Laura Ashley Blogger Workshop

We were  thrilled to be invited by Laura Ashley to host a bloggers event at the Laura Ashley Manor Hotel. We came up with a  design, using Laura Ashley‘s latest range of autumn winter fabrics, for an embellished  tote bag.

Laura Ashley tote bag

Not only was it a creative event, there was also an opportunity to look round the wonderful grounds of the hotel and to see the Laura Ashley Christmas ranges .


Before we started we were  treated to a sumptuous afternoon tea served on the latest Laura Ashley bone china with a variety of savories, cakes,  scones with jam and cream as well as a choice of every tea imaginable. It was a great opportunity to meet some inspirational and amazing bloggers.

Each blogger was given a stash of   fabric and we showed  them the tote bag design we had devised, then they got stuck in. The joy of teaching workshops is the variety of results one can achieve given the same set of materials.

Sewing on embroidery floss

Most of the bloggers had sewn before but even those who hadn’t were keen to have a go. Concentration

The afternoon ended with a competition to win a night for two at the hotel. Each entrant posted an image of  their finished bag and we  chose the winner. This was a difficult task as the entry level was very high.  The winner was Ashley Cramp from

We were fortunate enough to share part of our journey home with blogger Jodie May from A Hand Made Cottage  who has kindly posted our step by step tutorial on her blog. So thank you to her and to everyone else who made it such an enjoyable occasion.

A fab workshop organized by Laura Ashley, thanks so much for including us.





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