Sunday, 14 April 2013

Sewing Meet-Up: Birmingham - Saturday 15th June 2013

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Okay... sewing-fans Kat, Marie 'n' me reckon that the time is ripe for another Birmingham Meet-Up!
Marie + Kat at November 2012's Birmingham Meet-Up
Yes, come and join our us for a spot of lunch - with lots of stash swapping, a persue around the fantastic stalls at The Birmingham Rag Market, then some retail therapy at Fancy Silk Store, and if there's time hop on over to Barry's Fabrics before heading on home happy & tired!

Swapping.... Please, please do not worry about what to bring with you to swap with the other sewists on the day! No one is obliged to bring anything at all with them. It's all about de-stashing and having fun! The idea is to pass-on any un-loved sewing / knitting / crochet stuff... ranging from fabric, patterns, notions, books, threads, buttons or magazines etc. etc... Nobody leaves empty handed - and you always find something new, exciting and surprising in amoungst the piles of yummy stuff on the tables :)

                   BIRMINGHAM MEET-UP
                   Place: Birmingham New Street Station (just after the ticket-barriers)
                   Date: Saturday 15th June 2013
                   Time: Meet-up from 10.30am till 11.00am
                   Rag Market Stalls: 11.00am - 12.30pm
                   Swap-a-thon + Lunch: 12.30pm - 2.00/2.30pm
                   More Market / Shopping: 2.30pm onwards!
                   Home Time: 4.00 - 4.30pm           
We'll meet up from 10.30am inside of the station (just after the ticket-barriers). Then, at 11am well depart the station. We'll aim to visit the World Famous Rag Market, before a very short walk to a nearby cafe/bar (venue as yet to be announced) to start eating an early lunch at roughly 12.30pm (it won't take too long to walk there we promise!). There, we'll swap, de-stash, chat, eat lunch and make merry until 2.00-2.30pm. Afterwards there'll be plenty of time to visit the lovely market stalls again and then onto a couple of fabric-shops.

                      Wanna join in the fun?...
                       If you fancy coming along to this meet-up please email me at:   
                       (please mention Birmingham Meet-Up in the email subject line). .
Maps and mobile phone numbers for contacts on the day itself will be emailed to attendees nearer the time once a final-list of names has been confirmed.

For transportation, map 'n' directions to Birmingham:
Here's a link to a download page for a PDF of the Birmingham Shopping Map from the Visit Birmingham website:
It handily shows the Rag Market location, and the Birmingham New Street train station.

Plus: The National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner, and one more.... walking directions for Birmingham


In the meantime, to whet your sewing-appetites please take a look at some of the photos below from the excellent day we had last year in November that Marie and Kat did an amazing job organising!!
Last year's swapping fun inside Cafe Soya!

Fancy Silk Store

Barry's Fabrics

Is Birmingham not so easy for you to travel to? Then check out the Brighton or London meet-ups too!


  1. yes yes yes, another addition to the my calendar

  2. very tempted... I've never been to Brum! Pencil me in please x

  3. Just as a thought; Lauren from the Sewing Bee's opening a shop in Moseley. Also Frumble Fabrics is in the Custard Factory - which is 10 mins walk tops from the Rag Market

  4. And typical - I log in and it doesn't put my name up. I'm Katherine and I live in Birmingham hence the comment about where the Custard Factory is - I'd love to join in!

  5. This looks fantastic! I would love to come along (if I can fit it in)!

  6. YEY! I am so excited. I definatley want to join in, this will be my first meet up :D
    I have emailed you my details. Looking forward to meeting everyone xxx

  7. I've e-mailed you :)
    Let me know if it didn't send for some reason - dichohecho [at] gmail [dot] com

  8. Ladies all names of attendees have been noted... and an email (coming from Marie) is coming out v.v. shortly :)!!

  9. Hello, I'm caroline from Stratford on Avon and I'd love to join the meetup

  10. Hi Caroline - please can you send me an email by end of Monday with your contact details please - my email is sew[dot]incidentally[at]yahoo[dot]com . Thanks Claire :)

  11. SO sad I only just saw this!

  12. @julierosie There's nearly always someone organising a sewing meet-up, just keep your eyes peeled :)


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