Last night I had the wonderful pleasure of joining 11 other crafty ladies in Cambridge for a Cath Kidston craft evening. At an absolute bargain of £2.50 for materials, tea and cake – it was an opportunity not to be missed.
Hugely excited and with my shopping list mentally prepared (15% off too!), I arrived to find the Cath Kidston girls Leanne, Jen and Natalie had prepared a lovely work space with fabric scraps, ribbon, jars, ric rac and all sorts laid out.
A wonderful coffee cake had been prepared and tea was served (in CK mugs, natch). We were ready to go!
As the ‘make’ is not revealed until the night, we were all in suspense as to what we would be creating. Jen soon revealed that we would all have our very own Kilner Jar Pin Cushion to take home at the end of the evening, courtesy of a tutorial from domestic godess Martha Stewart.
As we got stuck into our cutting, glueing and customising, people shared stories of their favourite local shops, craft groups and blogs. Some people hadn’t yet discovered the super Sheep Shop, so there was much excitement about their knitting group and crochet classes. I will be blogging about them in a couple of weeks, so watch this space.
The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, with the CK girls sharing craft tips and their favourite ranges in store. We all had a thorough browse of the products on offer (the Cambridge store is HUGE!) and gushed over the Jubilee and London/Olympic ranges. CK really has some great things on offer at the moment if you are feeling truly patriotic.
An hour or two later, we had finished our pin cushion jars, stacked up our purchases and assembled our creations for a group photo. Everyone had chosen a different way to customise and there was a great range including embroidery, buttons, ribbons and more.
I chose buttons and ric rac to decorate my jar and I absolutely did not superglue a button to my finger, honest!
When I arrived home, I couldn’t wait to share my creation and fill it with my bobbins.
It’s not flawless, but I love it. As you will remember from my A Handmade Challenge Post, I do have a teeny obsession with jars at the moment, so this project was perfect.
I couldn’t leave the shop without a little fabric splurge of course, but I managed to resist the buttons….Those who follow me on instagram will know that I also bought the bike seat cover last week.
Have you been to any Cath Kidston events or craft nights? What are your faves from the range? Or maybe you have tried some projects from the books? Do share and link to your CK creations, I’d love to see.
P.S. Shameless Plug! On the subject of ‘creations’, my clever bf has made a really fun game called Amazeballs for Android phones. If you have a chance to download and play, please do!