Weaving with Amy Ilic x The Mamahood

How gorgeous are these mini wall hangings by Amy?

I have always wanted to try weaving (if you couldn't tell from my Weaving Inspiration Pinterest board!), and something a bit more sophisticated than a made-at-home cereal box loom like we used to do as kids. When I saw that The Mamahood was teaming up with textile artist Amy Ilic to offer a beginner's weaving workshop , I jumped at the chance to take it.

Amy showed us how to "warp up" with our strong cotton cording onto the wooden loom. and start our piece with some pretty funky tassels. The colours she had on offer were amazing, loads of neons, brights and neutrals. 

One of the things I loved most about weaving is that the possibilities are really endless when it comes to materials. Some were weaving with jute twine, ribbons, wool roving (one of my favourites!), metallic threads... 

I can see why weaving is becoming totally on-trend these days; it's very therapeutic and is totally accessible for everyone, even kids! Here is my finished piece, hanging over my dressing table. Not bad for a first-time weaver I think!

I also want to point out that the setting was fun too; it was hosted at the Punk Me Up Ceramics Cafe in East Dulwich. What a cool little space that I will definitely be visiting again for some handprinted ceramics time.

Thinking of trying your hand at weaving as well? Amy offers weaving workshops around Brighton and London. A basic loom is only about £10 and if you're like me, you already have a stash of wool leftover from knitting projects just waiting to be used up!

Free Easter Sunday sewing fun in West Norwood

Bumming around South London for the Easter weekend? If you fancy learning something new on Sunday morning, pop around to the first West Norwood FEAST of the year and join our drop-in workshop!

I'll be setting up shop at the Artisans Market on Chatsworth Way from 11am-12noon showing you how to sew felt and fabric flowers. Then, we'll glue them onto either a brooch back or a hair clip, so you can spread the spring fever!

This is a FREE workshop, so bring along some friends and after you've finished making, be sure to go around to the different markets to support the sellers. You can find everything at the FEAST from designers/makers to farmer's veg, freshly baked bread and vintage furniture. See you there?

New Summer Sewcials at Peacock Yard

Another term has seemingly slipped away and it's almost time for the summer holidays. (How is that even possible?) I had a lot of requests from parents at our open studios to hold sewing workshops at my studio in Peacock Yard, so consider your requests answered!

Summer Sewcials

I'll be hosting Summer "Sewcials" in studio 5B in Peacock Yard off Iliffe Street for young designers ages 8+ on Saturdays this summer, with the first one kicking off on July 12th. There'll be new projects every week. Here's a little taster...

Fabric necklaces and flower power rings!
Foxy cushions!
Embroidered fabric photography 
Portrait pillows

Fancy booking? Drop us a line or an email and check out all the projects on our Workshops page.

Open Studios in Peacock Yard

I was left feeling pretty speechless and slightly shattered by Sunday evening. I opened the doors of my little studio to the public for the first time and I have to say, the reception was so warm and welcoming in Pullens Yards. There were so many cool girls coming up to sew face masks all weekend long, some even came twice!

My new mint green sewing machine definitely got a little work out as newbie sewers of all ages gave it a try, making a little something to take home with them. 

Pullens Yards definitely has a great community feel to it, and boy it's weekends like these that I feel pretty lucky to have gotten a spot in a studio here.

Dates for your diary:

Christmas Open Studios December 5th, 6th and 7th. Expect more sewing workshops and lots of hand-sewn goodies!