♥ What? ♥
An annual (free-to-attend) meet-up of people who love to sew in Birmingham, England. Now in its seventh year!
The 2020 meet-up will take place on Saturday 24th October. Sign-up here!
♥ Itinerary ♥
The planned itinerary for Saturday 24th October is below. Attendees can feel free to dip in and out, or only attend for part of the day.
10:00 – 11:00: Meet at John Lewis Cafe & Haberdashery
We’ll be meeting in John Lewis Cafe (The Place to Eat), where we’ll be able to drink tea and/or eat brunch while everyone arrives. We’ll also be able to shop in the Haberdashery, which is located on the same floor as the cafe (4th floor).
P.S. If you’re arriving by train, John Lewis is located in the same building as New Street Station, and the other stations (Moor Street and Snow Hill) are only a 10-15 minute walk. John Lewis opens at 9am for anyone arriving early.
11:00 – 13:00: Birmingham Rag Market & Fabric Shops
13:00 – 13:30: Travel to Moseley Village (Guthrie & Ghani) by bus
The journey between the city centre and Moseley takes around 15 minutes via the number 50 bus (the bus stop is located outside Selfridges), and buses arrive every 5-10 minutes.
13:30 – 17:00: Guthrie & Ghani / Moseley Village
At Guthrie & Ghani we’ll have time in the shop which sells a wide range of sewing supplies, and we’ll have use of the studio above the shop where we will hold a pattern & fabric swap and charity raffle (with prize winners drawn at approximately 15:30).
There are lots of food & drink options available within Moseley Village for attendees to stop for lunch or drinks during the afternoon.
A map of fabric shops in Birmingham, including those we’ll be visiting during SewBrum, is available here:
The SewBrum meet-up can get very busy (especially in Guthrie & Ghani) and there is quite a bit of travelling between locations, but attendees can take the meet-up at their own pace and drop-in and out as suits.
John Lewis is accessible via lift and there is an accessible toilet located on the same floor as the cafe (4th).
Barry’s Fabrics & Fancy Silk Store both have flat ground-floor access. Barry’s is a ground floor shop, and Fancy Silk Store has a (narrow) lift. Both stores contain a lot of stock, so the aisles can be narrow.
Guthrie & Ghani front door is accessed by two steps but a ramp is available and will be in place on the day. Attendees will need to be comfortable with stairs to access the studio space and the toilet.
Information about the 2017 meet-up is available here:
Information about the 2016 meet-up is available here:
Information about the 2015 meet-up is available here:
Information about the 2014 meet-up is available here:
See my blog post about my favourite places in Birmingham here.
We can only take in a small number of Birmingham’s craft shops during the meet-up, but a longer list is provided below.
Located in the City Centre:
Outside of the City Centre:
Guthrie & Ghani – haberdashery, fabric, and knitting store.
DebDay Sewing Room – Sewing classes
The Cotton Patch – patchwork and quilting
Frank Nutt Sewing Machines – Machine sales and services
S.Nutt Sewing Machines – Machine sales and services
In the Midlands:
The Sewcial Studio – Tamworth
Crafty Sew & So – Leicester
Sew Me Something – Stratford
Yarn & Knitting:
Hilda Haarhoff – Earlswood Lakes Craft Centre, Solihull
City Knits – Bourneville
Sitting Knitting – Sutton Coldfield
Withit Witch – Halesowen
Crafty Museums in the Midlands
The Birmingham History gallery in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery includes examples of buttons produced in Birmingham
The Birmingham Back to Backs include a restored tailor’s shop
The Coffin Works (factory which produced coffin furniture) includes a room with a row of Singer sewing machines where staff sewed shrouds
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum has a jacquard ribbon weaving loom in the foyer and the Coventry History gallery includes information on Coventry’s historical cloth weaving and ribbon industries
St. Mary’s Guildhall contains the ‘Coventry Tapestry’, manufactured around the years 1495 to 1500, it remains hanging on the wall for which it was created more than five hundred years ago
The Weaver’s House is a medieval house that has been restored to show how John Croke, a weaver, lived in 1540
Other Amazing Birmingham Things
Located in the City Centre:
Birmingham has some superb art galleries:
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery – a number of free permanent galleries, plus current exhibitions. Don’t miss the Edwardian tea rooms / Ikon – contemporary gallery, free entry, great cafe and shop / Parkside Gallery – small University gallery with interesting temporary exhibitions / Royal Birmingham Society of Artists – temporary exhibitions by local artists / The Barber Institute – perfect small University art collection, you’ll need to take the local train two stops to ‘University’ station / Eastside Projects – contemporary temporary exhibitions / Museum of the Jewellery Quarter – permanent exhibition about the history of the quarter, plus temporary exhibits and a great shop / Midlands Art Centre always has a number of exhibitions taking place. It is located outside of the City Centre in Edgbaston.
Favourite places to eat:
Topokki – Korean / Digbeth Dining Club – regular street food event / Tilt – pinball cafe & bar / Original Patty Men – burgers / Wah Kee & Cafe Chino Chinese bakeries in the Arcadian Centre sell the best cakes