Thursday, 30 May 2013

Fiona Murray rocks my world.

I mean it. She really does. I'm going to show you a bunch of beautiful pictures. Those of you who have seen our craft studio will know that it's kinda pretty, a bit scruffy, full of clutter character and probably in need of a coat of paint. We have way too many craft supplies rammed in there, we have a framed horse tea towel on the wall, a David Bowie dress up doll and a bit too much bunting. This was the backdrop Fiona had to work with when photographing our dressmaking class with Roisin on Sunday.

Roisin, talking Hannah through the finer points of jaw-dropping frocks

 Our cluttered pin board, looking crisp and beautiful
 Some scruffy shelf. And a peg.
 A couple of chicks pinning some stuff.  And not on Pinterest.
Our dummy, Gertie, wearing a frock that is just a zip, some straps and
a jolly good ironing away from complete (watch this space for the finished article)

OK, so we're lucky both of our subjects are really beautiful and glamorous looking. And it was a bright and sunny day on Sunday when these were taken. And Hannah, under Roisin's expert tutelage, worked really hard to get the Colette Hazel dress to look almost complete for the final picture above - they really were an amazing pair.

But honestly, Fiona is is so talented. Amy and I want some Fiona goggles, so we can see the world looking as beautiful as this all day, every day. We're in good company, Kirstie Allsopp is also a fan.

The above pictures - you can see more on Fiona's Blog post - really show what Roisin's students get from their workshop. I know from feedback we've received that some people think this one is a bit pricey, but just think what you are getting for your money. Firstly, there is a Colette Pattern, worth nearly £14, that you get to take home and keep. Also included in the price is any thread, zips and other accessories you might need. You get to use our equipment and studio. We provide generous portions of home baked cakes and offer tea on demand, to keep you fed and watered whilst you work.

Last, but not least, you get a good deal of time to spend with your qualified teacher and talented seamstress, Roisin. The maximum class size for this workshop is just four, and it lasts for two full days. Compare this to evening classes at the local college; you only get 2 hours in each session, which no doubt whizzes by really quickly once you have settled down to do something. It's in the evening - for those of you who have been at work all day, is this the best time of day for you to be learning something new? College courses also tend to me more expensive, and you have take extra things with you (needles, threads etc). Most importantly, the class sizes are much larger, so you get very little one on one time with your teacher.

Fancy giving it a go? You can book yourself a spot on our next workshop here.

Berylune, 45 Park Street, Leamington Spa CV32 4QN. www.berylune.co.uk

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