Crochet Workshop Sign Ups!

May 16, 2012

Please leave a comment below with the name of the Crochet Workshop you’d like to attend.

“Beginner” or “Granny Square”.

For more details and all my rules, see this post.

Suzy Hausfrau Crochet Workshops!

May 14, 2012

I am delighted to tell you today about the crochet workshops that Renae from Suzy Hausfrau is going to be offering at Sew It Together.

To participate in these workshops, you’ll have to do the following:

  • leave a comment on the booking post (coming soon),
  • be in the first 8 people to register for a workshop (maximum 8 people per workshop),
  • receive a confirmation from me that you are registered, and then
  • purchase a pack from the Suzy Hausfrau market stall before your workshop at the Saturday Crafting Session.
Price $14.95 (value $19.95)
The pack for these classes includes a gorgeous 8-ply 100% certified organic wool from Denmark, BC Garn Semilla and the most beautiful crochet hooks imaginable from Brittany.  These crochet hooks are made from sustainably harvested Birch and made by a family of craftsman in the USA.  Colours available for the pack are white (01), blue (110) and pink (122).
Here are the details for the classes:
Absolute Beginner
Have you been able to crack the crochet code?  Does the thought of winding a hook in and out of yarn leave you a bit cold?  This mini-class is aimed at the absolute crochet beginner and will teach you the very basics – the correct way to hold your crochet hook, getting started, chain stitch, single crochet and slip stitch…all in a super quick 45 minute class.  Then you get to take your beautiful Brittany crochet hook and BC Garn organic wool home with you to keep going.  Sounds easy?  Well it really is once you crack the crochet code!
Granny Squares
Crochet has undergone a bit of a renaissance with the growing popularity of granny square blankets.  And it isn’t limited to just blankets, even Cate Blanchett wore a Granny Square Dress once!  If you have wanted to start making your own granny squares then this mini-class will take you through a very easy design.  But just a word of warning, these are addictive!  You will find yourself making them before you even have an end-project in mind – because they are SO quick and fun.  To do this class it is preferable if you can hook on your work, do chain stitch and a few basic crochet stitches, such as singe, double and treble crochet.
Here are my rules, and things that you need to know:
  • Do not sign up for more than one Crochet Workshop
  • These workshops will not overlap with the Craft Schmaft Sock Owl Workshop, you may do both the Owl Workshop, and a Crochet Workshop.
  • You must purchase a pack from the Suzy Hausfrau market stall at the Saturday Crafting Session to take along with you to the Crochet Workshop (but having a pack does not entitle you to a workshop place).
  • You only will be allowed to attend a workshop if you have a confirmation email from me.
  • There is a limit of 8 people per workshop
  • Don’t register yet!
Here’s how you register:
  • There will be a blog post posted here on Wednesday evening, May 16 at 8pm AEST.
  • You can sign up in the comments underneath that post. Not this one.
  • Please leave the name of the Crochet Workshop that you would like to attend in a comment.”Beginner” or “Granny Square”
  • Only the first 8 to register for each one will get a place.
  • If you cannot be near a computer at that time, you have more than 48 hours to find a friend who is going to Sew It Together that can sign up for you.
  • If you’ve been asked to sign up for someone, or you’d like to do a Crochet Workshop with a friend, you may signup ONE other person at the same time as yourself. No more than 2 names per comment please. The third name will be ignored. I am mean like that. We need to give everyone a chance.
  • I reserve the right to make up more rules as I think of them. 🙂
Please join me in thanking Renae for organising these workshops – she is doing them for YOU!!
(PS: I apologise for the formatting on this post, it’s dodgy but I gave up trying to fix it….it’s readable, I hope!).

Sample Swap Update

May 14, 2012

Are you busy sewing up your items for the Sample Swap?

Don’t forget you need to email photos of your ‘blog ready’ items to Cass at by Friday 1st June!! If you don’t, you won’t be eligible to participate on the day, because Cass will have lined up a replacement for you! I promise you, it’s a HUGE job to organise this swap….please make Cass’ life as easy as possible!

Here is the list of people who have signed up. If you thought you had signed up, and your name is not on this list, then you actually haven’t signed up. Email Cass at the email address above ASAP:

Amy P
Sara S
Thanks for your help, folks! The final countdown is on!

Sunday Fabric Stencil Printing Workshop

April 24, 2012

Finally! It’s up in the shop now, right here.

And you can find out the details in the shop, or on the page – see the link on the right hand side of the blog.

