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Nice to meet you : Silvana from The Foodie Bugle

Posted on March 20, 2014 by The Makery | 1 comment

We love love love reading blogs and what's doubly great is when someone visits us or comes to a workshop and then takes the time to write a blog post about it! Have you blogged about The Makery? We'd love to know. 

The Makery on The Foodie Bugle
Silvana is a regular to The Makery shop so we were delighted to welcome her when she signed up to her very first Makery workshop - Learn to sew: Cushions

Silvana is keen to design and make a range of aprons, tote bags and tea towels for The Foodie Bugle shop so she decided to take the bull by the horns and come to one of our workshops to learn the basics.


All pics taken by Silvana de Soissons at The Makery

Silvana writes: "During my course I learned all about the essential tools of the trade, hints and tips for professional standard sewing and how to correct errors. At the controls of the sewing machine I learned how to thread a machine needle, install a bobbin, straight stitch, reverse stitch, zig–zag stitch and pivot. READ MORE >>>

The finished cushion cover, such a Cornishware classic

She also takes gorgeous photographs!

Thank you Silvana for reviewing us, come again soon!












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The Makery in Bath Life

Posted on March 06, 2014 by The Makery | 1 comment
We are so proud to appear in Bath Life's feature on traders on Bath's famous Walcot Street. Four years ago we first opened the doors of The Makery here so it will always have a special place in our heart.

In this lovely feature you get to meet some of the special people behind the unique independent shops on Walcot Street and see their smiley faces illustrated by a very talented Photographer called Paolo.
Below is Nick from Nick Cudworth Gallery and Sam from Sam's Kitchen. If you visit Bath you must make a visit!

Have you been to Walcot Street? What are your favourite shops?


The full feature can be seen in Bath Life 254 

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Learn how to needle felt

Posted on February 20, 2014 by The Makery | 1 comment

Ever since Kirsty Allsop needle-felted a robin on national telly there's been a huge spike (ouch sorry!) in people wanting to learn how to needle felt.

We must say we're pretty crazy about the natty technique ourselves and it never fails to amaze us what can be fashioned out of some colourful fluffy felt.

Just look at these cutekins!   

What is needle felting?

Well, needle felting is a technique that matts together fibres of wool to create any kind of shape. Using a very sharp barbed needle you literally stab the fibres (great for de-stressing) down in one direction and as the barbs catch the fibres they matt together in a firm felt mass. By adding more fibre and through using the needle and different colour fibres you can make all sorts of shapes, we especially like cute animals!

This Christmas our needle felting kits from Crafty Little Sheep flew off the shelves! It was great to see so many people trying the craft for the first time or buying a needle felting project as a present. We bet the recipients were pretty chuffed to find that in their stocking! Did you get one? We'd love to hear (and see). 


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Learn: Free Motion Embroidery

Posted on February 06, 2014 by The Makery | 1 comment

Free motion embroidery is one of those techniques that when you show off your finished creation it's guaranteed some "ooohs" and "aaaahs".

Creating super sweet embroidered designs with a needle and thread is really satisfying, but from the moment you discover how easy free motion embroidery is, you'll definitely become ADDICTED. If you've not seen it before the technique is a bit like painting with your sewing machine. Isn’t that just the coolest thing to do!?  And the best bit is you don't have to be really neat (or able to paint) so it's great for beginners. 

Using embroidery to embellish things is as old as the ark but using the machine to create beautiful designs in the last few years has hit the mainstream adorning all sorts of things from tea towels to tea cosies. 

We love this colourful birdy from Little Pip Designs on Etsy - can you see how the edges look all scribbly like they have been sketched?

Have you tried free motion embroidery? Or perhaps you've bought something with it on and it's inspired you to have a go. Need more inspiration? Then check out these designs on Pinterest.

In our book ‘Makery’ Kate showed a really simple way to get started with Free Hand Embroidery. Did you have a go? We’d love to see the results on our Facebook page.

The tea cup cushion from our first book 'Makery'


If you fancy coming to one of our Free Motion Embroidery workshops we'd love to see you. You can even book online.

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