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Happy Crafting Season

Hi Everyone, 
I hope you are keeping warm on these cold winter days we are having.  Great weather to stitch, knit, quilt, embroider, crochet, etc no need to feel guilty about not being outside.  I need to tell you about some beautiful new fabrics we have on offer, plus a new kit by Sue Spargo - Swag Bag - that Caron made the sample for.  
Some classes on offer as well and groups we have for people to meet up and enjoy each others company and craft without the distractions of things that need doing at home!  Remember to put the Knit Clinic Dates on your calendar for the rest of the year, this is such a great event not to be missed if you are a knitter.  
Also we have another Sock Knitting Class with Jean coming up soon so don't overlook this.
We have slotted in a Little Girls Smock Dress or Top Dressmaking Class in as well, if you are wanting to have a go at dressmaking. A great little project to start on. 
Don't forget about our Monday Sew and Chat classes and our Tuesday Busy Bee Classes and also our Hand Stitching Get Togethers on every other Wednesday and our Catch Up Chics on the first Saturday of the Month. .  Check dates and classes out on our website under "Workshops and Classes".  Lots happening here at The Apple Basket.
It is World Embroidery Day on Friday 30th July and we are having an open day for anyone to bring along their embroidery to sit, stitch and chat.  Come along, celebrate World Embroidery Day with us and see what we are about - it's free and will be loads of fun.  
The Hibiscus Coast Quilters are having their Quilt Show on 21st and 22nd August - make sure you put this on your calendar and go and check out the work that these very talented quilters do.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Take care everyone, and happy creating.

Bunny Cute Quilt Kit or Pattern
Designed by Ngaire Montgomery-Williams

Make this cute little quilt for a special wee one.  Pieced Heart blocks and machine applique bunny. Quilt measures 48" x 48".
This Quilt is perfect for a baby as a cot quilt, floor quilt and it will even fit on a single bed when they are old enough to be in a big bed.



Beary Cute Quilt Kit or Pattern
Designed by Ngaire Montgomery-Williams

Make this cute little quilt for a special wee one.  Pieced Cross blocks and machine applique bear with bunting. Quilt measures 48" x 48".
This Quilt is perfect for a baby as a cot quilt, floor quilt and it will even fit on a single bed when they are old enough to be in a big bed.



Jardin de la Reine by Odile Bailloeul

Look at these amazingly beautiful fabrics by Odile for Free Spirit!  My favourite is the blue with large flowers and birds on - yum!!! Click on the heading or the photo to shop for these beauties or just to look at them close up.

Bright Eyes by Anna Maria Horner

These fabrics are just to die for!  Look at the size of those poppies, and the small poppies are just so cute.  A little summer dress in any of these fabrics would be fantastic.  Click on the heading or the photo so see the fabrics up close, and to order.

New Kits in stock  Swag Bag by Sue Spargo

Have a go at wool felt/fabric embroidery by making this small project bag, it is 11" x 7" A great way to introduce yourself to Sue Spargo's embroidery.  Click on heading or image to go to our website to browse all of Sue Spargo products.


Sock Knitting Class with Jean Thursday 29th July and Friday 6th August 2021 10.00 - 1.00 both days

Thursday 29th July and Friday 6th August 2021  10.00 – 1.00 both days.  Jean will teach you how to make socks from the toe up so you can try them on as you knit to get the perfect fit and you will also learn how to do socks using the Magic Loop method.  It is such a useful skill to learn and they make wonderful gifts.  The handmade socks last so much longer than the bought variety and there are such a lovely variety of sock yarns to make them in.  The only stipulation with this class is you must buy your yarn here before class.
Book in by phoning us on 09 4312443

Pfaff Club
Stitchers Garden class of the month - Pfaff Club
tutor Ngaire Montgomery-Williams

Come along and learn all about your sewing machine - you will use it to its potential when you join us in making this quilt.   You will learn about all the different feet and other accessories for your machine.  

First class starts on Thursday 12th August 2021 9.30 - 1.00 and this class will meet each month for 12 months, with some homework to do in between classes.  
You must buy all your fabric requirements for the class from The Apple Basket and can be made in any colours you prefer.
Pattern is included in the class fee.





Freemont Bag Class with Corrina
Wednesday 4th August 9.00 - 3.00

This bag uses Waxed Canvas and Linen as the fabrics and features exterior pocket, zipper closure, interior pockets and durable leather straps.  Learn how to put on on all this delicious hardware – makes it look like a bought one except you will have bragging rights – “I made this!”

