Friday, 21 December 2012

Last ever silk sale! Get ready for January

Hear ye, hear ye!

From 3rd - 31st January 2013, Annie of Silken Dalliance will be in the shop for the last time selling her beautiful silks. It's your last chance so get that date in your diary. 

Friday, 9 November 2012

Champion your independents!

At Christmas why not champion your local independent retailers? This December we are welcoming the wonderful Comma into our workshop for all your Christmas shopping needs! Comma opened in 2010 and sell all manner of wondrous gifts, cards and home wares. Darn It & Stitch and Comma, under one roof! What more could you wish for?

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

XXXMas with Mr X Stitch

Did you miss Mr X Stitch when he was here in June? Well, he is paying us a visit again for a Christmas workshop!
Come and learn how to cross stitch with the man himself, all in time for the festive season.
Saturday 1st December 
2 - 4pm
£39 pp includes all materials.
Places are limited so book now by calling Darn It & Stitch 01865 242 779

Monday, 15 October 2012

Oooh new fabric!

We have expanded our fabric range!

We have some new beautiful prints from koi carp to picture frames, armchairs to roses. There are even some Christmas prints here featuring gingerbread men and birds.
Here's a sneaky peak....

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Vintage Knitting with...Susan Crawford!

Oh, there are some very exciting new things happening at Darn It & Stitch!

Susan Crawford, author of the beautiful vintage knitting books, 'A Stitch in Time' Vol. 1 & 2 is coming to Darn It & Stitch!

Susan will be here to talk about her career as vintage knitting extraordinaire, knitwear designer and stylist. The talk will be followed by a workshop hosted by Susan herself. During the talk, we thought it would be nice to ply (!) you with a glass of wine and some canapes before join her in the workshop on how to knit from vintage patterns. Perfect for a Wintery evening don't you think?

We will also soon be stocking Susan's range of vintage inspired patterns and the wonderful  Excelena yarn 100% British wool in a delicious range of colours.

So, come and join us! Our evening of vintage knitting starts at 6pm on Thursday November 1st. Tickets cost £20 and places are limited so book now!

To book your place please call us at Darn It & Stitch 01865 242 779

Sunday, 16 September 2012

What can I make from one ball of yarn?

One of the most commonly questions asked in the shop once the nights start drawing in is "What can I make from one ball of yarn?" This question led to us writing this rather nice little pattern book. Its very simple, straight forward and good looking. 

Designed purely for those of you who want to get started on knitting but the "tension/gauge/blah" of knitting patterns puts you off. 

All the patterns have been designed to use just one ball of Austermann Merino 105 or Alpaca Silk. Both beautiful and very cosy yarns and the only stitches you need to know are knit and purl.

Start simply... One ball of yarn, a pair of needles, and six simple patterns. All for only £4 of your English pounds!

Available to buy now at Darn It & Stitch.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Oh, to fit like a glove

For me, September always means going and buying a new pencil case, new shoes and maybe a new backpack. I still do this even though I left school a while ago. Really I do.

This is also the time of year to knuckle down and get stuck into something new to carry you though the darker months. So how about learning how to make things fit? Most people don't fit standard sizing and there is a certain amount tweaking needed if you are sewing clothes for yourself.  If you have dreamt of designing and making your own clothes that really fit, then Pinworks is here to the rescue!

Due to demand, we have launched 'An introduction to Pattern Cutting' with a lovely pattern cutting genius called Christine. She used to pattern cut for Mary Quant, amongst others, including Oxfords very own Anabelinda's.

The course spans six whole days, spread out over three months, and covers an awful lot of learning. You will construct your own block from your own measurements, and then design and make a skirt from the block.

Just Christmas you could be wowing all your friends with clothes that flatter and fit like a glove. You can then take great pride is saying " Oh, this little old thing? I just whipped it up myself...."

If you would like to know a bit more, or would like to book - just pop in or give us a ring at Darn It & Stitch.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Ice cream Sunday

Well, wasn't Sunday a stonker?! So hot!

So while heat, and sun and staying cool are top of the agenda, an ice cream colour theme presented itself to me with the arrival of the beautiful new ribbons from Mayarts.

Mayarts do proper ribbons. From beautiful simple velvets to sheer polka dots and printed cotton tapes. Interesting and good quality. Have a look at this beauty ( below)  1.5 " striped grosgrain perfection! Great for bag handles, apron tapes and amazing gift wrapping..... I quite fancy making some into a belt myself, with a vintage buckle. Simple yet effective.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Four small walls

Hello and welcome!

I have finally got  to 'start a blog' on the never ending To Do list! I can now tick that one off with gusto.

Darn It & Stitch is a little tiddler of a shop nestled down the side of Oxford Town Hall. I like to think it is maybe one of the smallest haberdasheries ever,* and we all know that the best things come in small packages.

The shop contains silky, squidgey yarns, vintage bits and bobs, useful bits of haberdashery hardware and quite possibly the finest selection of ribbon in Oxford. The 'cream off the top' if you like, we are a deli of delights for anyone who loves a stitch or two.

We have stocked various fabrics over the last two years, and at last the time has come to expand the range. We are going to squeeze as many bolts of lovely cotton fabrics in as these four small walls will allow. Here is a taster of the first batch - and there are many more to come.

(* I obviously need to check this out before I start to claim such a thing!)