As I noted on the Facebook page, this workshop has been organised with a view to keeping it as inexpensive as possible.

The venue is approximately 2.5km from the Crowne Plaza and I was reluctant to add the cost of a minibus to the exercise, given that many of us will have cars with spare seats in them.

Could I ask that anybody with spare seats, please offer to drive somebody to the venue, and return them to either the YHA or the Crowne Plaza afterwards?

To those of you who are car-less, you will probably need to get to the airport after that, but it is not the responsibility of the car-pooler to take you there. They will get you back to central Canberra, and then your airport transfer is at your own expense.

So! Once you have booked your place at the workshop, could you please come in here and leave a comment noting something like the following. It is probably helpful if you also note where you are staying, so I can link you all up a bit easier.

– I have a car and I have 2 spare seats. I am staying at the YHA.

– I will have no car and would like a lift. I am staying at the Crowne Plaza.

– I have a car and I have 3 spare seats but I have already promised to drive Ethel. I can take two others. I live in Canberra but can pick up anywhere.

– Hi I am Ethel, and Maude has already agreed to drive me.

You get it? I will have a list of those attending and I need to make sure that each of you is taken care of and nobody gets left behind. So, please make it easy for me!!

Thank you!

Aside from that, this is going to be a fun workshop, I think you’ll love it!

General Info

April 21, 2012

I’ve just spent a bit of time updating the pages on the right hand side of the blog. My apologies for my tardiness, but my time has been better spent actually organising Sew It Together rather than writing about it!

This is the place to permanently find details about the Saturday Crafting Session, the Friday  Crafty Shopping Trip and general info about Sew It Together.

Still to come………a complete list of sponsors, gifts & prizes and details about the fabric stencil printing workshop.

For a list of who is coming to Sew It Together this year, please see this list here.

And I think that’s about it for today!

Friday Crafty Shopping Trip!

April 21, 2012

I’ve just opened up bookings for the Friday Craft Shopping Trip!

You can buy your ticket here.

Departing the Crowne Plaza Canberra at 1pm sharp, we’re off for a great afternoon of shopping!

First stop, the fabulous Addicted To Fabric – the best fabric shop in Canberra! There’s an amazing range of quilting fabric, as well as apparel and evening fabrics here and I know you’re going to love it.

Next stop is Bison for some beautiful, handcrafted and durable ceramics. (My local Sydney craft girls threatened to hijack the bus if we didn’t visit Bison whilst in Canberra. You’ll love their colourful products!)

Last stop will be the Shop Handmade for a treasure trove of crafty goodness. We’ll be welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine and delicious fresh macarons! There is so much here to love. You’ll have plenty of time to look around the store and make your purchases.

We’ll finish at the Shop Handmade in the centre of Canberra at approximately 5:30pm.

Numbers are limited for this excursion.

Name Tag Swap!

April 12, 2012

Another tradition for Sew It Together is the Name Tag Swap!

For this swap, you commit to making a handmade name tag for somebody else attending Sew It Together. It’s a blind swap, so you won’t know who is making yours until it arrives! These will need to be completed and posted out before Sew It Together, so the recipient will bring it to Canberra and proudly wear it on their lanyard.

We have seen some amazing examples of name tags made over the last two years, and this is a swap I wouldn’t miss for the world. Trust me, it will be worth all the trouble, when you proudly get to walk into SIT with a handmade name tag.

Now I should add that you should not be intimidated by some of the tags that you see from previous years. We all know that there are experienced ladies coming along as well as really inexperienced ladies, and it’s not about how technically amazing your name tag is. It’s about having something made, just for you by someone else, that you get to wear with pride.

To sign up, please go and see this post from the delightful Gillian, who has kindly volunteered to host the Name Tag Swap this year.

Saturday Night Dinner!

April 11, 2012

After a fantastically busy day at Handmade Market and then the Saturday Crafting Session, we’re going to break for dinner and leave the hotel for a bit of fresh, cold, Canberra winter air and a hearty meal.

A short walk from the Crowne Plaza, is the venue for this year’s dinner, the Tongue and Groove bar and restaurant. This year, your dinner is included in the cost of the Saturday Crafting Session. Drinks, however, are extra, and they can be purchased as needed from the bar at the Tongue and Groove. This has worked well in previous years. If you want to drink water, you’ll have a really cheap night. If you want to drive Veuve Clicquot, you won’t, but that’s up to you :-).

