The Makery is a craft nirvana, and I have mentioned before how I’ve totally enjoyed workshops that I have taken for free machine embroidery, tie making and knickers! Nestled in the centre of Bath in a quirky period townhouse with lots of floors ( and windy stairs) with all sorts of rooms used for different sized groups, and of course the shop, the Makery is a wonderful space to be in, colourful, decorated with wonderful fabric and crafting artefacts.
It’s also always full of beautiful people, staff and customers alike are, you know, the kind of people that if you’re reading this, you know you’d have lots in common with.
So I was really looking forward to go along to this event,not only because I am genuinely interested, but also because I love that Bath has such a successful crafting business and want to support as much as I can.
The evening started with an hour’s workshop getting all makey, if we chose. Of course I did. We made a project from the book, the fabric pendant. The workshop was led by the lovely Kate herself ( the owner) and we didn’t need much enthusing, we were already there, keen to get cutting into beautiful fabric scraps. But Kate encouraged me to defile an old embroidered table cloth picked up at a charity shop and use a little piece for my pendant. It felt so wrong. But as she said, isn’t it better to show off the beauty of the embroidery, appreciate it, rather than hide it in a drawer. In fact one of the projects from her book, uses an embroidered napkin, and now gets everyday use ( spot it later!)
Making the pendant was an interesting exercise in appreciating the fine details within the pattern of a fabric. Focusing just on a small oval window a couple of inches tall, and how it will become represented, framed, brings such a lovely level of appreciation- these fabric designers are so clever!!
So I made my pendant with the other ladies in the group and then we ‘attended the launch’ where Kate, (and her husband, and business partner, Nigel , every now and then), told the most entrancing and entertaining story about their journey to where they are now, six years after opening the doors of the Makery. Totally genuine, funny, rollercoasters & all including how the Dragons Den episode came about & what it was really like (yes, terrifying pretty much sums it up!)
As it was the launch for the book, she naturally showed us some of the projects in the book, things she created with specific people in mind (which I thought was a nice way to get inspired!). The book is divided into fashion, gifts & home & there are things in here I would definitely love to make, and I can say that I have already made two (pendant & tie). The fashion section mainly focuses on accessories (but adorable accessories, I have to say, I have picked just a few to show you). There are some cute pajama shorts with lace too.
I’m sharing just a few that captured my imagination – there are plenty more in the book (over 30 apparently!)
As you would expect it’s beautiful to look at, both in the photographs of the projects, the fabrics used, the font (I know, it’s sad but I am in love with the curly title font used throughout!).
There’s a good level of instruction to support the projects,
With a stitches & tips section at the back, as well as your usual resources section at the front.
This book is full of simple sewing projects, a lot could be completed in a weekend (tops!), and if you like making gifts for friends & family, I think there could be all sorts of ideas here. If you enjoy collecting beautifully inspiring books, maybe just to look at, I think you’d love this.
I bought this book myself, & whilst I would have bought it to support the Makery, I genuinely love the projects & will try to make some more. I REALLY want to make a set of these for my sewing room wall…..:-)
And one more thing. Kate & her book feature in this month’s Love Sewing magazine. The tool apron, a project in this book, is also one of the projects in the magazine. I seriously want to make this for gardening, to hold phone, keys, secateurs & make pockets & find other bits & bobs to lug around with me so stylishly & *almost like a real gardener*.
And look, if you buy the magazine,
You might recognise someone else, who’s ecstatic at their first time in print!
Happy Sunday everyone!