#GBSBLive! Instagram story take-over with Miss Libby Rose

What a fun day taking over the Great British Sewing Bee Live! Instagram today… despite any technical hitches I had a ball!

Story 1: Welcome to Greenwich riverside, it’s so lovely to start the day by the river which is just around the corner from my house. Even if Elliot the Pug is a little ‘bark-a-lot’ it still starts my day off with the peace and serenity that only water and being on the river can bring to me. So here’s a little Hello video from me…

Story 2: After my morning swim and walks, let’s get the bus all set up for a day of sewing. Here’s a little intro to my world of sewing and the Pink Sewing Bus. As I am on video today there’s no need to set up all the machines as I normally would for a day of teaching – today is all about cameras, lighting, my nearest and dearest sewing machines – oh and the pug when he chooses to join me 🙂

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Story 3: After a lunch break and walks again I am back on the bus with some fun embroidery and words of wisdom from me! I am here to tell you about the other classes I am doing including the Simplicity Pattern Hack!
Plus I am setting up the embroidery machine to show you how it’s done – don’t forget #sewingmakesyousmile!

Story 4: We are looking at the Janome Embroidery machine:  Memorycraft 350e and making some fabulous embroidery words on fabric.

#sewingmakesyousmile #embroidery

Story 5: A little goodbye from me! we finish off our embroidery and chat about my next Facebook Live event for the @theGBSBLIVE event! See my post 1st September all about stretch!

How to trust in your ideas and this ‘new way’ of life / work / play

So I haven’t blogged in a while. I could make all the excuses in the world, but the main thing is.. I AM BACK and on it!

There has been so much going on including the Scotland sewing tour which was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G but for now I wanted to get this out there. There has been major shifts that seem to be going on all around me, people changing direction in there business, changing jobs, starting new hobbies and really interesting ‘shifts’ including even the government talking about the new way in which we are all working differently and how employment laws need to start to changing to suit the way we work now.

No longer are people solely working part time / full time or living in the 9-5 world and staying that way from start to retire. We are starting businesses from home, helping others out virtually and this largely discussed ‘Gig economy’ – if you’d like to hear more about this new economy, do check out Radio 4’s Money box Live episode here:- http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08xbhgy

As a result of these evolving shifts in the way we work, live and this ‘new way’ we need to keep our bodies and wellbeing tuned in and in good working order so we are on form to deal with all that life, love and work throws at us.

All this talk had led me to have a meet-up this week with my good friend & mentor Natalee Tucker. We generally meet once a month for her group in Bexleyheath – Absolute Business Confidence.  But this month we decided to meet in-between for cups of tea and generally chatting things through…

The theme coming up in her Septembers meeting is ‘Trust’ and this is a topic that is so close to my heart. Belief and trust in the unknown is one of the scariest yet wonderful parts of life and living in this ‘new way’ of life / work balance. It is something that I know I work on as a daily practice. So we decided that at the ABC meeting in September I could do a 1-hour take over! Talking about my journey, how we can use ‘trust’ in our everyday lives including work / health and finance.

If you would like to come along to this mini mastermind meet up and watch me with my ‘business head on’ in action and if you could do with some help, support, empowerment, inspiration, clarity, practical advice on trust. Or just a group of amazing women to hang out with. Check out the link here and book on! It’s totally free for your first time!



As total synchronicity would have it, after our meet up in the cafe, I went on to my facebook feed to see this gorgeous dance from the Ballroom Dance Tube learning how to ‘Give Weight’ and ‘Trust’ in dance. I know we are on the right track and I cant wait to apply this and talk Business ‘trust’ with you!

Mycenae Gardens Summer fun at #Parksfest

The yearly event of #Parksfest signals the start of the summer holidays for us and boy did we do this in style!
All ages gathered at the Pink Sewing bus to create fabulously floppy hats.

Aside from the sewing, there was of course a lot more going on at the extravaganza!

