I had an amazing, if exhausting time on Saturday! Ali AKA Thimberlina had organised the second meet-up of the Yorkshire Spoolettes and sewing bloggers from all over the north of England descended on the fabric shops of Dewsbury, a couple of ladies had travelled over 120 miles, now that’s dedication!!
We met in a friendly café called Kenny’s Bistro, we were basically doing everything we tell our children not to do, meeting ‘internet friends’ in person!! It was great to actually meet in person the ladies you’ve been ‘chatting to’ on blogs, putting faces to names. It was also fantastic to meet lots of ladies who all enthused about sewing, we laughed as we were all touching the fabric of each others clothes…only sewers would do that!!! I organised a bit of a swop (I’ve got to destash somehow!!!) so we had a pile of patterns and fabric that everyone could just help themselves to. I managed to donate about 8 metres of fabric, which made me less concerned (stash-wise) about the amount I bought later!!
First stop was the market, it’s only there Wednesday’s and Saturdays but it’s well worth a visit, there was a great stall selling trims and haberdashery, I got some cones of over-locker thread for £1 each. The weather was somewhat drizzly which curtailed our wander round the outdoor market a little but we were all keen to get to Fabworks anyway…
Fabworks is a huge fabric shop selling both dress-making and furnishing fabrics all at very reasonable prices. I fell for some knit fabrics and a lovely purple wool, oh and a pretty length of shirting!
Lucky Fashions was our next stop. It’s only a small shop (especially with 15 of us in there!) but it is jam-packed full of bargains. The staff were very friendly, they had been pre-warned about our visit so were prepared with tea and biscuits 🙂 I bought a length of embroidered crinkly silk (no, I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it, it was just too pretty to leave behind!) a blue and green tweed skirt length and a jersey fabric.
Just round the corner was the £1 a Yard shop, whilst everything wasn’t a £1 a yard, it was very reasonable. I bought a shirt length of a fun print covered in sewing things, scissors, dummies, machines.
After all that shopping we needed some refreshments so we headed off to Wetherspoons for a late lunch and drinks and of course more chatting 🙂 Late afternoon I staggered onto the train with all my bags and about 15m of fabric!!!
Huge thanks to Ali for organising such a brilliant day, (ad for the photos!) I’ve got some serious sewing to do if my stash isn’t going to be sky-high for the end of the month report!! Ali also dropped the suggestion that next time we could make a weekend of it with a minibus…good job I’m getting a bigger sewing room 🙂