It’s Not An Addiction, It’s A Hobby

Who wouldn’t be proud to wear this?

The day dawned with the steady thrum of rain against the window panes. It was time for our Walthamstow Shopping Frenzy – how apt that Mother Nature should decide to give us a downpour. I braced myself for a flurry of cancellations, but by midday there were ten Sewists gathered in Walthamstow, eagerly pinning these badges to their lapels.

I should have had more faith. When Sew, incidentally arrived with a wheeled trolley bag, I knew I was with a group of expert fabric shoppers. Midnight Bettys was wearing her walking boots (sensible girl), Diana and Me was sporting her Carly-inspired snood and Fehr Trade was wearing a pair of jeans she’d finished sewing that very morning, plus this wonderful coat. It’s awesome up close. I had serious coat envy.

Nothing was going to get between these girls and their sewing expedition. Certainly not a bit of rain.

We started at Saeed Fabrics:

Happy Shoppers

My biggest concern organising this trip was that people would be underwhelmed or wouldn’t find anything to buy. I shouldn’t have worried. These new friends were mad for it! I think we all bought something in this shop.

Next stop, the stall outside Sainsburys:

Fellow bloggers: Diana and Me, Tilly and Scruffy Badger

More serious shopping going on. Thankfully, by now, the rain had almost subsided which meant that a rare (for Walthamstow) flourish of colour could blaze in all its glory:

Now, that’s called style.

I recognised Dolly Clackett from the moment I clapped eyes on her. Isn’t that a dream of an outfit? She and her friend, Alysa, were just as charming as I knew they would be. Plus, they brought me birthday biscuits. What’s not to like?

Further on up the market. Don’t dilly dally, there’s shopping to be done:

More fellow bloggers: Midnight Bettys and Sew, incidentally.

We squeezed in one last shop, then it was off to a pub to eat fish and chips and marvel at our seriously big haul:

Underneath all that fabric is a table.

Looks of sheer delight.

If you peer closely at this photo, you may just make out the glazed expression in these women’s eyes. Hands were trembling as fingers stroked cotton, laughter was shrill – some might say hysterical – and purses were empty. I was reluctant to let any of these Sewists near caffeine, alcohol or sugar. Would their heads spin off their shoulders with sheer, unadulterated joy? But we got through lunch with no ill event, and many a sewing tip was shared.

I think it’s safe to call the Walthamstow Shopping Frenzy a success. We’re already planning the next trip and when I have chance, there will be a Flickr group set up so that we can share our makes. My one regret is that I was too distracted to properly shop, running on nervous energy, herding my new friends from shop to stall. Next time!

I am so pleased to have met all of these fellow obsessives. Everyone was truly lovely. Thank you to:

I don’t think I’ve left anyone off, but let me know if I have. You were all superstars!

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34 Responses to It’s Not An Addiction, It’s A Hobby

  1. Shivani says:

    thanks so v much for organising the Walthamstow Frenzy! It was great to meet you all!

  2. I just wanted to say a big thank you for organising this trip, I had a wonderful time and I bought so much lovely fabric. It was also great to meet to meet everybody, particularly because I don’t really know anyone that sews.
    You didn’t leave me off the list, but I wanted to say that I have a blog called Something in the Way She Sews.


  3. Tilly says:

    Karen, thanks again for organising today – you did a superb job! Only problem is that the fish and chips have made me reeeeeeally sleeeeepy – I can’t move… x

  4. Bold Sewist says:

    Boo hoo! It looks like a fabulous day – I wish I could have been there. Next time!
    And I adore that gorgeous yellow bag / red shoes combo. Fab.

  5. Amy says:

    What a great day! Thanks for organising it Karen. I had a brilliant time meeting all you lovely sewists. Looking forward to seeing all that fabric put to good use 🙂

  6. Sherry says:

    That sounds like so much fun!
    Love the badges 🙂

  7. Karen it was a f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s day out! Thank you soooo much for organising it, for the lovely badges ‘n’ maps we were Royally looked after :)! And, it was so great to meet so many lovely people and get to share our love of sewing.

    I think polka-dots were v. popular on the day LOL! And, I cannot wait for the next one… Summertime maybe (purlease :))?

    P.S. I did end up getting more fabric (oops!) after everyone else left for home. I got some red/white stripe cotton blend fabric and some dark chambray-blue coloured polycotton both for £1 / metre, plus I found some of my coveted greaseproof paper (aka Claire’s cheapo tracing paper ;)) too. So I am now at home a tired, but MUCH contented sewist!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you again – you’re star to give up your own time to show us around the joys of Walthamstow!!!

  8. Suzy says:

    It sounds like it was a great day! Definite needs repeating, maybe with someone else co-organising it so you can relax a bit. I don’t mind doing it as I know walthamstow a bit 🙂

  9. Roisin says:

    Aw Karen, today was SO much fun and you were a wonderful host and guide, and exactly how I’d imagined you would be!

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  11. juebejue says:

    that looks so fun! how i wish we lived in the same area 🙂 i LOVE the buttons you made for the ladies!

  12. Steph says:

    Thanks Girls – in particular Karen of course – for such a lovely day. My arms are aching very slightly from all the fabric carrying!

    Hope to see you all again soon! xxx

  13. Debi says:

    Karen–let me know when you are planning the next one! I am so coming down from Scotland! It sounds like it was a blast!! I love your buttons and would be so proud to wear one 🙂

  14. Portia says:

    Brilliant!! Can I come next time?! Please?! I’m only 40mins from Walthamstow!

  15. Thanks again Karen. It was an absolute blast! I tried telling my fiance how much fun I’d had but your photos and blog posted told it so much better. 🙂 I’m so up for the next one!

  16. I echo everything everyone else has already said – fantastic write up too to cap it all off! It really was a stunning day & I haven’t stopped smiling – that’s how happy the day & all you ladies made me. Thank you Karen for being such a wonderful host/ guide. I am definitely on for the revisit! (Now to get down to some cutting out!)

  17. Carly says:

    Oh it looks like you all had so much fun! I’m very jealous, so gutted my hangover meant I had to give it a miss this time! Blasted booze….!

    Still, I’m a fellow North Londoner so I can always take a trip up myself some weekend soon – after seeing everyone’s cheap as chips purchases I’m champing at the bit to stock up!


  18. Suzanne says:

    What a wonderful day, even in the rain. Thanks for sharing with us in blogland!

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  20. Sarah says:

    How brilliant!! What an amazingly fun day! 🙂 I love the custom badges, too. You are an event organizer extraordinaire!

  21. Sharon says:

    It looks like you all had a lovely time!

  22. Valerie says:

    Hi, looks like you had such a fab time, would love to join next time! I have just started sewing and am very keen to keep going. Could anyone recommend a good class/teacher in Walthamstow? Many thanks in advance, and HAPPY FRIDAY 🙂

  23. CuriousGem says:

    I’d love to join next time too please. Had an ‘accident’ at Goldhawk Road this weekend but hopefully I’ll have recovered by the time you go again

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  25. claire says:

    OOOh I am soo jealous it looks like you had a fab time, the neartest I got was a brief trip the Country Living show on saturday with my friend,still we fitted in vintage clothes shopping in Islington some ogling of lovely fabrics and a gt time. Has any one come across any felloe welshies online? South Wales is lovely but a long way from most of you :C


  26. claire says:

    OOOh I am soo jealous it looks like you had a fab time, the neartest I got was a brief trip the Country Living show on saturday with my friend,still we fitted in vintage clothes shopping in Islington some ogling of lovely fabrics and a gt time. Has any one come across any fellow welshies online? South Wales is lovely but a long way from most of you :C


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