Lampshades and Zip-Wrangling.

Sharon McGuiness has written this post about a recent LFWI workshop.

January 16th found me up at a, quite frankly, unprecedented hour on a Saturday morning aSharon textilesnd on the M6 heading for a day’s Home Furnishing course at the NW federation offices in Leyland. Thanks to winter finally arriving that morning and having spent rather longer than expected defrosting the car I arrived (only just) in time and skidded into a seat with my sewing machine and a metre of fabric in hand ready to find out how on earth we were going to transform a flat piece of material into a 3D lampshade!

Any trepidation I had about my relative lack of crafting experience was soon dispelled by meeting the rest of the group Р8 other ladies from a selection of other WIs with hugely varied levels of sewing skills and all totally lovely Рand our instructor Sharon. She soon helped us to get started cutting out and reinforcing our fabric and then the slightly tricky process of attaching the rings to form a cylinder. Everyone rallied round and helped each other though and we soon all had very professional looking lampshades on our benches! After lunch, we used the rest of the material to make cushions and Sharon did a masterclass on zip-wrangling as well as showing us how to do appliqu̩. All fuelled by laughter, fun and copious tea, coffee & biscuits.

All in all, I had a wonderful day and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend doing a course or workshop with the WI. I’m looking out for my next one already!