Monthly Archives: March 2014

BF56VThis Open embroidery foot with non-stick sole # 56 is multi-talented, ideal for sewing on appliqués and decorative trims or elastic, as well as for Richelieu embroidery.

It’s also suitable for circular embroidery, and for sewing lines, curves and corners. The practical non-stick sole ensures smooth feeding, even over “sticky” materials, making it perfect for leather.
The large wedge-shaped channel under the sole allows easy feeding of the fabric, so the presser foot glides smoothly over dense stitch formations. The open toe configuration also guarantees a good view of the sewing area.




Episode 5 of The Great British Sewing Bee used leather and they’ve given us a clip on how to make a clutch bag using leather. Bernina has put together its own tutorial on how to make a clutch bag – we think it’s even better than the Sewing Bee one, and even easier using the Foot 56.



Don’t forget we have 20% discount on the Bernina Foot 56V Teflon Open Embroidery Foot  and Bernina Foot 56 Teflon for April only.



If you’re sewing leather (or any other material where pin holes may show) then don’t forget to order your binding clips, as used in the clutch bag tutorial.


Simple binding clips or Clover Wonder Clips are a great alternative to pins, especially when working with heavy weight fabrics, piles, and vinyls. Wonder Clips can hold layered sections of sewing projects such as handle connectors to handbags and piping without distortion. They will hold quilt binding while sewing and are so easy to find when dropped on the floor.


Contact Quilt Direct to order, or for any queries relating to Bernina or quilting – we’re happy to help.

Another great excuse for a trip to London – the Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts show. Showcasing ideas and innovations from the world of stitching and creative crafts; this show includes FREE workshops, talks and demonstrations, but remember they can only be booked on the day.

Some of the exhibitors include:

Ellison Appliqué Workshop Craft Club Linking Up
Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles The Giant Textile Books
Demonstrators, Colleges, Guilds & Societies Voyage Art
Barkcloth to ArtShoes Jan Messant’s Embroidered Portraits
Kew Gardens – Contemporary Expressions My Fair Lady Costumes
Handbags & Gladrags Madeira Competition 2014
Schools Fashion Design Competition 2014 Catwalk Fashion Shows
Textile Groups, Guilds and Societies Textile Artists
Fashion and Textile Education  

Don’t forget to share your thoughts and experience of this show on our Facebook page


Sewing for Pleasure, Hobbycrafts and Fashion, Embroidery & Stitch are three shows rolled into one at the NEC, Birmingham, from 20-23 March 2014.

One ticket gains you access to all of these:



Describing itself as “The ultimate knitting, stitching and beading show!”, the Sewing for Pleasure Show  features workshops on sewing clothing, patchwork and embroidery.





Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch showcases Textile Arts. Breathtaking displays, fabrics and embellishments to inspire, and workshops to spark your imagination.





Hobbycrafts brings together exhibitions and workshops in papercraft, decoupage, clay, scrapping booking and most things crafty. Inspiration, education and a whole lot of shopping – what’s not to like?



Which on of these 3 is for you – all of them? Share your feedback with us on our Facebook page

The Country Living Spring Fair is almost with us, and with the promise of spring in the air, it offers a delightful variety of Home, Garden, Food and Crafting exhibitions.

Held at the Business Design Centre in London, from 19 – 23 March, this is a perfect day out to share with friends and family who aren’t keen crafters, as there is something for everyone at this Spring Fair – and you never know, you might just convert them!

Crafting workshops including the “Enhanced Workshops” from West Dean College will whet your creative appetite.  Find inspiration, develop skills and make beautiful creations to take home on the day.

Don’t forget to share your feedback with us on our Facebook page.

Country Living Fair

The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show is back at Olympia from 13th to 16th March. This year’s show includes late opening on Thursday, with a special ticket price for those who can’t be there all day.

The show includes some great workshops, hosts the finals of The National Fashion Textiles Competition for Schools, and has over 200 exhibitors.

Also at the show is the ‘Contemporary Quilt Exhibition’, which features quilts made by members of the Contemporary Quilt specialist group, a part of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.

The quilts on display have all been selected to demonstrate the diversity of styles and techniques used by members of the group, which includes experienced artists and quilters exploring new techniques and materials to turn the traditional quilt into a form of contemporary art.

This show looks like a great day out, and one we’re sorry to be missing. We’d love to know what you thought of it. Share your feedback and pictures on our Facebook page



Spring is on its way (hopefully) and with it the start of the sewing and quilting shows. Quilt Direct won’t be going to all of them, wish we could, but we thought we’d share the details of some of them with you.Gigglesswatch






Spring Knitting & Stitching Show  London, Olympia



Country Living Spring Fair London, Business Design Centre


Sewing For Pleasure/Fashion Embroidery & Stitch/Hobbycrafts  Birmingham, NEC


Spring Quilt Festival CANCELLED Maidstone, Kent Showground









Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts London, ExCel



Exeter Spring Quilt Festival Exeter, West Point Exhibition Centre



The Creative Crafts Show Belfast, The Kings Hall Complex



The Creative Crafts Show Shepton Mallet, The Bath and West Showground



 British Quilt & Stitch Village 2014  Uttoxeter Racecourse






Weald of Kent Craft & Design Show Tonbridge, Penshurst Place



The Creative Craft Show Liverpool, Echo Arena



Quilts UK Malvern, Three Counties Showground



Springfield Quilt Show Spalding









National Quilt Championships Sandown, Esher





 Tour De Yorkshire Patchwork and Quilting Show  Trinity Church,Harrogate,HG2 9AU






Quilts in Cae Hir Gardens Crybin, Ceredigion



Festival of Quilts Birmingham, NEC



Great Northern Quilt Show Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Show Ground









Scottish Quilt Championships Edinburgh, Royal Highlands Showground









Quilt Festival Maidstone, Kent Showground



Autumn Quilt Festival Malvern, Three Counties Showground



Autumn Quilt Festival Duxford, Imperial War Museum









Autumn Quilt Festival Duxford, Imperial War Museum


If you’re going, or have been to any of them, please share your photos and thoughts about the show with us on our Facebook page, and also if we’ve left any out that you think should be here, please let us know that too.

Enjoy the shows and we hope to bump into you at some of them.

Quilt Direct


If you’ve used the new Bernina Embroidery Software then you know how fantastic it is, and here is an excellent reason why you should consider an upgrade, and if you haven’t then here is one more reason why you should – Stumpwork!

Stumpwork is the technique that allows us to create raised designs to form a 3-dimensional effect. It dates back to Elizabethan England, and uses wire, padding and even glue to create 3D effects to add depth to embroidery. Stumpwork uses  variety of different materials and techniques such as silk, wire, beads and padding.  Stumpwork is far more freeform than other forms of embroidery, and your only limit is your imagination.

Visualizing, designing and then creating stumpwork used to be the reserve of only the most talented and confident quilters but the BERNINA Embroidery Software DesignerPlus 7 brings your embroideries to life. Turn a flat embroidery design into a three-dimensional masterpiece. Add petals to flowers for a naturalistic effect; create a flip flop design fit to be worn.

Bernina have a video on how to create stumpwork using the BERNINA Embroidery Software. It takes you through all the steps and you end with a  gorgeous design.  The video makes it look and dead simple, and almost too easy. With very little help and some basic instruction it really can be that simple!

If you’d like to find out more about creating stumpwork with the BERNINA DesignerPlus 7 then give us a call to find out more, or sign up for one of our workshops where we show YOU how to get the most from your Bernina, and guide you through the process.

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