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And the winner of Our Great British Sewing Bee competition is…

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

We’ve had a fantastic response to the Great British Sewing Bee competition, which we ran to coincide with series two of the program. Hundreds of you entered via Facebook, our blog, twitter, instagram & pinterest. The over-whelming feeling was that not only did you really want that prize (!) but you also have been loving the Sewing Bee and your Tuesday evenings will be empty without it! Still at least you’ll now have time to sew up that dress you’ve always dreamt of making!

The prize was worth over £55 and included;

  • The Great British Sewing Bee book, “Sew Your Own Wardrobe”
  • Vintage Crafts Deluxe Sewing Kit, a beautifully illustrated tin complete with thimble, cottons, tape measure, needles, threader, safety pins, thread picker, scissors & pin cushion!
  • Vintage Crafts Travel Sewing Machine, perfect for quick repairs on the go. It comes already threaded and includes six bobbins with coloured thread & two spare needles.
  • Vintage Crafts Stork Scissors
  • Vintage Crafts Pins
  • Vintage Reds Fabric Buttons

So here’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for; the big announcement! The winner of our Great British Sewing Bee Competition is…
@Suziela on Instagram!  Congratulations Sue, we’re sure you’ll have fun with this beautiful prize!

We regularly run competitions & offers on Facebook, our blog, twitter, instagram & pinterest, so if you would like to be kept up to date with the giveaways and offers, please feel free to follow us on these formats & sign up to our mailing list.

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Our Great British Sewing Bee Competition Prize: The Sew Your Own Wardrobe book & Vintage Crafts goodies worth over £56!

 

 

Our Great British Sewing Bee Competition (series two!)

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

So, like us have you been glued to the TV between 8 and 9pm on a Tuesday night, admiring the talents of the Great British Sewing Bee competitors and wincing at the complexity of projects that involved stretch fabric and silk?! We’re loving this series even more than the first and to celebrate the fact that overlockers, hemming & peplums are being discussed on prime time television (!) we have launched another Great British Sewing Bee competition! The one we launched during the first series was such a success and this years is already proofing to be even more popular! Hoorah for all you crafty stitchers out there!

The prize includes the new Great British Sewing Bee book, “The Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe”, worth £25 (which accompanies the current series of the show) plus lots of other Vintage Crafts goodies from Cloth-ears, worth in total over £56!

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Just some of the prizes on offer: The Great British Sewing Bee book & Vintage Crafts Goodies

The hardback book comes complete with how-to guides perfect for both beginners and experts. It also comes with five full-sized sewing pattern sheets with dress sizes ranging from 8-18.

The book has an amazing selection of projects, featuring on a core collection of wardrobe essentials. It also includes projects for men, small children and babies. The inspiring photography and easy to understand instructions will have you creating a capsule wardrobe in no time!

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The Great British Sewing Bee book

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Yoke Skirt Pattern: The Great British Sewing Bee book

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Baby Sewing Pattern

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Enclosed Seams: The Great British Sewing Bee book

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The Great British Sewing Bee book

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1960s Coat Sewing Pattern

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The Great British Sewing Bee book

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Our Great British Sewing Bee Competition Prize: The Sewing Bee book & Vintage Crafts goodies worth over £56!

The prize also includes many items from our wonderful new Vintage Crafts range. We have included the Vintage Crafts Deluxe Sewing Kit, a beautifully illustrated tin complete with thimble, cottons, tape measure, needles, threader, safety pins, thread picker, scissors & pin cushion! The prize also includes the Vintage Crafts Travel Sewing Machine, perfect for quick repairs on the go. It comes already threaded and includes six bobbins with coloured thread & two spare needles. The Vintage Crafts Stork Scissors, Vintage Crafts Pins & Vintage Reds Fabric Buttons complete the prize package! The prize in total is worth over £55!

There are five ways to enter and the more you do, the more chance you have of winning!

You can:

Comment on this blog post

click here to share, like & comment on our facebook page

click here to retweet our Sewing Bee Competition tweet via twitter

click here to pin our special competition image from our pinterest page (remember to use the hashtags #GBSBcomp2 & #competition plus @cloth_ears to include us in the repost)

repost our competion picture from our instagram page (remember to use the hashtags #GBSBcomp1 & #GBSB plus @cloth_ears to include us in the repost)

Good luck!

