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The amazing Amazings! And a giveaway for all you lovely readers!

June 21, 2013 · 10 comments

A few weeks ago I was contacted by The Amazings. To be honest I had never previously heard of them but I had a good read of their website and was instantly a fan of what they are doing. They are based in London and run classes and courses taught by elders (all the teachers are over 50 years of age).The elders are incredibly skilled and have years and years of experience to pass on to their pupils. The idea is for these experts to pass their knowledge on in order to help prevent these skills being lost to the new generation. The courses cover so many different things, bread- making, retro hair styling and crochet to name a few!

Understandably these classes have been a great success but The Amazings’ audience was limited geographically to London and so they have decided to take advantage of the wonder that is the internet and are now offering fantastic online courses too! They contacted me to see if I would be interested in having a look at these new online classes and giving some feedback.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am a short course junkie- I think a list of all the classes I have taken since my degree would fill the rest of this blog post! Hehe! I can genuinely say that what I have learnt from short courses and my mother has been of far more use and value to me than any of my formal education. I have five A4 binders in my dresser that are all full of detailed notes from hundreds of hours of Illustrator and photoshop online classes. My sewing skills are something I started to learn at home as a child and I learnt patterncutting and tailoring purely from evening classes (and the odd good book of course!) I am currently taking a French class once a week, and I have even started making my own sewing videos. So needless to say I was delighted to oblige and watch some of the Amazings’ new videos and spread the word of this new range of classes available!

The videos are formatted differently to anything I have seen before- the elder isn’t teaching to the camera but instead the video is a recording of them teaching someone else. This makes for a fantastically chatty and informal style and also introduces the opportunity for questions to be asked; questions the viewer is quite possibly wondering themselves!

One of the courses I watched was on Heirloom quilting which was coincidentally one of the first things I learnt to do with a needle and thread. The quilt is made entirely by hand which makes it fantastic for relaxing in front of the television with! Virginia, the tutor, is full of fantastic tips and knowledge of the background of quilting too.

One of the best things about these hexagonal quilts is that each little piece of fabric is pretty tiny and they can be a complete jumble of different fabrics- this makes them the PERFECT project for us fashion sewers! So stop throwing away ANY scraps. Obviously the video was incredibly inspiring becuase I got started on mine straight away! I also asked my mother to send me a couple of photos of the beautiful quilt she made in this way as I was growing up (below!). AND I went on eBay and managed to find one of the vintage Laura Ashley hexagonal patchwork kits Virginia mentions in the video.

Laura Ashley Quilt

On a non sewing related note the Retro hair styling video is fantastic! Being a huge lover of vintage styles but totally useless at achieving them, I was curious to see if the course would remedy this. The styles are really for slightly longer hair than mine but Michael shows you exactly how to put heated rollers in which was a pretty big revelation as I have always failed miserably with mine. So I dusted them off and gave it another go! It was a vast improvement on the unintentional ‘I went swimming this morning and just woke up from a nap’ look I was managing to master previously so I think with a bit of practice there may be some hope for me. Haha! For those of you with slightly longer locks this video is a must watch if you love retro hairstyles.

They are adding to the online class list each week and there is a new one that I haven’t managed to check out yet that shows you how to up-cycle a man’s shirt into a Summer dress which looks fantastic!

The Amazings have kindly let me give all my readers a free class to watch so below is the link and you can pick an online course of your choice completely for free! Make sure you definitely check them out and watch one!

The Amazings – Free Course

Also, they are currently looking for some new elders with craft skills so if you are over 50 and want to pass on your knowledge and expertise then there is a section on the website where you can apply to become an Amazing!

Let me know if you do take a class and what you think!

Thanks for reading! 

A quick legal note: The Amazings invited me to review their courses and gave me free access to their site for that purpose. I have received no other payment for this post and the content is my own.

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Katy June 21, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Thank you for the link to the free class. I’d like to do the curtain making one!
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amelialowden June 24, 2013 at 5:32 pm

You’re welcome! :)
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Ari B June 22, 2013 at 11:45 pm

This is Amazing :) Thanks!

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amelialowden June 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Hehe- was that a deliberate pun?!
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Danka June 23, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Ami, this is amazing indeed! I’ve always been curious on a hexagon quilt and as it happens my friend and I have a summer plan of making a quilt together, so this post is hugely inspirational! Thank you for the giveaway! xx
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amelialowden June 24, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Ah fab! How lovely to make a quilt together- like in the film ‘How to make an American quilt’! :)
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Isabel June 24, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Just found your blog! Love your sewing projects :)

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amelialowden July 3, 2013 at 10:47 am

Thanks Isabel! Very pleased to hear that! :)
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joelle June 27, 2013 at 6:57 pm

hi! i just found your blog, it’s beautiful, and i get a free class!? i love you already! thanks

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Maxim November 19, 2013 at 10:35 am

thanks for imformation and hello from Russia!

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