New jersey fabrics

We have recently taken delivery of some bright new fabrics.

There are these four printed viscose/spandex jerseys – Bubble Love, Rail trail, and Kaleidescope in two colours. These fabrics will look great in tops or tunics over skirts or pants, or maybe a dress over leggings.

4 printed jerseys

We also have two printed ponti jerseys – Zapora in two colours. Romance, on the left, is printed on a base charcoal colour fabric, whilst Patriot, on the right, is on a black base. Both sides of these fabrics can be used.

Printed ponti

Hopefully these will brighten up your wardrobe this winter.




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Bernina Mothers Day sale

Did you know that the annual Bernina Mother’s Day sale is now on?

There are generous savings on most machines, and 20% off presser feet and selected accessories. On now until May 31st.

Mothers day 2014 flyer Mothers day 2014 flyer side2


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Cool weather fabrics

We have taken delivery of the first of our cooler weather fabrics. These include:

Stretch corduroy – perfect for pants, skirts or children’s clothing

Stretch cord close-up Stretch corduroy

New colours in plain jersey – this jersey has a ‘cashmere finish’ and is very soft

Venus jersey

Doris (purple) and Brazilian

Double sided wool – perfect for jackets, coats or capes

Double sided wool

More fabrics are on the way!

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Knitting books and needles

The latest Noro magazine is now available here.

Noro mag

As well as this book of Noro patterns, “What can I knit tonight”. It has lots of small projects like cowls, bags, shrugs, and more. The book is divided up into projects which will take one night, one day or one weekend.


We now have in stock the Knit Pro Symphonie range of beautiful wooden knitting needles. (Having trouble photographing without the blur, but hopefully you will get the idea!)

Knit Pro

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The latest arrivals

We usually order seasonal fabrics well in advance, then promptly forget about them! Then when they turn up we are pleasantly surprised.

Such is the case with this roll of printed stretch cotton. Called Painterly, it has a lovely palette of bright yet slightly muted colours.


Sometimes we come across seasonal fabrics late in the season, and just can’t resist getting them, like these two fabrics.

The first is Mulbery Bush, a linen/cotton blend in grey and tangerine tones. I will look quite stunning in various dress styles, or as a loose shirt over pants. It blends well with charcoal and various tones of orange, like the slubbed silk Bittersweet pictured at the right.

Mulberry bush

We also found ‘Tangled Web’, a lovely silk/cotton blend, perfect for blouses or tops. In rich tones of gold and aubergine, it will blend with many solid colours, and will be suitable to wear well not autumn.

Tangled Web

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New classes

The following classes are now offering:

Patternmaking – A-line skirt

Sewing with Sheers

Inserting invisible zips

Beginner sewing – PJ pants

Visit the Classes page for further details and booking information.

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Recent fabrics

Have you seen these fabrics in store?

Spotted waffle pique

This is a navy and white spotted waffle pique cotton. It has a bit of body and would suit a range of garment types.

Printed linen

This printed linen has some beautiful colours and patterns, and is on a textured background.

Striped linen

This is a striped linen in shades of teal and purple. There are only a few metres of this one available.

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Happy new year

Welcome to 2014 at House of Cloth!!

To start the year off, we have some new fabrics in store, just in time for the hot weather.

The fabric on the left below is a 100% cotton waffle pique, and has quite a bit of body. There are three lightweight clip spot lawns – you can almost see the spots in the pictures. And one cotton/spandex blend in luscious colours.

3 summer cottons 2 summer cottons

And this vibrant coloured beauty is a silk/cotton blend. It will look fantastic in floaty tops, skirts or dresses.

Silk cotton

These will brighten your wardrobe.

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Crochet coasters

I have been dabbling in a bit of crochet recently. I wanted to use one of the newer Noro yarns, the Taiyo sock. This is a 2 ply yarn, 50% cotton, 17% wool, 17% nylon and 16% silk.

I also wanted to do something slightly different, so when I came across instructions for coasters, I decided to give them a go. This is how I am progressing so far.


My technique is not quite right yet, although the one in the middle is quite close to how they should look. The challenge is also to try to make them the same size. I have a fourth one underway, although I have pulled it apart a couple of times. Think I might have to start that one again, ‘cos it is just not behaving!

Still, it is fun. And small things are about all I can manage at the moment.

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Sewing classes survey

Are you interested in learning to sew. Or do you want to improve your sewing skills? We are conducting a survey to assess your needs so we can schedule our classes for next year. Please click on the link below to be taken to our survey.

Thank you

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