Sunday, 24 January 2010

Craftin' Round Our Place

Clare and I have been busy bees at The Maisonette this month. Who said January is the quiet month of the year? Simply not the case in our little abode. We've had guests over at The Maisonette nearly every night of the week! :)

The Sewing Session - January 2010

Y'all already know that Clare is the stitchin' queen, don't you? Well - she is. We thought we'd give you sewing virgins a chance to learn a crafty tip or two by hosting our first edition of The Sewing Session.

We welcomed a group of lovely guests to The Maisonette (to the hallway of The Maisonette actually - we needed the extra elbow room!) to learn all the basic skills they'd need to pick up their needles and get to grips with some simple textile craft. Clare pre-prepared some fun tasks for the group including some real cute cross-stitch patterns.

A tray of cupcakes and a packet of Blue Ribands later, Clare had set the group off on a two hour stitchin' marathon! For over two hours, they cross stitched their 'lil hearts out :) A fun time was had by all! This workshop will definitely be running again so if you fancy trying your hand, keep your peepers peeled on the website for more dates to be confirmed.

Textile Workshop with Wooden Tree - January 2010

Oh how we love the work of Kirsty Anderson of Wooden Tree! Kirsty is a long time Made In The Shade vendor and is now one of our resident designers at The Maisonette. You may have fallen love with Kirsty's 'lil fabric bird, cloud and anchor brooches last season? They're swell. Well - not only are we stocking a whole new range of Wooden Tree work at The Maisonette for Spring, but we invited Kirsty to impart some creative wisdom on an enthusiastic group of learners at a very special textile workshop. We'd be making textile brooches - Wooden Tree style! Kirsty offered up her magic suitcase of gorgeous fabric remnants and fancy threads to the group and once everyone handpicked their favourite materials, Kirsty helped 'em create their patterns.

Oh-so organised, Kirsty even brought along her own stash of Bucks Fizz!! Can you believe it? Just as well really, since our usual trusty stockist was clean out :( The sew-ers created some fabulous brooches - cupcakes, lightning bolts, creatures and hearts and all sorts! We can't wait to invite Kirsty back to do some more fun workshops with us! Check the website regularly for announcements of future dates.


  1. Hi there - my first visit to your blog via Twitter - love seeing what goes on at workshops.Totally thrilled to see the girls cross stitching!!! I've cross stitched on and off for 20 years, and it's so cool to see others trying it out now. It's made me realise that I must put some of my x-st endevours on my new blog. keep it coming - I'll be back again soon! Jen x

  2. lovely workshop ideas...don't think that i'd ever be able to attend one, but at least i'll be able to watch through your blog. :D ciao!