Laura Ashley Craft Day

The thing with the internet is there is always someone being more creative and crafty than you, if you are me that is not difficult, I have very little craft experience or knowledge. I like the idea of craft but I never get around to ‘being craft’.

When I was invited to a craft day with Laura Ashley I thought this would be an opportunity to find my inner creative crafter, to be craft.


A gaggle of Bristol Bloggers gathered around a big table, amongst us various levels of craft knowledge. We were guided by the Crafty Hen and over the course of day made two projects. We covered a book, which required over-coming the challenge of double-sided sticky tape. After lunch we made Yo-yo’s, otherwise known as Suffolk Puffs, which required over coming the challenge of sewing.

It was lovely to have the satisfaction of making something, I learnt a little and had so much fun. Crafting with other people is a great way to spend an day, while it’s absorbing and in a way relaxing despite struggles with double-sided tape, it is a wonderful activity to chat over. We laughed over our mistakes and congratulated each other on the triumphs of the afternoon – which were many, while I managed to make a brooch other people made some fantastic creations, which you can see on the Laura Ashley blog (link below).


I used the Summer Palace fabric, off white/duck egg fabric to wrap my book. It’s from the New Spring Summer range, it’s a lovely fabric, beautiful quality. It seemed a shame to wrap it around a book, so when I was offered some fabric to take away I grabbed the opportunity. I have a beautiful swath of Francesca Apple fabric which I shall ask an obliging Auntie to make into a cushion for our bedroom.

I’ve loved browsing the Laura Ashley catalogue there are some gorgeous palettes and I’ve added some of the lighting, fabric and rugs to my wish list.

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Photos from the day and more information about the fabrics can be found on The Laura Ashley Blog.

The day was organised by Joe Blogs, they are a great source of Brand and Blogger matching. Bloggers: if you aren’t signed up to their newsletter, I recommend it.

The day was compliments of Laura Ashely and Joe Blogs.


  1. Karen Barlow

    Glad you enjoyed your crafting day Gemma. I used to work for Laura Ashley & they have consistently beautiful product! Thanks for the link to Joe Bloggs, I’ve just signed up so I’m one step away from a new bloggers event hopefully! x

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