Crafting the Seasons at Liberty

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All photographs in this post by Katharine Peachey.

When I was six years old, I was a flower girl at my Aunt’s wedding. I wore a dress that my Grandma had made for me. Silky-soft white cotton with a blue floral print and a wide, silver ribbon sash. That dress, which still hangs at the back of my wardrobe, was made from Liberty Tana Lawn. Twenty years later, on my own wedding day, my two smallest bridesmaids followed me down the aisle in handmade white dresses with a blue floral print, in that same, uniquely gorgeous, Liberty Tana Lawn.

Liberty London is an icon, and institution, and a shop like no other. I can clearly remember the first time that I stepped through its hallowed doors and made my way to the fabric department, gazing around me in hushed delight. A love of Liberty print has stayed with me ever since that little dress, and over the years I have collected and treasured small lengths of Tana Lawn, using it sparingly in my sewing, saving every last scrap.

Having been one of the bloggers invited to help Katy and Charlotte to launch their Styling the Seasons project (you can see my contributions to date over on Instagram, and in my Monthly Patchworks posts), I was thrilled to be on the guest list for their inaugural Crafting the Seasons event (not least because they sent out the coolest invitations ever!). The icing on the cake was that they hosted their craft afternoon at Liberty.

I was in absolute heaven. A cosy, wood-panelled room in the heart of Liberty, a fabulous spread of afternoon tea, a collection of lovely and talented bloggers, a selection of haberdashery prettiness courtesy of The Home Makery, and a table piled high with -oh, the bliss of it- Liberty Tana Lawn. Afternoons really don’t get better than that, or at least, not in my book.

I’ll be sharing my crafty handiwork as part of a festive Styling the Seasons blogpost next month, but in the meantime, these are some photographs of the day, taken by talented photographer Katharine Peachey. An absolutely huge thank you to Katy and Charlotte, and to Hannah and Anna at Liberty. It was an utterly perfect afternoon, you truly made a dream come true (and I am still swooning over the goody bag). A big thank you too, to my all fellow bloggers, who were fantastic company and a crafty inspiration to behold. Do go and visit their blogs and see how they have been styling the seasons…

Lou at Littlegreenshed/ Alexis at Something I Made/ Heather at Growing Spaces/ Tamsyn at The Villa on Mount Pleasant/ Jeska at Lobster and Swan/ Lisa at Betty and Walter/ Melanie at Geoffrey and Grace/ Amy at Daisy Fay/ Soumaya at Made by Molu/ Ruth at The Planned Adventure/ Hannah at  Hannah in the House/ Sarah-Lou at Lapin Blu/ Jo at The Only Place and, of course, Katy at Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte at Lotts and Lots

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