General ramblings, My Make Do and Mend Year

The Amazings

Ever wanted to learn a new skill but there are no classes locally?

Well, now all your problems may well be over (in relation to learning new skills, can’t promise this will fix other life issues…) thanks to a range of new online course from The Amazings that they have asked me to review!

Have you heard of The Amazings?

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It is a project set up in London last year offering” fun, friendly, informal, classes and courses for you to learn everything from feltmaking to joinery to journalism — directly from people with lifetime knowhow”. And this is the unique, and ‘Amazing’ bit, all of the teachers are over 50. And they are all “passionate about their interest, and want to share their wisdom”.

I love this concept-making sure that the wealth of knowledge, and the vast range of the skills that the older generations possess do not just die out and that they are passed onto the next generations (and let’s face it, many of these skills have somehow passed us all by-I wasn’t even taught basic sewing at school…)

Up until now, the courses have only been in London, but they are in the process of launching a raft of Online Courses, and they got in touch with me to have a little peek at the first of these.

I was given access to 4 courses to review:

  • Make a Mosaic Flower Pot-this one is pretty simple but would definitely be enough to get you started if you wanted to have a go
  • Make Your Own Natural Beauty Products-I really liked this one-it showed you how to make a total of 6 different beauty products, and had a downloadable PDF of all the recipes too. I am definitely going to try out some of these, and they would make great pressies too!
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Sea Salt Body Scrub

  • Retro Hair Do-I think I am getting glammed up if I even blow-dry my hair, so this was a little out of my league, but the idea is to take the fear factor out of doing your own ‘Up-Do’. Didn’t quite work for me-any talk of heated rollers and I am running for the hills, but if it’s your kind of thing, then it would be cool to be able to sit and work through the videos, and obviously you can rewind and re-play as many times as you like!
  • Make an Heirloom Patchwork Quilt-this is really great. I have always been quite scared of Patchworking, but this takes you through step by step how to hand-sew a hexagon patchwork quilt, using reclaimed fabrics. I am now far more likely to have a go 🙂

I think it’s a great project, and I am pleased that they are making online courses, so that it is more accessible to more people.
The courses give you a really good taster, and are informative without being stuffy, and certainly have inspired me to actually have a go at a couple of things I probably wouldn’t otherwise have done.
I guess the disadvantage is that you don’t get the social aspect of actually going to physically learn a new skill, which can be really beneficial, and the teacher is not on hand to immediately answer any questions (although you can send them a question, and they get back to you). But the fact that you can access the course from the comfort of your own sofa, and that you can review it over and over again, I think far outweighs the disadvantages.

New courses are being added all the time-one a week for the rest of the year, so chcek it out-you are sure to find one you like! You can find the full range as it stands at the moment here-I am eyeing up the Upcycle a Men’s Shirt into a Summer Dress one, especially after my last Upcycling disaster….

UPDATE!!! The Amazings have just given me a code for you lovely lot to use to get your first online course for FREE!!!! Here it is

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  • Reply Farzana June 24, 2013 at 10:54 am

    Hi Jen, just wanted to say another huge thanks for the review, you have some great and lovely followers here that I’m sure The Amazings can cater to :). x

    • Reply Jen June 24, 2013 at 11:25 am

      Thanks Farzana. And thanks for the code-have just added it to the post 🙂

  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo June 22, 2013 at 9:18 am

    oooh, how exciting, shall certainly be perusing this. Im slightly obsessed with making ‘scrappy’ quilts at the mo (as you may have seen), the problem I have is getting them finished. Thanks for the great review. :o)

    • Reply Jen June 22, 2013 at 11:23 am

      I too have a pile of unfinished projects (although not quilts!) I think it is obligatory for any kind of crafter 🙂

  • Reply Louisa June 21, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Sounds like such a good idea! We could do with more initiatives like this across the rest of the UK – I’d definately attend a class! x

    • Reply Jen June 22, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Do you think you would do an online one Louisa?

      • Reply Louisa June 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm

        I might do – I quite like the Retro Hair Do course 🙂
        It’s a shame they’re only based in London though, I think I’d quite like the personal touch of a face to face course. x

        • Reply Jen June 24, 2013 at 11:58 am

          Have just added a link Louisa, so you can get your first course free! Nothing to lose 🙂

  • Reply Hilary June 21, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Hadn’t heard about The Amazings so thank you, will be giving them the once over this weekend.

    • Reply Jen June 22, 2013 at 8:18 am

      Quite excited about all the online courses they are planning-definitely worth checking out!

  • Reply Anona Mead June 21, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    suddenly dawned on me when you re-cycled the t.shirt into a less than flattering frock that if you had sewn rows of shirring elastic for the depth of the boob area and added straps from the left over sleeves etc you would have had a very acceptable garment. Straps just take that slightly to risqué look off. You will probably find a tutorial on youtube for machine shirring. If I can do it anyone can.Anona

    • Reply Jen June 22, 2013 at 8:17 am

      Thanks Anona. Shirring always looks quite scary to me-will check out You Tube!

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