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SewBrum Meet-Up Update

Sew Brum Meet-Up Logo

Eek, I love the new SewBrum logo. It was designed by amazingly talented illustrator and sewing blogger Maike of Sew & Illustrate.

I have lots of exciting SewBrum news to share – an itinerary for the day, sign-up is open, and I’m planning a pre-meet-up swap.

The meet-up also has an event page on Facebook.

♥ Itinerary ♥

The planned itinerary for Saturday October 31st 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 the Edwardian Tearooms

We’ll be meeting in the lovely setting of the Edwardian Tearooms at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, where we’ll be able to drink tea and/or eat brunch while everyone arrives.

11:00 – 12:30: Birmingham Bull Ring Rag Market

We never made it to the market last year, so this year we’ll be heading there. (Two of Birmingham’s fabric stores are located close by (Barry’s Fabric & Fancy Silk Store) for anyone who would prefer to shop there instead / as well).

12:30 – 13:00: Reconvene and travel to Moseley Village (Guthrie & Ghani) by bus

The journey between the city centre and Moseley only takes 15 minutes by bus, and buses are every 5-10 minutes.

13:00 – 14:00: Moseley Farmer’s Market & Art Market

We’ll be buying lunch at Moseley’s Farmer’s Market, which has around 60 stalls (including some great cake!). The Art Market will also be taking place.

14:00 – 17:30: Guthrie & Ghani

At Guthrie & Ghani we’ll have time in the shop which sells a wide range of sewing and knitting supplies, and we’ll have use of the studio above the shop where we will be able to natter, compare purchases, hold a pattern & fabric swap, and a raffle. We’ll also have a demo of the Lutterloh pattern making system.

♥ Merit Badge Swap ♥

In advance of the meet-up, I’m hosting a merit badge swap, partly inspired by the crafty merit badges recently released by Fancy Tiger Crafts.

You can sign up to take part in the swap using the sign-up form below. I’ll randomly pair everyone who signs up, and you’ll make a merit badge for your swap partner. There are no design or size restrictions for the badges – the idea is to make a badge that suits your swap partner; perhaps focusing on something they are particularly good at, or a particular interest of theirs, crafty or otherwise.

Anyone can join this swap, you don’t need to be attending the meet-up in October or have a blog to join in (and meet-up attendees don’t have to take part in the swap, you can let me know when you sign-up if you want to join in or not).

Sign-up for the swap is open from now until 30th September. I’ll be sending out details of swap partners periodically until sign-up closes.

I’ve set up a Pinterest board with a few badge inspiration pictures.

♥ Sign-Up Form ♥

If you’re planning to attend the meet-up (and/or want to take part in the merit badge swap) let us know by filling in the sign-up form below.

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SewBrum Meet-Up 2015 – Save the Date

#SewBrum 2015 save the date

Just a quick post to let you know that there will be a second #SewBrum meet-up on Saturday 31st October 2015 (my wrap-up of the 2014 meet-up is here).

Like last time, the meet-up will start in Birmingham City Centre, before moving to Moseley Village to visit Guthrie & Ghani.

I’ll post details nearer the date, but I’m planning a few tweaks for this year – generally I’m thinking more tea, more food, and more goodie bags!

Everyone will be welcome. Hope you can make it x


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Sew Brum Meet-Up: Raffle Prizes

During the SewBrum sewist meet-up taking place on Saturday 04th October we’ll be holding a raffle to raise money for Parkinson’s UK. The raffle will take place in the afternoon at Guthrie and Ghani in Moseley. Lots of lovely companies have generously donated prizes and I thought it was about time I showed them all off.

#SewBrum Raffle Prize

OK, so Singer have donated a sewing machine! This is the Singer Talent, model 3321.

#SewBrum Raffle Prize

Simplicity have donated three patterns (1755, 1696, 1873) and their Simply the Best Sewing Book. I’ve seen great versions of all three of these patterns online, including Amy’s version of 1755.

#SewBrum Raffle Prize

Quadrille have donated both Great British Sewing Bee books.

#SewBrum Raffle Prize

Have you been reading Love Sewing magazine? They have donated a subscription to the magazine which features lots of dressmaking patterns.

The magazine also features a certain meet-up in their current September issue!

#SewBrum Meet-Up in Love Sewing Magazine

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Gather have donated a paper copy of their hot-off-the-press pattern the Buchanan dressing gown. I’m looking forward to seeing this pattern made up and I’m totally crazy about the artwork. (Image courtesy of Gather).

#SewBrum Raffle Prize

SewOverIt have donated two paper patterns, the Betty Dress and Ultimate Trousers. I’ve seen loads of great Ultimate Trousers popping up on blogs lately.

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Hannah from Sinbad & Sailor has donated a Hepworth Dress PDF pattern. Have you seen Winnie’s lovely versions of the Hepworth? (Image courtesy of Sinbad & Sailor).

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Craftsy have donated enrolment on a class of the winner’s choice. There are plenty of sewing classes to choose from – have you been reading Tasha’s recent reviews of a number of Craftsy classes?

#SewBrum Raffle Prize

Abby from Blue Ginger Doll has donated a paper copy of the glamorous Ava Jacket pattern. Andrea made a very cute red version when the pattern was released.

#SewBrum Raffle Prize
#SewBrum Raffle Prize
#SewBrum Raffle Prize

Clover have donated three sets of sewing supplies. Each set includes: Magnetic Pin Caddy, Seam Ripper, Wonder Clips, Flower Head Pins, Bobbin Tower, Thread Tower.

I really love the magnetic pin caddies, especially in pink. Maybe I’d leave less pins lying around for Phil to sit/step on with one of these!