Terms:
1. Due to high postage costs, this competition is open to UK customers only and the competition prize will only be dispatched to a UK address.
2. The competition ends 9am on the 10th of April 2014.
3. The winner will be announced on Thursday 10th of April 2014 on our blog www.cloth-ears.co.uk/blog

 

Create Showstoppers with our fourth Great British Bake Off Competition!

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

The tension is building as we get ever closer to the Bake Off final! Who’s your fave to win? We still think Frances could go all the way, she is now producing not just visually creative bakes but mouth-watering ones too and of course, we still love Ruby.

So how would you like to “Turn Everyday Bakes into Showstoppers”? Well, you can with the wonderful prizes in our fourth Great British Bake Off Competition! This time we are giving away a Bake Off Showstopper book & one of our Classic Puddings framed prints!

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There are five ways to enter and the more you do, the more chance you have of winning!

You can:

Comment on this blog post

click here to share & comment on our facebook page

click here to retweet our competition tweet via twitter

click here to pin our special competition image from our pinterest page (remember to use the hashtags #GBBOcomp3 & #competition plus @cloth_ears to include us in the repost)

click here to repost our competion picture from our instagram page (remember to use the hashtags #GBBOcomp3 & #GBBO plus @cloth_ears to include us in the repost)

The winner will be announced after episode nine on the 16th of October and then we will launch yet another Bake Off competition.

Good luck and happy baking!

* Due to high postage costs this competition is only available to entries from the UK

Avoid A Soggy Bottom with our Third Great British Bake Off competition!

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Are you an avid viewer of the Great British Bake Off? Do you want to be a star baker but always find you’re left with flat meringues, tough biscuits, stodgy cakes and brittle pastry? Well, help is at hand with our new Bake Off competition prize! The Bake Off “How To Avoid A Soggy Bottom, and other secrets to a good homebake” book is a helpful guide to achieving perfection. Set out in a helpful question and answer format, the book is also beautifully illustrated and is an in-depth guide for bakers of all abilities. Also included in the competition prize is one of our lovely “Everything Stops For Tea” framed prints, which can adorn your wall as you sip tea and munch through your baking delights!

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The Great British Bake Off – Competition Three
Win a “How To Avoid A Soggy Bottom” book and a Everything Stops For Tea framed print

There are five ways to enter and the more you do, the more chance you have of winning!

You can:

Comment on this blog post

click here to share & comment on our facebook page

click here to retweet our competition tweet via twitter

click here to pin our special competition image from our pinterest page (remember to use the hashtags #GBBOcomp3 & #competition plus @cloth_ears to include us in the repost)

click here to repost our competion picture from our instagram page (remember to use the hashtags #GBBOcomp3 & #GBBO plus @cloth_ears to include us in the repost)

The winner will be announced after episode seven on the 3rd of October and then we will launch yet another Bake Off competition.

Good luck and happy baking!

* Due to high postage costs this competition is only available to entries from the UK

Our second Great British Bake Off Competition!

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

We’re just loving the Great British Bake Off. Three episodes in and we’re already hooked. Who’s your favourite baker? We kind of love them all, but we especially love Ruby – such great skill, she’s twenty years old and she’s only been baking since going to university! We adore Frances creative presentation, she shines during the Showstopper rounds. If a publishing house hasn’t snapped Frances up for a cake decorating book yet, we’d be very surprised. Howard’s a darling and his precision to decoration is incredible. We also love Rob’s scientific appraoch to all things bake. Our tip for the top though is Kimberley; unflappable, creative & knowledgeable, she will surely be in the final, if not the winner.

We are now launching our second Bake Off competition! The prize is a copy of the Bake Off book, “How to Bake: The Perfect Victoria Sponge and Other Baking Secrets”, plus a gorgeous Folklore cake stand to display all your homebakes on.

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The Great British Bake Off – Competition Two
Win the Bake Off book “How To Bake”, plus a Folklore cake stand!

There are five ways to enter and the more you do, the more chance you have of winning!

You can:

Comment on this blog post

click here to share & comment on our facebook page

click here to retweet our competition tweet via twitter

click here to pin our special competition image from our pinterest page (remember to use the hashtags #GBBOcomp2 & #competition plus @cloth_ears to include us in the repost)

click here to repost our competion picture from our instagram page (remember to use the hashtags #GBBOcomp2 & #GBBO plus @cloth_ears to include us in the repost)

The winner will be announced shortly after episode five on the 19th of September and then we will launch yet another Bake Off competition.

Good luck and happy baking!

* Due to high postage costs this competition is only available to entries from the UK

The Great British Bake Off Competitions!

