New Tilda Fabrics

The new ranges from Tilda are in stock as of today. As always they are beautiful and just perfect.

We have the range ‘pardon my garden’ …

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and the Spring Diaries range.

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Photographs are from Tildas website as we have not even had time to photograph them they are that new into the shop!

Come and see them for yourself and be inspired or feel free to call us on 01629 734100 and we are happy to take mail orders over the telephone.



Illustrious British Wool

West Yorkshire Spinners have done it again. Their new group of yarns ‘Illustrious’ are just divine. There are thirteen shades in the range. With 70% Falklands wool and 30% British Alpaca the feel of this yarn is so soft and yet still able to give perfect stitch definition. The knitting book that has been published to go along with this range is as beautifully set out as their last book. We are learning to expect a particular style of book from WYS, knowing that those of us who like to knit with British wool are a tactile bunch even the paper the book is published on is lovely to the touch and it has the much desired spiral binding that makes it so much easier to lie the patterns flat as you knit. The photography is as great as the styles themselves. Be warned you will want to knit everything in the book.

Here are a few photos to whet your appetite. As always these yarns need to be felt to be believed so pop in to our shop and see for yourself and pick up your copy of the book and whichever colour takes your fancy.

Weeks Dye Works

This week we had our first delivery from Weeks Dye Works in the States. A whole bunch of divine hand dyed threads and linen. This is the first of many I am quite sure, as you will fall as much in love with these as we have.

The threads are six stranded flosses. Here are many many photos of the threads for you to drool over. All now available at White Peak Embroidery.

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The linen is also hand dyed and a dream to stitch on.

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Come into the shop and see for yourself just how wonderful these new threads are.

Woolly Things

We have a great stock of British Wool now so we thought it would be fun to make a display of it all even with a knitted Union Jack (knitted from British wool of course!).


You have to admire that even the words British Wool have a very British feel to them.



Various yarns from West Yorkshire Spinners. Above you can see both the natural browns and some of the British bird range. On the left is Blue Tit and on the right Wood Pigeon. Then in the photograph below there is the natural Blue Faced Leicester top left, top right Owl, below that Bull Finch bottom right and Pheasant bottom left, all in a DK weight.


We are still stocking the Erika Knight yarns, you can see her British Blue along the top of the following photographs. In the middle row of the photographs below is the wonderful Countryside Tweed in five different shades from Woolyknit.



In the next photograph you can see the Jarol range of British wool, more of the Erika Knight yarn and the Ramsdale.


The hardest decision is which to knit with first. So come and visit and see them in all their glory and you will not be disappointed with how beautifully they all knit up.

Another new range in the wool shop this week is the adorable Puppy Scarves. Boxed up beautifully with the yarn and the pattern as well as a ready knitted head, tail and legs all included. The yarn has a self patterning print on it so you only have to knit straight and it comes out with this wonderful pattern. Then to finish off just attach the top and tail, hey presto a gorgeous puppy scarf, soft as anything. We have quite a few colour ranges in of this so again pop down to the shop and see them in the fur!

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Seaside Fabric – Wishing for Sunshine

At Heirs and Graces we have decided that the cold of the Winter has lasted quite long enough. It is time to bring on the sunshine and crack out the new seaside themed fabric, perfect for quilts to get ready for taking to the beach, on holiday or just to lie on in the back garden and dream.

The first range is in two colourways that actually compliment each other. There is the clamshell design, the fishes and the wonderful seagulls. How much fun would it be to paper piece a clamshell design quilt out of these fabrics.


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Here is the range altogether with yummy fat quarter bundles.


The second range of fabric has a definite nautical feel showing boats and lighthouses as well as seagulls.


It is impossible to show the detail of these fabrics to their best in the photographs, there is a printed grain that gives it the look of linen.


These seagulls have been adored by everyone. A truly beautiful fabric which also can only be fully appreciated when seen for real.


The little boats are just too sweet.


Here you can see the Seaside Quilts book by Carol Porter and Rebecca Hansen which is full of wonderful designs and inspiration.


We also have the plains in from this range so you do not have to worry about finding just the right shade to match. Altogether this display has put us all in the mood for sunshine and holidays, and of course quilting!

Drop by the shop and have a look around, or if you know what quantities you need of each of these fabrics we can take orders and payments over the phone and post them out to you. You can contact us on 01629 734100 Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

Gold Work Taster Class

Ann held a Gold Work taster class at White Peak Embroidery (the embroidery part of Heirs and Graces) today. Everybody seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves and most talked of going on to do more. There was a mixture of oak leaves, the Rose of Sharon (a well known patchwork block) , flowers and a caterpillar.

