I’ve previously mentioned my friendship with Karen, founder of The Draper’s Daughter, which started on Instagram when we discovered we both lived in Chichester. Over the last year or so, inspired by the amazing Stacie of Brighton Sewing Bee and Sewmance fame, we’ve been talking about the possibility of setting up a monthly sewing group here. I’ve always been envious when I’ve seen photos on IG of what they get up to in Brighton but it is just a bit too far to go for an evening after work.
Life then got in the way and nothing happened for a while but we’ve now bitten the bullet and booked a venue for the inaugural session!
Like the Brighton Sewing Bee, the aim will be to give anyone interested in sewing the opportunity to meet up with like-minded people to make, sew, chat and eat some cake. There will always be cake!
Photos courtesy of The Draper’s Daughter!
The sessions will be informal and open to everyone regardless of skill level. We hope that the group will develop gradually to meet the needs of the members. There won’t be a formal teacher but we intend to invite special guests to share their knowledge and experience and we will also build a skills bank based on members’ interests with the aim of persuading some of them to run sessions from time to time if they are so inclined. There will be absolutely no obligation to do this!
In the longer term we may be able to provide a couple of sewing machines at the venue but in the meantime just bring your own along and we will arrange for extension cables so that everyone can plug in and sew. You don’t have to sew on a machine, just bring along your embroidery, knitting, hand stitching or whatever else you are working on if you prefer. If you have a sewing conundrum you need help with – the group may well be the perfect forum to find a solution.
There will also be a fabric and pattern swap table each month. I’m sure we all have things in our stash that we know we will never use but could well be just what someone else is looking for.
The first meeting will take place on Wednesday 14 June at St George’s Church Hall from 7.00 – 9.00 pm. Click here for the address and a map. There is parking so you won’t have to carry your sewing machine very far. There will be no charge for the first meeting – have this one on Karen and me. After that we are proposing a ‘sub’ of £5. This is definitely not a business enterprise and all funds will be used to cover the cost of hiring the hall, equipment and future activities.
The first meeting will give everyone a chance to introduce themselves and we’d really like to have a democratic process to help decide on a name for the group. Come along with any suggestions and we can maybe put them to a vote! We can also talk about everyone’s ideas for possible future activities, speakers, visits etc.
If you are interested in joining us please direct message Karen or me on IG – @janemakes or @thedrapersdaughter – or alternatively email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.
We’d love to hear from you.