Wednesday Lunchtime Sewing in Ipswich

Are your lunchtimes a little same same? Why not join us for a little midday sewing (in the warm and dry). Every Wednesday lunchtime we settle down with a different project like the silk fish below, and enjoy some creativity. Just come and join us, no booking required.

Where? Crafty Baba, 32 St Peters Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1XB

When? 12.15-1pm every Wednesday

How much? £4 per person including materials




fabrics-001We’re all a bit guilty of hoarding a bit more fabric and yarn than perhaps we ought to, I know a few ladies who can scarcely confess to their partners the extent of their stash (but will gladly give you a guided tour!). To try and alleviate the guilt, we will be holding another one of our glorious SWISHING! afternoons and you are cordially invited.

Swishing is when you bring a few items you can bear to part with, be they fabric, yarn or haberdashery, and swap it for something you do want. Don’t have anything to bring? That’s fine, just pop a modest donation in the charity jar (this year we are supporting Papworth Hospital Trust).

The date is Sunday 23rd March

Place is 41 North Hill Road, Ipswich

Time is 2-4pm



The Great London Sewing Crawl-26th October

One thing lacking in Suffolk  (only one for a blog should be brief) is a really good place to buy fabric and haberdashery, by which i mean somewhere with a mixture of good quality with bargains with fun fabrics and a really excellent range of haberdashery. It is with this in mind we are holding our first Great London Sewing Crawl to plug the gap.

You are cordially invited to board the sewing bus and come on a magical mystery tour of my favourite London haunts. Those places that sell fabric for 50p a metre and where they pile the ribbons high. We will also be stepping out into some of the more discerning emporiums before finishing with a cheeky drink by the Thames to compare bargains before heading home.

Want to come with? It’s £25 for a seat on the bus and no obligation to buy. Strictly no little people, this is an adult only affair. Sign up here

Just 15 seats available.

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Women in Wool part I

Starting the series, Women in Wool is an introduction to a lady I would regard as having been rather influential in modern knitting trends in the UK.


Despite her tender years, Laura Parkinson has quite a following. She runs a successful blog, writes for Knitting magazine and somehow finds time to be a mum too. I asked her where it all began….

As for so many of us knitters, Laura’s mum was a major influence in getting her started, teaching her to cast on and make squares at the age of five (if Laura is anything like me, she’ll still have a few of these kicking around!). As time went on though, the knitting got put aside for her teenage pursuits only to stage a comeback whilst she was at university. “I needed a hobby” she said, “and knitting seemed a natural thing to pick up again”.


Picking up where she left off Laura got herself a copy of one of my favourite magazines, Rowan, and ambitiously started making a pair of arm warmers in lace yarn with a cabled pattern, something that even many experienced knitters would shy away from. Her infectious enthusiasm soon wore off on friends and she started a London branch of the famous Stitch & Bitch knitting group. It soon snowballed into a 3000 strong membership of ‘Stitchettes’ as they are known.


As a mum and wife, Laura gradually stepped back from the group to write for Knitting magazine where the column ‘Purl About Town‘ was born. She now comments on social trends in the world of knitting so I asked her what she thought would be in season in 2013. “Garter stitch is still very much here to stay. It used to be a beginner’s stitch but it’s having a revival. Cables too are very much in, make them big and heavy!”. I asked her about the trend for more adventurous knitwear for men on the high street “Greys and vivid yellow hues are very much now for men. I am enjoying seeing pastels too”.

Read more of Laura’s blog here


Fabric Sale in Ipswich 20th October

So we all love a bargain right? Me included. Well fabric just seems to be getting more and more expensive lately, especially locally, so we’re taking advantage of some bulk discounts and a bit of sweet talking and holding a one-day fabric sale in Ipswich.

We have around fifty gorgeous fabrics for sale as well as 1,500 pretty buttons, ribbons and other bits and pieces we thought might be useful (threads, that kind of thing). We have Liberty prints and jerseys, Egyptian cotton and muslin, in short, a bit of everything and all at thrifty prices.

If you would like to come, leave your details via our website and grab a free bag of pretty buttons (leaving your details helps us know how many people to expect!).

Looking forward to seeing you.

Making your own cloth nappies

Sometimes I think my daughter just has the most beautiful bottom in the whole world and I can barely bring myself to cover it. Then there’s a little widdle on the carpet and I am brought back to my senses. We have been using a mixture of cloth and disposable nappies for the past 18 months but I have found that the cloth nappies we use are a bit, well, dull. They do the job but they’re bulky and not terribly glamorous. So I set to work designing something better and have come up with these!

This weekend I’m running my first nappy making course to teach other mums how to make their own creations. It’s pretty simple and quick to do (and we still have one space left if anyone wants to join us in Suffolk on Saturday!) and I’m looking forwared to show casing the result.

For more details check out the website at