This is the look of a sewing blogger who publicly declares she’s cutting down on her stash, one week before leading a sewing shopping trip.
When Marie of A Sewing Odyssey announced that she absolutely would not, could not, will not, shall not buy any more fabric, I rolled around laughing for approximately one million hours. Then I caught the train to Birmingham for the sewing meet-up that she’d organised with Krafty Kat. If Marie went home with yet more fabric, who was I to judge? I wasn’t going to say a word… Let’s face it, we’ve all been there.
But who among us has been to Birmingham? I have! It’s a great city – totally trashing some of the unkinder stereotypes. I saw stunning architecture, morris dancers, a fabulous old-school market and many happy, smiling faces.
This meet-up was brilliantly organised. The most inspired touch was giving everyone a little bag of sweet eats – a life saver when energy levels were running low or a person got peckish on the train home. (Moi?) And there was a bespoke brooch for each of us…
I was really thrilled to meet friends, new and old. Here’s the delightful Katie of The Little Red Squirrel, in an amazing cape she’s recently completed:
Here’s Claire of Sew Incidentally, bantering with a stall holder. That man should have been on the stage. He offered us all 50% off if we went back to his stall after lunch. (Um, I didn’t…)
There was generally a lot of hardcore shopping:
Little Miss Twitchy even had to explain to curious bystanders, what we were all doing:
We’re sewing bloggers and… Sewing, what?!
My favourite moment was when we needed to coordinate groups. Kat got straight on the phone to Marie: ‘I’ll meet you by the Cut Price Slippers and Trainers’. Classic!
Then there was the stash bust over lunch. Whoo-boy, some people brought a lot of stuff to swap!
Overall, it was Awesomus Maximus. I only spent £15 on fabric, but came away with about eight metres of stuff, including some metallic jersey, grey boiled wool, polka dot crepe and leopard print cord. Oh yeah, baby! That’s not counting the vintage knitting pattern, several sewing patterns and cute bias tape.
What I really like about these meet-ups is the inspiration. It totally forces me to think outside of my own box. Oh, wow, she made the dress in THAT fabric! Look – those two people made the same top yet they’re totally different. Ooh, I like what you did with that… It’s no good working in a vacuum. Cross pollination is so important. I guess that’s why we all blog or read blogs!
Finally, I collapsed onto the train home and crocheted my way back to London. Thank you so much to Marie and Kat. You reminded me of how great sewing peeps truly are, and Birmingham’s just been added to the map of great sewing meet-ups.