15 July 2012

My Week with Sewing Friends

Chatting to fellow stitching enthusiasts online is nice enough in itself, but this week I've been lucky to have various IRL sewing socials too...

On Monday, I met up with Jen from Pretty Little Pictures, who was over visiting from Australia. The selfless martyr that I am, I took her to top tourist destination... Liberty haberdashery department. Somehow we managed not to buy anything but had a lovely time stroking the fabrics and talking about online sewing classes. I interviewed Jen for my old Stash Amnesty! series a couple of years ago, so it was great to meet up in person - and as with all stitcher meet-ups I've been on, it felt like we already knew each other.


On Tuesday, I went to a press "breakfast" (of cake - yum!) at Sew Over It, a gorgeous sewing cafe walking distance from my house. It was another opportunity to meet a former interviewee, owner Lisa, who I profiled a few months ago for A Day in the Life. Lisa gave us a demo of how to make a table runner, before setting us loose on the machines to whip up napkin rings. I honestly can't think of a nicer way to spend a morning than playing with a sewing machine, chomping on banana cake and comparing sewing injury stories with comrades. Plus Lisa was a joy to be around - such an absolute star that she's entered my mental list of Inspirational Women I Want to be When I Grow Up.

And look who else was there...

Karen in her St Clements Cambie Dress!

And many of you will know this lady too! On Saturday, Zoe was in town in her nautical chic finery, so we caught up with each other's plans and and threw some ideas around. The free vest pattern she recently published on her blog has already had over 700 downloads! Wow! Zoe's got some more exciting plans up her sleeve, I can't wait to follow her progress...

When I first started blogging, I must admit I was a little embarrassed to describe someone as "one of my internet friends", but no longer! I feel so fortunate to have been able to meet such awesome people and have them in my life. Thank you, internets!

[Soundtrack: 'Song to Woody' by Bob Dylan]