How to Build a Temporary Cold Room

Cold room

State of the Art Cooling Equipment for Your Temperature Control Needs

Plan your cold room project carefully. Focus on your objectives and only use a professional temperature control team who use VLTCs as standard.

Temporary cold rooms are often needed urgently – whether they’re to provide a chilled environment due to faulty refrigeration equipment, an alternate location during a refurbishment, or perhaps just to offer additional space on top of your current needs, it is challenging to create your own temporary cold room without specialist equipment.

Caterers, events companies and even funeral directors all rely on cold rooms in one way or another. Therefore, it is vital that anyone requiring the construction of such an environment does their research and uses professionals with high-quality equipment to create the desired effect and most importantly to reach the necessary temperature.

Plan Your Objectives

When designing your cold room, it is crucial to plan your objectives from the beginning of the project. Often, these are to keep and preserve stock without the risk of it defrosting and being spoiled. However, you will probably also have space requirements that need to be taken into consideration, as cold room rental space is usually minimal. Of course, you will also want as little disruption to your regular business operations as possible. This means that careful planning, particularly with regards to the location of your temporary cold room, needs to achieved.

The Advantages of VLTCs

Very low temperature fluid chillers, or VLTCs are regularly used by temperature control teams, as they are incredibly space-efficient and can be stacked on top of each other. They also require less ancillary equipment to reach and retain the set temperature.

Standard air-cooled chilling units do not offer the best chance of creating a cold room environment, and they are certainly not the most efficient option available to consumers. This is because by using them, you will need to use a lot of extra equipment, such as air handling units, to keep the room chilled. As a rule, the higher the chiller’s minimum fluid outlet temperature, the lower the chilling output, in kW, from the low temperature air handling unit. Therefore, additional air handlers must be used to keep that temperature dropping.

In comparison, VLTC units can go as low as -30C. In fact, the water-cooled units can even reach as far as -45C when combined with cooling towers or air-cooled chillers. Much less ancillary equipment is necessary to reach that desired temperature and keep it there.

Monitoring Your Cold Room

Depending on the duration of time that your cold room is due to be set up, it is crucial that the environment is monitored, so there is no risk of any equipment failing which could result in the temperature rising and potentially have a catastrophic effect on your business operations. Telemetry technology can be used to monitor all the cooling units from a remote location. This technology can perform diagnostic checks, check pump performance, fuel levels, consumption rates and observe load monitoring. Alerts will be sent back to the monitoring team who can then urgently dispatch engineers if required.

If you are in need of London generator hire and cooling systems professionals to build a temporary cold room for your business purposes, then always do your research and consult with temperature control professionals before committing to a project.

Paper Fast Becoming London’s Top Nightclub

Nightclub dancerAfter Eight Long Years, This Club is Back in The Capital

Once a celebrity hotspot, the recently relaunched Paper is becoming the hottest club in town once again.

It’s no secret that London is home to some of the best nightclubs in the world. Frequented by celebrities and royalty alike, the capital’s clubbing scene is one of its biggest attractions. One of London’s most popular clubs, Paper, was forced to close eight years ago. This left many devoted revellers devastated, as it was seen by many as the place to be on a Saturday night. Now though, the club has reopened in a fantastic location, and is fast overtaking its rivals to become the hottest club in town once more. Thanks to its popularity it’s difficult to get in – unless you’ve got your name down on the guest list.

An A-list pedigree

Back in the Noughties, Paper was the most exclusive club in town. Celebrities couldn’t get enough of it. If you managed to get in, you could expect to mingle with the likes of Jay Z, Beyonce, P Diddy and countless other movie and music stars. Keira Knightley even celebrated her 21st birthday there. Sadly, the club was forced to close in 2009 when the building it was located in was turned into a luxury five star hotel. As the years went on, other clubs went on to fill the gap Paper had left.  When it was announced that it would be reopening in 2017 though, everyone was excited. It was like it had never been away!

A great new location

Paper’s new location in Soho puts it right at the heart of London’s vibrant party district. Over one million pounds were spent on renovating the building and turning it into a world-class nightclub. So you can expect no holds barred glamour, luxury and sophistication when you step inside. There’s even a ground floor cocktail bar in the club called Dirty Harry’s. You could get your night started there before heading into Paper itself. It’s not been reopened for too long, but it’s already become the place to be seen. People are desperate to get in – and any self-respecting party animal knows that there’s only one way to get into a top club. Yes, you’ll need to get yourself on the guest list.

