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new learn modern calligraphy with Laura E Patrick

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Join Laura E Patrick for an enjoyable evening learning modern calligraphy in the tearoom at 6pm on Tuesday 20th October.

Lessons are taught by Laura who will guide you through the basics of modern calligraphy, including how to hold the pen, pen pressure and learning the modern alphabet. During the class you’ll be encouraged to develop your own style, and be left with lots of good resources to get you inspired to keep practising and ideas on how to put your new skill to good use.
Tea and cake will be provided by Cushion & Cake This class is suitable for the complete beginner and is a fun activity for creative types looking for a new skill, brides to be, or just for those with an appreciation of beautiful lettering who want to learn a new hobby.
What you’ll get:
·         An introduction to modern calligraphy and how it differs to traditional calligraphy
·         2 hours of calligraphy instruction, including 1 on 1 help where needed
·         A personalised modern calligraphy kit, ideal for beginners including a small pot of ink, Nikko G nib, penholder and paper
·         Loads of ideas and tips for using your calligraphy and lettering in your own projects
Price £30

Book now to avoid disappointments on Laura’s website


Are ye’ dancing?

Monday, 23 June 2014

We had a super day for our vintage tea dance yesterday. The sun was shining, the table was set for afternoon tea and all guests turned up ready to dance!


The table was covered in the prettiest fabric, tea lights, flowers and all of my lovely china.


The Overnewton Centre where we held our tea dance wasn’t the prettiest of places so we had to seriously dress it up with fabric, lots of fabric and bunting.


Along with all of my china and linens i decanted all of the chairs from the tearoom to create the right look for the tea dance.


It was a lot of fun styling the venue for the event. I loved arranging the flowers and setting the table.


It wasn’t long before every one was on the dance floor!


The dance floor was packed! Everybody was keen to learn some dance steps.


Did I mention we served homemade lemonade on arrival?


We had make up artists from Butterfly Medi Spa who created vintage styled make up for revelers.IMG_4119

Dancers Sam & Paul were great teaching the steps to each dance. The crowd wanted more so I don’t think this will be our last tea dance…


rag rug making workshop 7th june 2014

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Do you ever wonder what to do with fabric scraps? I know I never throw mine out so I have bags of little pieces of fabric I don’t quite know what to do with. In this workshop you’ll find the very thing to do with such fabric, making a rag rug of course with Flora McPherson.

This full day workshop includes tools, equipment and refreshments. You should bring fabric scraps and remnants. Classes must be booked in advance and cost £40 per person. Click on the poster for a link to Flora’s website.

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This class will take place in Cushion & Cake too 62 Old Dumbarton Road (across from tearoom) on 7th June 10am-4pm

jewellery making with glasgow bead box

Join Addison from Glasgow Bead Box in Cushion & Cake too on Wednesday 21st & 28th May for beginners jewellery making classes. Addison makes her own jewellery under the name Freak Carousel and really knows her stuff.


Classes are £12 each and include all materials to make something fabulous.

Classes will take place in Cushion & Cake too 62 Old Dumbarton Road (across the road from the tearoom)

You can get in touch and book via her Facebook

cute felt bunny tutorial

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Easter is fast approaching and I love to decorate with an Easter theme. I always put up my Easter tree complete with painted eggs and homemade fabric birds.


I was having a look on the good ol’ internet for some Easter craft supplies when I came across this tutorial from Purple Petunia Life to make a little bunny. I’m a sucker for animals, particularly those of the small furry variety.


With the best will in the world, I may not get round to making one of these but i think you should! You’ll find the tutorial here.

craftivism event

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Have you heard of Craftivism? If you haven’t, its about using craft as to tackle poverty and expose social injustice.  Sarah Corbett and the Craftivism Collective do this by facilitating workshops in embroidery and other crafts to spread the message that we all can make a difference.

Sarah Corbett of Craftivism Collective says:
For us, Craftivism is a form of ‘slow activism’, a reflective action which changes the participant as much as it does the world. It is passionate but polite, provocative but patient, drawing people to engage in discussion and debate rather than forcing it down people’s throat. Unlike some of the more traditional, extrovert forms of activism, craftivism is quietly beautiful, it is individual and it is effective.