The menu for our dinner is a tapas type menu and includes all of the following dishes:

  • Marinated Olives
  • Baked Ricotta – sundried tomato tapenade, balsamic olives, garlic croutons
  • Sauteed Chorizo in Red Wine – wood fired bread
  • Crispy Polenta Squares – beetroot relish, buffalo mozzarella and fresh basil
  • Sliders (mini-beef and wood-fired lamb burgers)
  • Chilli Salt & Pepper Squid – aioli
  • Tempura Prawns – ginger, soy, mirin & sesame dipping sauce
  • Twice Cooked Pork Belly – sticky ginger & caramel sauce

And you even get dessert!  The trademarked Pizookie – a pizza-sized warm cookie, served with vanilla bean ice cream and covered in white chocolate and peanut butter drizzles.

(Who’s up for a run in Canberra?)

The great thing about a menu like this is that there is something for everybody, and with no orders needed, we can do a fairly quick turnaround at dinner and head back to the Crowne Plaza for more sewing!

Having said that, I know there are people who have dietary restrictions, and it is imperative that you let me know as soon as you book to come to Sew It Together. I cannot make arrangements for you on the day. I can however make plenty of arrangements in advance, so that you are catered for. Please let me know – I am not a mind reader!

And just a reminder – you don’t need to pay separately for your dinner this year. It’s all included in the Saturday Crafting Session ticket!

Sample Swap 2012

April 9, 2012

It’s back.

And there is nothing quite like the excitement of Sample Swap time at Sew It Together. Don’t be freaked out if I tell you that there are circles formed, and a little dance is done. You can see more here (right at the end) in this awesome video that Donna put together recently……

And here is the official word from the woman in charge of the Sample Swap, the awesome Cass of Snailblazer fame.

Once again we will be holding the sample swap during SIT.  For anyone who hasn’t been involved before this means making 5 of the same items and then swapping them at SIT.  Everyone is put into groups of 6, so you make 5 items and you get one item from the other 5 people in your group.  So you go home with 5 lovely handmade items. This has been a really fun swap and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.  Now on to the details:

1. You must email me by the 19th May to let me know you are participating.  You will receive a return email confirming you are participating.  If you don’t email me then you won’t be able to participate.  Leaving a comment on the blog or Facebook is not enough nor is assuming you can just bring your items on the day.  I need to know beforehand so I can allocate groups and call on extra people if needed. Unless you have received a confirmation email by reply from me, then consider yourself NOT signed up for the Sample Swap.

2. You must send me a “blog ready” photo of all your items one week prior, so by the Friday 1st June.  The reason for this is if you can’t get your items ready we will need to call on a reserve to take your place.  Unfortunately there has been a couple of occasions when people haven’t had anything on the day which has meant other people missing out or usually me making extra items to overcome this.  If you have a legitimate reason you can’t email me the photos the week prior let me know and we can see if we can work something out.  For those of you that don’t know “blog “ready” means pretty much finished.  So for example you might have made pincushions, stuffed them but haven’t sewn up the closure yet or softies and the eyes are sewn on.

3. Reserve list – if you think you can make 5 items in a week please let me know you would like to be placed on the reserve list in your original email.  This means if someone pulls out I will call on you to make 5 items at the last minute. They may be the same items as you will then be in two groups or 5 new items if the mood takes you.  This list will also be used if I need to make up numbers so that we can have groups of 6. 

If you have any questions and to sign up please email me at cassandra_ward(at)telstra(dot)com

Thank you, Cass!! Now that might sound like a lot of rules, but we have been here before, done this before, and figured out the best way to make this work for YOU. Unfortunately, Cass has been let down in the past, at the last minute, and this has resulted in difficulties on the day. And we want to have fun at Sew It Together too, so all you have to do is follow the rules, which are very fair, bring your items to Sew It Together and take some gorgeous handmade things home with you. Easy!

Craft Schmaft Sock Owl Workshop!

April 9, 2012

I have to lot to fill you in on over here! If you get the chance, go and have a peeky at the Sew It Together Facebook page here.

We’ve news about sponsors (lots of great ones, and more to come!) and I have just added a link so you can book your place at the Craft Schmaft Sock Owl Workshop. Places are limited, so I thought I would be kind and come and post over here for the non-Facebooky types straight away.

Here’s where you book:

Craft Schmaft Sock Owl Workshop

Don’t miss this chance to join Claire from Craft Schmaft at the workshop table to make your very own (choose your own sock, fabric, everything) baby owl. All materials and Claire’s expertise included!

I’ll be back shortly with news on the legendary Sample Swap! Yes, it’s back, bigger and better than ever in 2012!