Getting on the guest list

Getting your name on the Paper guest list doesn’t have to be tricky. You don’t need to know the right people or to say a magic word at the door. You just need to get in touch with an exclusive guest list provider like Velvet PR. They’ll take care of everything – all you need to do is give them your details, the date you want to party the night away at Paper and how many people you’re bringing along. After that, you can just look forward to your night out at the hottest club in London.

Get ready to party at Paper

With your Paper guest list booking, you can enjoy some drinks at the VIP only Glass Bar. This is separate to the main clubbing area, and is the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks and socialise with your friends before hitting the dancefloor. When you’re sipping on cocktails in this exclusive bar, you’ll see that getting your name on that list does reap many rewards. So if you’re planning a night out in the capital, be sure to arrange an evening of fun at Paper!

How To Avoid Driveway Cowboys

granite sett driveEnsure a quality finish with a professional driveway contractor

Many people fall prey to unscrupulous contractors who leave behind unfinished or poor quality work. Here are our tips for avoiding these ‘driveway cowboys’.

So-called “cowboy builders” are a growing problem across the UK, with driveways appearing to be a magnet for these unscrupulous contractors. Work carried out by driveway cowboys is not guaranteed, and many people find themselves out of pocket and left with poor quality or unfinished work.

However, these types of contractors can be very persuasive, and it can seem like they’re offering you a great deal. But our hints and tips will help you avoid being taken in by driveway cowboys.

Don’t hire on the doorstep

One of the best ways to avoid driveway cowboys is to avoid hiring anybody who just shows up on your doorstep offering to start work there and then. Reputable contractors tend to be busy and so don’t need to solicit work in this way, and they will need a couple of weeks to plan the job and order in materials. Somebody who can start work ‘tomorrow’ is a sure sign of a cowboy, particularly if they ask for cash up front. Remember to stay firm – don’t be afraid to tell them to go away and close the door. If they become intimidating or start harassing you, call the police.

Ask For A Quality Finish

If you do need work doing on your driveway, take the time to search for a professional and trusted builder who will source their materials from a trusted stone supplier. This will give you access to better and more varied materials, such as different types of granite. For example, reclaimed granite setts offer a rustic look that is much more attractive than the bland block paving usually offered by driveway cowboys.

Get everything in writing

Don’t accept verbal estimates – if there are any disputes down the line you won’t have any proof of what was originally agreed. Ask for a written quote on headed paper that includes the business address and landline telephone number. Beware of anyone with just a mobile number as they can be difficult to trace if anything goes wrong. Ideally, before agreeing to any work, you should get written quotes from three different companies so that you can compare them with each other.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Commissioning work on your home is a big commitment, and any reputable contractor will be happy to help put your mind at ease. Ask them if they are prepared to provide a long term written guarantee of their work – and be wary of anyone who refuses or seems reluctant to do this. Contracting companies should also have a minimum of £1 million worth of public liability insurance, so make sure you also cover this in your list of questions. It’s also worth checking if the contractor is a member of a professional organisation or trade association. This in itself is no guarantee of quality, but it can often be an indicator that the contractor takes his trade seriously.

Do some digging

No, we’re not suggesting you pick up some tools and start working on your driveway yourself. What we are suggesting is that you take time to do some background research into the contractor. Search for them online to find out if they have a registered business address. If they have a website, you can also look for testimonials from satisfied customers. This search is also a good opportunity to check if the contractor or business is linked with any negative news stories – this can be a big warning flag!

If the contractor has told you that they are a member of a trade association, call up the association to check they are telling the truth. It’s also a good idea to ask the contractor for two references so that you can speak with previous customers and see examples of their work. Anyone who is reluctant to provide this information could well have something to hide.

Cheapest isn’t always best

Driveway contractors who show up on your doorstep often claim to be offering great value for money. But, remember, if a deal seems too good to be true, it usually is, so be careful not to fall into their trap.

By taking the time and effort to find a reputable contractor, you can be confident of getting a quality finish and a driveway that you can be proud of.

When Does Crossrail Open in Hornchurch?

Hornchurch high StreetHornchurch to benefit from opening of Crossrail

The opening of Crossrail is set to bring a number of benefits to the Essex town of Hornchurch – not least, a rise in property values.

Crossrail, one of Europe’s biggest infrastructure projects, is due to be introduced later this year. Running through the centre of London, from Reading in the West to Shenfield in the East, the development is set to bring more than 1.5m people within a 45-minute commute of London.

