I’ve just published a new vlog to my YouTube channel, featuring my favourite sewing and knitting related things for October, and my own current projects and plans.
The SewBrum meet-up will be returning for a fifth year on Saturday 27 October!
Sign-up is now open (to give us an idea of numbers to expect): Sign Up Here!
I really hope that lots of you can make it again this year x
♥ What? ♥
A (free-to-attend) meet-up of people who love to sew. Everyone is welcome, just sign-up using the form above/below to give us an idea of numbers.
♥ Itinerary ♥
The planned itinerary for Saturday 27th 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.
P.P.S John Lewis opens at 9am for anyone arriving early.
11:00 – 13:00: Birmingham Rag Market & Fabric Shops
13:00 – 13:30: 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.
13:30 – 17:00: Guthrie & Ghani / Lunch
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 take part in a charity raffle.
Attendees can also grab lunch at one of the nearby pubs or cafes. The Village and The Dark Horse bar/restaurant are both a couple of minutes walk from Guthrie & Ghani, and there are lots of other options available within Moseley Village.
♥ Sign-Up Form ♥
If you’re planning to attend the 2018 meet-up let us know by filling in the Sign Up Form.
Everyone will be welcome. Hope you can make it x
Logo by illustrator and sewist Maike Plenzke.
The Sewing Weekender will be returning for a third year!
What:A sewing weekend break in Cambridge, UK
When:Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th August 2018
Tickets will go on sale on the morning of Thursday 31st May at 7am (BST). Full information on The Fold Line: https://thefoldline.com/the-sewing-weekender/
I’ve finally vlogged about last year’s event, including clips of attendees, of our lovely speakers and prefects, and of the preparations before everyone arrives on Saturday morning (at speed!).
As in previous years, our venue, Murray Edwards College in Cambridge, will be transformed into a sewing room for the weekend. Attendees can get stuck into a sewing project, chat to friends, drink plenty of tea, and participate in talks and workshops from fellow sewing bloggers and independent business owners.
The key differences this year, are that we have increased capacity (by hiring an additional room) and that we’ll be having lunch on Saturday in the College canteen. We are hoping that lots of you will want to join us again this year, and that the additional tickets will mean less people end up disappointed at not being able to buy a ticket (last year, the tickets went on sale as I boarded the train to work, and were sold out before I got off the train, 20 minutes later). We’ve decided to include lunch, because last year the heavens opened exactly when we all left the College to walk into town for lunch and we got drenched! It also makes it much easier to sit down for lunch as a group.
One thing I wanted to note before tickets go on sale on Thursday, is that the tickets are more expensive this year. Ever since the first Sewing Weekender two years ago, we’ve kept ticket prices as low as possible (we pay ourselves very little for our time). The increased cost of tickets is due to increased costs of organising the event, plus the fact that we are reliant on sponsorship to keep ticket prices down. I always think it’s difficult to estimate the actual cost of an event unless you are involved in organising something similar, and I thought it was worth stating that this increase to the ticket price isn’t about us benefiting from the event’s previous popularity (which I think would be justified, as a lot of work goes into the preparation), it’s about us realistically covering costs.
If you’re considering attending and want more information, you can read: my wrap-up of the 2017 event / attendee reviews of the 2017 event / my wrap-up of the 2016 event / attendee reviews of the 2016 event
I have 5 pairs of tickets for The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show at Olympia London on 01-04 March 2018 to give away. These can be used on any day except Saturday 03 March.
To enter, leave a comment below, or on the related post on my Instagram account by midnight on Friday 12 January.
I’m going to be attending on the Friday (if you’ll also be attending on the Friday, it would be lovely to meet up). I’m currently deciding which class/es to take, and, having spent some time perusing the class list, I thought it would be worth sharing my favourite classes (both sewing and other crafts) below, for anyone else who is interested.
Couture Sewing Skills, Jenni McGill, Its Sew Simple (Thursday)
“working with silks and chiffons you use very different sewing techniques, instead of an over locked seam, a French seam, a pin hem instead of a fold over hem, a hand finished dart, a bound edge, gathering silk and or pleats”
Creating Texture with Fabric, Sue Cotten (Sunday)
“learn how to create texture with fabric by manipulating the basic tuck into a variety of twists, twirls and slashing to embellish home furnishings, accessories and dressmaking garments”.
Design and Make Funky Leggings, Miss Libby Rose (Thursday)
“draw up a pattern to your own measurements so we can design, style and make these funky trousers and learn how to use the sewing machine using stretchy jersey fabric”.
