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3rd May 2016

A huge thank you to everyone that came along to the open afternoon. What a bonkers time that was. Great to see so many people having a go at our take away projects and chatting to all our tutors. It’s good to know that we’re getting the right mix of workshops and that there are too many to choose from!
With both our locations in the schedule May is busier than ever. With the return of The Great British Sewing Bee to our screens this month I have to mention dressmaking. Our next set of sessions for absolute beginners commences on Tuesday 17th May. Come along and work on your own choice of garment and fabric and make a great addition for your summer wardrobe. If you are already sewing why not bring your own project to one of our sew friendly sessions or join one our master classes in zips on 11th May or pockets on the 18th May. You may even want to try your hand at our simple summer top on the 26th May.
Fancy your hand at knitting? We have our beginner’s programme of workshops starting on the 3rd May. Over three fortnightly sessions you will be able to learn, practice and make your own simple project.
Feeling crafty? Try your hand at felt vessels (definitely one on my to do list) on 5th May or join our craft club session this month on Monday 9th May (straight after crochet and a cuppa). This month we’ll be making beautiful fabric flowers. Perfect for jazzing up a dull spot at home, making into a brooch or attaching to a gift. You can also make your own stunning silk sweet peas on Saturday 14th May with Anne our accomplished milliner. I made my own bunch last year and, with Anne’s guidance, it is so enjoyable and far less daunting that you might think. If you fancy working with the real thing then we’ve our next floristry workshops taking place with hand tied bouquets on May 11th in the morning, modern terrariums in the afternoon and supermarket flowers for the home on the 25th.
Does patchwork appeal? We have our sampler quilt course starting this month on Friday mornings. Over 6 spaced sessions you will learn a wide variety of patchwork techniques before quilting, sashing and binding. You’ll end up with a 12 block sample quilt perfect for a bed, sofa or more. For the homemakers amongst you we have a curtain making workshop on Thursday 5th May and drum lampshade workshop on Friday 20th May.
There’s more, loads more, but I am running out of space and I still need to mention our Charity sew mornings. These are now becoming busier and to ensure that everyone gets chance to help, and we do need you all to still come, we are introducing a booking system through the website. You don’t need to pay but please do try to book. It just means that we will be able to stop turning people away when we run out of machines and room. Just go to the workshop listings on the website. Please do come along, there is such a lovely atmosphere and with tea, biscuits and lot of natter it’s the perfect way to start the week.
Crochet and a cuppa is Monday 9th May 10am-12pm and knit and natter is Friday 20th May 2-4pm.

Sarah Brangwyn, Made & Making


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