Here are the results at the end of the taster.










Anyone interested in joining the next taster class give White Peak Embroidery a call on 01629732271.

Craft Hobby and Stitch Show at the NEC

On Sunday we went to the Craft, Hobby and Stitch Trade Show at the NEC in Birmingham. It was great fun and a real inspiration. The really exciting thing was the amount of presence that British Wool had. With West Yorkshire Spinners and WoolyKnits along with many more and kit creators only using British Wool we were so pleased to see it all. The new fabric collections looked so fresh too. We placed many orders and these wonderful things will be arriving at our shops over the year ahead.

Scroll through the many pictures and enjoy the trip.

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West Yorkshire Spinners had the best stand. With their wonderful tables that were huge spinning bobbins, the grass floor and the browsing sheep.

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The Tilda display at Groves was also a wonderful sight to behold.

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It was great to stop and chat to Ewan at the Westfalenstoffe stall with his coat of many colours. Their fabrics are just wonderful and we managed to place an order to top up the stock of the Kitzbuhel range that we are forever selling out of.


Cloud Nine had really fresh fabrics and patterns.

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Foxes are clearly still very much in vogue and were all over the show.

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That Button Company had a wonderfully wonky shelving unit full of wonderful things.

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The range of colours of felt that we could order from Holland Felt was just mind blowing!


It was so wonderful to catch up with the lovely Erika Knight on her stand too. She has some truly beautiful and inspired things coming out in the upcoming year.


We got to meet Scrap Bandit – watch this space for more from this amazing little fella!


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Irene and Lewis have the most gorgeous fabrics coming out over the next few months so pop into the store and keep upto date with the ranges as and when they arrive.


Nicola Jarvis Visits

The wonderful Nicola Jarvis came to visit White Peak Embroidery today. She is well known for her crewel work designs of English birds with a William Morris twist. Her designs are so modern and yet have the wonderful texture of traditional stitches. Ann and I met her at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate. Having adored her designs from afar we were rather star struck to meet her in the flesh. Much to our delight Nicola agreed to supply Ann’s shop, the first British shop to stock her kits.

A mere week later Ann had an email from Nicola saying she would like to deliver her kits in person. Of course we were delighted to have another opportunity to chat with Nicola and her lovely husband. They are so friendly and enthusiastic.

So now we have her amazing designs in stock in kit form. There are a number of different bird designs from the humble Robin and the naughty Starling to the proud and rather snooty Green Woodpecker.

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The kits include the fabric and printed design, all the gorgeous Appletons wools and any other little extras needed to stitch these fabulous characters.


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The hardest decision is which to stitch first! Feel free to call us at White Peak Embroidery for any extra details or come down to the shop and see these amazing kits in person.

Sneak Peek at Open Day Treat!

At Heirs & Graces we have our annual open day coming up on Saturday the 11th October. To which of course everyone is welcome. There will as always be plenty of demonstrations and things to have a go at as well as White Peak Embroidery, The Compleat Knit, Heirs & Graces and Graces Tea Room  to enjoy. This year however Ann wanted to think of a way of making it even more fun and interactive. We at the shop think she has come up with a wonderful idea.

Whilst in the garden sipping my morning cup of tea I just could not keep it secret any longer and decided that I had to share it with you on the blog.

Those who attend the open day will be given the opportunity to join in our friendship quilt. You will be given a pack with nine ready cut three and a half inch squares in a little packet with some instructions.


Those of you wishing to join in the fun get to take these away with you absolutely free and make them up into a nine patch block. The cream square goes in the middle with your name signed on it, either pen or embroidery will be fine.


You then return your block to the shop where they will all be sewn together into one big Friendship Quilt which will then be hung in Wesleyan House for all to see. A wonderful reminder to us of all our friends and the fun day that was no doubt had by all. The bonus to this little scheme is that everyone returning a completed block will be entered into a draw to win a Rotary Cutting Set including a mat, ruler and cutter worth £45.50. This draw will take place on 11th November 2014.


All the fabrics in the free packs are just wonderful and a dream to work with so not only is there the possibility of winning a great prize but also the simple pleasure of sewing with the gorgeous fabrics enclosed.

We are all really looking forward to seeing everyone there on the day.