Sunday, 25 June 2017

Sew up North

What a day! On Saturday I had the pleasure of attending sew up north, a sewing meetup centred around Leeds City Centre. Since attending Sew down Dewsbury I'd been itching to see all my fellow sewists again so jumped at the chance to sign up for this!

Sew up north is masterminded by Rebecca and Sally and what a fab day they had organised for us. 120 sewists descended on Costa Coffee to receive goodie bags and admire each other's handmade outfits.

Inside the goodie bags were various discount codes, a simplicity pattern, sweets and a fab badge!! As well as bagging all the attendees some much appreciated discount codes Sally and and Rebecca had received lots of items from various sponsors to be used as prizes in a charity raffle. Sew up North's chosen charity is Yorkshire Air ambulance, who I was surprised to hear are entirely self funded and require £12000 per day to keep running. It really is a great cause and one I was happy to part with my money for!

After we had fuelled up in Costa it was time to hit the shops. I had heard that John Lewis had a clearance sale on so was eager to get to their haberdashery department before all the best deals had gone!!

As soon as I found the clearance shelves I was eyeing up the  Atelier Brunette fabric that was 50% off! This French design house fabrics usually retail for around £20 per metre (so not something I would normally consider) but at £9 a metre I couldn't resist, so snapped up 2 metres of this twist mustard cotton cambric.

I remembered to take a pic of the pom pom garland this time I visited!

After John Lewis it was time to check out B & M fabrics' bricks and mortar shop at the rear of the market.

As part of our discount codes we were lucky enough to receive 20% off purchases of £15 or more on the day. The shop was packed when I arrived with not a lot of room to have a thorough look around. However, a lot of the best prints were already out on the cutting table and it was there I spotted this Rose and Hubble print.

At £5 a metre I decided to get 3 metres worth in order to be eligible for discount!

That was the end of my purchasing (apart from the obligatory raffle tickets but more on that later) but there was still plenty of perusing to be done.

The stalls in the inside of the market were our next port of call. I visited Jacks fabrics and Fletchers fabrics but unfortunately it wasn't until much later that I realised there was at least one other fabric stall that I missed in the market. It was an African Wax print stall that I missed, which I definitely want to head to on my next trip into Leeds.

The final shop we visited was Samuel Taylors. I can remember shopping here years ago when I did a lot of cross stitching but never realised that they had a lower ground floor full of fabric delights! Again, no purchases but they did stock some 100% wool felt that I will bear in mind for a future project that I am planning.

Also in Samuel Taylor's I spotted a bolt of the liberty fabric I'd made my outfit in. I thought I'd got a good deal at £13 a metre but here it was at £8.50, just shows it pays (or saves!) to shop around.

Fabric shopping is hungry/thirsty work and 3 hours had flown by so it was time to head to the Belgrave music and food hall to regroup.

Prior to the meetup Sally and Rebecca had suggested that if we had any unloved patterns and/or fabric in our stash that we should bring them along and attempt to swap them. By the time we arrived in the Belgraves function room there was a large table filled with fabric and patterns, one mans trash truly is another mans gold as there were some great pieces.

I did a cheeky pre swap swap with Elena as we both liked the look of each others fabrics! She went for my blue shibori panel fabric (that I had previously made a seamwork Adelaide with) whilst I got my hands on her zebra print fabric.

I also picked up some shirting fabric in the swap, a whopping 3 1/4 metres at that.

I had also thrown into the swap pile lengths of island blooms scuba and sky blue needlecord, a kimono pattern Id received free with a magazine that was too small for me and a pattern for some bean bag teddies. Hopefully they all found good homes!

The day was drawing to a close with just the raffle prizes to be drawn. Sally and Rebecca informed us that over £700 had been collected for the Yorkshire air ambulance, amazing! There were some amazing prizes; gift vouchers, magazine subscriptions, pattern bundles etc. It was beginning to look like lady luck wasn't shining on me until the very last prize was announced. I only went and won a fabric bundle from Minerva Crafts containing over £100 worth of fabric!!!

Here's a peak of some of the gorgeous fabrics it contained.

I will try and do a blog post detailing what there was in the bundle as there are some beauties!!

Last but not least just want to say thankyou to these lovely ladies who made the day so enjoyable. Really hope we can arrange another fabric shopping trip pronto.

Samantha, Elena, me and Janice

Did you attend sew up north? It really was a great day out. Any suggestions on what to use my fabrics for would be much appreciated.

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