Cow Studio Winter Craft Party!

Creative Open Workshops in Birmingham get crafty with Laura Ashley fabric… read more

There’s always a wonderful buzz at the studio when we are getting all of our tutors and some regular customers together for a Laura Ashley Craft Party. The excitement of working with new fabrics almost gets the better of us, while we ponder masterpiece upon masterpiece just through the sight of them.

What I love about organising these afternoons is the energy in the room, while everyone is working on a truly unique and different design. This time round we’ve made gems such as a Satchel-style laptop sleeve, Ornamental Mushrooms, Fabric Storage Baskets and a cute 50s Style Apron to boot!

Laura Ashley’s A/W fabric range includes a delicate blend of tonal floral and leaf patterns with a hint of camomile yellow to brighten the home this season. What we love about the materials we’ve picked for our projects is how they all subtly compliment each other, while mixing up the patterns for each item.

The Ashcroft Leaf Linen mix fabric was paired beautifully with the Hydrangea Floral, for Helen’s fabric storage bucket. The muted tones of the linen give it an understated beauty, while its mustard lining draws out a bit of a punch from the hydrangea’s camomile. With fabrics this stunning, it is a pleasure to have storage baskets dotted around the home to hold your craft supplies or even magazines and odd bits & pieces.

The Ashcroft Leaf fabric is the star of Emilie’s cute little pleat-detail clutch too. The turquoise/emerald zip and Curzon Cotton pinwheel gently underline this fabric’s natural cool.

Helena’s floral tote makes a statement by combining two bold fabrics. The subtle grape Pussy Willow and Hydrangea Floral are both echoing the mustard lining and playful Suffolk puffs accessories. There is a tiny golden glow of yellow in the Pussy Willow print that makes this mix so irresistible!

Madeline’s large shopper shows another great example of how versatile the Ashcroft Leaf linen is. Offset against the Cottonwood linen/cotton blend it demonstrates the natural warm hues of the natural linen. The cute leaf shaped additions on the bag’s handles emphasizes the fabric’s print.

The Paisley Emperor has been transformed into a stunning ornamental mushroom and Cottonwood makes another appearance in Sara’s sweet craft apron!

Francine Schokker – Owner – Creative Open Workshops


Hi, lovely work. How do I join the group. I love all crafts and would love to learn something new and as lovely as what you make. X

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