 2 rows 3 times more. 13 sts. Next Row. (K2tog) 3 times, k1, (k2tog) 3 times. 7 sts. Cast off purlways.
TO MAKE UP 
Working from given spot diagram (below), using C, randomly Swiss darn each SIRDAR piece with the spots. 
Join side edges and stuff Back working towards the cast on edge. Fold cast on edge in half and sew edges together. Join side edges of legs and stuff. 
Sew side edges of trunk and stuff to marker. Fold cast on edge at top of head in half, sew together and stuff. Place open end of head around gathered end of body and sew in place. Sew sides edges of 2 sections of ear, together leaving cast on edge open. 
Sew ears approximately 7 stitches back from head shaping, leaving a 2cm, (¾in) gap between ears. 
Using black yarn work a French knot with a straight stitch to each side for eyes. 
Cut 8 lengths of main yarn 40cm, (15¾in) long to make a twisted cord tail. Make a knot in tail leaving 3cm, 1¼in) fringe and cut across straight. Fasten to top of cast on edge of Back. Cut 8 lengths of yarn 10cm, (¾in) long and fasten together, sewing to centre of head to form tuft. Trim to about 2cm, (¾in)
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Q&A with Victoria of Very Blissful

Hello Crafters!
We've got someone pretty special to introduce today. Victoria from Very Blissful is soon to be one of the gang over at the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network! So before we see her fist make, let's learn a little bit about her...
Can you tell us a little bit about you and your blog?
My name is Victoria and I’m a 20-something gal from Pennsylvania where I live with my husband, Josh and our dog, Brinkley. I blog over at Very Blissful. It’s my place where I share my handmade makes, from sewing to papercrafts to home DIYs (and everything in between). I’ve been blogging for as long as I can remember, but this is the first blog that I’ve consistently kept up with.
When did you start crafting and what inspired you to start? What was your first project?
I can’t even remember when I started crafting it’s been so long! If I really think about it, I was probably in high school when I first started scrapbooking with my mom. She’s the one who got me into everything I love. She taught me how to sew, knit and be creative--she’s definitely a huge inspiration in my life!
What is your favourite craft?
That is such a hard question because I have a LOT of crafts I love, but I would have to say it’s a tie between sewing and cardmaking. I love sewing my own clothes because it allows me to be creative and still stay on trend (and on budget). Card making gives me the ability to make other people smile. I love to make cards for coworkers, family and friends, and I’m always find new ideas to create something that stands out.
What do you love most about crafting?
You can do anything with crafting, and you can do it yourself. I often times find myself in a department store thinking “why spend $$$ on this cardigan/card/scarf when I can make it?” That kind of thinking opens up a world of possibilities for me!
Do your friends or family craft along with you?
Yes! My mom and I love to spend time creating cards when we are together. We also both love to knit/crochet, and if we are sitting with our family watching a movie we usually have a project in hand, too.
Who do you make things for?
Selfishly I sew a lot for myself, but I’ve made it my goal to start making things (other than cards) for other people. I have a couple projects and ideas to create something for my husband in the next few months.
What made you decide to start to blog about your crafting?
I stumbled upon the sewing blogosphere randomly one day back in 2012, and I’ve really never looked back. After reading a lot of what other sewists were sharing about the craft I decided that I wanted an outlet to do the same, too. My ultimate motivation is just to inspire others to know that they can create anything they want. Anyone can be a crafter!
Do you have a favourite snack when crafting?
I don’t really snack while I’m sewing or crafting, but I always have water or tea on hand.
What 3 sewing or craft items/tools could you not live without?
My Gingher shears for cutting fabric, my iron and my iPad. I sew a lot of PDF patterns, and I keep all of the instructions on Google Drive and read them from my tablet.
What are your favourite fabrics to sew with any why?
Knits are my ultimate favorite! I didn’t start out sewing with them though--there used to be such a stigma about sewing with knits. But they are so quick, so forgiving and I just can’t stop!
How many projects do you have on the go at one time?
I try to sew one thing at a time. I do have about 4-5 unfinished projects that just need finishings that I sometimes leave for later if I want to get on to something else. As far as cards go, I make anywhere from one to 10+ at a time. Additionally, I have a lot of knit and crochet projects going on at once.
Whats your favourite thing you have ever made?
This is a hard one, but I’d have to say my first Out and About Dress by Sew Caroline. It was the project that made me fall in love with sewing knits, and I still wear it over two years later!
What is your latest WIP (Work in progress)? Do you have a photo?
I’m working on some awesome projects for my Minerva posts...I don’t want to spoil the surprise!
Do you watch TV or listen to music while you craft?
Yes. I usually put Netflix on, but the shows/movies vary. Usually I’ll watch Home/DIY shows or an old classic movie while I sew. Nothing too serious that I have to pay attention to!
What/who do you go to for inspiration before you start crafting?
I’m always on my Bloglovin feed and Pinterest for inspiration prior to crafting. I love seeing what other people create and then taking that to create something made by me.
Do you have a crafty tip you would like to share?
Make a mess and clean it up whenever it starts to bother you! How can you create without chaos?
Do you follow other blogs? If so which blogs?
I follow a lot of other blogs. You can click here to check out my Bloglovin profile with the blogs I follow!
Do you have any advice for new bloggers?
Don’t worry about how much you post. Quality vs. quantity is always better in my mind!
Could you sum yourself up as a crafter in 3 words?
Nonstop, Innovative, Passionate
 
