Pets Project - Best In Show
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Best In Show

Hello Beautiful Beaders,

Do you have a doggy or a moggy? Are your pets the light of your life?

You know it’s been reported as scientific fact that people who have pets are more confident and live happier and healthier lives. Our little beauties provide invaluable social and physical stimulation and can often help us through traumatic and difficult period of our lives. Don’t believe me? Check out this article written by Allen R. McConnell Ph.d by clicking here.

Animals play an important part in my work and life as a whole, and it gives me great pleasure to help out at, and sponsor things, like the upcoming Market Deeping ‘Bark In The Park’ dog show. This local event is an annual treat for many a coveted canine and I’m absolutely delighted to be a small part of it this year.

I was even considering using my newly found sewing skills to make some little pet neckerchiefs for the occasion. They are really simple to make and since polishing my skills on our new Sewing Machine Basics course, I’ve been whipping up all sorts of soft furnishings and fashion accessories, for both two and four legged friends!
Our next class in on Monday the 9th of July, from 10.30-1, here at the Riverside Makery room. So, if you want to learn how to use your machine, from threading the needle to preparing fabric, then do call us and book yourself in. At £20 per person it is the best value beginners workshop that I’ve ever seen. To find out more, and to see more available dates, and other new sewing classes, click  here. We’ve also got a lovely habadashery department instore if you live nearby.

Dogs and cats, amongst other pets, are the inspiration for so many of our craft and Beading friends, from Eve Marshall’s felted animals to our newest in-store additions of embroidered picture kits including flamingos, dogs and (in the words of Mr Durrell) other animals.

I’m even working on some new Dragonfly kits, one of which will launch on Create and Craft TV on the 11th of July at 9am. I’ll give you a clue….he’s named after one of my sons…for a sneak preview click here.

I’d love to hear about your pet projects, what you’ve been creating in honour of your little darling, so be sure to send me a photo of your work! For the most innovative design piece there will even be a special prize! Simply insert a photo and tell me about it in the comments section below or respond to my Facebook page here.

Right I’m off to stitch me some poodle ponchos.

Happy beading beautiful people!


To see Donna on Create and Craft TV go to Freesat 813 Virgin 748 Freeview 23 Sky 674

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