Can you believe it’s almost October? Where has this year gone? I woke up this morning and felt a chill in the air and could sense those chilly mornings creeping in – you know, when it’s still dark outside and you just want to snuggle a little longer under the duvet?

Thankfully we’re not there yet. But I thought I’d reflect on the year so far and share some photos of what we’ve been up to in 2016 as I haven’t blogged much of it.

A couple of weeks ago we had our first ever photoshoot, lead by my lovely friend Zoe from Ladybird Likes. It was so much fun! Here’s a little taster but the rest of the pics will be up for the launch of the new website soon, very soon!

This year my main focuses for the business have been on getting our sewing classes off the ground. But because I love to keep the variety, I also wanted to start a monthly craft club focused around upcycling.

Upcycled Magnetic Memo Board

Back in January (which doesn’t seem that long ago) while I was still tweaking the sewing classes, I debuted the first Make Thrift Craft Club. I never really shared what a success it turned out to be. In our very first Craft Club we made magnetic memo boards out of old biscuit tin lids as I knew there would be lots about after Christmas. I was afraid no one would show but we ended up with 5 people attending and I met some lovely new locals and we all had so much fun! I was really impressed with the memo boards.

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The first Make Thrift Craft Club

Here are some of the other projects we’ve made this year. It’s been a lot of fun coming up with new projects each month and also seeing how people interpret them. Mini jam jar terrariums, decoupaged trays and tea cup pin cushions:

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I’ve taken a break from the craft club for the last couple of months to rethink the format as it took a lot of time to develop and reasearch a brand new workshop every month. But don’t fret! If you’re missing the more crafty side of things, stay tuned. I have lots of exciting plans coming up towards Christmas including 3 seasonal workshops to get you in the mood. October will focus on Christmas gift ideas, November will be thrifty decorations and December I’ll share some tips for handmade wrapping paper, cards and gift tags.

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I’ve had a lot of enjoyment teaching sewing this year. And thank you if you joined one of our classes. It’s always a wonderful feeling when you teach a beginner or someone who had sewn before but lost their confidence. The satisfaction they get when they’ve stitched their first item is so wonderful to be a part of. We have taught beginner’s classes in cushion cover making, zipped pouches and tote bags. Intermediate follow a pattern classes making circle skirts (see above) and done lots of mending. I also ran a Goldhawk road tour, originally just as a freebie for those attending my classes but it was so popular, I now run it independantly of the classes. By the way, the last tour date of the year is October 10th, so if you want to come, book here! Or, you can get a free place on this if you book any of our classes until the 30th September.

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Alongside the Mending Club, which I held at the hub, I also worked with Sew Portobello this year and held a Make & Mend weekly session. Two of my regular students were vintage clothing traders so it was always a joy to see what they would bring in to repair. At the moment, I’m still developing some pattern cutting classes, which I hoped to release some dates for in October. This may get pushed back to the new year..

I’m really excited about the Christmas workshops as these are my fave. Who doesn’t love a good Christmase song, a glass of warm mulled wine and some Christmas crafting? Stay tuned!

See you soon guys,

Daisy x