One area set to benefit from this new infrastructure development is the town of Hornchurch in the London Borough of Havering. While Hornchurch itself will not have a Crossrail station, the nearby stations of Romford, Gidea Park and Harold Wood will all form part of Crossrail’s Eastern Section. New trains are being introduced between Shenfield and Liverpool Street from May of this year, but the Crossrail route will fully open in December 2019, enabling passengers to travel through central London without having to change trains.

So, what can Hornchurch residents expect from Crossrail?

Shorter commuting times

The key objectives of the Crossrail project are to increase network capacity and significantly reduce journey times into the city.  From December 2019, trains into central London will run more regularly, with 12 operating per hour during peak times, and passengers will be able to travel from Romford to Liverpool Street in just 27 minutes, from Gidea Park in 29 minutes, and from Harold Wood in just over half an hour.

Station upgrades

Stations on the Crossrail route will also benefit from a planned programme of upgrades and improvements, including new lifts, extended platforms, improved ticket halls, better security measures, and new signage, information screens and customer help points. As well as these planned upgrades to the stations themselves, the proposals also include the creation of landscaped areas, improved integration with other public transport services, and, in the case of Romford, regeneration of the town centre and historic market place. In total, the London Borough of Havering is expected to reap total annual transport and economic benefits of over £43 million.

Investment opportunity

As well as the obvious benefits of shorter commuting times and station upgrades, estate agents in Hornchurch are also viewing the development as a great investment opportunity. Thanks to its good transport links into London, Hornchurch and its surrounding areas are already hugely popular with commuters. This popularity is only set to increase with the arrival of Crossrail and, as the demand for property increases, so will house prices.

Despite the route not yet being in operation, the so-called ‘Crossrail effect’ is already having an impact, with areas along the route reporting a surge in interest and in property prices. Asking prices for homes near Crossrail stations have increased by up to a third in the past 18 months, and experts predict that, on some sections of the line, they could increase by almost 45% by 2020.

In the past year alone, average house prices in Hornchurch reached £406,218 – a rise of 28% on 2014 prices. And with further significant value increases expected between now and the official launch of Crossrail, this vibrant Essex commuter town could offer fantastic investment opportunities for home buyers and property developers alike.

Why Health And Safety Signage Is Important To Your Business

Safety signs

It is important to have correct health and safety signage implemented into the workplace. It helps to inform and instruct employees and the public, prevent accidents from occurring and in some scenarios, prevent death.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) there were 144 UK workers killed at work between 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2016. A figure that should be much lower with the correct health and safety signs implemented into the workplace.

In November 2016, the annual statistics report was released by HSE, which outlined information about workplace-related injuries and illnesses. The statistics showed that there were 1.3 million people suffering from a work-related illness, over 621,000 work-related injuries and 2,515 people died from mesothelioma – an illness brought on from asbestos exposure.

There is a correlation between the introduction of safety signage and a reduction in the number of accidents. To ensure safety in the workplace, the first step is being able to alert people to any dangers in the workplace, and to have a compliant sign in place to notify people of the danger. There are hundreds and hundreds of signs available online for all types of hazards, emergencies and dangers.

It is essential for businesses to have up-to-date signage. If incorrect signage, or no signage, is in place then it could lead to extensive fines or serious consequences, including prison sentences, personal injuries or even loss of life. These guidelines and consequences are enforced by the HSE.

Health and safety signs are important for all types of businesses. If the business is open to the public, then health and safety has to be one of your top priorities. It is the job of every employer to keep their staff safe at work.

It is important to use the correct health and safety signs in the workplace, to ensure everyone abides by the rules and understands potential hazards in the workplace. Important signs to implement include fire exit signs, hazard signs, prohibition signs, first aid and safety signs and fire action notice, to name just a few.

Having the correct health and safety signs in the workplace is important to abide by the Health and Safety Work Act 1974, and to keep the working environment safe and free from accidents.

Metal Ice And Fire in the Garden

brompton fire ice set for 6Garden furniture for alfresco entertaining

Summer days are made for spending time outdoors, and whether you prefer entertaining or soaking up the sun, the right furniture can really elevate your garden.

It may feel like we’re still in the deepest clutches of winter, but it’s never too early to start planning for warmer weather. As the days grow longer and temperatures start to rise, we all look forward to spending time outdoors, so now’s the time to start thinking about how you can make the most of your garden in the months ahead.

Garden Furniture

One of easiest ways to give your garden a makeover is to replace your garden furniture. When it comes to furnishing your garden, there is a huge array of options out there, and you can choose from different furniture styles, such as sun loungers and dining sets, and a number of different materials, including wood, rattan, plastic and metal garden furniture.