 “To expose the scandal of global poverty and human rights injustices through the power of craft and public art.”


Cushion & Cake are hosting their Glasgow Craftivism event on Tuesday 18th March 2014. Read on for Sarah’s description of the workshop.

Craft helps us slow down & reflect. A piece of craft can also be a useful physical symbol to keep yourself motivated to be the change you wish to see in the world.

Ran by Founder of Craftivist Collective Sarah Corbett you will learn the classic skill of embroidery whilst also learning how to be a change-maker & strive to be your best self, using your talents, passions & actions to make the world a better place for people & planet. You will create a fabric footprint for you to keep and you will recieve support on what message to stitch on your footprint & suggestions of where to put it.


Sarah will also tell you more about the benefits of her approach to craftivism and the methods you can use. Based in London as one of the leading spokespeople in the contemporary craftivism movement, this is your chance to ask her lots of questions! Plus it’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and become craftivists together.

All materials are provided including footprint, thread, needles, pens, instructions and a kit to put them in to take home if you don’t finish the project. Plus additional Craftivist Collective products are available for purchase after class (such as Sarah’s Little Book of Craftivism and other craftivism kits).

Level: Beginner
Teacher: Sarah Corbett
Course Length: 2 hours
Fee £15
Availability: 15 spaces in total

Fairtrade tea and biscuits will be provided. Booking can be found here…

October Week Kids Craft Session

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Are you stuck for ideas on what to do with the little ones this October week?

At Cushion & Cake we are running a very exciting “alginate” craft class for children and their chosen adult. Alginate is a natural and totally safe material used by dentists to create impressions of people’s mouths. We are going to use it to create a life size cast of your child’s hand!

Sessions are £20 per child with their chosen adult and £5 for each additional child. Tea, juice and treats will be provided for both child and adult.

Tuesday 15th October 2013


Cushion & Cake too… (new craft space across the road from the tearoom at 62 Old Dumbarton Road)

£20 per child and adult

£5 for additional child

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Booking is essential:

September Crafternoon

Friday, 13 September 2013

Ok so it feels like Summer is on its way out but that doesn’t mean feeling gloomy and staying indoors, oh no! We have put together our Autumn programme of crafternoons and first up is on the 29th September. If you joined us for the tote bag printing crafternoon you can use the skills you learned to create something totally unique and wonderful to wear!

Bring your own t shirt, top or other item that you would like to print a design onto and impress your friends. This session cost £15 and includes tea and treats. All materials will be supplied (you will need to bring a garment to print on however) too.

Visit the Crafternoons page to find out more and to book.

Christmas Shopping at Cushion & Cake

Friday, 14 December 2012

We’ve got some lovely new things in stock in the gallery, perfect for gifts and stocking fillers. Everything is made here in the UK by independent designer makers.

New Crafts in the Gallery

Thursday, 6 September 2012

It was time to start exploring the wealth of talent out there and start restocking the Gallery for dare I say it… Christmas?

There are so, so many beautiful things from independent designer makers that it is really hard to choose. I decided to go for function and beauty as well as little decorative items that you won’t feel guilty about buying.

The function & beauty items were things like screen printed tea towels, drinks coasters and tote bags.

I love dogs, anything to do with dogs (and animals in general) so it is unsurprising that you’ll find these pastel painted pooches in the tearoom.

These gorgeous screen printed tea towels would be just at home hanging as an artwork as they would being put to use on the dishes.
Jewellery and accessories are always popular. Who doesn’t have a jacket that really could do with a new pin or brooch? 

Or how about some gorgeous big hand painted wooden beads? I particularly love these colours.

I’m still negotiating with some new designers to the tearoom so look out for more goodies soon.

Pam xx

Give Craft Make

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

This Sunday sees the return of the Glasgow Craft Mafia with a great event quite unlike any other craft fair. This event is exclusively for stocking up on craft supplies with Mafia member allowing you to raid their craft stash!

You can also get making at a number of different craft turorials.

It take place on Sunday 12th August at the Trom Theatre in Glasgow from noon till 5pm.

