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#SewBrum Meet-Up Wrap-Up


SewBrum Meet-Up

So, the SewBrum meet-up took place yesterday. Massive thanks to everyone who came along – I hope you all had a good time & managed to meet some new-to-you sewists.

We had people joining at different points during the day & I was rubbish at keeping count (whoops) but I think there were 56 of us in total by the time we reached Moseley in the afternoon. A list of attendees is provided below so you can keep in touch.

We started the day in Birmingham city centre with a trip to Barry’s Fabrics, followed by Fancy Silk Store and the Rag Market for those who didn’t spend too long / all their money in Barry’s! It was a bit of a wet start walking to Barry’s but luckily the weather improved so we didn’t get drenched while heading to catch the bus into Moseley (which took longer than it could have as I haven’t caught that bus in about 15 years and the stop had moved slightly – sorry!). When I was still at school / sixth form I used to catch the 50 bus every Saturday to go shopping in Birmingham with my friends – including my friend Michelle who came to the meet-up – but it’s been a long time! For anyone who couldn’t make the meet-up but would like to visit Guthrie & Ghani it’s a really quick bus trip from Birmingham city centre – you just need to catch the 50 bus which leaves from a stop by Moor Street Station / the Bullring Shopping Centre, & it takes 15 minutes to reach Moseley Village.

SewBrum Meet-Up

We arrived at Guthrie & Ghani in the afternoon. Lauren Guthrie had set-up the Studio space above the shop especially for the meet-up, with an adorable tea/coffee bar (manned by Lauren’s mom) & goodie bags.

SewBrum Meet-Up

Me, my mom, lovely friends Michelle & Helen & Rachel had baked a selection of cakes to feed attendees and raise some money for Parkinson’s UK.

SewBrum Meet-Up

We also held a raffle of sewing goodies to raise money for Parkinson’s UK & we raised £320 in total for the charity. Emma was the winner of our grand prize – a Singer sewing machine.

SewBrum Meet-Up

We finished the afternoon with a pattern/fabric swap which was obscenely large! Two tables worth.

SewBrum Meet-Up

It was lovely to meet / chat with everyone who came along. I will be keeping in touch!

I’d love to see everyone’s pictures / blog posts about the day – do post a link in the comments section below.

SewBrum Meet-Up


(If I’ve missed anyone, or you would like your blog/twitter info added contact me)

Alex / instagram: @little_blackheart
Alison / http://anotherlittlecraftycreation.wordpress.com / @Crafty_Alibobs
Amanda Stinton / instagram: @amandastinton
Amanda Wyatt / http://wearawyatt.blogspot.co.uk / @inspired2sew
Amy T / http://almondrock.co.uk / @almondrock_sews
Angie Nicholson
Ann Hebden / http://allmyownworkbyann.com / @amowby
Anne Bird
Anne Wagenhauser / http://bellemegan.wordpress.com / @mercuryhandmade
Becky Millard
Camilla / http://pootleandmake.wordpress.com/
Catharine Moreton
Catherine Howard
Char / http://dinoprincesschar.blogspot.co.uk / @dinoprincesschr
Charlie / http://thisblogisnotforyou.com / @tbinfy
Charlotte Forcer / @tracesofrock
Claire / http://www.iwanttobeaturtle.com / @iwanttobeturtle
Claire / http://www.sew-incidentally.com / @ClaireSews
Daniela / http://ela-sews.blogspot.co.uk / @ElaSews
Emma Thompson / http://www.emmasenchantedworld.wordpress.com
Helen Murray
Helen Siddonhttp://justsewtherapeutic.wordpress.com
Helena / http://www.libraknitsandsews.blogspot.com
Jade Sukhdeo
Janet Pheasant
Jill Hubbard
Jo Griffiths
Jo Norcup / @jonorcup
Joanna Gemmell
Judy Blurton
Julie Powell
Katie / http://www.whatkatiesews.net / @whatkatiedoes
Kelly Smith / http://makesewdo.wordpress.com / @makesewdo
Linda McGrath
Liz Hughes
Louise / http://notsewsimple.wordpress.com / @notsewsimple
Louise / http://thereshesews.wordpress.com / @LouiseBibbings
Lynn Clemson
Maria Clemson
Meg / http://mookaht.blogspot.co.uk / @MegMookaht
Michelle Lowe
Montana Howe / https://montanadesigns.wordpress.com / @myssmarsh
Nicole Needleshttp://nicoleneedles.blogspot.co.uk
Rachel Shaw / http://www.astudyinstitching.blogspot.com
Rachel Wain / http://rachagainstthesewingmachine.blogspot.co.uk / @rachel_wain
Sarah Ford / http://www.amilliondresses.com / @amilliondresses
Sue Lill
Susan Ward / http://wevebroughtthewrongbox.wordpress.com
Thea / http://www.theainsewingland.wordpress.com / @TheaSewingland
Vicky Warnes
Victoria Maus / http://www.littlesquish.co.uk/blog / @LittleSquishUK
Victoria Peat / http://www.littleblackduck.co.uk / @LBDuck

Author: Charlotte

Sewist, crafter & blogger, based in Birmingham, England. I'm spending the year growing and gathering to create natural dyes and enhance my sewing projects. Find me at www.englishgirlathome.com

40 thoughts on “#SewBrum Meet-Up Wrap-Up

  1. Thanks so much Charlotte for organising the day, had a fabulous time and met so many lovely people! Xx 😊

  2. Yes really was a great day thanks again for organising. Do you know how much was raised yet? I’ve posted the photos I took on Instagram @amandastinton

  3. Thank you for such a nice day! I’m so glad I attended 🙂 Thanks to everyone for being so lovely
    Meg @MegMookaht

  4. Thank you for a organising a wonderful day Charlotte. You did such a fabulous job and the prizes for the raffle were just brilliant 🙂
    It was great to meet lots of lovely people although I think I struggled with a few names!! 🙂

  5. Thanks again for organising this, it was such a great day! It was lovely to meet you, and everyone else. I’ve blogged about it if you fancy a read: http://wp.me/p54uWT-6e

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  7. Thanks so much for organising everything – especially the amazing raffle and cakes. I’m glad we raised so much money for Parkinson’s UK. It was great to meet so many people and I hope we can do it again.

    I just blogged the meetup (and my dress) here


    Louise (@notsewsimple)

  8. Thank you again for a brilliant sewing meet up, I’m surprised at how many of the attendees were from elsewhere. It was great to meet such like minded people, I hope there’s another one!

  9. Thank you for putting this together, I had an awesome time and it was great meeting people who won’t tell me to shut up when I want to go fabric shopping!
    I’m rubbish at remembering names or faces so if anyone wanted to follow me on instagram i go by the name of @little_blackheart

  10. Thanks so much for organising this, it was such fun! x

  11. Thank you so much Charlotte, it was a brilliant day! I still can’t believe I won the sewing machine. And thanks to Rachel and the other lovely lady who helped me get back to the train station (I’m so sorry, I never caught your name). I’d never been to a meet-up before, it was awesome fun. Looking forward to the next one!

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  13. Looks like a great day – hopefully I can make the next one 🙂

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  15. Thank you so much for organising this Charlotte, I had a lovely day out! Blogged here http://libraknitsandsews.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/sewbrum-meet-up.html

  16. Thanks again for organising Charlotte, it was a great day! I’ve just posted about it here: http://makesewdo.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/a-day-out-at-sewbrum/

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