 
Thanks Victoria for sharing your story. Her first post goes live Tuesday 20th October so be sure to check her out! If you can't wait that long, you can get your fill over at Very Blissful. I've already been over, a perfect read! Also, my heart is pining for Brinkley!
Speak soon gang
Katie B x
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Pattern of the Week Vogue 9069 - Loose Fit Wrap Coats & Belt

Well, it's that time of year. It's most certainly Autumn. The winter woolens are slowly and surely coming out of retirement, and the thick tights are sneaking their way into our daily wardrobes. There is hope, though! It's not quite big wooly coat time and this week's POW certainly reflects that! 
Vogue 9069 is a 'Vogue Very Easy' pattern so is a great starting point for anyone just breaking into coat making. Even the fabrics are there to help you. Designed for fabrics such as Lightweight WoolensFleece, and Gabardine (as well as it's sister fabric Gaberchino) they are all relatively easy to sew, particularly the Light Wools which will ease you in genteley for anything heavier you'd like to work with in the future. Even with the introduction of Satin and Taffeta for the contrast, these are small pieces which will give you some insight to future sews (Taffeta is GORGEOUS to work with!). The coat itself is loose fitting, to, so even fitting won't be too much of an issue. As if all that wasn't enough, it's a designer pattern so you know everything will be just so.
Looking at the rear pattern information, you'd be forgiven for thinking this is a Dressing Gown pattern! The simple cut of the pattern means you can be brave with your fabric choices as this is really going to be the focus of the piece.
I mentioned this fabric in last week's POW but it really bears repeating. Our Camel/Brown Tweed 100% Wool Suiting Designer would really make this coat something special. 100% wool to make it hardy against the strong British Winds, but being a suiting fabric is will be light enough to work with the flow in the pattern. Team this with our Camel Circles Jacquard Patterned Lining and you're onto a winner!
You could also go for something slight more mac-like with the Gabers. Our Polycotton Gaberdine would be really easy to care for, and its polyester content would prevent epic creasing when it's draped over your arm in the sporadic Autumn sunshine! The benefit to the staple colours this comes in is you can really play with contrasts. A flash of Cerise Pink Habotai Lining certainly wouldn't go amiss!
Now if you really want to go to town, our Gaberchino comes in some truly stunning colours and I'm quite taken with the Turquoise! Mix with a Lemon Yellow Anti Static Lining and you can brighten anyone's rainy October day!
If you're looking for a little luxury and want your coat to really take you through into early winter, our Navy Blue Cashmere Wool Coat Fabric is certainly for you. Some say you can't have luxury without a contrast in satin, and our Satin Backed Crepe in navy is the perfect match. Choose from the shimmery satin or the matte crepe side for a truly stunning coat that will be sure to turn heads!
Now just when this couldn't get better, for this week this pattern is just £6.50. Six Pounds and Fifty Pence for a designer pattern! Get in my pattern stash!
Be sure to share your makes! This pattern is a blank canvas and I want to see what you can paint!
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Sew British Sewing Awards! #VoteMinerva

Sewists! Crafters! Hear our cry!
Yes, everyone, the British Sewing Awards are back and Minerva has been nominated again, and again...and again! That's right, we have three nominations;
  • Best Online Retailer 
  • Best Sewing Blog 
  • Best Independent Haberdashery Shop: North of England Category
Quite simply, just to be nominated is amazing because it's your votes that have got us into the shortlist, and for that...
Now we of course think we should win these titles, but we need to convince you to go back and Vote Minerva!
I'm in a very lucky position to be able to work in all the categories we've been nominated in so I'm in the best position to give you some behind the scenes info into why we think we're the best!
 
