Sunday, 8 January 2012

Brighton De-Stash Meet-Up!!!!!


I'm very excited to announce that Claire from Sew, Incidentally and myself are co-organising a sewing meet-up and swap! It is to be held in my fair city of Brighton at the beginning of February. Following from the success of the swap/meet-up I organised last June, if this one turns out to be half as fun as the last one, it promises to be a very good day indeed.

Why:

The beginning of a new year is a great time to have a look at what we have and be honest with ourselves about what we don't really want (i.e. time to do some Stash Bustin'!). This swap meet-up will be a great opportunity to pass on any fabric/notions/patterns/sewing resources that've been lurking in your stash forever to someone who will find new inspiration in it. Similarly, you'll be able to get something new-to-you to kick start a new project without spending any money, who isn't interested in that in these cash-strapped times?!

Where & When:

We will meet at Brighton train station at 11.30am on Saturday 4th February, 2012. The station isn't enormous, but we'll aim to be outside the WHSmiths to avoid confusion (and all the stag and hen parties that make Brighton their destination at the weekends!). Mine and Claire's mobile phone numbers will be distributed to those who plan to attend in case anyone gets held up, lost etc.

We will aim to leave the station around 12pm and head to a cafe/bar (exact venue to be confirmed). There we will have the swap, eat lunch, have a couple of drinks if you wish, chat and make friends. When we are finished, those who wish to can then head to the lovely sewing shops and flea markets in Brighton for shopping/inspiration hunting.

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Who:

Anyone who enjoys sewing or wants to start sewing! You don't have to participate in the de-stash to attend, your company will be more than enough. Hopefully this meet-up will attract some sewing meet-up regulars and new faces alike.

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What:

To be more specific about what the swap entails: if you wish to actively participate in the de-stash swap part of the meet-up, please bring some unwanted sewing stuff with you. 'Stuff' translates as fabric, sewing patterns, sewing magazines, sewing/pattern-making equipment, sewing/pattern-making books, buttons, zips, other notions: basically anything that you no longer want/need that someone else might be inspired by or could make use of.

The swap will be structured fairly so that the more de-stash things you bring, the more opportunities you will have to pick something that another sewer has de-stashed. But no matter what or how much you bring, it is unlikely anyone will go home empty handed!

How:

If you wish to attend the Brighton De-Stash Meet-up on 4th February, please send me an email with the subject 'Brighton Meet-up' to my blog email address which is sozoblog (at) gmail (dot) com. This will give me a clear indication of how many people plan to attend so I can book the table at the cafe/bar. Closer to the date Claire and I will then email the attendees with further info about the meet-up and our contact details.

Claire and I really hope to see you there!!!!

14 comments:

MrsC said...

Oh, I SO want to be there!! I wish they would invent a teleportation device of some sort... ;-)

Anna said...

damn, I'm not in Brighton until the 11th, not that I'd be able to carry much down or back up again as I'll have 2 young boys with me! Hope you all have a great time though!

Stevie said...

count me in as always chica!

House of Pinheiro said...

I'm in...

tomofholland.com said...

I would've liked to attend, but will be busy that Saturday. Will keep an eye out for the next de-stash, as I would like to meet some sewers!

shivani said...

Oo! Count me in (will also email) x

Chris said...

Alas can't make it as I'm not in SE England until late February, but I'm giving away some stuff at http://stitchwitch-chris.blogspot.com/ if anyone's interested.

Elle C said...

I would so love to be there, but I just checked Air Canada for fares and it would cost me around $2400 return, plus accommodation. As much I know meeting everyone would be fantastic, it probably wouldn't be worth it.

Laura said...

Ooh, so tempting! Will have to look at travel logistics from Oxford! I got a pile of patterns that have been waiting for a chance like this :)

Tilly said...

Great timing, I was just thinking I need to give away some of my unused fabric. Not 100% sure I can attend yet, I'm mega swamped with stuff going on so don't want to make any more commitments. Really hope to make it but I'll play it by ear... x

Tors said...

Well bum, I'm away in North Wales that weekend. Shall definitely keep an eye out for the next one though! Hope you all have a lovely time!

jessiekay said...

I got so excited about this post! But then I saw the date... I am a student at Sussex uni and live in brighton too but am at a tournament that weekend. :( I started following your blog quite recently and it's very interesting. I can only hope there will be another meet up as I am quite new in the blogging world and it sounds very fun! Jessie :) (www.imake2.blogspot.com)

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Black Shadow Stripe Suit said...

That is very cute! Please count me in. Thanks

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