#SewBrum Raffle Prize

Tuttle have donated two Japanese sewing books (in English) by Sato Watanabe. Basic Black which features a wide variety of patterns and Stylish Skirts which features a multitude of skirt patterns.

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Lauren Dahl  has donated a course enrolment to Pattern Workshop. I’m a Pattern Workshop student and highly recommend it if you have any interest in designing sewing patterns.

#SewBrum Raffle Prize

Prym have donated a sewing box and whole host of sewing accessories to fill it with.

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Pauline Alice has donated three sewing patterns of the winner’s choice. Perhaps a chance to try the new Turia Dungarees pattern? Pauline recently posted a round-up of some of the Turia’s that have shown up online so far.

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Charlie from This Blog is Not For You has recently launched her pattern company Audrey & Me Patterns, and has donated a set of her first PDF patterns under the label, the Hepburn Dress and Skirt. Charlie has made some lovely versions of her patterns & I also love Daniela’s version of the Hepburn dress.

Chambray Fabric & Maya Sewing Pattern

Marilla Walker has donated a copy of her brand spanking new Maya dress and top pattern. In fact this pattern is so new it’s not yet released:) Marilla has printed a copy of the PDF pattern for the winner & also provided some Merchant & Mills chambray to make a Maya with.

Tickets for the raffle will be sold on the day at the SewBrum meet-up. To join us for the meet-up sign-up here.


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My First Workshop at Guthrie & Ghani

Batik Workshop at Guthrie & Ghani

A couple of weeks ago I attended my first workshop at Guthrie and Ghani in Moseley. Having visited on their opening day and had a nose at their upstairs studio, I was keen to go back and try a class there. A friend at work was attending a Batik Taster Session so I decided to tag along.

The course was run by Layla Tutt who is a local batik artist and, as she told us herself, first and foremost a rock chick and musician. Layla introduced us to batik by showing a number of her own works as well as pieces created in previous teaching sessions she has run with children.

Guthrie & Ghani Grand Opening
Guthrie & Ghani Grand Opening

(Batik pieces by  Layla Tutt)

Batik Workshop at Guthrie & Ghani

Layla then introduced us to the tools of the trade. The key tool is the tjanting which is used to create outlines in hot wax. This wax serves as a resist, creating an area protected from the paint which is then applied.

Batik Workshop at Guthrie & Ghani

We were given the opportunity to dye either one large or four small pieces of batik. I went for the one larger piece but it did mean that my very first attempt was my only attempt, and by the time I had got to grips with the tjanting I had run out of fabric. On a single layer image (which was all that was really possible in a short session as we didn’t have enough time to allow the paint to dry) batik can be quite a quick technique. However, Layla stressed that a large, multi-layered image can take a long time to create; largely due to waiting for each layer to dry before starting the next. The tjanting appeared to be one of those tools that does take a bit of getting used (wax coming out too fast, not enough wax coming out, etc) so it was difficult to achieve much in a short session, but it was good fun to have a go. I really enjoyed it but think I’ll probably stick to lino/screen printing and direct fabric painting at home due to the additional barriers of getting to grips with batik (the need to purchase a wax pot and tjanting, and to learn a new technique).

Batik Workshop at Guthrie & Ghani

Anyway, here is my batik piece from the evening. As I said, I only had one piece of fabric so I made use of every inch to squash on a fair few patterns and colours. Layla mainly creates floral patterns and her pieces inspired us to do the same – I think every single member of the class painted flowers!

Handmade Batik Print
Handmade Batik Print

Having finished painting my piece of fabric quite early in the evening I took advantage of the opportunity to pop downstairs into the Guthrie & Ghani shop to do some shopping.  I treated myself to some lovely Sevenberry fabric which I’m in the process of making into a blouse with a peter pan collar. Assuming I don’t slack off and spend too much time watching TV / reading blogs you’ll be seeing it very soon.

Sevenberry Fabric
Sevenberry Fabric


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Grand Opening of Guthrie & Ghani

Guthrie & Ghani Grand Opening

Guthrie & Ghani Grand Opening

This morning, me and my Mom attended the grand opening of Guthrie & Ghani (a new haberdashery in Moseley, Birmingham) run by Lauren of Great British Sewing Bee fame.

We arrived in time for the ribbon cutting, along with lots of others. There was quite a crowd waiting for the doors to open & there was still a queue outside  when we left (which was quite some time later as we had a good mooch!). Lauren looked a little nervous when the moment to cut the ribbon arrived, but was supported by Stuart (fellow star of Sewing Bee) and her husband, Ayaz.

Guthrie & Ghani Grand Opening

Guthrie & Ghani Grand Opening

Guthrie & Ghani Grand Opening

Guthrie & Ghani Grand Opening

The Guthrie & Ghani team were very welcoming, making for a really lovely opening event. Lauren’s fellow stars of Sewing Bee, Tilly and Stuart (who will both be teaching classes in the shop’s upstairs workroom) attended and were happy to sign copies of the Sewing Bee book and talk sewing. It was great to meet them all, and they were just as nice in person as they seemed on TV. My Mom treated herself to the Sewing Bee book, which I will be borrowing shortly:)

Guthrie & Ghani Grand Opening

Guthrie & Ghani Grand Opening

Guthrie & Ghani Grand Opening

Guthrie & Ghani Grand Opening

I loved the special opening day cake!

Guthrie & Ghani Grand Opening

Of course I also loved the products available:) The shop’s stock is beautifully displayed and very colourful. I restricted myself to a lovely purse clasp (with yellow bobbles) but will be returning shortly for a Colette pattern and am planning to attend a workshop. I just haven’t decided which I fancy most yet…

Guthrie & Ghani Grand Opening
Guthrie & Ghani Grand Opening
Guthrie & Ghani Grand Opening
Guthrie & Ghani Grand Opening