The first 74 days.

Hello everyone.

It has been 74 days now since we set up The Sewing Parlour at reMADE DXB and what a 74 days it has been.

We have spent uncountable hours developing our business online via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter but have (much to our chagrin) neglected our lovely blog.  NO MORE!  We are going to blog like blogging has never been done before and wow you all with our genius creativity, general good humour and sheer niceness.

I guess you need to be brought up to speed with what we have achieved over the last 74 amazing days.  Well, we have been in the press a few times you know (we believe our own PR and tell each other every day how fabulous we are) and the response has been hugely positive and life affirming.  We were meant to do this.  All paths lead to The Sewing Parlour so we can safely say that we are both ‘in our element‘ and loving it.

The only downside to being so fabulous is that we haven’t had a huge amount of time to actually make stuff.  Every now and then the urge gets too strong and we have to get out a sewing machine and make something – anything!  Do you ever get that feeling?

We laugh a lot (mostly at our own jokes) and think that there is a reality tv show in there somewhere and are considering buying shares in Lancome because we regularly cry our mascara off due to extensive bouts of hilarity.

We think, make lists, email people, have flashes of creative genius, drink tea and eat Hobnobs and yes, we run workshops too.

What topics have we covered so far?  Silver jewellery, decoupage, introduction to hand sewing, jewellery making using semi precious stones and traditional pearl knotting techniques, book binding, recycling your old costume jewellery, cushion making,  embroidery hoop art, making shabby chic egg cosies, making aprons, bunting mania and have other topics in the pipeline.

Is there anything in particular that you would like to learn?  We are always on the lookout for new guest tutors who are expert at their craft and have the ability to pass knowledge on to other people.

Do feel free to pop along for a cuppa and a Hobnob (even if it takes you three days to get here from Outer Mongolia) and you will be sure to find a warm welcome.  Lastly for today we would like to thank each and every one of you who has been supportive of us during our first three months – we love you and appreciate you.

Lastly for today we would like to  Image

Do you like to embroider?

We just loved this sweet Mexican lady the minute we saw her and one day we WILL get around to it.

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We think it would look great on a cushion cover, as embroidery hoop wall art or just in a regular frame.  What do you think?


Here is Floresita’s finished Mexican lady  – we have a long way to go till we are this skillful!

This pretty Mexican lady is just one of hundreds of embroidery transfers on which Floresita has lovingly sourced.  Thanks Floresita for doing the hardwork so we can enjoy ourselves!



The Sewing Parlour @reMADE DXB is open for business.

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We have been waiting for today for what seems like an age but in fact it is only a matter of a few weeks. Claudia, who owns the space within which we are located, contacted us early in the new year and at first we thought the deal she was offering us was too good to be true and we wanted to be part of it straight away.  The first hoop we had to jump through was being interviewed by Claudia where we had to convince her we were right for her creative vision. The couple of days we had to wait for her decision were a very long two days but eventually we got the answer we were waiting for so we squealed a bit before we calmed down and tried to be grown up about it all. Seven weeks later, after being VERY grown up, building a business plan with projections of profit and loss, culling our ideas for creative workshops to 10,000 instead of 25,000, we are finally here and can’t wait for the next few months to reveal themselves.

We will share more of our journey from kitchen table crafters to craft studio creative geniuses another day. 🙂

Wonderful needlework right here in Dubai.

Wonderful needlework right here in Dubai.

Can you embroider? reMADE DXB are learning and loving it. We love the work of Jessica Aldred, famous needlewoman and what she can do with a needle and thread is astonishing. Her silver needles flashes over the fabric and the outcome is something you want to touch, admire and OWN. The fabulous thing is, Jessica is based in Dubai! Find out more about her on her blog: