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Sewing Guide to Bath- the Makery

I’m slowly pulling together my Sewing Guide to Bath – my favorite things to do in this fabulous city if like me, you love to sew & love to be inspired to sew.  This is another instalment in my mini series currently includes the Sewing Studio, and the Guildhall Haberdashery, Sew and Sew.    Once I’m there I’ll collate it all into an easy to read blog post.  Next up is one of my favorite inspirational places, the Makery, a multi layered den of creativity.   Found within the lanes in front of the Guidlhall /Abbey in Union Passage, look for its bright yellow door!

Set in the heart of Bath in one of the old Georgian terraces  this is a hotbed of crafty dreams coming to life.  Here it is on the map.

It’s the kind of place with an atmosphere of wholesome crafting, and I can’t stop going all Enid Blyton writing words like ‘oodles of fun’ and ‘inspiration’ and, well, ‘making’ .

Make Aways

As a crafty emporium there are plentiful sewing goodies all picked carefully to delight: quality crafting cotton fabrics, kits ( the Makery’s own Make Aways as pitched on Dragons Den and made a huge success without Dragon interference or support!) ( eg lampshades, knickers, coin purses)

You can make all this with the kits!

You can make all this with the kits!

And guess what?  I saw a couple of the Makeaway kits when I was recently in Ljubljana, Slovenia- they have got legs!

Sewing goodies

And haberdashery – kit your sewing room out with hand picked favourites.

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And hitting the sewing world by storm last year, a display of espadrille supplies.

Espadrille kits

The Makery however is not just a retailer but a place to learn and it has a full programme of workshops for the beginner or the improver over a wide range of crafts. Sewing, crochet and lampshades are course regulars, but there are always new ideas being added such as fabric printing, chabby chic your furniture, upholstery and even mastering techniques such as inserting zips and buttonholes. They also host hen parties and courses for young people. I bet if you wanted to organise something for your friends you don’t have to be getting married to justify a Makery workshop just for you!  I have done  a few of the Makery courses – tie making, knicker making and also freehand machine embroidery.  All totally addictive & a massive way to indulge in sewing fun.  It all takes place here …

The makery

Through this unassuming frontage ( with staircase hinting heavily at what’s to be found inside) there lies a crafting tardis. The Makery emporium is found in the first floor but think of an old terraced house, with its interesting rooms and staircases over three floors and mezzanines. Each room has been accessorised and styled to create inspirational workspaces, decorated with vintage sewing machines, repurposed furniture  and sewing equipment and handmade touches that make you smile and want to get started making your own all at the same time.  I could not resist taking photos – so many ideas for decorating your home or even your sewing/ craft room.  Let me share them with you now …

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vintage sewing machines

I bought the Makery book when it was launched 18 months or so ago and I recognised a few of the projects bringing some fun to the decor. Like the flying ducks….casually decorating one of the walls in a hallway

flying ducks

Oh and of course it’s the kind of place where you meet enthusiastic fellow creatives- both customers, workshop participants and the lovely lovely people who work there. And even Gorgeous Kate Smith, the owner who I cannot get enough of!!
The Makery has also a prescence in John Lewis, London, running workshops there too.  Perfect for those who love to make & love to be inspired.

the makery

All views are genuine and my own. I have not been paid to write this but just love it here!