Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Guest Blog Post: Learn to Long Arm Quilt at Breightmet Quilting Studio

This week our friends over at Breightmet Long Arm Quilting Studio tell us about their special machines that takes your quilting to another level!

So, what is a long arm quilting machine?  It is basically a “fancy” sewing machine that is mounted on a quilt frame.   Our studio uses a semi-industrial sewing machine and a super-king size frame, which holds the layers in place while you sew.  It's amazing!

 You can finish a large quilt with ease or explore free motion embroidery on a large scale.

Despite the growing popularity of sewing and quilting, these machines are relatively few and far between.  Part of our vision is to provide access to a machine that is out of most people’s budget and is too large to store in one’s home or studio space. 

We offer classes on using the machine as well as regular quilt clubs:  First Friday of the month 1-3pm and third Wednesday of the month 6:30-8:30.  We also offer a quilt finishing service and allow people to rent our machine.

Just mention Ministry of Craft and you will receive 15% off.

Get in contact with the Quilting Studio below:

Facebook:      Breightmet Long Arm Quilting Studio
Twitter:                      Alongarmquilter
Mobile:                       07872 342 718         (Jennifer Gilmour)
                                    01204 329710           (Linda Jones)

Continue building on the skills you’ve learned on Ministry of Craft’s Patchwork Workshops.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Knit Parade!

The temperature's dropping and the wool's are coming out! I love autumn - big woolly jumpers, knitted socks and hot drinks a plenty! So for you here's a few of our favourite winter warmers!

Shoulder Button Cable Knit Jumper, Marks & Spencer, £29.50

Aztec Coatigan, Oasis, £50

Raised Dot Sweater, & Other Stories, £55

 If you fancy having a go at making your own winter wardrobe then, as always, we are on hand. Our *NEW* Sew Your Own Cosy Coatigan will furnish you with a sleek, chic, go-to coatigan.

At only £29.50 can you resist making your own? may take a little bit longer but why not learn to knit? You'll need something to occupy your hands, spending all those nights watching TV and supping hot chocolate! Our Knit 123 course starts on the 22nd September and you'll learn everything you need to get going at home on scarves, wooly blankets and may be even a jumper!  


Friday, 11 September 2015


Head on over to our Facebook page for a chance to win this fabulous book by Fiona Goble.

Knitted Animal scarves, mitts and socks has patterns for everything from penguin socks to koala scarves. They're cute and warm and just what you need to get knitting for this coming winter.

Friday, 4 September 2015

Ministry Makes - August Winner

Another Month of fantastic makes from our talented customers. This month was another super difficult decision - you really do give us pause for thought! In the end it was Louise and her beautiful chair cushions.

We love the fabric and how it compliments and gives new life to this stylish chair. Nice work Louise!

Special Mention goes to Xanthe and her fabulous embroidery and applique piece. It's beautifully made and you can check out Xanthe's other work here - it's all beautiful!

Thank you to everyone who entered this month, you continue to inspire us with your fantastic makes. We can't wait to see what lovelies September bring!