At the beginning of this year I booked a place on one of the sewing workshops held at Liberty’s department store. This weekend I attended this workshop. It was AWESOME. In the quietest possible way, of course. Liberty just get things right. From the, frankly just perfect, floor to ceiling, dark oak panelled Heritage Suite in which the session took place (Mr Libbo’s old office apparently), to the size of the class (eight very agreeable ladies), to the surprise afternoon tea. I LOVE YOU SURPRISE AFTERNOON TEA! We sewed. We tea-ed. We chatted about memories of our Grandmothers and shared details of our favourite fabric suppliers. I have rarely felt so absolutely content in the company of strangers.
On a more practical note, Liberty supplies you with a half-metre of so of different fabrics and the cathedral window technique is fiddly enough to make you feel like a patchworking badass (yet really quite simple once you get the hang of it) and resulting in people being as impressed by a cushion cover as they would be with an evening of magic tricks. Janet Goddard, our session guide, is a lovely lady. One of the universe’s gentle energies. Approachable, down to Earth and the owner of one of the most impressive sewing boxes I’ve ever seen. It was nearly five feet long. She’s my new heroine.
I can’t recommend Sew Liberty highly enough. Go, go, go. I’ll be booking my next afternoon of heaven as soon as I can.