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23 January 2016

Up-coming Workshop: Sewing for Beginners.

UPCOMING SEWING WORKSHOP. With the help of the awesome Stitch-Up, I will be running a Beginners sewing class in the incredibly beautiful Duke Studios here in Leeds. 
The class is held on two consecutive Tuesday in May, the 3rd & 10th, and are two hours each! Four whole hours to get to know your machine.
In the class you'll be shown everything you need to build your confidence with a sewing machine; we will make a super cute headscarf to get you started that will teach your some essential techniques, then we will move on to making a super useful and fully lined tote bag!

Everything you need is included within the ticket price. That includes all the fabrics too; we have a bunch of locally sourced beautiful fabrics so you can pick something out that you love. It'll be a fun, informal workshop aimed at showing you how easy it is to make something awesome and useful.

I really cannot wait. We've only got 6 places so get your tickets quick. If you can't make this one, dont worry! If there is enough of you we'll get more booked in fo' sure! All the event information, including where to find tickets, can be found right here.

Stitch-Up and Duke Studios are running a bunch of crafty workshops this year too; macrame, crochet and all things yarn, so make sure you check those out:

31 December 2015

Bye Bye 2015

Its the end of 2015 and the perfect opportunity for me to pass on my thanks to every single one of you. I opened By the Lock Handmade back in May and since then have been blown away by support from you guys. Everyone that liked, shared and bought from me, you are awesome. Everyone that came to see me at the couple of craft fairs I did, everyone that took a business card or sticker and complimented my work. Everyone that put faith in me and ordered a custom order. Thank you for the endless support from the wonder Etsy Team Leeds guys. Thanks for every instagram photo like and twitter retweet; it really means the world to me and I cannot wait to keep going into 2016 and see what it will bring.

Whatever your plans are to see in the new year, have the best time! Here is to an awesomely creative 2016! 


2 December 2015

Shop Independent This Christmas // Gift Guide

I'm sure I don't have to tell you the benefits of shopping and giving independently this Christmas. Every single tiny purchase means the world to makers and creators (have a read of the 'Just a Card' campaign, if you haven't already); add something handmade to you wishlist, give something handmade to friends. Go into that independent shop in town! Buy cards and wrapping paper from local illustrators. You're not just keeping those people going, you are going to get something beautiful and unique to have forever.

It's so hard narrowing a list down like this (so I'm going to do a couple!!). There are so many incredible, talented people out there that you should be buying from during the holidays (and so many things I'm in love with). Here are a few favourites right now:

Everyone loves a planter right now, and this little guy with gold and pink details is just ncredible. (via. Hickleville)

A wonderful combination of knitted yarn and brass. I can't get enough! Statement necklaces forever and ever. (via. Ampersand Commodities)

The stuff dreams are made of; chips. This cone of chips brooch has to be the cutest thing I have ever seen. Look at that tiny fork! (via. Rock Cakes)

This print is perfect for giving; I think it would be amazing in a kids room too. I might have to buy myself to go in our living room. (via. Yardsale Press)

Oh man, this cute clay spotty necklace is on my wish list for sure, I hope I get it!  (via. This Way To the Circus)

YELLOW,  everything please. This half and half plate is so beautiful. I want a whole set. (via El-Aich Designs)

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