With so many options available, it’s important to do some forward planning to decide which style best suits your garden. The right furniture for you will depend on a number of factors – the size and layout of your outside space, your personal taste, how much you want to spend, and how you like to use your garden. For example, if you love soaking up the sun, you might want to invest in some recliners or a rattan sofa. Alternatively, if you enjoy an alfresco glass of wine in the evening but have limited outside space, a stylish bistro set could fit your requirements.

Ice and Fire

Over the summer months, many of us love to use our garden as an additional entertaining space. If outdoor entertaining is a key priority for you, you should definitely check out the new Brompton metal ice and fire garden furniture set. This quality metal dining set seats six and is made from solid cast aluminium with a stylish design. But that’s not all – this innovative piece of furniture has a special surprise in the centre.

At the centre of the spacious table is a hollow well, which can be used as an ice reservoir to keep your drinks cold during the heat of a summer afternoon. Usefully, this hollow can also be used as a fire pit, enabling you to extend the party and keep your guests warm even after the sun and temperatures have dropped.

Extra touches

If we’ve whetted your appetite for the summer months, you might want to add some extra little touches to your garden to ensure you have the perfect setting in which to enjoy your stylish new furniture.

Injecting colour is a great way of revitalising your garden, so if you’re green-fingered, now is the time to get planting. Opt for bright, vibrant blooms such as delphiniums, gladioli and marigolds, or create space for a wildflower garden which will also have the added bonus of attracting birds and wildlife. If gardening isn’t your thing, a coat of brightly coloured paint on a garden shed or wooden fence can have a similar impact.

If feasible, you might also want to consider upgrading your surfacing. Giving your patio a jet wash to make it look as good as new, or installing wooden decking or a practical artificial lawn, will help improve your garden and really show off your new furniture.

Finally, don’t underestimate importance of finishing touches – interesting shrubs, garden lights and colourful plant pots can all make a big impact without breaking the bank.

Whatever your taste, lifestyle or budget, quality garden furniture can make a big impact on your garden. And with products such as the metal ice and fire dining set, alfresco entertaining is easier than ever before. So, hit the shops, spruce up your garden, call your friends and start planning those summer parties. Winter will be over before you know it!

The Three UK Property Investment Hotspots for 2017

Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh will be this year’s hot property

Property prices in the UK’s regional cities are expected to outperform the capital in 2017 amid market uncertainty over Brexit and stamp duty.

UK investments face another year of uncertainty in the face of political turmoil, Brexit and a weak pound. But the question that every property investor is asking in whether the UK property market will continue to buck the trend and show the same resilience that has been seen over the past five years, while other investments have struggled.

The answer, according to most experts, is a cautious “yes.” Prices are generally expected to either remain stable or see slight growth across most of the UK. However, there are some areas where significant growth is expected, meaning there is still significant money to be made from residential investment property, if you look in the right places.

Unusually, London does not figure in the top three, although reasonable growth of about 1% is still expected there. But it is to the UK’s regional cities that the most shrewd property investors will be looking in 2017.

Manchester

Manchester

Nobody will be surprised to see Manchester at the top of the list when it comes to property investment. The millions of pounds that have been ploughed into regenerating the city centre have paid dividends, and the city has seen steady population growth.

Rental yields are very strong, particularly in the northern and eastern areas of the city, while property prices are still reasonable. For example, a new development of purpose-built studio flats was recently constructed close to the university campus in the Salford area, and these are selling for less than £100,000. But do not expect prices to stay this low for long!

Birmingham

Birmingham

For some years, Birmingham’s resurgence was overshadowed by even bigger and better growth in Manchester. But now, the attention of property investors is firmly fixed on the UK’s second city and the surrounding West Midlands metropolitan area.

There are plans to create 50,000 new homes over the coming years to accommodate continuing population growth, but as demand continues to outstrip supply, there can be no doubt that Birmingham will remain a top investment hotspot for years to come.

The average rental property brings in over £1,000 a month, but there really is something for everyone in the city, and opportunities are to be had at both ends of the property scale.

For example, Castle Vale, to the east, has seen significant investment and improvements in recent years, but is struggling to shake off its 1970s image of inner-city deprivation, and as such, prices (and rents) remain low. At the other end of the scale, the fashionable area of Digbeth is one of the most popular spots for affluent families with money to spend.

Edinburgh

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Scotland’s capital has a thriving local economy and has also seen significant improvements in infrastructure over recent years.

