Wednesday, 26 June 2019

A day out in York

I've just got back from wonderful afternoon in York, where Samantha and Jen had arranged a #memade meetup for a bunch of us Northern sewists.

We met up in Bill's mid morning and were lucky enough to be in a private dining area so we were all free to mingle and more importantly peruse the fabric and pattern swap pile!

We were in Bill's whilst the breakfast menu was being served so I opted for their Garden breakfast of halloumi, avocado and eggs. Im ordinarily a full English type of girl but I can't resist halloumi and I wasn't disappointed.

The swap pile had a good choice of fabrics and I was very reserved and just took one remnant away.

To be honest I grabbed this before it even made its way to the swap pile. I was drawn to the dark grey, verging on khaki colour and the double dash print. To call it a remnant is unkind theres probably over a metre with a small square taken out. Plenty to work with. When I got home I googled the details from the selvedge (I love a good selvedge antd the fact it can tell you so much about the fabric) and learned this is a 55% linen/45% cotton. Good to know! 

Once we'd swapped fabric, talked all things sewing related and enjoyed brunch it was time to head to the studio of a very talented jeweller who had kindly offered to host us.

Jen, Joanna and Samantha

We visited Joanna Wakefield's studio and it was a treasure trove of beautiful pieces of jewellery. Joanna combines her love of silversmithing and textiles to create a series of haberdashery themed pieces.

A dressmakers mannequin adorned with a thimble, button and spool on a chain.

The weather was kind to us and we enjoyed tea and cake in Joanna's cottage garden.

The studio was beautifully presented. Joanna also opens up her workspace as part of York open studios and Id thouroughly reccomend a visit.

Obviously I didn't come away empty handed! I treated myself to a set of stacking rings. one plain band, a ball wire band and finally a band topped with a vintage mother of pearl button. The perfect combo!


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