Closs & Hamblin


Curtain Linings Explained

There are a variety of different curtain linings available so it is important to choose the one that is best suited to your needs! Here we have a crash course in which one is best for you… The most common lining material is our Sundown Sateen lining which is 100% cotton and is available in three colours; pearl (cream), white or stone. It has a slight sheen to it, which will give your curtains a professional finish. It also has sun resistant qualities which will help sustain the quality of... Read More


How To Make Envelope Cushion Covers

If you are looking for a quick way to freshen your home decor, why not try making these easy cushion covers? There is a wealth of fabric out there and they are so simple to create! I have been sewing for a few years now and still haven’t got my head around inserting a zip so these covers are perfect! You just need the following (these measurements will make covers to fit a 45cm square pad). 1 x square of fabric for cushion front, 45 x 45cm 2 x pieces... Read More


Understanding Pattern Envelopes

Sewing patterns have loads of information on them but do you know what it all means? It’s all there to help you – from choosing suitable fabric and quantity needed, what else you will need and most important of all, how to make the garment to fit your measurements. So let’s start by looking at the the envelope front…. 1.Pattern Number – There are many suppliers of sewing patterns – Simplicity, Vogue, McCalls, Burda, etc. Regardless of the supplier they all number their patterns. 2.Usually, there is a photo of a design... Read More


Supporting WDC This May!

I am super happy to announce that we will be supporting The Whale and Dolphin Conservation charity throughout May. Every day, whales and dolphins face multiple threats – hunting, fishing nets, pollution and so many other dangers. WDC is the leading global charity dedicated to the conservation and protection of these remarkable creatures. WDC’s core belief is that all whales and dolphins have the right to live free from hunting, captivity, entanglement in fishing gear and nets, and to swim in clean, noise-free waters where boats won’t injure them. Help... Read More


Choosing The Right Sewing Machine

The right sewing machine will be your lifelong friend. I’ve been sewing all my life and don’t remember a time when a sewing machine wasn’t around. My auntie was a tailor and as a youngster I would sit and watch her – if I was good I’d be allowed to do little bits. I can’t imagine life without my machine. What would I recommend – well, first work out what you want to use it for. Are you new to sewing, have you had one before and want to upgrade... Read More