I’ve always fancied learning how to make a cushion and when the opportunity arose at Crafty Angel I jumped at it! https://www.craftyangel.co.uk/
Crafty Angel has been open for just under a year and you could not find a more peaceful setting for this creative haven. Angela is a graphic designer and this is reflected in her flare for fabric choice and attention to detail. She is also great fun and a skilled teacher immediately putting you at ease.
Everything was supplied to make a piped, button back cushion. All one had to do was turn up and bring a packed lunch! Tea, coffee and an impressive selection of soft drinks and cake appeared at regular intervals too! The only decision one had to make was which material to choose. Believe you me, with so much fabulousness that was hard!
Three ‘fat quarters’ are all it takes to create this cushion along with some piping and covered buttons. Along with learning how to make the actual cushion there were lots of top tips on sewing and use of equipment. I for one had no idea you could unscrew a thread spool and store your needles inside! Well did you?! (Ok, so it’s just me!)
Firstly, we made the piping which was actually more straightforward than I’d imagined. Placing it round the cushion was a little bit more tricky but again Angela demonstrated techniques to create a professional finish.
Once the binding was on it was then time to put the whole thing together and make covered buttons and button holes. As before, all the stages were demonstrated and we had all the tools required, including state of the art sewing machines to make life easier.
Even when muggins here managed to accidentally cut through the cushion backing the ‘Crafty Angel’ came to the rescue with the most ingenious solution. I wonder if you can spot him!
There were three of us on the course today and it wasn’t even lunchtime when we’d all decided we want to return for more ‘Crafty Angel’ magic! Future workshops will include dressmaking, umbrella making, machine embroidery, lampshade making, knitting and crochet with Rowan Yarn, bag making, quilting and book binding to name a few! Personally, I can’t wait!