Sorry for the gap in posting – we’ve been busy.

Those of you who follow us on FaceBook or Instagram will know that despite the lack of action here on the web site, we have been really busy; so get your brew made, pull a chair up and we’ll fill you in with the highlights.

Since we last updated here we have been busy with our Come and Sew group at The Uniting Church in Whaley Bridge every Monday evening from 7:00–9:30pm. the session continue to grow, and we have a solid core of keen ‘sewists’ that come week after week, learning new skills and consolidating recently learnt ones.

Second use of a paper pattern – pyjama shorts

We’ve also been teaching a couple of day classes, namely Box Cushions and Roman Blinds. As often happens, we get so engrossed in the class that we forget to take photos. Luckily our pupils were better than us and are kind enough to share their learning. 🙂 Here’s an Instagram post from one of them.

We’ve also been busy with commissions of both upholstery and soft furnishings.

One commission was a beautiful French lion-head chair which was traditionally upholstered, with springs, hessian and coir topped off with a classic green herringbone from Linwood Fabric and Wallpaper. We loved it so much that we really wanted to keep this one.

Classic, renaissance style chair, traditionally upholstered, then herringbone wool by Linwood Fabrics and Wallpaper.

Blinds have kept us busy too. We’ve delivered several sets and are working on a couple more.

A tricky fabric, but definitely worth the effort.

We’ve finished a few samples, trying out different techniques, including a recliner that a former colleague gave Debs when she first went full-time into WizardMakes. It was rather tired and tatty when she received it, but saw the challenge, was grateful of the support and got on with it.

Before …
After … It’s already at home in WizardMakes Jnr’s bedroom. It is much harder to get him down for his evening meal now.

Not content with fabric crafts we have also turned our hand to woodwork. Don’t worry nothing serious, just an IKEA Hack that we found on Pinterest that has resulted in the most humungous cutting table ever that, as well as being able to be shunted around the workshop, has the most amazing amount of storage under it.

A few Kallax shelf units, a couple of pieces of 19mm MDF, some straight and bent brackets, a few hours with a power drill et voila! New multi purpose cutting table at a height that Debs’ physio approves of. 🙂

In amongst all that, we have found time to support a community initiative. Tracey of Handmade at Horwich End ( has organised a Bunting Factory the last two years and we have been happy to help out. We’ve just seen it being put up ready for the Whaley Bridge Carnival this Saturday, June 29 and it looks fab. Much better than the plastic stuff that used to adorn the village. It doesn’t stretch along the whole of the route, but to quote from a very old advert, “We’re getting there …”

And finally, last week we were delighted to be able to support a local fundraiser for Breast Cancer Now, which is a charity close to our hearts. We are currently waiting with bated breath to find out who was the lucky winner of the 2-hour private lesson gift voucher.

We promise to try not to leave it so long next time as TBH it’s taken ages to type all this up, and we’ve probably missed out some fun/interesting stuff! Check out our FaceBook page for more regular updates.

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