New Workshop...

Hey hey,

Looks who's back! Apologies again for disappearing I promise I've not been hibernating - if you follow me on Facebook and Insta you'll see I've been a busy bee with workshops and stitching lots doors (makes a change!)
Anywhoo I'm not here to prattle on about why I've not been blogging. I'm here to let you know about my new workshop (please insert drum roll here....)



Stitch your very own free motion embroidered house/ venue portrait


Ok so the title may not be that snappy but the workshop I think will be fab...



You'll get to come along and learn step by step how to create your very own venue portrait <3 I'll guide you through the different stages: from tracing your chosen building, through to stitching it then framing it up and personalising the mount with the house name, street or special message. We can add pops of colour using applique and if you'd like to we can add French knot flowers and chain stitched petals.



I know I would say this but I think it'll be a lovely workshop and you'll go away with a really special stitch (It could even make a lovely sentimental Christmas gift)



I am running my first workshop at Crafty Soul at The Plant Plot in Lichfield on Sunday 13th October 10 -3. I currently have 1 space left but I'll be sure to run plenty more if you fancy signing up or registering your interest please email me at hello@mayidesign.co.uk This workshop is a fab follow on from my beginners workshop and would suit people who have done a little bit of free motion machine embroidery before. 




Hope you have a wonderful weekend 


Meg xxxx

New Venue in Lichfield

Well hello there, Happy New Year!

Hope you had an amazing Christmas and new year and I hope 2019 has started well for you.

I have some super exciting news. I have a new venue to teach my free motion embroidery workshops and it's only in my home town of Lichfield (yipppeee!) 

It's at Foxglass Art space at Curborough Hall Farm Country Side Centre which is perfect, as not only is it gorgeous but has tons of free parking too! 





The Workshop is on Sunday 10th February 11am - 2.30pm. The class is totally suitable for beginners (I promise). You will learn how to hoop up your fabric and set your machine up ready to create wonderfully wobbly lines. 

You’ll then get to grips with using your machine without feed dogs, ‘drawing’ with your machine and adding splashes of colour with fabrics.

By the end of the class you’ll have a selection of sample pieces and have created your very own framed card to take away.  

If you'd like more information please email me at hello@mayidesign.co.uk 

I hope you can join me


Speak soon,
xx

Merry Christmas...

Merry Christmas...


Hope you all had a magical day

xxx

New *Christmas* Workshops

Good afternoon,

Hope you've had a good week. 

I'm so excited to tell you about a new workshop I'm now running.  It will be a full day workshop 10am - 4pm where you will learn how to use freehand machine embroidery to create a festive table runner for your Christmas table.



We will start the day getting to grips with using your sewing machine to stitch freehand machine embroidery and create wonderfully wobbly lines, before adding fabrics and experimenting with applique. We will then go on to design and make a fabulously festive table centre piece to wow family and friends on the big day! (and if we have time we'll add in some snazzy napkins)




I will be supplying a neutral natural linen colour cotton fabric but if you did have a specific fabric in mind please bring it along with you and I can check out it’s suitability for use with these techniques.

This class is available at New Brewery Arts - Cirencester, Bobbin Sewing School- Stockbridge and Sewcraft - Swindon. Please have a look at my workshop page for details on how to book. 

I can't wait I love Christmas and love crafting so I have a feeling we're going to have a hoot! 



If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me at hello@mayidesign.co.uk

Speak soon
xx



Doesn't time fly?

Good evening,

Firstly may I say sorry for the silence. I can’t believe that it was March since we last spoke.

 A lot has changed and without getting too deep into it I have split up with my fiancĂ©e and moved out into my own little pad (it’s sooo cute but very small with very little room to sew). This is why there has been radio silence from me as I get to grips with adulting and fending for myself! So far so good, my little place is still standing and I haven’t keeled over… yet! 

Because of this I haven’t had much space in my new place or in my noggin to do commissions and create new designs. If you have asked me for stitches your patience has been really appreciated.

This Christmas I won’t be taking on many commissions but I will still be teaching. I have a few new dates coming up where I’ll teaching you how to create a free motion embroidered Christmas card and also a brand spanking new workshop where we’ll be making a Christmas Table runner (I can’t wait for this one). I’m just finalising a few dates but I’ll get back to you asap (none of this 6 months of silence malarkey)!

Anyway thank you for your patience and I’ll try to post more often and not be such a stranger!

Speak soon (I promise).

xxx

March Meet The Maker - Week Four-ish

Good afternoon,

now I'm not meaning to jinx anything here but maybe, just maybe, Spring is beginning to sort itself out. The sun is shining here is Wiltshire and I've even hung washing out on the line! (it's the little things!)

