A Sewing Book Review by Ella (11 years old)

Sewing School, 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make, by Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle 

Ella loves making things. When the Sewing School book arrived at Morris and Sons we knew exactly whom we would be roping in to do a book review for us. Ella spent the day with her Aunty Jan and made the eye glasses case on page 90. Don’t look past Ella’s beautiful scarf, her Aunty Jan made for her out of Noro Taiyo yarn.

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In Ella’s words:

“It all started on a cold morning at my holiday house in Queenscliff. On this particular morning I decided it was time to make the eye-see-you glasses case. I got out the felt, needles, thread, scissors and this book. And it was then that I realised my needle was too blunt, so, I sent my Mum out to get more. But in actual fact when she got back I was almost done.

Every 5-10 minutes we took photos of me moving forward, through the steps. In the photos you will see it’s similar to those in the book. You will have so much fun making this cool case for an awesome present or to keep for your own.”

Ella (11 yrs old)

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Well done Ella. It looks very awesome

The glasses case took Ella 2.5 hours to complete. She has also let us know that she is going to be making the skirt on page 110. We are looking forward to seeing images of her sporting her new skirt.

The book and all the accoutrements to make the above projects and many more are available in all our stores.

It was a delight to work with Ella and her Aunty Jan and Ella’s Mum. Thank you for doing the review for us Ella. Much appreciated. We hope that this will fire up other girls your age to get into sewing.



Morris and Sons Estate, 100% Australian Wool

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‘I just want a stock standard, good quality, well priced, Australian wool, ball of yarn’. We hear this in our stores all the time. We may have mentioned this before, we aim to please and deliver. Enter, Morris and Sons 8 ply 100% Australian wool in 50 colours, Morris and Sons 4 ply 100% Australian wool in 54 colours (a dream come true for Fair Isle knitters, we think) and Morris and Sons 14 ply 100% Australian wool in 55 colours. The 14 ply yarn is the ideal yarn to get somebody started on the road to knitting bliss. There is no need to tell them about the pitfalls in this road just yet. Get them good and hooked. They’ll find out soon enough!

We were lucky enough to arm wrestle a very accommodating (thanks Mum) crocheter into crocheting us our Rainbow blanket using all the Morris Estate 8 ply colours. Winter is around the corner why don’t you give this a go. Watch it morph from a tummy warmer to a knee rug to a blanket big enough to cover a person or two on the couch.

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And, as there will definitely be yarn left over you might want to keep your eye on this little work in progress. The pattern should be available soon. That’s if you want it?! Let us know via Facebook or leave us a message below whether we should write up the pattern.

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A Little Promotion using Morris and Sons Estate 8 ply

To get you started we have teamed up with Jen from Little Yellow Cat to offer our readers a little promotion. She has designed a Fair Isle hat, the Katie Beanie, in Morris and Sons Estate 8 ply. The pattern for her Katie Beanie normally costs $6.00. Up until midnight on the 30 April it will be available to you for $3.00. Using the download discount code: morris2014

To take advantage of this offer go to Little Yellow Cat and click on “add to cart”. Don’t forget to enter the discount code morris2014 to get your pattern at the discounted price.

Brown beanie uses #8036 Egg Yolk, #8007 Chocolate and #8047 Fishing Green.
White beanie uses #8018 Posey, #8002 Voile and #8045 Canopy

Until the next time, here’s wishing you all a lovely week and as usual make time for needlecraft every day.