I was doing my usual scroll through Facebook last week when I noticed my friend Toby (roller derby skater/announcer, event planner, and general get-out-and-do-stuff-person extraordinaire) had created an interesting event…
This will be the inaugural meeting of the Webheath sewing group (far catchier name/biker jacket patches to follow when we’ve thought of the best pun) , if you interested in learning how to handle a needle, get to grips with a machine, have a project you would like to work on among new friends, or want to join us for a cup of tea and a stitch’n’bitch after a hard week at work then this is for you!
tables & chairs provided – tea & coffee making facilities – and a nice mix of tunes each week to chill out and sew to!
Please share this event or invite friends as we need your help to make it a success. Thanks Streetlife for enabling the inception of this idea.
Webheath Village Hall – Heathfield Road, Redditch, B97 5SQ
Being a person who a) has lots of unfinished craft projects, b) has a lot of planned craft projects not yet begun, c) enjoys being social (especially if tea and biscuits are involved), and d) lives within a stone’s throw of the venue, I leapt at the chance to join in. I’ve already started a crochet blanket for the baby, but after one go on it I’d put it aside and not picked it up again. This was the perfect opportunity to get out the house and get something done at the same time.
I am notoriously bad at turning up to things, so I’m pretty sure that Toby wasn’t expecting to see me there…in fact, I think he was expecting to be sat alone for two hours doing some lonely sewing. As it was, I walked in last night to see him surrounded by about twenty women…
The hall looked awesome decked out in bunting and balloons, there was tea and coffee on the go, and one of the ladies had baked some (bloody fantastic) cupcakes…
I got to hang out with some of my Roller Derby friends (some of whom had done a 30 minute drive to join us), chat to some new people, and grow my baby blanket a few more rounds…
…and we listened to some awesome tunes, courtesy of Toby. It wasn’t your average crafting music…
Break of dawn – Breakbot
Legs – Chuck Ingrish
Fine China – Chris Brown
Cling Wrap – Sam Sparro
Showgirl – Bluey Robinson
Do it, do it disco – Myron & E
Got to be real – Cheryl Lynn
Night to remember – Shalamar
All men are pigs – Studio Killers
Right here, right now – Giorgio Moroder/Kylie
Chandelier – Sia
Simple Life – Sam Frank
You & Me – Disclosure (Flume Remix)
Right back – Dr.Meaker
Between the sheets – The Isley Brothers
Do for Love – 2Pac
I feel for you – Chaka Khan
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson
Get Lucky – Daft Punk
Ooh Wee – Mark Ronson/Ghostface Killah
After Dark – The Count & Sinden
Boyfriend – Black kids (remix)
All this love – Gwen McCrae
Need to know – Sam Frank/Toddlah T
Peanut Butter – Twennynine
For once in my life – Stevie Wonder
Mark a smile for me – Bill Withers (Trishes edit)
Black Cow – Steely Dan
Candy Girl – New Edition
Oh! And I got to wear a name badge…
It was also rather lovely to see the ladies from Sew Fab there too, who were on hand to help people out, teach new things and to offer advice where it was needed. I bought the yarn for my blanket from them just a fortnight ago, and I can heartily recommend both their shop on Unicorn Hill and their sage advice.
I had an absolutely BRILLIANT time. The two hours went far too quickly…I can’t wait for the next one, and not just because I know I won’t touch my blanket again until then. Thank you to Toby and Jane for organising the group and setting up the hall…and thank you to Jane’s daughter Lucy for the kickass baked goods!
At the moment it’s only going to be on once a fortnight, so the next Sewcial Club will be held at Webheath Village Hall on Friday 27th March from 7pm-9pm (take a look at the Facebook event for more details)…
…and if you’re interested in taking part in our stitch’n’bitch you can join our Facebook Group for news of further Friday Night Webheath Sewcial Club meets…it’d be SEW nice to see you there!