We have been rather busy in the day job at Resolution recently, and for once it was an assignment I really enjoyed.

Many of you here might not realise that aside from running this fabulous website Resolution are also professional video producers.  Just before lockdown we built one of the few private greenscreen recording studios in the UK, complete with a live edit gallery and the ability to live stream out to the net.  All very techie .. and most of it beyond my simple understanding. The Studio is often in use with business events, interviews and more. What I can also tell you we make fabulous videos for some of the biggest companies in the UK. We are only a small team but we know what we are doing. If you want to discover more about this side of me then take a trip to our company website .. res.digital

A few weeks ago I struck a conversation with the lovely people at Clover, who supply many of the notions we are familiar with here in the UK ..  this time I was speaking to their Japanese HQ.  If times were different I might have been writing this from an airplane returning from a trip but nothing as glamorous as that happens to me.  Good old email was as far as we got. hey ho!

The idea was mooted that we work with Clover to create a series of videos demonstrating some of their range of notions .. scissors, pins, a marvellous patchwork board,  wonder pins and clips and more. What could a girl with quilting in her heart say to that!

So the first thing was to engage a presenter. There really was only one choice at this point. Stuart Hillard is known across the world since he hit the screen during the first series of The British Sewing Bee and has since become a familiar face with Kirsty Allsop’s craft shows and regularly appears on the craft shopping channels too.  He writes for several magazines, designs fabrics with the Craft Cotton Co, and has written several books about patchwork and quilting.  He sews, he knits and how on earth would he find the time to film with Clover! For anyone asking, yes, he really is as nice as he seems on TV.

We rang him. He was delighted and dates were arranged and the studio set up. Stuart designed a sweet little Humbug Bag as a means to demonstrate the different notions we featured. I have the actual bag he made in the demonstration video. I really was impressed at the lengths he went to research the products and understand exactly how things worked. The morning we spent filming with him went really smoothly and we shot each film flawlessly.  He is such a professional and a great pleasure to work with. Some days I really do enjoy my work.

Clover sent over a pack of notions to feature in the filming – and then some. So we have decided to give this away to one lucky member of this website.   We will be launching that shortly, but here’s a sneaky look at one of the demonstration videos showing the lovely Clover Macaron needle holder – a really useful addition to any sewing kit, and it helps keep your sewing needles sharp too.Clover Sweet 'n' Sharp Macaron (NOW AVAILABLE) - Viridian Yarn

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You can see more of the videos recorded for Clover with Stuart Hillard at their own instagram or Facebook @clovermfg but watch out for the new competition launching here on this website soon.

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