It's always good to start preparing any handmade items early, so let'sl have an extra meeting themed for crafts inspired by Christmas. You may like to bring along some books, patterns or pictures relating to the theme to help inspire everyone or better still some Christmas inspired items that you have made or are currently making, for example items made using a Christmas print fabric, sewing or embroidery incorporating festive designs or other embellishments. Other crafts are welcome too: there are many patterns for knitted, crocheted or beaded Christmas decorations for example. Do any of you use Pinterest to collect links to craft ideas? I have started a board of Christmas crafts to inspire us. Let me know your email or Pinterest user name if you'd like to contribute to it.
Let's have a nice evening chatting about our favourite crafts, being inspired by each other's completed projects (so don't forget to bring anything you have been making recently to show us!) and working on any portable projects you're able to do during the evening or asking questions you would like to see if anyone else can help with. If you want to work on something unrelated to the autumn theme, that's also fine.
This Meetup is in the Royal Festival Hall. I've met here a few times with the group and it has been quite a popular location, so I hope to see plenty of you for a nice evening being inspired by butterflies. It is never possible to guarantee exactly where we can sit but I usually aim to sit somewhere near the river side of the hall, so try looking there first when you arrive.
Although the meetup is scheduled to start at six to suit any members who finish work early, it's fine to turn up whenever you wish. I work until 6 so I probably won't be there from the start but other members do arrive earlier. If you get there early, perhaps put something crafty on the table so other members can recognise you or you could even print out a table top sign to make it easy to spot you! If you are new and worried you'll not spot the group or feeling a bit uncertain about coming, just send me an email and I'll answer any questions or make sure someone looks out for you.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!