Join my free knitting workshop at The Clayshed’s Big Vintage Festival!

Dapper Knitted Bow Tie

Calling all vintage lovers in the North East of England! Britain Does Vintage are bringing their latest festival to Newcastle and I’m very excited to be joining them for what promises to be a very special day.

The Clayshed’s Big Vintage Festival will take place on 23rd April at Hoults Yard in the Ouseburn – you’ll find lots of traders of course, but also vintage entertainers, a beauty bar, street foods, a tearoom… and that’s not all! You’ll also be able to take part in free workshops, including my Dapper Knitted Bow Tie Workshop – eeek!

I’ll be running the workshop at 12pm and 3pm. Spaces are limited, so if you’d like to learn how to make a super easy and retro bow tie, all you have to do is email

You’ll also be able to buy vintage themed knitted accessories – bow ties of course, peter pan collars, hair bows, macramé and more – at my Julie & The Knits stand. Please come and say hello!

The Clayshed’s Big Vintage Festival, NewcastleDapper Knitted Bow Tie

Dapper Dog Bow Knitted Tie
My dog Spike & his very own dapper bow tie!

I’m really looking forward to this event and hope to see many of you there!

For more info, visit the Clayshed’s Big Vintage Festival info page and follow the latest news on Facebook and Twitter.

Crafternoon with Hillarys


As many of you know, I live in the beautiful city of Newcastle upon Tyne in the UK. Since my friend Shivani started blogging about local life over at Cloud In A Teacup and taking me to lots of lovely events, I’ve been on the hunt for crafts-related events – without much luck. Imagine my delight when, back in February, an email from blogger network Joe Blogs popped up in my inbox inviting me to a crafts workshop. Hallelujah!

I, along with about 30 North East bloggers, attended #HillarysCrafternoon last Saturday and it was absolutely brilliant. Using beautiful fabrics from Hillary’s new collection (set to launch this month) and with the help of Clare & Hannah from The Crafty Hen, we started by making a notebook cover. My eyes were set on a geometric pattern fabric from the minute I walked into the room, so I obviously picked it as well as a little bit of ribbon. It’s not a Julie notebook unless it has got a bow on it!


There was a cute selection of embellishments to pick from – everyone got very excited about using the glue gun, because GLUE GUNS ARE SO MUCH FUN! Look at all these pretty notebooks!

We were then asked to make a 3D bird using more pretty fabric, needle & thread and a little bit of stuffing. It was A LOT more challenging than the notebook cover, but very entertaining. Note to self: definitely need more practice with the running stitch.


Hillarys Blinds have been running a series of workshops across the country as a way to promote their new range of fabrics – you can read more about their craft roadshow here. They put together a fantastic creative team to ensure that, regardless of your sewing skills, you get all the help you need and most importantly, have fun!

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Hillarys Crafternoons are a wonderful way of learning new skills and spending quality time with creative peeps and bloggers. Let’s hope they inspire other companies to come up with more creative blogger events – we want more!