Time to Get Busy with the Sewing Bee

Sewing BeeThe nation’s sewing community will be glued to their TV’s from Monday 16th May as the BBC’s popular Sewing Bee show returns to our screens for a fourth series.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced seamstress there should be plenty to learn as we see the contestants put through their paces in the coming weeks. Here at Fabrix we’ll be keeping a close eye on the garments made and techniques used on the show. We are, of course, always happy to offer advice for anyone wishing to find out more about how to implement the methods seen on the Sewing Bee.

For more info on the programme click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Bunnies Spring Into Fabrix

rabbit1It may be short-lived but at the time of writing, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, the crocus are in bloom and it really does feel like Spring is upon us!

So, what better way than to celebrate the new season and the coming of Easter than with these lovely fabrics from Lewis & Irene and Makower?

The first, is a delightful range called ‘Bunny Garden‘.  These beautiful 100% cotton prints are in stock now, priced £11.99 a metre.

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This charming mint green rabbit cotton from the Makower Flo’s Friends collection is available for £11.99 metre while the coordinating cotton blender is priced at £9.99 a metre.

We have loads of other fabulous craft cottons for you to explore in Fabrix, so pop in soon and and find some inspiration for a wonderful spring project!

 

 

Crafting For Conservation

Have you seen our latest Lewis & Irene stock yet? The gorgeous ‘Minshan‘ range has a distinctly modern oriental flavour and features images of the endangered Red Panda.

minshanThe company are donating profits from sales of this lovely collection to Act For Wildlife, led by Chester Zoo. This campaign is aimed at protecting and conserving wildlife all over the world and money raised by Lewis & Irene will go toward helping save Giant Pandas and Red Pandas from extinction in the wild.

Find out more about this fab range, pop into Fabrix or check out the Lewis & Irene Minshan webpage.

 

Fabrix Sale Continues!

saleDon’t forget folks, the Fabrix Sale continues until Sunday 31st January!

There has never been a better time to come into the shop and see what fabulous fabrics, wools and haberdashery we have in stock. And if you’re looking for some great bargains, we have up to 50% off on some wonderful craft cottons and dress fabrics. All our Christmas fabrics are discounted too, so if you’re already planning for next year’s festivities you’re sure to find what you need at a fabulous price.

 

Winter Sale Savings

saleNot only is the great Fabrix Winter Sale in full swing right now but we’re also offering all customers 10% discount on all non-sale stock on Saturday January 2nd!*

So pop down to the shop and see what fabulous savings can be made on a great range of fabrics, wools and haberdashery. As always, we’re here to help and are happy to offer advice to novices and experienced sewers, crafters, quilters and knitters alike.

*excludes patterns.

Your Chance To Own A Classic!

catwalk2We get a lot of enquiries about the dresses and other outfits that we display in the Fabrix Catwalk window.

Of course, the main reason we put these items in the window is to show what can done using patterns and fabrics from our shop but we appreciate that not everyone can sew! That’s why, this Christmas, we’re offering customers to opportunity to buy one of the most popular dresses we’ve ever had on display.

There has been so much interest in this lovely sparkly dress that we’ve decided to sell it in a sealed bid auction – with all money raised going to St John’s Hospice.

This dazzling dress will certainly add sparkle to any festive occasion and if you’d like to give yourself the chance to own it (it is size 12 – we only have the one), simply write down your offer along with your contact details, then put them in a sealed envelope and pop it into the shop!
All the bids will be opened on December 12th and whoever has offered the highest amount will be come the proud owner of the dress.

In the event that we receive more than one identical highest bid, we will draw these bids from a hat.
Good luck!

Christmas Is Most Definitely Coming

stockingsWith just one month to go before Christmas it’s time to get all your festive fabric and haberdashery sorted.

If you haven’t yet planned all your yuletide craft and dressmaking projects we’ve got lots of Christmas crafting cottons for table runners, Xmas bunting, seasonal stockings and a host of other fab and inventive ideas that you’re always surprising us with!

Pop into Fabrix for oodles of sumptuous brocades, laces, satins and lovely party fabrics for a delightful new festive frock. And if the rumours come true about a really cold winter ahead, we’ve got loads of cozy wools and fleeces in stock – maybe it’s time to make a nice warm coat or jacket!

Don’t forget our range of wools and yarns; there are lots of options to start a snuggly warm jumper or a nice quick-knit scarf in a chunky yarn, that would be ideal for a Christmas present.

It’s A Wool-derful Life

wool1Following the closure of Purely Wool on Market Street, Lancaster a few months ago we decided to trial a small selection of wool products in Fabrix. We were aware that many of our customers were also keen knitters and crocheters and the closure of Purely Wool would leave them with limited options when it came to finding the quality brands they wanted.

So, we introduced a bijou selection of fine wools in the store to see how it went. We’re delighted to say that many of our customers have been thrilled at the selection and the feedback has been incredibly encouraging. Among the suppliers we’re stocking are King Cole, Designer Yarns and Sirdar. We also have a wide range of needles, hooks, patterns and lots of lovely buttons to choose from.

wool2The great news is that while accommodating this exiting new range we have been able (through some creative re-arranging!) to keep the same amount of fabulous fabric in stock.

So, now you can visit Fabrix for an even wider range of great crafting, sewing and knitting materials and haberdashery. And if you can’t make it into the shop yourself please give us a call, we’re happy to post out any orders.

 

Hallowe’en Fabric Fun!

photo(2)If you’ve been past Fabrix in the last few days you will have doubtless noticed that we’ve added a new Hallowe’en themed window!

We decided on a somewhat subtle approach; there are no fake spider webs (though there are a couple of incy wincy spiders…), witches’ hats or vampires but I’m sure you’ll love the gorgeous ‘Sew Scary‘ quilting panel from Quilting Treasures just as much as we do. And at only £8.40 a panel they’ll be flying out of the shop (broomstick not included)!

photo(1)We’ve also added a taste of creepy culinary chic with a lovely autumnal apron – perfect for when you’re rustling up a few Hallowe’en snacks.

Then when the excitement is all over you can recline on a spooky skull-festooned cushion. We even have some terrifically terrifying glow-in-the-dark skeleton fabric to add yet more fun to the occasion!

So, if you want to add a bit of Hallowe’en spice to your autumn craft projects, or are already thinking about a few Christmas ideas why not pop into Fabrix and take a look at our range of seasonal materials and patterns.