Monday, 14 January 2013

Next meeting and cushion-making workshop - Saturday 26th January 2013

Well here we are, it's 2013, and what do we have lined up for you at our first get-together of the year? After our usual WI meeting and shared lunch, we'll be dusting off our sewing machines and getting busy making cushion covers. You'll be able to make either a simple envelope-closure version, or try more advanced techniques to add more decoration to your cushion - so our workshop is suitable for anyone, from those who've never used a sewing machine before to those of you who've been there, done that and would like to do something that makes us all go "Wow!"

We really need to know who's coming, as we need to be prepared with materials and equipment, so it would be lovely if you could let us know if you'll be attending by either leaving a comment in response to this post, or by replying to one of Debbie's (our President) text or email reminders, if you've received those. The workshop will cost £5 for WI members (£8 for non-members), and here's the lowdown on what you need to know before the day...

1. You will need to bring your own fabric. We will be making a 50cm square cushion, so one cushion cover will require a 0.5 metre length of fabric. There will be a certain amount of fabric available for purchase on the day, but if you have very specific ideas about what you'd like to make it would be a good idea to choose your own fabric before the workshop.

2. Basic, inexpensive, cushion pads will be available to buy on the day. The cost will be £1.85, and if you'd like us to supply you with one of these, you must let us know by Wednesday 23rd January. If you'd prefer to buy your own cushion pad (if you'd like something a little plusher, or you always like to feel the quality before purchasing!) that's fine. Ikea, Dunelm Mill or the market are good places to look - just remember it will need to be 50cm square.

3. If you have a sewing machine of your own, please bring it along. There will be several machines available on the day, but the more the merrier really!

4. We will be supplying threads and other sewing equipment, but if you're already a stitcher and have your own kit it wont hurt to bring it along.

5. And finally, we'd just say have a think about what you'd like to do before the day. Get inspired, go hunting fabrics and trimmings in the shops, it's all part of the fun!

Just before I sign off, I'd also like to draw your attention to the new '2013 Events Calendar' that you'll see in the sidebar to the right of this post. Please click through and have a look at the fabulous programme of events we've already got lined up for this year - with more speakers and so on to be added! You can jot the dates in your diary now, and we'll be handing out a very useful purse-sized printed version in a forthcoming meeting, for all of our members to keep.

Hope to see you on Saturday 26th, and it would be fab if you could get in touch and let us know if you'd like to do the workshop.

xx


19 comments:

  1. yes ill be there but i though we were making bunting barbara

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    1. Hi, you are very welcome to make bunting, but we thought it might be easier to make it a single project session so we can all help each other out. But you being you can do what you would prefer.

      Debbie x

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  2. Hi, I'll be there and yes I would like a cushion pad please! X

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  3. Zoey is coming too and would also like a cushion pad please.

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    1. Hi no problem, are you and Zoey going to choose your own fabric? Or do you want me to bring something for you two? If you are buying pop down to the market, the B&M stall have some really nice things at reasonable prices. Dx

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  4. Hiya, I'll be "attempting" to make a cushion! I would like a cushion pad please.

    See you then x

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  5. I'll be there. I am inspired to make some new cushions for my settee in aubergine velvet with a little crocheted motif.

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    1. Jo will you need cushion pads?
      Dx

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  6. Hi, I will b there & I think I'll need a cushion pad too!!
    Claire

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  7. I may have missed to call for the cushion pad but if you haven't already bought them please may I have one too? I'll bring my own fabric. If you've already been out let me know and i'll get myself one.
    I also need a membership form please, am I able to pay by cheque? Won't be there til just after 12.30 as I have to work in the morning.
    Looking forward to it!

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    1. Hi Lauren, I'm getting the cushion pads next Thursday morning, so I will happily get you one. Look forward to seeing you. Debbie x

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    2. Thank you Debbie! Looking forward to it!

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  8. Hi, happy new year everyone. Really sorry but I won't be able to make the meeting next Saturday but hope you have a brilliant time and see you in February. Katharine

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  9. Hi, I'll be there on Saturday, and yes please, could you get me a cushion pad as well.
    Thanks
    Ann

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  10. hello this is the first time i've been able to make it to WI. I would really like some fabric and a cushion pad as i dont have any time to go and get some stuff myself. Am i too late?

    Also Debbie I have a friend who would like to come- can she?

    Lucie

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    1. Lucie, you are just in time, I'm off to Ikea now to get the cushion pads. Look forward to seeing you both there on Saturday. Dx

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  11. hi everyone, i'll be there but not cushioning as working at two. hopefully if some ribbon i've ordered from ebay arrives i'll make a start sewing some onto cushions i already have so they can be secured to dining chairs. so keeping the cushion theme! Kieren x

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  12. I'll be there sat x

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