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Take some time out and sew together

Posted on November 29, 2016 by The Makery | 0 comments

With a Makery sewing kit in my backpack I headed out on a bitter cold November morning to run a workshop at a homeless day centre in Central London. I arrive at The Passage, St Vincent's Centre and I am struck by it's airy, light and welcoming atmosphere.

  

I set up a workshop ready to teach a group of people how to hand patchwork. There was an array of fabrics to choose from, hot tea and coffee and a delicious spread of biscuits. Hospitality is big in The Passage and it seems to me that everyone was welcome. 

Mark, Eva, Brian, Eilis and Anne start off the morning and more people join in as the chin-wagging and sharing stitching stories begins. It was wonderful to see such a warm group of people, some of whom had never sewn before, become so absorbed in this collective activity. Despite the challenges they are facing in other parts of their lives everyone in the group came together and shared in a common experience. By the end of the session, cushion covers were being completed and sense of achievement was being shared. 

It's great to take some time out, no matter how hard, how busy, or how uninspiring life feels. The people of The Passage day centre inspired me to remember that to simply sew together is one of life's joys.  

Here are the thoughts of some of the people from the workshop: 

"How lovely to spend a morning sewing and talking together, it's something I have not done in a long time and I have remembered how much I enjoyed it"

"I never thought I would be able to learn to sew in just one morning but I did"

"I would love if we could do this every Friday morning, Emily was so patient and really gave us confidence that we could do it"

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Handmade Heroes: Lily&Isla

Posted on June 02, 2016 by The Makery | 1 comment

Handmade Heroes is back and sharing our love of crafty makers that have caught our eye! We want to show off the ever so gorgeous 'Lily&Isla' and all the wonderful creations from Rebecca, who, along with her two daughters (Lily and Isla no doubt!) make the most fabulous pieces for your little ones! 

A little while back we released a video on How To Make Bow Hairbands from any old scraps of fabric that you may have. Well, Rebecca has been inspired and then some, we are so proud to see that our Makers really benefitting from our tutorials and grabbing the ideas and running with them.

Lily&Isla is growing fast, having already shown her work at numerous craft fairs she is picking up quite the following, her use of ditzy, liberty inspired florals makes the perfect accessories to your little ones wardrobes. 

She combines practicality and prettiness! The dresses and skirts from Lily&Isla allow girls to run through puddles and jump across a muddy field, her clothes allow kids to be kids while still looking pretty darn adorable doing it. 

We cannot wait to see Lily&Isla grow as not just a business, but also seeing Lily and Isla themselves grow, inspiring Rebecca to create more and more amazing pieces for Mums and Dads who want affordable clothes that are literally made with love. 

You can see more of Lily&Isla on InstagramFacebook and Etsy :) 

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Gorgeous Fresh Flower Crowns!

Posted on May 31, 2016 by The Makery | 0 comments

There are few things that say "Celebrate!" to us more than fresh flowers! They optimise vibrancy and life, you cannot look at a bunch of posy's without feeling fabulous, this is why at The Makery we can combine your perfect Hen Party with something a little extra special, making the most beautiful Fresh Flower Crowns. 

When your party arrives at The Makery will be greeted with a room full of the most exquisite fresh flowers from The Great British Florist that will enable you to have the most eye catching Flower Crowns around town. 

Our skilled Tutors will assist you to bring out your inner florist and be there helping so you leave with what will truly be a work of wearable art.

 
If you are planning or are looking to throw the most perfect Hen Party for a bride-to-be then this Premium option is the perfect choice. Enjoy a cup of tea (or a bottle of wine) while you make some fab memories that you can share on the big day!



Book Online Today! We look forward to seeing you at The Makery very soon. xx

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Refer a friend for a FREE £20 Makery or Amazon voucher!

Posted on May 10, 2016 by The Makery | 0 comments

When something's good, it's great to share! So we've just launched a hen party referral programme here at The Makery .