You can visit their website for more info…

Tutorials at Cushion & Cake

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

We’ve been making stuff at Cushion & Cake over the last two weeks. Regulars to Cushion & Cake saw the tearoom transformed into a sewing haven where I held two skirt making tutorials.
We were starting out with a really simple skirt. Made with an elasticated waist and no closures to sew, anyone can make one.
The sewers brought their own choice of fabric to make their skirt. Light cottons work best for beginners as they’re easy to sew.
Sewing stations!
By bringing your own machine you can sew more confidently without having to get to know a different one.
So here’s the final product!
Sam, Fiona & Natasha with their creations.
I’ve had a few requests to do more tutorials at the tearoom in the evening so look out for a programme of stuff happening in the near future…

Skirt Making Tutorial

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

OK, we’ve not had much of a sunny Summer as yet, but there’s still time!
I’ve been pottering away on some Summer skirts and I thought maybe you’d like to learn how to make an easy skirt that you can wear on its own, or with tights or leggings.
The skirt can be short or long and will have a comfy elasticated waist with a floaty skirt.
Places for this tutorial will be limited and will require you to bring a fabric you love to make your skirt and if you have one, your sewing machine*.
You will need a maximum of 2.5m of fabric. Make sure you choose something that you will wear. I choose fabrics all the time that I like but wouldn’t necessarily wear!
I’ll provide the other materials required and some tea & biscuits. This tutorial will take place in the evening in the tearoom from 7pm-9pm Wednesday 18th July and Thursday 26th July and is just £10.
*not to worry if you don’t have a machine. I’ll source on for you to use.

June Crafternoon – Garlands and Bunting

Friday, 15 June 2012

This month’s Crafternoon is going to be great. Who doesn’t love bunting? Or a pretty garland? I’ll be showing Crafternooners some different buntings and garlands that we can make from various different materials from paper to fabric.

For more information or to book a place, have a wee look at this link…


Clouds Crafternoon

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

I’m excited about this Sunday’s Crafternoon here at Cushion & Cake. The Crafternooners don’t yet know what they’ll be making exactly but here is a sneaky peek at the materials we’ll be using.

I’ll be back next week with pictures and the results of the “Clouds’ Crafternoon.

‘Cofaidh is Cheàrdan’

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Calling all Gaelic speakers in Glasgow! The Glasgow Gàidhlig Initative is working in conjunction with C&C to run a programme of 5 crafty sessions ‘Cofaidh is Cheàrdan’ starting Wednesday 25th April.

Like the regular Crafternoons participants will come along and learn a new craft and create something smashing to take home.

I’ve put together a programme of five sessions, each a different craft so you can sign up to them  all.

For more information contact

Crafternoon Theme – April

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

I’ve been spending some time to think about what theme the following Craftenoons will embody. I wondered about making them explicit, like a cross stitch theme or a felting theme, but instead for April’s Crafternoon I’ve decided to keep it a little obscure and keep an element of surprise.

As it is April, I always think of ‘Little April Showers’ from Bambi (April snow blizzards here in Scotland however) so the theme will be clouds. See what I did there?

Clouds are a very popular motif currently so I knew that Craftenooners would like to make something attractive based around this idea.

If you want to come along you can book here or give me a ring at the tearoom on 0141 339 4114. As always w wee deposit of £5 is required to book your place. You can pay by paypal or speak to me about arranging an alternative.

It is going to be a good one to get booked in quick. If you need some more inspiration watch the April Shower clip Bambi here orrrrrrrrr Little Fluffy Clouds by the Orb… why not?

Still sewing….

Monday, 19 March 2012

Right, I think it can now be called an obsession. All I can think about is sewing, my sewing patterns and fabric. The fabric obsession is nothing new but as I mentioned in my last entry I’ve been learning to make my own clothes. I had a day off today and spent the entire day sewing skirts!

The skirt on the left used a fabric called Cindy which I bought from M is for Make, the yellow skirt on the left was a yellow dot poplin fabric and centre, Hopscotch again from M is for Make.

The pattern as I mentioned before was Colette Patterns and the skirt was called Ginger. I can’t get enough of making them.

