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Handmade Heroes #2: There's Only One Amy Laws

Posted on March 24, 2016 by The Makery | 0 comments

We are so excited to be bringing you another edition of our new regular feature Handmade Heroes!

We've given the odd mention to this maker before, but we can never shout enough about how much we adore the incredibly talented There's Only One Amy Laws. We've been smitten with her quirky designs from day one!

Amy Laws creates handmade and hand screen printed clothing, using vintage inspired cuts updated with a bold colour palette and prints that are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. 

To create each unique garment the fabric is cut from hand drafted patterns, and each piece is then printed using handmade silk screen frames that she builds herself - Amy Laws really is a one-woman making machine! She regularly uses our workshop spaces here at The Makery where she has her sewing machine roaring away all day - there really is NO stopping this girl! Its so inspiring to see such a young talented artist at work, and we are honoured that we can get a glimpse into her creative process. 



The inks Amy uses in her work are all water-based inks that are safe for the environment and she sources all her fabrics from UK based companies - another important reason why we want to shout out about our Handmade Heroes! We all love a bit of 1950s nostalgia but it can sometimes be overdone, whereas Amy has come at it with a completely fresh, contemporary twist.

The character that shines through her work is palpable, you can wear her skirts on a grey day and you're going to feel like the sun is shining wherever you go. We're on the edge of our seats with excitement to see her creative brainchild grow, but one thing's for sure: There Is Only One Amy Laws!

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Pom Pom Bunnies Tutorial!

Posted on March 18, 2016 by The Makery | 0 comments

Spring is just around the corner and if you are slightly upset you didn't receive your very own bunny for Easter don't worry we have got it covered. A super-duper tutorial to get creative and make one of your own little Thumper! 


We fell in love with these Pom Pom Bunnies as soon as we saw them - who wouldn't? They are so simple and easy to make, perfect for children of all ages. If you fancy having a go, hop along and follow our step-by-step tutorial! 

You can use any kind of wool to make your bunnies, and different pom-pom makers for bunnies big or small!

You will need:-

  • Wool
  • Pom-pom maker (small and large)
  • Scissors
  • Felt
  • Strong glue

 1. Start by wrapping the end of your wool around one side of your pom-pom maker as shown. Keep wrapping, working from side to side - the more wool you wrap around, the more thick and fluffy your bunny will be! (picture 1)



2. Once you’ve filled one side, fold it into the centre and move onto the next side, repeating the process. When both sides look even, fold them into the centre and cut the wool leaving a 10cm tail. (picture 2)

3. Cut an additional piece of wool, about 20cm and place it aside. Now start carefully trimming the layers of wool along the outer ridge of your full pom-pom maker, holding it together firmly as you go. (picture 3)

4. Once you’ve trimmed all the way around, take your 20cm length of wool and slot it into the outer ridge. Meet up both ends of the wool and tie it in a very tight knot! Do a couple more knots for good luck. (picture 4)

5. Now you can prize away the pom-pom maker which separates into two pieces, leaving you with a lovely bundle of fluff! Give your pom-pom a roll in the palm of your hand to even it out. You can give your pom-pom a trim if you like, but leave the long tails as we’ll need those later.

6. Repeat this process with the other pom-pom maker, so you have two different sized pom-poms. Now tie them together tightly using the long strands, creating a body shape. 

7. Cut out your bunny’s ears and eyes from coloured felt, and attach them using your strong glue. You could even add feet and a little tail if you like! (see above picture)

There we go, I hope it keeps your little ones - and you of course - busy. Now you just have to name them. Happy Making! 

Check out The Makery Youtube channel for a pom-pom tutorial and more!
You can buy the pom-pom makers used in this tutorial here

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Handmade Heroes #1: Meticulous Ink

Posted on March 15, 2016 by The Makery | 0 comments

For yonks now we've been wanting to start a regular feature to shout about all the incredible creative talents we come across, so we've started a regular post called 'Handmade Heroes'. 

There's no contest who to feature in our first post: Our very good friends at Meticulous Ink. Athena & Charlie launched this wonderful business just a few months after The Makery on the same street as our original shop, so we've always felt an affinity to them. 

meticulous ink

They were recently featured in Barbour's Wild Britain Handmade Tales series; if you watch ANYTHING online today, you absolutely MUST watch this:

 Meticulous Ink are a traditional printer and stationer. A walk past their shop is a wondrous thing: Seeing the smooth, repetitive motion of their glorious Heidelberg Windmill letterpresses, you can't help but stop and take a moment to watch. 

calligraphy workshop bath

We were so excited to welcome Athena as our regular 'Hand-Lettering and Calligraphy Workshop' Tutor, and she's been running sell-out workshops with us now for a couple of years. It's the workshop that all our team here were clamouring to assist on, and we can tell you it's genuinely the most cathartic 3 hours you can imagine!

calligraphy workshop

There is something so connecting about focussing on your handwriting - as Athena mentions in her video, people rarely take the time to actually write these days. It's one of those workshops where you get out so much more than you anticipated. 



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NEW Workshop Alert: Learn to Screen Print!

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

We are really excited to be introducing screen printing to The Makery from May 2016. This is something we have wanted to do for a long time!

anna brindle lost shapes

The workshop will be taught by local printer Anna Brindle from Lost Shapes. Anna’s work is thoughtful, creative and quirky. She has years of experience teaching, and can’t wait to share these skills with us at the Makery.

screen printed t shirt  

There are so many exciting possibilities with screen printing, and the design possibilities are endless! Anna will gently guide you through the process, giving you as much inspiration as you need to make something to be proud of.  

screen print workshop

This workshop is suitable for beginners and uses a hand cut technique rather than exposing, making this skill easy to learn and quick to understand!