Requirements for all our classes must be purchased here at The Apple Basket on the day or before class.




Wiksten Girls Dress or Top Class with Corrina
Wednesday 1st September 9.00 - 3.00

Learn to make this delightful dress or top for a special little girl, Corrina will show you the ropes and show you all the tricks of the trade.  
Fabrics for this must be bought here at The Apple Basket before the day of class.



Boro Drawstring Rice Bag Class

Come along and learn how to make this cute Boro Drawstring bag with the gorgeous Koki Clips, waxed cotton cord and little tulip cord ends.  It can either be made by hand or machine so a very flexible class.   

Friday 3rd September and Friday 10th September 2021  9.30 - 1.30 both days


World Embroidery Day 30th July

Bring along your embroidery to sit, stitch, chat and celebrate hand stitching with us.  Come and see what everyone is doing, I promise you will get lots of inspiration.  Please ring us on 09 4312443 or email us to let us know you are coming so we know the numbers.  Morning tea will be provided with tea, coffee or herb tea.  Looking forward to it.  


Knit Clinic with Corrina 
Wednesday 18th August and Wednesday 15th September 2021 9.30 - 12.30 

In over your head on a Knitting project? Or just need some help getting started? Whatever the obstacle and whatever your skill level, bring in your project or choose a new project (who doesn’t want to start a new project anyway!!) and enjoy the assistance of a teacher and the pleasure of knitting companions!  Corrina is a very experienced knitter so she will have lots of tips, secrets, techniques etc to share with you.  Morning tea will be provided along with tea, coffee, herb tea etc.
Phone on 09 4312443 or email to book in.


Homegrown Block of the Month by Sue Spargo 

Homegrown uses a selection of Sue's favourite stitches and threads which she encourages you to try, as they add texture and depth to your blocks, what better way to spend your time while cooped up at home.  .
The cost for it will be $75.00 per month for 10 months + postage.  This is will include all wool fabrics, cottons fabrics for blocks borders and binding + ric racs and ribbons.  Threads are not included but I will do a kit for the threads if you want one.  You will need to purchase your book separately.  We will have these in stock if you need it at $59.90.  
I hope some of you join us on this delightful journey to keep your mind healthy in these trying times. 

Freshcut Block of the Month by Sue Spargo

This is another lovely quilt by Sue Spargo that we are doing as a block of the month at the moment.  This is available now and is a delight to work on.  Sue uses all her stitches in her Creative Stitching book and her lovely perle # 8 perle #5 and perle #3 threads. It is a great way to sharpen up on your embroidery.
This block of the month runs for 11 months and cost $75.00 per month includes all wool fabrics, cotton fabrics, rick racks and ribbons but not your threads.   

Simply Spring Block of the Month by Ngaire Montgomery-Williams

This block of the month uses a mixture of 100% wool felt and cotton fabrics and has a mixture of hand applique, embroidery and machine piecing so a bit of everything in the one quilt.  
Cost is $66.00 + postage per month for 8 months.
Make this quilt for a special someone in your life.  It has machine appliqued blocks depicting the roadworks we all have to stop for when we travel anywhere these days.  It also has reflective tape on the border to keep your little person happy at night.

Sparkly Embroidered Winter Pears in greys 
by Ngaire Montgomery-Williams

Here is my latest Embroidered Winter Pear and Apple Kit.  Make one of these embroidered pears - they are lovely to do sitting in front of t.v. in the evening, and a nice little size to stitch.   This sparkly grey tonal pear kit has all wool fabrics, Swarovski crystals, crushed walnut shell, freezer paper, stabilliser, pattern, pipe cleaner and felt for stem Available as kits or pattern only. 

Embroidered Autumn Apples by Ngaire Montgomery-Williams

Make one or more of these embroidered autumn apples.  Kits come in three colourways - Red, Green or Yellow.  Lovely to make in front of T.V. in the evening and a nice little size to stitch.  Or make enough pears and apples to fill a fruit bowl and sit them on your table.  Available as kits or pattern only.


Boro Collage Kit
by Ngaire Montgomery-Williams

This cushion is available as a kit and is a delight to arrange the fabrics in any order you choose, and then hand stitch it all on. Can be made into a cushion or put onto the back of a jacket.   A lovely quiet calming thing to do.  Available as a kit or pattern only.

I hope you enjoy reading our newsletter and that this finds you all happy and well.
Take care and stay safe, from Ngaire and the team at The Apple Basket

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