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

We are so excited that this evening a new series of The Great British Bake Off is due to start on BBC2! We love the banter between judges Mary Berry & Paul Hollywood, the mistakes & joys of the baking and Mel & Sue’s silly comedy.

To celebrate the program’s return, we will be running a series of mouth-watering competitions. The first competition is to win a copy of the latest Bake Off book, ‘The Great British Bake Off Everyday’ which contains recipes and tips for over 100 Foolproof Bakes. The prize also includes a set of three Regency cake tins, which have a beautiful vintage feel to them and will be the perfect place to store your cupcakes, flans, biscuits and all baking delights, assuming they are not eaten in one go by your hungry friends and family!

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The Great British Bake Off – Competition One
Win beautiful baking prices in our series of competitions!

There are five ways to enter and the more you do, the more chance you have of winning!

You can:

Comment on this blog post

click here to share & comment on our facebook page

click here to retweet our competition tweet via twitter

click here to pin our special competition image from our pinterest page (remember to use the hashtags #GBBOcomp1 & #competition plus @cloth_ears to include us in the repost)

click here to repost our competion picture from our instagram page (remember to use the hashtags #GBBOcomp1 & #GBBO plus @cloth_ears to include us in the repost)

The winner will be announced shortly after episode three on the 3rd of September and then we will launch yet another Bake Off competition.

Good luck and happy baking!

* Due to high postage costs this competition is only available to entries from the UK

We love The Great British Sewing Bee!

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

We’re loving the new BBC series The Great British Sewing Bee and we’ve already made the Victoria Sandwich that will accompany the pot of tea we will enjoy whilst watching the semi-final this evening! We’re a little upset that the series was only four episodes long though (it will be ending next week with the grand final!). Perhaps the BBC are just testing the water with this first series and then will give it more air time in the future, after all the Great British Bake Off (another fave at Cloth-ears) didn’t really grip the nation until series two, did it?

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The Great British Sewing Bee book that accompanies the BBC TV Series,
can be won in our current competition, along with other sewing goodies!

If you haven’t been watching, here’s why we enjoy it so. Firstly, it’s presented by the lovable Claudia Winkleman, with her puppy-dog enthusiasm and her cheeky wit – what’s not to love there?

And like the Great British Bake-Off (GBSB is made by the same production company), it features passionate amateurs competing to be crowned the winner, with an elimination of one or two contestants each week.

The eight keen sewers on the show are an interesting mix of characters including Mark, an HGV driver by day and a lover, wearer and creater of historically authentic clothing in his spare time! (Unfortunately, Mark left the program last week, but oh my, that dress he created in episode one – what a corker!).

Ann is a grandmother of seven, a wonderful woman who has been sewing for herself and her family for over 75 years, having begun her love of crafting at the tender age of six when she made clothes for her dolls.

Tilly, is a Film Festival Project Manager and has a handmade wardrobe which we are extremely envious of. You can read about her creations and even buy her patterns on her blog, Tilly & the Buttons, which is rather delightful and worth checking out.

Sandra, like Ann is another accomplished seamstress. Apparently though it was her daughters who contacted the show on her behalf, as she lacks confidence in her ability. She has an old suitcase brimming with vintage patterns passed down from her mum and grandmothers.

Stuart was inspired to start sewing when he moved into his first home and has since produced curtains, cushions and quilts. What he lacks in skill, he gains in creativity and enthusiasm.

And then there’s Lauren, who has also been sewing since child-hood. She’s our tip to be crowned Queen Bee. She wants one day to open a haberdashery, which judging by her blog Guthrie & Ghani is a dream very nearly realised.

The Judges are May Martin from the Women’s Institute and Savile Row’s Patrick Grant, who “scrutinise our sewers’ every stitch as they look out for puckering seam lines and perfect top stitching.”

We have been enjoying creating a pinterest board for The Great British Sewing Bee It’s been alot of fun. Has anyone else out there been doing the same? If so, we’d love to see them.

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Our Great Brtish Sewing Bee Pinterest board

Peppered throughout the show are guides to simple sewing projects and interesting historical insights, including the influence of Beau Brummel on gentlemen’s fashion. The show really inspires the viewer to pick up some lovely fabric, re-thread the sewing machine and get creating.