All the materials we use in this workshop are environmentally friendly and water based. The advantage of this also means you won’t get too mucky!

So why not book onto a course today and add this new skill to your repertoire?


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AMAZING New Photography Workshop Coming Soon!

Posted on March 07, 2016 by The Makery | 0 comments

Next month we will be launching photography at The Makery! This workshop will be run by the very talented Emma Rice of the Owl Blog, one of our absolute favourite bloggers.

Emma Rice Workshop Photography

Emma is a seasoned traveller getting inspiration for her photographs from across the world. Her most recent trip to Marrakesh showcases her timeless styling which is just dreamy! From food to landscapes she captures all of these shots with great imagination and elegance.  

Styling for social media photography take beautiful pictures with your phone

We will focus on how to get the most out of your phone. We will teach you everything you need to know to create and share beautiful photographs, whether for business, blogging, social media or personal use.

photography food emma rice

In this 3 hour workshop you'll learn all about lighting and composition, having the chance to create and style your own shots. We'll talk you through our pick of the best processing apps and you’ll learn about sharing your photos online: How and when to get the best results, labelling your photographs and building a strong following. At the end of the session you’ll leave with a surprise treat and feel inspired to explore your new-found skills.

take pictures on phone  morning dew rain branch twig photograph
As usual all materials are provided, plus essential tea and cake to keep you going and no prior experience is necessary. But bringing your phone is essential.

To register your interest in this workshop, please fill in your details below


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FREE tutorial: Upholster a sweet tin to make a foot stool!

Posted on December 10, 2015 by The Makery | 0 comments
 sweet tin upholstered foot stool make your own diy
This is one of my favourite projects, and it's the best use excuse to buy a Christmas tin of sweets!
make your own foot stool
Here's what you need:

Sweet tin (or biscuit tin)
Fabric: 50cm x 110cm
Bias binding: 1m  
Piping cord: 1m  
Wadding: 50cm x 1m
Toy stuffing: approx 50g 
Newspaper or large sheet of paper
Pins & Needle
Sewing machine with zipper foot
And here's how you do it!
1. First make the bottom pattern piece: Place your tin on top of the paper, draw around the tin and cut out to make the bottom pattern piece.
2.  Make another copy of your pattern, this time leaving a 1cm margin all round the edge. This will make the top pattern piece.
3. Measure around the side of the tin to find the circumference, and measure the height of the tin.
4. Mark a rectangle on your fabric that measures the circumference plus 5cm x the height plus 5cm. Cut out this side strip.  
5. Lay the bottom and top pattern pieces on the remaining fabric. Pin in place and cut out.
6. Mark a rectangle on your wadding that measures the exact height x the exact circumference of the tin, and cut out. 
7. Fold the remaining wadding in half and pin the bottom pattern piece onto it. Cut out, so that you have two wadding pieces. 
8. Cut a piece of piping cord to the length of the circumference of the tin plus 6cm. Cut a piece of bias binding to the same length. 
9. Open the bias binding out flat. Place the piping cord in the centre on the wrong side, and fold the bias binding in half over it. Pin together to hold the cord firmly in place. Attach the zipper foot to your sewing machine and machine stitch down the length of the bias binding, close to the piping cord. 
10. Lay the top fabric piece right-side up and pin the bias-covered piping all around it, matching all the raw edges together. Overlap the piping at the start and finish.  
11. With the zipper foot still attached, sew all the way
around  the edge on the flat bias binding, close to the piping cord, to attach the piping to the fabric. Begin sewing 3cm in from where the piping overlaps and finish 3cm the other side of the overlap. 
12. Trim the ends of the piping cord so they butt up against
each other. Trim the bias so it overlaps by 1cm, then fold over the piping cord. Pin in place and stitch the gap closed.
13. Take the side strip of fabric and, with right sides together, pin it around the edge of the fabric top piece, matching up the raw edges. The bias-covered piping will be sandwiched in between.  
14. Using the zipper foot, stitch all the layers together, close to the piping. Leave the first 1cm of the side strip free, and stop stitching when you reach the point where you began. 
15. Stretch the long piece of side wadding around the side edge of the tin. It should be a taut fit. Hand-sew the ends together. 
16. Place the wadding top piece on top of the tin and sew the side wadding to the top wadding, all the way round the edge. 
17. Turn the tin over; place the wadding bottom on the base of the tin and sew this tightly in place, too, to encapsulate your tin with wadding!
18. Put the stuffing on to the wadding top, spreading it out roughly – don’t worry if it looks like a lot, as it will be compacted in a moment. 
19. Take the fabric cover, turn it right-side out and pull it down over your padded tin, catching the stuffing inside. 
20. Hand sew the ends of the side fabric piece together, pulling tight (it’s really important you get a tight fit).
21. Turn the tin upside down. Working your way around the tin, pull the raw edges tightly up over the bottom and pin to the wadding base. Go round several times, pulling and re-pinning, until you have stretched the fabric as taut as it will go. (Just think how much use this foot stool will get – you don’t want the fabric to go baggy.) 
22. When you’re happy with the stretch, hand sew the fabric to the wadding base with a few large stitches, just to hold it in place. 
23. Take the bottom fabric piece, turn over a 1cm hem to the wrong side of the fabric all the way around and iron in place. Place the bottom fabric piece on the base to hide all the raw edges. This will leave a 1cm  gap all the way around the edge. Stitch in place.  
This project and many others is in my second book 'Makery: Sewing'. It's a collection of lots of sewing projects including our infamous Flying Ducks, a Clasp Purse, PJ Bottoms and lots more! 

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