Like last year, we’ll be holding a raffle at the SewBrum meet-up on 31st October. Raffle tickets are only on sale to attendees on the day of the meet-up and the raffle will be drawn in the afternoon at Guthrie & Ghani.
All money raised by the raffle, along with donations in exchange for tea and cake at Guthrie & Ghani, will be donated to the Made Up Initiative. Given that the sewing community is already backing the Initiative it seemed like the perfect charity. Made Up has already raised £2500 for the National Literacy Trust. Hopefully we’ll be able to help Karen add even more money to that total. If you’ve made a garment or accessory as a Made Up pledge why not wear it to the meet-up? It would be great to see some of those pledge garments in person.
Lots of companies have generously donated raffle prizes:
♥ Lutterloh will be providing a demo of their pattern making system during the meet-up, and have donated a pattern making manual including tailor and designer curves and two rolls of drafting paper. Invented in the 1930s, the system uses the Golden Rule Principle to take key body measurements and scale different sewing patterns.
♥ Minerva Crafts have donated ten separate fabric bundles (approximately £20 each). Photos of a few bundles are below, and each one is different:)
♥ Girl Charlee UK have donated a bundle with 10 metres of assorted fabrics. (Fabrics included in the bundle are: Black Mustachio on White Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric, Licorice Black Cotton Jersey Sweatshirt Fleece Knit Fabric, Turquoise Aztec Glyphs on Ivory Ponte de Roma Fabric, Grey Red Euro Floral Cotton Jersey Knit Fabric, Quatrefoil Samba Red Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric, Black Mauve Scattered Spots Baby Hacci Sweater Knit Fabric, Mint Green Solid Cotton Spandex Knit Fabric, Deep Forest Cotton Modal Lycra French Terry Knit Fabric, Maya Stripe Azulon Coral Cotton Jersey Blend Knit Fabric, Heather Charcoal Grey Solid Cotton Spandex Knit Fabric).
♥ Tuttle have donated their two latest Japanese sewing books (two copies of each book), Stylish Party Dresses by Yoshiko Tsukiori, and Stylish Remakes by the Violette Room. I’ve already sewn a dress from my copy of Stylish Party Dresses and I’m a big fan.
♥ Clover have donated three sets of haberdashery supplies. (Each set contains one of the following: 9581 Flex ‘n Glide Bodkins, 9582 Clip ‘n Glide Bodkin, 9583 Elastic Lock Set, 3180 Wonder Clips (Neon Green/10 pcs.), 464/18 Bias Tape Maker (18 mm), 464/25 Bias Tape Maker (25 mm), 4713 Chaco Liner Pen Style (Yellow), 463 Seam Ripper).
♥ TOFT have donated two places on their ‘Learn to Crochet Amigurumi’ course. On the course you’ll learn the skills to crochet an animal from the Edward’s Menagerie collection, and will be supplied with tea and a cake;) TOFT have a number of possible dates coming up which the winner could select from, subject to availability (Sat 7th November (AM), Sat 9th January (AM), Sun 24th January (AM), Sat 6th February (AM)).
♥ Craftsy have donated a free class of the winner’s choice.
♥ Prym have donated sewing boxes filled with a range of sewing supplies.
♥ Quadrille Craft have donated two recent publications: The Fashion Factory by Amanda Riley, and Simple Colour Knitting by Erika Knight. Simple Colour Knitting has some gorgeous home and accessory patterns – pictures below!
♥ Laurence King have donated four amazing books: KNIT: Innovations in Fashion, Art, Design by Samantha Elliott, Sewing for Fashion Designers by Anette Fischer, The Sewists: DIY Projects from 20 Top Designer-Makers by Josephine Perry, and The Pattern Sourcebook: A Century of Surface Design by Drusilla Cole. There is so much inspiration in these books!
♥ Pavilion & Batsford are donating five recent sewing books: Merchant & Mills Workbook, Sew Japanese: 20 Charming Patterns for Children by Mariko Nakamura, Secret Garden Embroidery: 15 Projects for Your Stitching Pleasure by What Delilah Did, Quilt Me!: Using inspirational fabrics to create over 20 beautiful quilts by Jane Brocket, and Hello Sewing!: Simple Makes That are Just Sew by Lena Santana.
♥ Tickets to Crafts for Christmas, Stitching, Sewing & Hobbycrafts and Art Materials Live at the NEC, Birmingham. These pairs of tickets can be used any day of the show, which takes place 5-8 November 2015. In addition to lots of lovely stalls, the show will feature the world’s largest knitted Christmas tree (25 feet tall!) created by Allison Murray and 700 volunteer knitters, and a knitted Gingerbread Grotto, which includes a knitted bed, dresser, chairs, pictures, table and stove. 500 knitters around the world contributed to create the grotto to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
♥ Pompom Quarterly Summer 2014 issue I’m a Pompom subscriber and big fan. The donated issue includes 7 knitting/crochet patterns (including shawls, tops and a blanket), plus a tee sewing pattern.
Pictures of some of the prizes are included below. If you fancy joining us, you can sign-up for the meet-up here.
Minerva Crafts fabric bundles
Girl Charlee UK fabric bundle
Stylish Remakes by the Violette Room.
Clover haberdashery supplies.
Simple Colour Knitting by Erika Knight.
Sewing for Fashion Designers by Anette Fischer.
The Sewists: DIY Projects from 20 Top Designer-Makers by Josephine Perry.
The Pattern Sourcebook: A Century of Surface Design by Drusilla Cole.
Sew Japanese: 20 Charming Patterns for Children by Mariko Nakamura
Secret Garden Embroidery: 15 Projects for Your Stitching Pleasure by What Delilah Did