If you have a friend who’s getting married or you know someone organising a hen party, just share your experience by recommending us to them.  If they book in, we’ll send you a £20 Makery or Amazon voucher as a thank you. And your friend will receive a bottle of Buck’s Fizz to enjoy at their party!

And if you’d like to book another party yourself, you get to enjoy the voucher and Buck’s Fizz!

Just forward this page onto them or fill in their details below (with their knowledge of course!) And we'll do the rest :)

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Your voucher will be paid within 30 days of your friend's party at The Makery. Your friend’s Buck's Fizz (or other product of equal value) will be given at their party. If the party is cancelled for any reason, the offer will not apply.

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Handmade Heroes #4: Ben Rothery illustrator

Posted on April 19, 2016 by The Makery | 0 comments

We are back with another instalment of our regular 'Handmade Heroes' feature! It is such a great feeling shouting out about our fave makers and this week we are bringing you somebody very dear to our creative hearts, it is the stupendously talented Ben Rothery Illustrator

Ben's studio is based in the honey coloured city of Bath, a place where he has become somewhat of a famous creative force. His intricate, highly detailed works have gathered a massive following and you can see how. He combines multiple processes to create intricate and delicate illustrations and repeating patterns full of fine detail and vibrant colour. 

You may recognise the illustrated Singer sewing machine print from our shop and website! We love to adorn our walls and work spaces with Ben's prints, they add a bolt of colour to the room and the high detail and remarkable quality of his work draws your eyes in making it difficult to look away! He has been a firm favourite with our customers looking to spruce up their sewing corners or work spaces. 



How one man can have that much control over a pencil we'll never know! Ben has the most insane portfolio, we wish we could just show all of his work here, but there is such an incredible variety we would be here for donkeys years! Whenever you see a new piece of work come from Ben be sure to watch out as you know he has started a trend, he has an amazing way of knowing what we are all going to love before we know ourselves. 

Not only is his work visually pleasing, but isn't he also a treat for the eyes? We know we will make him blush, even more reason to love him. Get in line though, he is in high demand, with collections for John Lewis and work popping up everywhere we see such an incredibly long and successful career for our Ben. He is a testament as to what talent, hard work and being an all round stand up guy can get you. We wait with bated breath as to what is around the corner and hope we can share such an amazing creative journey with him.

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Handmade Heroes #3: Lost Shapes

Posted on April 08, 2016 by The Makery | 1 comment

Huzzah! It's that time again, we are so excited to be bringing you another instalment of our regular 'Handmade Heroes' feature. This week we are shouting out about Lost Shapes!

'LOST SHAPES is thoughtful, creative design, with an honest upbringing of wholesome crafts, having a good time in the party world of fashion.' This is how Anna Brindle the creator of Lost Shapes perfectly describes her incredible company.

 


Anna is based and works from her studio in the very beautiful Devizes, Wiltshire. A
esthetically, these areas are stunning places to live, but Anna draws inspiration from man-made bits and bobs such as logos on freight lorries; signage by roadside burger vans; stuff in charity shops. 

Now what sets Lost Shapes apart from the rest and the biggest reason companies like this need to be shouted out about is their ethics. We love everything Anna believes and how she merges this into Lost Shapes. The printing market is saturated with poorly made t-shirts covered in harmful chemically filled inks that are churned out by underpaid and overworked employees, something Anna is having none of! Lost Shapes uses organic, environmentally friendly, fairly traded products. Most of the Lost Shapes t-shirts and sweatshirts are from the EarthPositive range by Continental Clothing, 100% organic with 90% Reduced CO2!



Lost Shapes have a range of unique and exciting products, from clothing to home-wares and by special request, she is able to look into commissioned pieces, if you are looking for something one of a kind and artistic Lost Shapes is the answer.

We are so excited to say that we have Anna Brindle coming to The Makery, she will be running numerous Workshops dispensing her wealth of screen print knowledge. It is something we have never done before and know it is going to be a hit! With Anna being so ethically correct it feels right to have her here with us, how could you not support and love someone who is spreading such a positive message in the world. 

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