The city has a large number of students and young professionals, and again, demand is outstripping supply when it comes to homes, spelling good news for property investors.

A number of new developments, such as the £23 million pound Haddington Place complex that opened last year, offer excellent investment opportunities, and there is also a steady demand for family homes in the suburbs.

How Much Does It Cost To Send Goods To Hungary?

Essex to Hungary transport times

Hungary is Importing More Than Ever – But Shipping Costs Can be High.

Imports in Hungary reached an all time high of 2,366 billion HUF (£6.75 billion) in November 2016. Is your business reaching this important European market?

Mention growing European markets, and most people will immediately think of Romania, Poland and the Baltic states. Yet those who dismiss Hungary do so at their peril – trade links between the UK and Hungary are stronger than ever, and the record imports of £6.75 billion in November were up £350 million on the previous month.

The growing market means that shipping to Hungary has never been easier or most cost-efficient. For large cargoes, full container loads and pallets can be transported using established networks and distribution channels. And for smaller loads, there are groupage shipments twice weekly from the UK to Hungary, combining speed, efficiency and the very best prices.

Background and history

Located in Central Europe, Hungary shares borders with Austria, Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia, Romania and Ukraine. The country is landlocked, and relies heavily on its road network for international freight logistics.

With a population of around 10 million, it is considered a medium sized member of the European Union, which it joined in 2004.

Modern day Hungary was born in the years following World War One, when the Austro-Hungarian Empire was dissolved, and has seen turbulent times throughout the 20th Century. The Second World War left the country devastated, with more than 60% of the economy destroyed and significant loss of life.

In the post-war years, Hungary became a satellite state of the Soviet Union, and the country went through more hardship. Stalinist policies in the immediate postwar years led to a severe decline in living standards, which led to the 1956 revolution.

Through the 1960s and 70s, Hungary introduced certain free market policies that were unusual for a socialist economy. These led its nickname of “the happiest barrack” and put it in good stead for the transition to a capitalist democracy in the early 1990s. Today, Hungary is categorised as a high income mixed economy. According to IMF statistics, it is the 57th largest economy in the world (out of 188). Its main industries are machinery, motor vehicles, food processing, pharmaceuticals, and information technology.

The Hungarian Market

Over the last eight years, Hungary’s imports have increased at an annual rate of 6.7%, from £59 billion in 2009 to approximately £92 billion in 2016. It recently overtook Norway to become the 14th largest importer in Europe.

Among the key products imported are vehicle parts, which represent 5.25% of imports, cars at 2.4%, computers at 2% and telephones at 1.9%.

76% of products are imported from other European Union countries. A quarter of all imports are from neighbouring Germany, and at present, less than 2% come from the UK.

Shipping to Hungary

Experienced freight forwarders can cover the 1,700 miles between the UK and Hungary in just three days. With groupage shipments leaving the UK every Tuesday and Friday, it has never been easier for UK companies to tap into this growing European market.

Groupage imports are once a week, and cross trade services are also available, that make shipments between Hungary and any other country quick and simple.

The Most Common Accidents on Building Sites

construction worker working high up on steel structureUK is World Benchmark for Health and Safety – But Accidents Can Happen

The safety culture in the UK construction industry is the envy of most other countries, including the USA, and is also among the most regulated.

More than two million people work in the UK building industry, and the Health and Safety culture that has evolved over recent years means that construction workers here are far less likely to be the victims of serious accidents than their counterparts overseas.

Having said that, the nature of the work still means that it is one of the most dangerous industries. Maintaining health and safety is a never-ending job, involving both proactive components, such as continuous improvement, training and monitoring, plus reactive controls, including evacuation procedures, first aid training and maintaining both builders public liability insurance, and employer liability insurance. Employer liability insurance is a legal requirement for any business that employs people, even if those employees are short-term contractors.

Unsurprisingly, an increasing number of construction companies are choosing to outsource health and safety to external third party contractors, to be certain that they are always up to date with the latest rules and regulations relating to training, risk management, personal protective equipment and various other aspects.

Here we look at some of the most common accidents, and how employers can seek to avoid them.

Falls from height

Falling from ladders or scaffolding is the most common accident and can cause broken bones and back or head injuries.

Employers must ensure that guards are in place on all walkways, and that there is safe access and egress to and from scaffolding.

Falling objects

After falling people, the next most common cause of accidents is falling objects, which could cause anything from minor cuts and bruises right up to life-threatening crush injuries.

