Embrace Your Creative Side With Make & Do Craft Club

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Kate's lotus flower decorationsI enjoy a good craft project, but left to my own devices, I never get round to actually putting needle to thread and making something. But that all changed this weekend, as I dodged the cold November weather, and spent Sunday afternoon happily learning some basic origami and sewing skills in the Hop Poles pub in Hammersmith.

Make & Do is a brand new craft club run by expert knitter, embroiderer and general crafter, Kate Buchanan. Popping up in pubs and cafes all over London, each workshop teaches a new craft technique, and you’ll get to make something you can take home with you.

Sunday’s class focused on last-minute Christmas gifts, and we learnt how to make simple yet impressive looking lotus flower table decorations, a mobile phone cover personalised with our own design, and a knotted bead bracelet.

All materials are provided, and we could even take home any extra buttons, sequins and thread if we wanted to continue with our projects.

Kate is on hand to help with any questions – whether you’re a beginner like me, or a more advanced crafter who needs advice on your latest project.

My attempt at the mobile phone coverAnd did I mention there were plenty of biscuits, homemade cake and tea to keep you going?

I left the class with dreams of throwing sophisticated dinner parties, and wowing my guests with my incredible table decorations! And I’ve even had a request for a bespoke mobile phone cover.

If you fancy trying your hand at knitting, crochet and origami, the next Make & Do meeting is on the 8 December at the Hoop & Grapes pub. Visit www.make-and-do.co.uk to book your place.


  1. Lettice says:

    That looks like so much fun! I love your sewing!

  2. Cool to see so many other groups now getting crafty in London!

  3. Kate says:

    Glad you liked the workshops Jenny! More workshops are planned in the new year, including How to Knit and other knitting techniques at the end of January. Sign up to the website to receive more information: http://www.make-and-do.co.uk