  • Online Retailer
 
Well, I'm going to have to try and show you! 
Our expansion over the last year has been phenomenal. Our gang has expanded to 10 more Team Members, so out with the old packing tables and in with brand spanking new tailored stations! 
Haberdashery has a brand new home in the second warehouse...
...meaning we could expand our fabric range which now takes over a whopping 8 aisles! (and we're not done yet!)
...and our Yarn department is bursting at the seams!
With all this going on Vicki, Daniel, and the Warehouse Team have worked on tailored software to streamline everything to get orders out even faster. Yep, that's right. We've written new software to provide the best service. If you thought we were good last year, you've not seen anything yet! 
The team behind the screens answering your queries are seasoned crafters living the dream. We're like kids in a candy store, we can't get enough! Researching products isn't our job, it's our passion. We want to know the width of the stripes on the mini-stripe polycotton, and the difference between KnitPro Nova and the Nova Cubics Knitting Needles, and if 28 Gauge Wire is better for earrings than the 20 Gauge . This information is important to us, so we know it's important to you. We sweat Sewing Machine Oil and bleed Glitter because that's what we'd want from our craft supplier, so we do it to be your craft supplier.
If you think this means we're the best, Vote Minerva!
 
  • Best Sewing Blog 
 
Well, what can I say about our blog. "The Minerva Blog" is the umbrella that covers our Craft Blog and the Minerva Crafts Blogger Network. Each fantastic in its own right, this community of crafters strive to bring you the most comprehensive 'go-to' on the blogesphere!
The Minerva Crafts Blogger Network has expanded to 43 of the finest bloggers from across the world to bring you unbridled inspiration and unparalleled expertise. We've got Knitters, Crocheters, Sewers, Jewellery Makers, Quilters, Homemakers, all sorts! All brimming with excitement at being able to share their passion with you and the online community. Just when you think you know them, they always pull out a showstopper! How can we forget Nicole and her Red Vinyl Valentine Coat?! 
or that time some weirdo called Katie B wore fluorescent yellow trousers to work ;)
Nine shiny new bloggers have joined the fold since March, and it's so exciting to see their work! 
We've seen Amy return with her best make yet..a son! 
Plus, we have our first gentleman blogger
Then of course we have our home grown talent on our Craft Blog
The dynamic duo that is Annette and Vicki! There's no stopping them. Not even a Royal Wedding! I am, of course, referring to the Minerva Royal Couple Vicki and Richard!
The lead up to July 4th was a great time around here as the blog was flooded with images of Annette and Vicki sewing up a storm! The only person in the blogesphere who didn't see it was the Groom, Richard, under strict instructions not to sneak a peek at the 4 Bridesmaid's Dresses, Flower Girl's Dress, Mother of the Bride Outfit AND The Wedding Dress, all sewn by Annette's fair hands!
Looking back through the blog almost brings me to tears. This is just a snippet! It's been such a great year to have shared, and if you think this means we're the best, Vote Minerva!
 
  • Best Independent Haberdashery Shop: North of England Category
 
Last, but certainly by no means least, we have our award winning Craft Centre nestled in the Pennines of the North of England
This is another category where I need to show, rather than tell you, why we think we're the best
We're a bit bigger than people think! When we explain we're a Craft Shop based in a small Lancashire town just north of Manchester, people expect a little shop, with a wooden front, in a converted terrace house. Not quite! 
First, on your right, there's Quilters corner! "How can you fulfil a quilters needs from just one corner?!" Quite simply...we can't! This is just the tip of the Quilting Iceberg. The Shop Staff work closely with the Office and Warehouse teams to display and rotate the vast array of fabrics and accessories from our warehouse to find exactly what our customer desires! Can't see what you need? Just Ask! Our staff are always more than happy to bring anything you require from the warehouse.
Carring on to the right wall we have fabrics....lots and lots of fabrics! From Polycotton to Bridal Silk, we have it in abundance!
And of course with the wide range of fabrics we carry we need to make sure we have a thread to suit each one...
...and of course the necessary trimmings! This is just one aisle, we didn't want to show off too much ;)
Then of course we have our yarn and patterns...
...lots of yarns and patterns! (this is just chunky and super chunky!) From the chunkiest Scarf Yarn to the finest Lace Yarn we have you covered. On a budget? Try the Big Value! Need something hardy? Premium Acryllic, naturally. Allergic to wool, but want something special? Try the Alpaca! We've got you covered for Knitting Needles and Crochet Hooks, too! From Budget Bamboo to Premium Wood, and everything in between.
Then there's Needlework and Crochet Corner! For those who want the finest lace threads, the latest embroidery floss, or the purest white aida!
From Bundles...
..to bags.
Yarn-spiration...
and just plain inspiration we have everything covered at the Minerva Craft Centre, and this is why we think we're the best! If you agree, Vote Minerva!
And if all that doesn't convince you to go and Vote Minerva, maybe this will
That's right! When you Vote, Sew Magazine enters you into a draw to win £500 worth of sewing goodies! Too good of a chance to miss, right?
If you could Vote Minerva and show us your support, it would be the most amazing thing for us as these are awards from the sewing community, voted for by YOU so if we win we know we're on the track to being the best we can be for you crafty lot! Voting is open until Sunday 20th December so be sure to spread the word (with he hashtag #VoteMinerva) and cast your vote!
See you soon you crafty lot!
Katie B x 

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