Design your own Fabric with Spoonflower, Ceri Gwen, Spoonflower (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
“Learn how to create a seamless repeat by hand for making your own repeating surface designs. Each participant will receive a fat quarter of their design printed in Spoonflower’s Berlin factory”.
Fabric Manipulation: Pleats, Tucks & Ruffles, Jenni McGill, Its Sew Simple (Sunday)
“Working on a Janome sewing machine you will create samples using creative
techniques, ranging from; a diamond box pleat, pin tucking, tuck and fold pleats, to a shaped fabric ruffle”.
Fly Front Trouser Zip 1,2,3, Janice Croft (Sunday)
Learn the correct way to install a tailored trouser zip. How to achieve the proper overlap, neat top stitching and back placket”.
Lovely Lacy Knickers, Claire Tyler (Thursday & Saturday)
“Making knickers is simple and fun, using a simple pattern and stretch lace create these pretty knickers”.
Pattern Alterations for Bigger Busts, Claire Tyler (Thursday & Saturday)
“Learn to alter a commercial pattern for a fuller bust for garments with and without darts or with princess seams”.
Stylish Seams and Hems, Claire Tyler (Saturday)
“Learn how to finish your garments with unusual seams and hems perfect for popular fabrics like stretch, scuba, denim and boiled wool. Many of these techniques aren’t found in patterns”.
Goldwork Acorns, Royal School of Needlework (Thursday & Saturday)
“The design will teach the technique of padding to create raised areas as well as the two main techniques of Goldwork: Couching of Pearl Purl and Cutwork with bright check purl. These techniques will both give a different textural effect to this charming acorn design and will give skills that can be used to create rich and sparkly embellishments”.
Stunning Embellished Sequin Flower, Hannah Read-Baldrey (Friday)
“Learn how to embellish garments with beautiful sewn sequinned flowers. Work with craft writer and presenter Hannah Read-Baldrey on a beautiful project from her new book FlowerBomb!”
Strawberry Cross Stitch on Linen or Aida, The Cross Stitch Guild (Everyday)
“Join the Cross Stitch Guild for this ideal class for the beginner or a stitcher wanting to try linen for the first time!”
Ten Stitch Sampler, The Cross Stitch Guild (Everyday)
“This project is worked on linen fabric and gives the student a chance to try different counted stitches on a little sampler”.
I finally blogged a few thoughts on, and photos from, the The Sewing Weekender yesterday, but lots of attendees were much quicker. I really enjoyed reading/watching these and wanted to share. Enjoy!
♥ Elena at Randomly Happy blogged about using mindfulness to blog with more joy, following her talk on the subject at the Weekender.
♥ Melissa at Fehr Trade. Melissa also blogged a top made with Stoff and Stil fabric from the Weekender goodie bag.
♥ Harriet at Hobbling Handmade:
♥ Jen at Ginger Thread Girl:
♥ Sarah at Like Sew Amazing:
The second Sewing Weekender, sewing holiday, took place at the start of August. As is always the way with organising events, when we started planning it seemed ages away, but it was here before we knew it and over in a flash.
Kate, Rachel & I arrived at our venue, Murray Edwards College in Cambridge, on Friday afternoon and were kept busy until the evening setting up sewing machines, overlockers, and irons, stuffing goodie bags, and inflating balloons!
We were joined on Saturday morning by fifty-one attendees and six prefects/speakers, for the sewing (tea drinking, fabric stroking, nattering, fabric swapping) to commence.
Over the course of the Weekender we had:
♥ More time for sewing, more machines, overlockers and irons than at last year’s event.
♥ Even more sponsors & overflowing goodie bags.
♥ Embroidered badges for every attendee (thanks to Elle Harris‘ machine embroidery workshop).
♥ Inspirational talks from our amazing prefects/speakers.
♥ A stroll through Cambridge in the sun (as well as one particular lunch break in torrential rain…).
♥ And lots of lovely sewists!
There’s a great atmosphere at the Weekender, and it’s the same atmosphere at sewing meet-ups small and large (as well as online): welcoming, inspiring and full of fun. Assuming people do keep wanting to come, there’s never going to be enough tickets for everyone to attend the Sewing Weekender (this year tickets sold out in less than twenty minutes), but I’d highly recommend getting to a meet-up in person as often as you can.
Just a quick post to let you know that there will be a #SewBrum meet-up on Saturday 28th October 2017.
As this will be the fourth year running (!) I’m planning a few tweaks, but as in previous years, the meet-up will start in Birmingham City Centre, before moving to Moseley Village to visit Guthrie & Ghani.
Full details to follow. Everyone welcome. Hope you can make it x
SewBrum logo by illustrator Maike Plenzke.