Monday, 21 March 2011


Last week I travelled to Cobham (not strictly south London) only 20 minutes on the train from Clapham Junction and it was well worth the trip. Having never been to Cobham before I was greeted with pretty houses, a helpful taxi driver and a stunning place called the Medicine Garden which is hard to describe as we don’t have anything like it in London, but words which spring to mind are, relaxing and nurtured, as It’s still being landscaped and restored. I can’t wait to go back in the summer to see how it has grown and to enjoy the gardens.

Nestled in the Medicine Garden is MakeMe Workshops in what resembles a cute stable conversion, which I totally had craft envy over when I arrived. MakeMe workshops has not one button, thread or felt out of place.  Everything has a place and every work station has its own sewing machine, iron and ironing board. Too perfect is not a phrase which can be associated with MakeMe, just right is how I’d describe it.

Knowing that many craft courses require a weekly commitment or a whole day, MakeMe Workshops are different, usually taking place on a morning or afternoon. They’re great courses which last a few hours and you leave with something gorgeous (and a few extra lbs from the delicious chocolate brownies and tasty cherry and ginger sponge) to go home with.
Melissa set up MakeMe Workshops last summer and I decided to pop down because they offer a great selection of courses, some of which I can’t always find in south London, i.e. felting, silver bracelet making, furniture stencilling, photography for parents, Spring flower arranging and many more. 
This picture doesn't do the felt flowers justice.
Best to see them in the flesh or felt!

From one of the many jewellery making workshops
The course I attended was the union jack cushion making course, there was only 4 of us, but the smaller groups make it much easier to get one to one help from the tutor and also having individual work stations makes it easier to achieve your finished article in the short time.
Between drinking tea, eating cake and sewing together a cushion the time flew by. The tutor was very patient and was able to accommodate people of all levels but especially beginners and at the end we had created some amazing cushions!
Beginners sewing workshop
I would whole hearted recommend MakeMe workshops, not just because the surrounds are amazing, but because I believe that they have a great selection of courses, for all levels of people, which are reasonably priced.

Cupcake Workshop
Decopatch workshop
MakeMe also run children’s workshops  - Sticky Fingers Cupcakes, Decopatch, Mini-MakeMe Junior Jewells and Creative Creatures (sew a monster)

Children's Creative Creatures

Contact details – MakeMe Workshops, The Medicine Garden, Downside Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 3LU,,

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