Crafting with Laura Ashley

Jess McGlynnJanuary 14, 2015

Just before Christmas I was invited to a lovely event in Manchester to learn some Christmas crafts with Laura Ashley.

If I’m really honest, crafting is something I always imagine I am good at but when it comes to actually sitting down and getting it done I tend to procrastinate…usually because I know the stress that comes with trying to make something and it not going well!

However, I love Laura Ashley and I was reassured that there were going to be professionals present to guide and assist us so I thought I would give it my best shot.

The venue was absolutely divine. It was held upstairs at Rosylee in Manchester; a gorgeously vintage and quirky tea room cum restaurant. The ideal location for the beautiful crafts we were going to be attempting to make.

When I stepped upstairs, I began to panic a little. There, in front of me was a row of sewing machines. I had never used a sewing machine in my life! I can just about sew by hand but to be put in charge of a machine?! 

I opted to not put my fingers at risk and veered away from the sewing machines for the first task, sticking to something which I thought would be more simple: box making. I found this absolutely fascinating…it is actually incredibly easy to make a box using beautiful paper.

Or so they say…I think I was the only one who managed to go a little bit wrong when it came to creating the bow to sit on the top.

But still…I managed the box easily enough! We had an array of gorgeous Laura Ashley wallpaper to choose from. My box is made with Ironwork Scroll Cranberry for the base and Henley Stripe Pale Cranberry for the lid.  I then used the same paper for the bow as for the base.

With my box out of the way it was time to indulge in some lovely canapés. I seem to always come home with photos of whatever I have been eating these days, so it only makes sense to share it with you.

Those mini beef and horseradish filled Yorkshire pudding = delicious!!

After a quick bite to eat it was time to face my nemesis.  There was no avoiding the sewing machine any longer.

The lovely expert from Ministry of Craft assured us all that it was very simple and actually, for my first attempt I don’t think I did too badly a job.

It’s just a shame that I was still sitting at my sewing machine when everyone else had left!  Huge thanks has to go to Lisa from Hollybobbs who not only assisted me with my feeble attempts but also sat with me until my festive bag was complete!

So, what did I learn?  Well…I am still completely in love with Laura Ashley and their gorgeous array of fabrics, wallpapers and products but for safety and sanity’s sake it is probably best if I allow someone else to do the crafting for me in future!


  • Lisa

    January 15, 2015 at 22:38

    Haha you are welcome! Such a fun afternoon x

  • whatkatysaid

    January 16, 2015 at 09:49

    Oh my goodness!! I am so jealous! This is something I would LOVE to do! What a great day and so many tips to remember x

  • Louise Fairweather

    January 16, 2015 at 12:41

    That kind of thing is right up my street – although I would have been there right til the end too x

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