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It’s official! I am now Flax and Loom!

I am no longer trading as The Cosy Bag Company. I am now trading as Flax and Loom.

My shop and new website have gone live (from 1 January 2015), so please keep following me by heading over to the new site flaxandloom.co.uk  You will find my shop to purchase my unique handmade products, information about my workshops and my blog too! Hope you will visit!

Have a wonderful 2015.

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Christmas gift making workshops

Fri 28 & Sat 29 November, Fri 5 December and Sat 6 December 

Cosy Christmas gift making workshops will be running again this year. Come along and enjoy the company of others to make some lovely personalised gifts for friends and family, or to make some decorations for your own home. If it’s cold outside I will have the log burner to keep you warm, whilst enjoying mulled wine & mince pies to get you in to the festive spirit!

The options to make this year will be:

Option 1

Drawstring bags – small, medium or large. You choose the size to suit the type of bag you want to make.

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You can design your bag to specifically suit the person you are making it for – anything from a child’s PE bag or laundry bag (make it really personal with the name and perhaps things they like appliquéd on) to a pretty slipper bag or lingerie bag for a friend, or even a laundry bag for your mans sports gear!

Option 2

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Tea & coffee cosies – the perfect gift for tea or coffee lovers!

Option 3

Lavender hearts or bags

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Option 4

Buntings – either seasonal to decorate your home this Christmas, or as a gift for any time of year, or perhaps for a child’s room

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Option 5

Handmade brooches

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Twiddling my thumbs……

…..in more ways than one!

It was one of those weekends when I was all up to date with preparation for workshops. I caught up on housework and all those little mending jobs that I had intended doing for quite some time … I then remembered…. I had some lavender drying in the cupboard that had been there since, ooh longer than I care to remember! It was well stored, so as not to lose any of its vital aroma. So I got to work ….. twiddling my thumbs! By that I mean wriggling each stem of lavender between my  fingers and thumbs until all the little dried buds dropped away and congregated below into my basket.  Gathering it up and quickly sealing it away before any of that wonderful aroma was lost. Mmmm… I just love that smell. It’s so calming. No wonder it’s used to induce sleep.IMG_3624

 

 

 

 

 

 

But that wasn’t the only task I had on my mind to do. I had recently made a bag for my Etsy shop from a lovely green tweed, which as I was making, had felt in two minds about selling. (I often feel like that when working with some of the lovely fabric I have the opportunity to use). I had some fabric over, so thought it the ideal opportunity to make a bag for myself! I had an old leather button which I love and had wanted a project to use it on!  All in all, it worked out a very productive weekend…. twiddling my thumbs!

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Happy New Year!

The New Year has started well with  my  ‘Next Stitch’ intermediate bag making workshop.  I’m itching now to start some new IMG_2931style workshops for this year.IMG_2944IMG_2938

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How many of you have got a new sewing machine, with every intention of becoming a sewing bee, but are reluctant to admit – it’s still sitting in its box unopened! Perhaps you just need that little push to make a News Years resolution to brush off the dust and read through the guidance notes and begin your first project! Hmmm –  all well and good, but sometimes, you just need that little extra help.

Look no further! I will be running the first of my ‘Back to Basics’ in February. This is a great opportunity to learn how to use a machine for the first time, so you can plan some simple projects for the Spring. My new bunting making workshop will be a good place to start or perhaps a cushion cover workshop? All my workshops are listed on my ‘Which Workshops is Best for Me’ page. For images of recent workshops go to my blog here.


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What goes up ……..must come down!

I thoroughly enjoyed running the first of my Roman blind making workshops last Saturday. Four enthusiastic sewers arrived and set to work. They all made such lovely blinds (Becky & Kerry pictured below). For more images click here. I’ll be running more soon, so if you are interested, keep an IMG_0525eye open for dates coming up on my calendar.IMG_0527


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Curtain making workshop

I am pleased to say the first of the curtain making workshops which I ran on Saturday was a great success. For images of the day go to my tumblr blog. More will be following soon, so keep a check on my calendar page for dates! The first of my roman blind making workshops will be on Saturday 13 April. If you want to book on, I have a special introductory offer! Contact me for details.

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Crochet workshops

I get a lot of pleasure from seeing the products you make following the workshops I run. A perfect example of this is from Debbie pictured here, a regular visitor to many of my workshops. I was so pleased & impressed this week when she attended a Mix ‘n’ Match workshop to see this lovely crocheted granny square blanket she’d made to show me. That’s dedication! I loved it so much I just had to take a photo. I was hoping she would forget to take it home with her! Well done Debbie you did a fantastic job. I am awarding you the Cosy Bag Company seal of approval!

New dates for March & April crochet sessions are on my calendar on the workshop page.

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