If you have missed any of The Great British Sewing Bee episodes or just want to rewatch them, you can still catch up with all of the episodes on the BBC website at this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0165nv7

There’s even a great book that accompanies the TV series which we reviewed in our blog post yesterday. The Great British Sewing Bee book is published by Quadrille and is priced £20.00. For the chance to win a copy and some other sewing goodies, why not enter our Great British Sewing Bee competition?

So which creative is going to win the title? Our tip for the top is Lauren. We think she has the right mix of sewing skill and creativity. If she can hold back the nerves and tears (however we’ve seen preview snippets of the semi-final, poor love!), we think she can go all the way! What do you think?

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Our Great British Sewing Bee competition prizes –
The book that accompanies the TV series, three metres of our Paris in Springtime fabric & a Deluxe Doily Sewing Kit!

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Our Great British Sewing Bee Pinterest board

The Great British Sewing Bee Competition

Monday, April 15th, 2013

To celebrate the brilliant BBC series The Great British Sewing Bee we are launching a fantastic competition to urge all you budding sewing enthusiasts to get out your sewing machines and create.

We have a hardback copy of the wonderful book that accompanies the series to give away, plus three metres of our gorgeous Springtime In Paris Michael Miller cotton fabric – perfect for making the Prom Dress featured inside the book. And to complete the prize a Doily Deluxe Sewing Kit including cotton, scissors, thimble, tape measure, buttons, pin cushion and more!

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Competition prizes! A hardback copy of The Great British Sewing Bee book,
plus a Doily Deluxe Sewing Kit including cotton, scissors, thimble, tape measure, buttons, pin cushion and more!

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We are also giving away three metres of our gorgeous Springtime In Paris Michael Miller cotton fabric
– perfect for making the Prom Dress featured on page 160 of The Great British Sewing Bee book!

The Great British Sewing Bee book is full of great tips for all your sewing challenges and is “the definitive guide for the amateur sewer”. It’s full of step-by-step diagrams and instructions on basic sewing skills like tacking, slipstitch, hems, seams, overlocking, darts, gathering, inserting zips, making & applying bias binding & buttonholes. It also includes interesting sections on the history of sewing, a guide to the Tools of the Trade, tips on using your sewing machine, understanding paper patterns, finding fabrics, trimmings & fastenings and as if that wasn’t enough, there are patterns and instructions for 28 wonderful sewing projects, including the lovely button-back blouse (as created by contestant Tilly in episode two), a tea dress, cushions, a pencil skirt, curtains, roman blinds and so much more!

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The Great British Sewing Bee Book – Beautifully illustrated with Vintage Sewing imagery

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The Great British Sewing Bee book is full of great tips for all your sewing challenges. With step-by-step diagrams and instructions on tacking, slipstitch, hems, seams, overlocking, darts, gathering, inserting zips, making & applying bias binding & buttonholes!

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The Great British Sewing Bee book is “the definitive guide for the amateur sewer”

 

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How great would this Cook’s Apron look in our Fifties Kitchen Michael Miller fabric?
The pattern and instructions are on page 154 of The Great British Sewing Bee Book

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The Great British Sewing Bee Book features all the contestants from this series and
includes forewords from the two judges, Patrick Grant & May Martin

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Inspiring ribbon selections in The Great British Sewing Bee Book

If you have missed any of The Great British Sewing Bee episodes or just want to rewatch them, you can still catch up with all of the episodes on the BBC website at this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0165nv7

The Great British Sewing Bee book is published by Quadrille and is priced £20.00.
The Springtime in Paris Michael Miller Cotton Fabric is available from us at www.cloth-ears.co.uk priced £5.99 per half metre and the Doily Deluxe Sewing Kit is priced £13.99, also available from us at www.cloth-ears.co.uk

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There are four ways to win all these goodies in our Great British Sewing Bee competition!
Retweet, like & comment on Facebook, Repin via Pinterest or comment on this blog post!
Do all four and increase your chances of winning!

“So how can I enter this wonderful competition”, we hear you cry!

Well it couldn’t be easier. There are four ways and if you use all four options you even increase your chance of winning!

You can like & comment on our Great British Sewing Bee image on our facebook page:

You can retweet our competition tweet #GBSB #GBSBcomp : https://twitter.com/cloth_ears

You can repin our pinterest Great British Sewing Bee competition image:http://pinterest.com/pin/97742254385437470/

And you can comment on this blog post!

The winner will be announced shortly after the final of The Great British Sewing Bee which will be broadcast on BBC2 at 8pm on Tuesday 23rd April 2013.
Please note: We regret that we will be unable to dispatch this competition prize outside of the UK.