Once I’d finished my skirt sewing for the day. I still didn’t feel satisfied. So I used some leftover remnants of fabric to make this peter pan collar which you could pop over your cardi or t shirt and look super cute. I haven’t finished mine yet as I didn’t have any ribbon to hand to make the ties. I’ll tie up those loose ends tomorrow when I’m back in the tearoom ;-)

I adapted the free pattern from Colette which I found when I was obsessively reading every page of her site. Her version makes a faux fur collar with pom pom ties.

I just made a flat one and will add satin or velvet black ribbon to make the ties.

You can download the free pattern here. I printed the simple pattern and placed it on a lovely cream remnant I had (a curtain actucally) and cut out. I also cut out the same in iron on interfacing and adhered to my curtain remnant fabric. For the underside, I used a bit I had leftover from my spotty skirt. Right sides facing, I sewed all the way round leaving a gap at the back of the neck so that you can turn the collar the right way round then stitch the opening closed. How I am to attach the ties I have not yet decided… I’m afraid I battered on as I usually do with a project even if I’m ill equipped… it keeps me amused…
Last thing for now are the fabric birds I added to my Easter tree in the tearoom.

I made them using fabric remnants and a pattern found online. I won’t say too much about them just now because they’ll feature again in a future post in more detail…

Spring in the air

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Spring IS in the air! I’m not wearing a cardigan today. Which is rare. I’m also wearing TROUSERS which is a rare sight. I only have one pair of chino type things and a pair of black “skinny” jeans which I feel odd in, coz I’m not skinny.

Anyway new obsession this fortnight is clothes making. Every night I’ve been trawling the internet for lovely fabric to make my creations.

This is the fabric I used for my skirt.

I’ve fallen for this woman who designs the patterns I’ve been using. Colette Patterns. I’ve already made the Ginger skirt with success.

I was dubious about the Beginners claim on the pattern but with a wee bit of guidance from some clothes making chums, I now have a fully pret a porter garment. I do sew. I sew soft furnishings but the world of pattern reading and clothes making until now seemed to me unachievable. I’d recommend it to anyone who fancied trying their hand at sewing clothes. It has just occurred to me that I have no photo of the a fore mentioned hand made skirt. I’ll get that sorted for the next time.

Onto tearoom news, well, I now have a colleague. Alex MacKenzie, a regular to the tearoom with her two girls and faithful Crafternooner. She started just over a week ago and it is going great. She totally gets what I’m trying to do with the tearoom and has tonnes of ideas and stuff for how I can develop. Alex will be here with me on Thursdays and Saturdays so if you can, pop in and say hello.

Crafternoons are here to stay! Folk had requested a regular Crafternoon so we’re going to be crafting on the last Sunday of each month.

As before each Crafternoon will have a different theme, suitable for all abilities and you’ll have something beautiful to take away with you. The March Crafternoon is a Spring inspired one using fabric to sew some birds and creating a lovely Spring/Easter mobile for your home.
Email tea(at) if you want to come along.

Onto Easter decorating. I’ve had fun decorating my Easter tree for the tearoom. The images here don’t show it very gloriously but I assure you, it is rather cute.

I got my biggest vase, added a big pink bow and soaked some Florist’s Oasis and pushed it all inside the vase. The Oasis anchored the lovely twigs (that I got from my friend Allie the florist but in previous years have pilfered from my local park or green space) which I then decorated simply with ribbons, fabric scraps and some painted eggs. Very simply but people seem to like it.

That’s all for now. Better go and bake some cakes like my new fav lemon and blueberry loaf.

Printing by hand at Cushion & Cake

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

I was really excited about Sunday’s crafternoon. I’d prepared a session on print where the crafternooners would create their own tote bags, hand printed having cut their own stencil.

I printed out lots of silhouettes from the internet, birds, foliage and flowers for the crafternooners to choose from. We were using freezer paper to get a really good result. Freezer paper is great! You can cut it just like paper and temporarily adhere it to fabric using a dry, hot iron. Being able to iron on the stencil reduces the chance of bleed onto the fabric giving a really neat finish.

Using a stickle brush to apply the paint makes sure you don’t over coat in fabric paint, thin coats as always work best.

Then it’s time to gently peel off the stencil to reveal your artwork! Fixing the fabric paint with a dry, hot iron makes it permanent and ready to withstand any Scottish rain shower!

Their bags look really great. Everyone had done something different and were really proud of what they’d created.