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Glasgow sewing blogger meet

Glasgow sewing bloggers swap
Glasgow sewing bloggers swap
Glasgow sewing bloggers swap
Glasgow sewing bloggers swap
Glasgow sewing bloggers swap
Glasgow sewing bloggers swap
Glasgow sewing bloggers swap
Glasgow sewing bloggers swap
Glasgow sewing bloggers swap
Glasgow sewing bloggers swap
glasgow blogger meet

At the weekend I went to Glasgow for the sewing blogger meet up Kerry of Kestrel Makes organised. I am always apprehensive about these things, the sewing blogging community is so tightknit and while I follow quite a few sewing bloggers, it’s quite random and I haven’t even heard of others who are big celebrities! And obviously I am not a sewing blogger myself – this is the lot of the ‘chuck everything you like in and mix it up a bit’ approach I’ve taken. I’m not a fashion blogger, or a knitting blogger, or a mama blogger or a photographer either. Just a bit of all these things!

Anyway, I need not have worried because everyone was lovely and it was just the right size of group so that you got to speak to everyone. The meet up ladies were from left to right in the top picture:

We went fabric shopping in Mandors, which is about ten times the size of the Edinburgh one! We even had our own dedicated assistant Hazel, who is a blogger but couldn’t go because she was working that day. I had come armed with a plan to buy fabric for attempt no 2 at the colette violet. I wanted something in a dark rich red, and a looser, more drapey fabric than the (presumably) 100% cotton sheet I had used for my first attempt. Alas, it turned out that the combination of those two things was not to be, and after spending forever dithering and asking advice of practically everyone, I decided to go for the colour over the drapeyness and got this cotton quilting fabric:


My plan was to make the long sleeved version with the elastic in the sleeves, which was kind of what the drapeyness was needed for, but I’m actually now wondering if I’m up to adapting it to give it ordinary long sleeves. Will be some time before I have to think about that anyway. First I will finish knitting my jumper!

Anyway, after the fabric shopping we went to the Butterfly and the Pig for lunch/afternoon tea. That place has always cropped up as a potential when I’ve looked for places to eat in Glasgow, so I was delighted when it was picked as the venue! It’s a really lovely place, full of vintage knick knacks with a great menu. Recommended!

Then we did a bit of a craft materials swap and as usual I feel like I’ve cheated – I brought one pattern and a ball of yarn and left with three pieces of fabric and a pillow case. I haven’t got photos of the fabric unfortunately. There’s some red jersey which I’ve bookmarked for ether a plantain or a renfrew (bearing in mind I’ve never sews with knits so I may just stuff it up), some pinstripe wool mix and some brown and red checked cotton. There’s not much of the latter two (or indeed the jersey) so I’ll have to try hard to find something I can squeeze in.

And then of course there was the pillow case, which there’s no way I am cutting up! It’s so fun I put it straight on a sofa cushion as soon as I got home. Cos look! Moomin things! With wings!
moomin birds

And that was it! I had a lovely time! Thanks everyone for being so friendly and of course Kerry for organising!

last photo by Nessa

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  • houseofpinheiro 5 February 2014, 9:38 am

    hi ladies… ohh what a fun day.. I wish i was there too
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  • Alison 5 February 2014, 1:35 pm

    It was a great day, fab to meet everyone in person!
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  • Elise 5 February 2014, 6:18 pm

    Yay glad the pillowcase went to a good home! 🙂

  • Katy 5 February 2014, 7:31 pm

    It was great to meet you, a lovely way to spend a Saturday 🙂
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  • Nessa 5 February 2014, 7:34 pm

    Great photos Franca – it was a fun day, glad to have met you!
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  • Elaineoc 6 February 2014, 10:46 pm

    Lovely pics Franca 🙂 Good luck with your top! Looking forward to seeing it.
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  • Helen 8 February 2014, 8:38 pm

    I so love the pillowcase! I’m glad you have put it to use already! It was lovely to meet you. I had a great day, and I wouldn’t worry about defining your blog. It’s your blog, so you should do what you want, and regardless of the fact that you don’t do much sewing, we still had plenty to chat about! Looking forward to seeing how your Violet turns out!
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