Sunday, 29 June 2014

Special Guest Tutor: Emily Cater from Millicent Crow

Millicent Crow is her blog and crafty name...and here's the wonderful Emily and her partner Sam, looking stupendously spiffy and fantastic at the recent Auckland Art & Craft Fair in Aotea Square. I grabbed this picture (with permission) from Em's facebook page. I think its such a beautiful display of the wonderous talents of this girl. & here below is the rad duo singing some folky tunes at the Sew Love opening eve. They have just launched their facebook page for Mermaid & Mariner.
I feel ever so lucky, and the creative community too are lucky to have Emily sharing the love and teaching a couple of workshops coming up over the next few weeks. Some of you may have met her as part of our Sew Some Love team and Splore this year...
 Hi I'm Emily and I like to draw. In the corner of my bedroom, Millicent Crow HQ, I turn my drawings into gocco prints, screenprints, cards, bunting, pouches, stamps and badges, which I sell through my business Millicent Crow.  I get a lot of my inspiration from the past and love finding photographs of people’s ancestors abandoned in op shops – I often use these photos as starting points for my drawings.  Finding new uses for old materials is important to me and you might find an old blanket being given a new life as a backing for one of my brooches, or one of my pouches lined with a vintage sheet.
Stamp Carving Workshop Thursday 3rd July 6-8pm $45
Zipper Purse Workshop Thursday 10th July 6-8pm $45
Or book the two in combo for $80 and use your stamp to print your own fabric for your zipper purse.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Introducing our lovely new team member: Rosie!

Need I say I'm going bananas over our rad new team member Rosie! I am really pleased and excited to have Rosie join the Sew Love team. BIG big thanks to the incredible Artists Alliance programme for this opportunity. Rosie is a friendly, well travelled creative lass with a plethora of schmancy sewing skills to share with you all, a crafty eco warrior at heart, and genuine good soul I really am so blessed to have her working in the Sew Love lounge and also hosting some workshops too. Here's a little from Rosie bananas Coker herself:

Hello ello! I am Rosie and I’m super excited to join Sarah at Sew Love.
 I caught the sewing bug early. I can vividly remember sitting perched on our spare bed, covered in colourful off-cuts watching my Grandmother and Mother work together sewing and altering clothes. My presence didn't go unnoticed, and as I grew too big to be hidden under the fabric I was put to work, learning skills from them both. They encouraged me to make my own clothes, adapt existing patterns, rework op-shop finds and to take my love for sewing to University. Which I did!  I can’t wait to meet you all and start creating some great up-cycled garments together.

Sunday, 22 June 2014

Youth Crafternoons

Every TUESDAY & THURSDAY from 3.30-4.30pm
We are hosting Youth Crafternoons for kids 10years an older. 
$35 includes tutorial & materials

We will have a prepared colourful little craft project that your young one can sink their hands into and enjoy being creative, learning some great hand sewing and crafty DIY skills. Tools, equipment and materials are provided and a friendly fun tutor will be your host. 

Although we are a space that welcomes drop-ins, for Youth Crafternoons we appreciate you letting us know a day in advance if you are coming along to join in the fun. Parents are very welcome to stay and craft alongside too or take some time out at Alleluya the gorgeous cafe on our doorstep.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Sew Love Workshop Schedule

Yes it's finally landed to the interweb... Our first batch of creative classes has arrived!! We have special guest tutors, re-making, specific projects, and technical classes to get you loving to sew, craft, DIY & so much more. Get in touch to book your spot quick & If you can't see something that you're uber keen to learn? There might be others in the same boat so let us know and we can do our best to schedule it for you.

For a breakdown of class details see our Workshops & Classes page

Sarah Sew Love's top picks for beginners:
Other than ye ol faithful Sew From Scratch series which is booking out fast, I recommend the Cushion, Zipped purse or  Cardi re-make class, and if you have sewn before and want to make your first garment the Simple Skirt is totally the way to go. It is just such a rad feeling walking down the street wearing something self made. I really want to share that joy and spark with you all. In saying that, Im pretty bias, I would love to get amongst each and every single class! I shall certainly see you at the knitting one that's for sure.

& some for the boys...
Sewing is not just for the girls, try the re-make work shirt to mix up your working day attire a little, pop some elbow patches on a jacket in the applique class with Rosie, re-make a beanie if you're hipstery inclined, cushions, stamp carving, zipped purses are handy round the home too. Options! Options!

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Sewing can be pretty MACHO!

Today in the sewing lounge it was a week since opening and it felt amazing to have nearly a full house.   Repairs, alterations, hemming and a newbee sewer starting her first ever clothing item. AND It was so great to have Mr Macho Man Jos sewing up a storm in the front window - such a delight to passer by's and what a hero sewing up burlesque costumes for his lady Miss La Vida! To top the day off we are so so lucky to have the wonderful Alleluya Cafe right on the doorstep so theres always coffee, tea and cake for everyone to enjoy while you're crafting. Happy. Days. Indeed. xx

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Learn to Sew from Scratch

First up on the block for workshops at our brand new premises is the ever so popular workshop series : 

Sew from Scratch!

This is a beginners class and is designed for anyone wanting to sit down at a sewing machine (perhaps for the first time) 
and become friends with it. Once you're familiar with threading up and various stitches you will make a variety of basic items 
to take home with you in each class. Yes YOU making things, sewing things from start to finish, you can do it!
I've already had a number of people email in about this class so i'm starting up not just one but TWO weekly workshops. 
Wednesday nights AND a Sunday session for those who prefer the weekend.

Sundays 1-3pm June 22nd, 29th, 6th July
Wednesdays 6-8pm July 9th, 16th and 23rd

In addition to this if you rally together a group of 5 friends we can run this course JUST FOR YOU 
on a weekday or evening of your choice. 

$120 for 3 week series Sew from Scratch will get you:
- Experience and build your CONFIDENCE on a sewing machine (that is provided for you)
- Learn straight stitching and applique TECHNIQUES, sewing with different fabrics, and basic pattern reading.
- Plenty of assistance and SUPPORT as we keep our classes small
- Some materials* are provided, 100% RECYCLED because we love our earth.
- Take home a two way headscarf, tote bag, and a cushion cover all MADE BY YOU
- Learn in a FUN SEWCIAL environment, meeting like minded crafty individuals

* We like to provide some materials to get you started, 
but encourage you to choose your own fabrics to work with too,
recycling things from home, op shops, or you can purchase from our selection in store.

To book your spot, pop into the sewing lounge, or just get in touch via email:
 hello at sewloveteado dot com

Sarah xx

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Sew Love Opening Eve..

Last night this happened..
I wanted to thank my incredible supportive family and friends who have housed me, fed me, encouraged me, advised me and mentored me throughout the whole amazing process to get to this place of opening sewing lounge doors. I had one little request of everyone though, they had to help paint the sign up on the window. My friends Emily and Sam from The Bitter Years were background folky sounds - they were so perfect. Special thanks to Phil, Tom & Rhi for being on cameras the whole night getting all these great pics. Although I have a chainsaw throat from so much smiling and talking (like thats new or something?!) I got to bed late, but so full of aroha. I can't believe it, the doors are officially open !! yahoo !! And the lovely Knitographer Jo just did this sweet post.
.....and you can find the rest on instagram over here.  I had a fabulous friend being my social media superstar for the eve. 
Rhianon you rule, thankee xx
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