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Theme Meetup: Christmas Inspired Crafts

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!

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  • Giselle

    It was a lovely evening! Wan-Tchi's Christmas ornaments were amazing, Joanne's holly sprig embroidery really lovely, Kat's octagon quilt sewing was seriously green-eye inducing (how gorgeous are those fabrics! I am so so jealous. Does your Mum want to sell some of those fabrics?) and really nice welcoming Jen to the group as well. We'll get to do all this soon again! Can't wait for next time.

    1 · November 14, 2013

    • Kat T.

      Thank you for the kind words! :) Talk about envy - your skirt was fabulous! My mum is actually starting to downsize her collection of fabric and yarn - I'll see if I can get some photos, and if I see you at knitting next Tuesday we can catch up! :)

      November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyable but disappointingly small group

    November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyable but disappointingly small group

    November 14, 2013

  • marta f.

    Hello, after i manage toget there i coudn't find u, probably you left. Sorry, so see u next time!!!!!

    November 13, 2013

    • Joanne

      Thanks for letting us know. We were there until at 8.30 I think. Hope to see you next time.

      November 13, 2013

  • Giselle

    What a nice evening! Really enjoyed it.

    November 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh, I'm so sorry, it completely slipped my mind and I went straight home from work. Please, don't sew me in a christmas bag to drown me in a mulled wine...

    November 12, 2013

    • Joanne

      Don't worry, we aren't even sending a holly leaf prickle! Thanks fir letting us know and hope you can make the next one.

      November 12, 2013

  • Giselle

    We're here! Three of us so far, near a leaflet rack. There is a knitting group here too, in the corner. If in doubt: ask!

    November 12, 2013

  • Isabel

    I'm sorry but I can't come tonight. I have two interviews tomorrow morning for a new job and I am absolutely not ready yet.... It will be a studious evening for me !! I hope being able to come next time !! Looking forward to meet you all !! Have a nice meeting crafters !!

    November 12, 2013

    • Joanne

      Thanks letting us know. Good luck with the preparation and interviews. Let's hope you have good news of a new job to tell us at the next meeting!

      November 12, 2013

  • Kat T.

    Hiya, I'm a newbie coming along tonight, looking forward to meeting you all :)

    November 12, 2013

    • Joanne

      Looking forward to meeting you there.

      November 12, 2013

  • Emma B.

    Im now not able to come tonight as I've got the flu :( I was going to show my almost finished christmas stocking for my neice ;P

    November 12, 2013

    • Joanne

      Hope you'll feel better soon. Thanks for letting us know. Definitely bring the stocking to the next one if you can.

      November 12, 2013

  • Marijke

    still on holidays...

    November 3, 2013

  • Claire C.

    Sounds great! :)

    October 31, 2013

  • Claire

    Hi, I'm new to the group. I'll check my schedule at work and if I'm free I might come along. I've already started thinking about Christmas themed sewing projects

    October 15, 2013

  • Amanda

    Hi, My Pinterest name is The Putney Panda

    September 28, 2013

    • Joanne

      Hi Amanda, I tried to add you to the board but I only have internet via my phone today and I'm not sure it worked. Let me know if not. Looking forward to your additions.

      September 28, 2013

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