Again, appropriate guards must be in place, along with warning signs. Any workers in the area must also be wearing appropriate PPE, including a hard hat.

Defective equipment

Defective power tools are a common source of injury, particularly when safety guards and shut offs become broken or are disabled.

Formal procedures must be in place for carrying out routine checks and inspections, and these should be documented and auditable.

Trip hazards

Cables, pipes, holes in the ground and piles of equipment. A building site can sometimes look more like an obstacle course.

Trip hazards should be identified as part of each risk assessment, and kept to a minimum. Where they are inevitable, warning signs can mitigate the risk of an accident.

Vehicle accidents

Aside from the construction work itself, an additional danger on a building site is that a relatively confined space is often shared by vehicles and pedestrians all moving around focused on their own activity. Little wonder that this can often lead to accidents.

Ensuring that vehicles and people can circulate safely is key to preventing serious injuries. Sites should also have clearly marked routes for both wheeled and foot traffic, plus rules regarding speed and parking.

Noise and vibration

Regular use of some power tools can lead to hearing loss or tinnitus, while prolonged exposure to vibration can cause nerve and tendon damage.

Where possible, exposure should be kept to a minimum, and appropriate PPE (gloves, ear defenders, etc) must always be used.

In general

A building site is a dangerous place, but modern health and safety practices mean accidents are far fewer than in previous generations and in other countries.

However, these practices only work with the commitment of employers. Risk assessments, training and the provision of personal protective equipment are all absolutely vital to keeping employees safe.

Creative Ways To Use Embroidery To Decorate And Personalise

Practical Embroidery Ideas

Embroidery is a relaxing hobby that anyone can learn to enjoy. It requires no specialist skills other than practice and patience. The craft boosts your creative spirit and is an excellent stress-buster. However, as calming as the act of embroidering can be, the best reason to take it up as a pastime is to feel pride in the finished projects that you have completed.

There are many embroidery kits on the market that are perfect for beginners or those who are returning to the craft. Yet, there are also heaps of practical embroidery ideas for those who feel a little more creative and perhaps want to add a personalised touch to something. Be inspired by some of the following examples.

Clothes

embroidered jacket from All From GraceEmbroidered clothing is no stranger to the fashion industry, but often those who wear it have purchased it from outlets that have mass-produced a line of garments. If you would like to personalise your wardrobe in 2017, then consider adding embroidery to some basic items which will give them a little extra sparkle.

The embroidery project can be as large or small as you wish – a child may wish for you to add their name in giant letters to the back of a hoodie, whilst adults may prefer a subtle embroidered motif to brighten up a winter skirt or top. That being said, embroidery is becoming bolder in modern fashion and starting to appear in adult clothing, as can be seen in this stunning embroidered jacket (pictured), with embroidered flowers and butterflies.

When embroidering clothing, it is always important to select the type of material with care. Delicate fabrics won’t handle dense stitching very well, whereas thicker textiles such as jeans will struggle with a delicate pattern. Instead, choose medium-weight fabrics such as cotton, linen or light denim.

Gift Ideas

What is more special than receiving a personalised gift? When someone hands you a customised piece of embroidery that has taken them time to complete, it really shows that they care. There are plenty of practical ways to use embroidery to add a personalised touch to an otherwise ordinary item. You may want to stitch a baby’s name and date of birth onto a blanket, babygrow or set of muslin cloths.  Alternatively, you could add a special pattern to a set of tea towels or luggage tags to give as a birthday or Christmas present.

Household Items

Decorate your home with your embroidery creations. This includes mounting and framing those first beginner embroidery projects that you took from a kit. You can hang them proudly in a hallway for your family and visitors to admire. However, there are many other ways to add embroidery to your home furnishings. Cushions that are embroidered are a wonderful addition to any sofa and are a real conversation piece when you invite guests over. A set of embroidered white pillowcases or duvet covers will also look fantastic in your bedrooms.

Hand Embroidery Vs Machine Embroidery

Although the process involved in hand and machine embroidery is different, the finished result of a project is extraordinarily similar and it can be impossible for most people to tell who was responsible for moving the needle. Hand embroidery is relaxing, but it can also be frustrating as it takes some considerable time. Machine embroidery on the other hand provides impressive completed projects much more rapidly, which gives an immediate sense of satisfaction. Brother embroidery machines will help you complete any creative piece with ease and are an excellent investment for anyone interested in this craft.

If you’re looking for a way to progress your basic embroidery skills this year, then get a little more creative and personal with your choice of project in 2017 and start stitching!