Algorithms ahoy!

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It’s  been a bit of crazy Month one way and another.. beautiful weather one minute.. then torrential rain.. Uggs or Birkenstock’s?! I had a few lovely days in Cornwall at the St.Endellion music festival then back to Ashbourne for Easter (still hidden eggs in the shop waiting to be found).
We were all really so sad to see Bennett’s go,  I was hoping to get their beautiful Farrow& Ball unit for Betty’s but there was no way we could get it out of Bennett’s without breaking it… instead we got some grumpy baby dolls – the sort that come alive when we’re not there and create mischief ..But it is sad that so many of the independent high street stores are closing. Ashbourne seems to be taking a bit of a hit and    as a business owner it makes me very nervous, nevertheless we do have to move with the times which is why here I am tucked up in bed with my Horlicks, writing this blurb and tackling the world of social media, because like it or not this is how it’s going to be. So the algorithms are checked and my demographic  (er that’s you.. and YOU Maggie..) are all present and correct. ( don’t unsubscribe yet!!)

We’ve had another delivery of Liberty today with a few new designs, our ‘Tana Lawn’ really is the Rolls Royce of fabric, feather light and just like beautiful silk. Perfect for our upcoming summer top workshop that our lovely Hannah is running in a few weeks.

Our  Stylecraft Wool is growing in volume too with the addition of their  ‘Bambino’ range and more shades of the sock wool and Special DK.
We’ve  also some lovely samples of crocheted and knitted blankets in both the Special DK and Bambino plus lots of  brand new patterns.
shall I post a selfie of me in bed? .. yeah I thought not.
sweet dreams to you out there in on your platforms

Sorry.. did I miss March..?

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It came and went and now here we are in April. So good to have the light evenings, and this sunny weather has improved my mood and lifted everyone’s spirits (I write this on the eve of a wet spell apparently .. )
Anyway as usual the workshops have proved a real success – I love to see so much creativity. Some beautiful ‘Prayer Bunting’ to mark the beginning of Lent.





And the recent scarf workshop took on an eccliastical theme..





This evening the quilting club have been busy in the workroom making June’s block for this month – the ‘Annie’ block!!
I’ve been booking in lots of new courses for you to peruse. Jacqui is coming back to run another beginners sewing course, and I’ve made a date for the much anticipated Printmaking course. Look out for a few courses we are running in conjunction with Ashbourne Arts Festival, I’ve been going to it for many years so it’s nice to be a small part of it.
After the success of my wooden bunting (no complaints so far) Steve has made me some more wooden flags to continue along the front of the shop. With time a bit tight I wondered if there were any budding artists who may like to paint a flag? just putting it out there.. let me know!
Happy April everybody,




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Isn’t it great is it to have this sunshine at the moment? It’s really put a spring in my arthritic step, nice to leave work while it’s still light too😊 

My major accomplishment this month was to eventually get the wooden bunting up outside the shop.. I’ve been on about it for ages and though I must confess to lacking in original ideas, I can honestly say this was something that pinged into my brain back last year, and was all mine – not a Pinterest board in sight! It is pretty much as I envisaged, and I’m really pleased with it. Hoping to eventually continue it above the tea room windows too.

I recently attended a trade show in Birmingham – loads of lovely textiles and charming sales people ready to pounce. Fortunately I had Hannah with me who all but frog marched me round the exhibition keeping me (and the business credit card) in check. However I did manage to order some Style Craft wool, in lots of gorgeous colours. I’ve been so impressed by the crocheted blankets coming out of Sophia’s Crochet group and the Knit and Natter ladies, that this seemed a popular choice and soooo soft! Sock wool too-  the kind that knits up into fair isle as if by magic! 

Once again we’ve had some great workshops, it’s always good to get positive feedback so when a customer told me she left Betty’s on “cloud 10” after a recent Free Machine Embroidery and appliqué class I felt a bit emosh. Crafting really is  great therapy – really good for the soul. So enough scrolling through Pinterest just get on and DO IT!

Shrovetide is upon us too and the shop will be closed for a few days. Have a lovely safe time and see you soon

Annie x

Jane made this lovely panel, not without gnashing of teeth .. but what a great piece of art to adorn your sofa!

Hello from Planet Betty’s

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Well so much for January being a slow month! The workshops have started with a vengeance, we’ve had some lovely new stock as well as lots of Liberty and a selection of new fabric from Art Gallery. The website is up and running with online payments for workshops, and this month we should be able to sell our fabric online too. The workshops are my favourite and it’s
Hi  been lovely to see all the creativity emerging from the workroom.

Free Machine Embroidery with Appliqué

Beautiful and simple fabric collage – reminds me of North Cornwall coastline

This Felted picture has been hand embellished using free machine embroidery! Stunning 🌟

Lovely inchies

I love these just beautiful – use up all those miniature treasures you can’t bear to bin – make an exquisite artwork.

The resident Elves have been busy making Valentine cards – £2.75 each or two for a fiver 😉

Go on treat yourself to a lovely unique and handmade card!

Also lots of lovely fabric packs. The Elves’ biggest achievement this month must be sorting and colour coordinating the buttons!

We had a few firsts this month – our first bullet journal session – this is a chance to get motivated and achieve our goals. We meet the first Tuesday of the month 10.30- 11.30am. Also ‘Stitchfulness’ – take time out and do a bit of embroidery in the moment – we meet the last Monday of each month 10.30-12. Both sessions are student led so only the cost of a cuppa.

We also have our regular Knit and Natter every Monday 10-12pm in the tearoom.

I need a large G&T having got to the end of this blog AND managing to insert photographs😳 maybe I don’t need a 14 year old to do it for me after all 😊

Have a great February keep warm



Brrrr.. it’s Chilly out there ❄️

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Two weeks back at work and it’s been lovely and warm in the shop with lots of activity going on. Our beginners sewing group has started, Quilt and Crochet groups have resumed and our new ‘Sewcial’ monthly sewing group, has begun. We had the first workshop of the year on Thursday with 6 people learning the delights of Free Machine Embroidery ! It sounds really cheesy but it is so nice to meet and connect with other creative people.
I’m busy planning lots of new workshops, and trying some new techniques to introduce to you such as sashiko and shabori.
We’ve had some new arrivals in the shop, a delivery of Liberty fabric, some beautiful Art Gallery Fabric and Tracy has brought us some more of her beautiful journals.
Check out our new website, all the workshops are there too and can be paid for securely online.
As I write this snow is coming down – it’s a cold January night, but this afternoon I noticed some snowdrops pushing up, and evenings are getting lighter. Keep warm everybody and have a great weekend.
Annie ✨

Happy New Year 2019

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I can’t quite believe another year has rolled around! I hope you all had a lovely relaxing Christmas and New Year celebrations. Despite Betty’s having been closed Julie and I (and a few helpful Elves) have been splashing on paint and giving the place a general freshen up.

I’ve also been planning workshops for you –  some old favourites and a few new ideas too, anything to keep the winter blues away. I’ve also been visiting a few textile companies and have decided to stock the Art Gallery Range of fabric, so keep an eye out for that. We’ve also just made another Liberty order, Liberty have put their prices up for the new year, but we can keep them down for our cherished customers  until the spring.

I’m looking forward to seeing you soon, the shop and tearoom open on Monday January 7th.

heres to a happy and safe 2019🥂

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