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« on: October 22, 2006 03:47:15 PM »

Hi everyone,

Is anyone out there living in Dunedin?  I'm moving down there in a couple of weeks, and I really want to find some other crafty people.  Does anyone know if there is a Stitch 'n Bitch group in Dunedin?  And where are the cool places to go?  Not just for craft supplies, but for gigs, food etc etc.



« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2006 11:02:53 PM »


I'm living in Dunedin. But I have to say, there is a distinct lack of craft related shops here! Plenty of cool places to eat, hang out etc. though. Awesome coffee shops with noticeboards for gigs etc are Modaks, the good oil, Vertigo... okay, there's tons more but I'm at work so I'll come back and add to this later!!
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2006 11:52:06 PM »

... and I'm back. Another cool one is Nova. Why am I listing all coffee shops on a craft board?! Haha. Anyway, there are some 'craft markets' but I think they're relatively new and I don't know how well populated they are. I do know there is a poster advertising them on the doors of the centre city mall sewing/knitting shop! Feel free to PM me if you have any questions/want to know where to buy stuff/etc.
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2006 12:01:21 PM »

Yeah, there is a bit of a lack of craft stuff, but it really depends what you are into.

I haven't heard of a stitch n bitch anywhere in town, though at the moment I'm trying to teach some friend at my place, with hopes of taking it out into the big wide world in 6 months or so!

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« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2006 08:20:01 PM »

Thanks so much for your help!  I have to say, the weather down here is a big improvement on Wellington.  I think I'm going to like it.  Maybe I'll start a stitch 'n bitch once I've settled in...


« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2006 07:02:09 PM »

I'm glad you like it down here! Yeah, the weather's not bad. What is stitch 'n bitch? I might be interested Smiley What brings you down here, if you don't mind me asking?
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2006 03:02:34 PM »

There are Stitch 'n Bitch groups all over the world.  They are usually knitting focussed, although I'm keen on starting a general alternative craft group.  People just get together and knit, or embroider, or whatever! 

I've moved to Dunedin because my partner has a job here.  I'll be studying by distance next year.  At the moment, I'm just desperately hunting for a house Smiley

« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2006 04:12:44 PM »

Knit World in town has a knitting group on Wednesday mornings from 10am. The Stitchery across from the oval has a sewing group too. There is also a spinners and weavers guild which meets in Rosyln. I take my 1 year old to the Knit World group. It's fun we sit and knit and chat.
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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2007 03:29:38 PM »

Hi there!
I am from Dunedin too, and would be keen to be involved in a stitch and bitch or similar if anyone is interested!  I work full time though.  I am mainly interested in beadwork/textiles but am also a novice knitter and have some sewing projects to get started on.  Great to see Dunners represented on craftster!  Smiley
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2007 07:43:45 PM »

Thanks for that, I had no idea that Knit World ran a group.

I'm slowly working on the Dunedin Stitch 'n Bitch idea.  I'd like it to be a group that is not just for knitting, but for all sorts of crafty things.  Will keep you all posted!


« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2007 06:14:34 PM »

Hi Julia,

I've been running a Stitch n' Bitch group just with a bunch of friends meeting once a fortnight after work at St Lees cafe, but it went into hiatus just before Xmas (I recently had a baby, and various other group members had other commitments.) I'm planning to start it up again but I'm not sure which day we'll be holding it - it used to be Wed, but it sounds like that will be a busy day for some people. We have a Yahoo Group set up at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/snb_dunedin_nz/ so I'll post there once things are up and running again if you'd like to come along. It's mostly knitters, but some of us crochet and I think we all do various other sorts of crafts - we were talking about doing some weekend sessions where we can experiment with stuff like beadwork, embroidery, mosaic etc. (the light at St Lees is pretty dim, so it limits doing any fine work - plus we're usually "bitch"-ing heaps, so it's good to have a project that doesn't require too much concentration!)

As for places to go, things to do, Arc Cafe is a tried and true venue for live music and just hanging out. There's a new craft market opened up opposite the Railway Station called Arts on Anzac - I haven't had the chance to check it out yet, but it's run by the same people who used to run the market in Vogel St. I used to sell my hats occasionally at that market, and although they had some neat stuff, it didn't get a lot of people through. The uni market is busier and has heaps of cheap secondhand clothing, lots of people selling their own jewellery etc. there - it's only $15 or so for a stall space, but they only run the market once a month during semester time. Vent in the main street of Port Chalmers is a good place to find handmade beads and handdyed fibres etc.


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« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2007 04:33:17 PM »

yay for dunedin, how i miss you!

i'm very excited to see there is stitch and bitch happening in dunedin.  Not that i will be back for a few years yet, but nevertheless it is nice to know.
« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2007 04:48:37 PM »

There is also this shop (which I forget the name of.. I'll go have a look after work) on Princes street (south of the Octagon) which sells all sorts of crafts on commission- I think the rate is 40%... or 25% if you put in some hours working the shop. Oh, and theres a $25 annual fee too. I had no idea anything like that existed down here until I stumbled upon it on the way to spotlight last week!
And Arc is an awesome venue, I think its closed at the moment though. But I'm sure someone will rescue it again, like every year. Tongue
Oh! And Circadian Rhythm on St Andrews street. Thats a good'un too.
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