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Cath Kidston Press Day #ckss14

I have been a fan of Cath Kidston for many, many years. So when they got in touch and asked if I’d like to attend a press day for the launch of their new prints for next year, there was only going to be one possible answer. A most definite yes. So I headed off to the Big Smoke & managed to find my way to the Rook & Raven gallery, where the day was being held. I had a good look round and took plenty of pictures. Take a look!

Brighton up your day

Brighton rocks spotty satchel floral measuring cups time for tea Giraffe Cushion

I was very excited to see what they would have to offer and I’m not disappointed. I like the new prints. I think they stay true to what people expect from Cath Kidston, but they’re different enough to keep us all interested, and boy am I interested! I’ll take one of everything please!

teapot jumper cath kidston teapot cushionstanley timer

cath kidston crochet blanket

Not only were there lots of lovely things to see, they also provided refreshments! (Love free food!) I have the most delicious tasting soup ever – A butternut squash and sage soup. Perfect for warming up, as it was bloomin’ freezing in London! I also received a goody bag, which included these gorgeous socks from the Safari range, a handy travel cup, which I plan to use asap and a lovely tote bag, also from the Safari range.

safari socksWhat do you think of the new prints? Which one is your favourite? I can’t decide between Tea Time, Spots & Budgies!

Cath Kidston Suffolk Puff Cushion

Suffolk Puff Cushion

A few months ago I attended a Cath Kidston craft night to launch her new book, Patch. AtSuffolk Puffs the event we were given material to make a suffolk puff cushion and we started making suffolk puffs.

Over the festive season, I decided that I wanted to finish it off & set about sewing some more suffolk puffs. 81 to be exact. 81 circles of fabric. I had no idea how long it would take to sew them. Yesterday, I’d finished all my paid work so thought I’d complete the whole thing in the morning. I only Suffolk Puff Cushionhad to make about 12 more puffs, stitch them together, make the cushion & attach the 9×9 rows of suffolk puffs.

Well, needless to say I didn’t have it finished by lunch! I was working on it from 8 until 5.30pm…and it still wasn’t done! I’d sewed the rows of puffs together & made the cushion cover. All I had to do was attach the puffs to the cover using slip stitch, which I hadn’t used before.

Technically, I was supposed to be working on a website this morning but I wasn’t going to leave the cushion sitting there – mocking me! So I’ve spent this morning attaching the top to the bottom. And it is finished! It looks pretty good. My cover isn’t exactly square so it isn’t sitting on the puffs at the correct angle but at this point, after this many hours, I don’t care! It’s finished and that’s enough for me! I had no idea that it would take this long to complete. This is why handmade products are so expensive. It took me over 10 hours to make. If I was to charge for this, my time alone would mean it cost £60.80. It’s a good job that I got the materials for free!

Cath Kidston Suffolk Puff Cushion

Suffolk Puff Brooches

Suffolk Puff Brooches

I have been inspired by my Cath Kidston Craft Night! I am pretty much addicted to makeing suffolk puff brooches. Not that this has helped me finish cushion cover!

It all started a week or so ago. I needed a present for a friend’s birthday. But I don’t have much money to spend on gifts. Then I decided that I would have a go at using my new skill to make a brooch for her. I used the same green material that’s in the picture below. I think I bought it from Lexi Loves in Cirencester ages ago. I’m not sure where the red fabric came from.

I’m thinking about putting some for sale on my Folksy shop. What do you think?

Suffolk Puff Brooches

Cath Kidston Craft Night

Crafty Bits at Cath Kidston

Crafty Bits at Cath KidstonBack in September, reading my Cath Kidston magazine, I noticed the offer of a free craft night to celebrate the launch of Cath’s new book: Patch. Now I love Cath, I love craft but more importantly, I love free stuff. Thinking that it’d be booked up already, I gave them a ring. Lo & behold…I was in! I couldn’t wait.

The aim of the evening was to make a Suffolk Puff cushion cover & all the materials & equipment were going to be provided. Awesome! Having never made a Suffolk Puff in my life, I was hoping it was going to be easy.

Upon arrival, I was greeted by friendly staff, free drinks & snacks. We were all given time to look around the shop and take advantage of the 15% discount. We were also told to pick some free raffle tickets. Job done. Lets get our sew on!

On one of the tables were cute little red & white stripey bags. Inside these were all the things we needed to make our suffolk puff cushion covers, including instructions so that we could finish them off at home.

Suffolk Puff Making at Cath KidstonAs it turns out, suffolk puffs aren’t tricky to make. You simply cut out circles from your chosen fabric, sew a running stitch around the edge, pull & secure. Job done. Then repeat about 40+ times until you have enough for your cover. I’ve yet to finish mine, despite the offer of £10 gift voucher for the first person to go back to the store with a completed one! I’m also deciding whether to keep the completed cover to myself or give away as a Christmas present so won’t be posting a pic of it until I’ve decided!

The time, as always with craft things, went really quickly. And I think I’m right in saying that the Oxford shop will be holding regular craft meet-ups for people to get together with their own crafty bits & pieces. This is a great idea. I love going to my Needles & Natter group so think that the craft group will be very popular.

Cath Kidston Sewing BoxAs time started to go, the shop manager asked us to get our raffle tickets out. I opened mine up, got them in numerical order & waited. ‘Number 56!’. OMG. I only went & had number 56 and won the bloomin’ raffle! I couldn’t believe it. I never win things. And the prize was big. Very big. I opened it & discovered a sewing box filled with all things sewing. I was & am still am so overwhelmed by this. The only sewing box I have is the one I inherited from my Nana so this will come in very handy. Thank you so much Cath Kidston! You made my month!