So on to week 4 of March meet the maker... 

Day 20 *Tools and materials* 






My work is mainly created using freehand machine embroidery on a domestic sewing machine and I sometimes add a few hand embroidered stitches too. I use a hoop to keep my fabric drum tight, threads and embroidery floss as well as little splashes of appliqued fabrics too.

Day 21 *A day in the life of...* 








Today is not the ideal day to follow me as I'm off to the day job and not going to have time for any may I design work.... On my days off I tend to get up about 8ish have a nice brekkie and a strong coffee and then check emails.

If I have portraits to do I'll crack on with these wither sketching them out, inking them in or stitching them. I then have to frame the portrait, photograph them and get them packaged up really nice and safe to send off. Other days I maybe designing wedding stationery or teaching or eventually I'm going to come up with new designs... Each day is very varied and I love it.



Day 22 *Sketchbook and lists* 







I love stationery and pretty sketchbooks and notebooks! I also am an avid list writer! I do a to do list everyday to keep me on track and so I don't forget anything! I've just got to remember which notebook I wrote it in...

Day 23 *Hands at work* 





My house portraits have a few different stages: I draw them out onto paper first in pencil, then I ink them in so that I can see the lines more clearly to trace them onto calico, I then start stitching 

Day 24 *Achievements* 




Just over a year ago I'd never taught before and decided to give it ago. In school I hated reading out loud, at university I hated doing presentations but for some reason I felt i wanted to give teaching workshops in free-motion embroidery ago. The feedback has been lovely and the work fantastic. 7 workshops down and I hope many more to come. 

Believe you can and you're halfway there.


Day 25 *Being a maker means...* 



Finding something that makes you happy and creating things that hopefully makes others happy too <3


Okay so I may have spoken too soon, the weather has clouded over! Oh well at least its not (whispers) snowing!


See you next week
xx




March Meet The Maker - Week Three -ish

Good evening,

So we're well into March and isn't spring just wonderful, lots of sunshine, daffodils lining pathways, and blossom on the trees. HAAA just kidding... what is with this snow??! The weather is so confused at the moment but it needs to sort itself out -  I think I'm solar powered I need some sunshine.

On we go with March Meet the Maker I fell behind so have just spammed everyone on Instagram catching up today (Sorry!)...

Day 12: Postage and Packaging




Gotta love a polka dot! All my parcels are posted in polka dot tissue paper with a handwritten note from me. Happy post!

Day 13: Work Clothes




 (Excuse the polka dot face - I'm not that obsessed with them that I paint polka dots on each morning!) I usually seem to wear blue.. dark blue, navy blue, denim blue... today though I wore yellow... with a hint of blue! Luckily neither my day job or May I Design is particularly messy so smart casual goes! (Unless I'm working from home then PJs fit the Bill!)

Day 14 Dreams and Plans





These change on a daily basis I get so excited and jump head first into an idea then a few days later another 'brilliant' idea pops into my mind haha.

One thing that has stayed consistent is I'd love my own garden studio like this one off Pinterest where I can teach workshops with a gorgeous view (I'd also like a big, gorgeous garden too) and I'd love to have my own gallery that sells the work of new designer/makers and also allows them to teach workshops in their medium... one day! Oh and I've had another idea.......



Day 15:

Head over to Instagram to see this.. Boomerang I'm not going to lie these boomerang things stress me out a little, I think it's the continuous loop! But I've given it a whirl and a big 'HELLO'


Day 16: Helpers



I am so lucky that both my parents are so supportive of my craftyness! Dad is super helpful with technical drawing and also there's not a single thing that man doesn't have stored in a tin or tub somewhere!

My mum is also so supportive, she listens and offers advice with every aspect of my business and keeps me on track when I have random ideas I want to follow. I really don't think I'd have kept going if it wasn't for them being so encouraging and supportive. I'm a very lucky girl



Day 17 : Customers & Feedback




I swear I have the best customers the feedback for my portraits and classes are so lovely! It makes all the hardwork worth it! And it's true lovely feedback does make creative's do a happy dance - well I do anyway!

Day 18: Inspiration




I am super inspired by quaint buildings and cute doors. I'm not sure what it is they just fill me with happy! Being so near the Cotswolds I'm not far from a shed load of inspiration.


Day 19: Can't Live Without



Bar the obvious of my trusty sewing machine I think next it would be a strong brew and a to do list... I love a list! I'm got the memory of a very forgetful goldfish so lists are a must. There's something so satisfying about crossing things off the days to do list!


See you next week! Let's hope Spring remembers to arrive by then!

xx