Kerry on Dancing and her dancing school Music & more!

Creative Careers, Inspiring Kids & a new record for the Pink Sewing Bus!

This week has been all about Community and Inspiration. Monday  & Thursday I’ve been invited back to Wandsworth for  community sewing as part of the ‘Wandsworth Lifelong Learning – Festival of Learning’ I always find these sessions in public spaces around the area full of surprises while I add a sparkle of glitter to the streets of South West London

Tuesday was a day in a school in Wimbledon for a ‘Cultivate Routes – creative careers workshop’ I must admit I was a bit nervous talking and sewing with 28 kids for the day, but I needn’t have been. The day started with me unloading the Pink Sewing Bus into the classroom in advance of the kids starting the day! I had pre-cut white fabric squares and after a small presentation of ‘about me’ my journey to date, the pink sewing bus, how I get inspired, Architecture and fashion we had some fun playing with the sewing machines and before break time all piled into the pink bus for fun! and yes, we set a new record fitting 20 kids inside!

After a break we set to work creating and designing around the white fabric squares with the theme ‘London and Beyond’ we got busy drawing, cutting fabrics and using ‘Bondaweb Vliesofix’ to fix our applique pictures to the squares and then get sewing! The results were inspired and all so different – see the images of the whole piece of artwork finished result with of course the added brilliance of the janome embroidery!

Sewing with the wives and the #sewingtour begins!

This weeks adventures took me along to the Woldingham Wives group to give a talk on sewing to a wonderful group of women who meet once a month.  My lovely friend Norma Vondee (mosaic artist) had put my name forward and I felt so honoured to be a part of this lovely group for the day. I decided to base my talk around the Pink Bus (obvs!!) and discuss the meaning of why I set up this travelling sewing workshop and my sense for using sewing as a mindful tool.  I explained how the big reason I love teaching is actually not just about teaching the skills of sewing & craft (which I do love) I wanted to make a point that it actually isn’t about the sewing…

I’ve worked with people from all walks of life and the same theme runs throughout: confidence in oneself and in ones ability! I have taught in childrens centres, housing associations, community centres, childrens parties, adults hen parties, and the list goes on… What i see is a transformation…. it’s about sitting in a group and using the tools of sewing to create a space to talk openly and wholeheartedly in a safe and fun space.   People feel more inclined to chat and feel better when there hands are busy doing an activity.   It fills my heart with joy that I am starting to hear more and more involvement in crafts into the health sector.   I believe that Sewing is indeed a mindful practice and I am using the Pink Sewing Bus as a tool to get people on board to spread this message.

The vision was and still is to open up to a wide audience and to create even more of a community spirit especially within hard to reach areas.  I started this blog and called it ‘Sewing Stories’ and this is aimed at expanding community knowledge, showing how joining in with art and craft together brings out stories, and I am currently in the looong process of writing a book that is dedicated to telling these stories and inspiring others that Sewing is indeed a mindful activity.

Another tool for this is the fabulous embroidery machine courteous of Janome, I have been embroidering empowering and fun slogans into the sewing projects. Everyone from Kids to Adults can choose a quirky slogan such as ‘happy heart’ to make lavender heart bunting or even ‘singing in the rain’ on a purse. These small offerings as part of a class are there to spread this message plus as a prompt and conversation starter.

I also love to use the hashtag #sewingmakesyousmile on social media, so do use this in your practice if sewing does make you smile – not only from the outside but from within!

I had a lovely time starting the Hobbycraft Store visits last week in Woking. If you’d like to join me on the Pink Bus for a lovely price of £10 a session plus a £5 Hobbycraft voucher to spend in store… do check out the full listings here:  http://www.misslibbyrose.com/hobbycraft-store-visits/

Reasons to be cheerful:
1. Giving the talk to a great response and spreading my message!

2. Pink Bus Birthday coming up… Turning 1 (more details in another post when confirmed)

3. #sewingmakesyousmile