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Echelon
« on: September 28, 2007 07:19:34 AM »

Hi everyone,

I'm new here so i hope this is in the right place to put this!

I've just moved from the UK to Brussels, Belgium with my BF who's just started work over here. I dont know many people here and as of yet havent found where the decent material/craft shops are so i thought what better place to see if theres anyone in my situation out here than craftster.
I know this is a long shot but if there are and British/ America/ Canadian/ Australian/ new zealand/ etc expats out here or just local girls looking to take a crafty english girl with really really bad french/dutch under their wing and go craft supply shopping then feel free to send me a messsage. Also if anyone would be interested in setting up (or knows of) an english speaking stitch and bitch group/get together in Brussels then that'd be great too!


 Helen:)
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2007 04:31:37 AM »

hi,

i live in belgium, but in a small city Hasselt. if i lived closer to Brussels i would have loved to start a stitch & bitch group there. i know there is a stitch & bitch group in Gent but they are probably dutch-speaking (though they must speak/understand english too).

Nina
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« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2008 10:43:45 AM »

Heya!

I'm a british expat living here in belgium because of my dads job (yes I'm 17)  Cheesy but I do know my way around a few craft shops (all 3 of them in belgium!) hahaha! they're very thin on the ground here. but I live in rhode st. genese, near waterloo and thats where most of them are, so thats good. I can't beleive there are other people on here who are in belgium and know craftster! yaay! Grin
-Christianna
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2008 08:48:20 AM »

hi!
are you still there? because i'm staying in brussels for an internship during the summer/september and would really love to do some crafty stuff:)

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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2008 02:50:49 AM »

hi!
 I'm in portugal on holiday right now but I'll be back in Belgium on the 17th of August.
perhaps we could do a swap or something Smiley
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Echelon
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2008 11:54:34 AM »

Hey,

I'm still here where's your internship and where you from? Smiley Think i've now found my way around the craft/art shops so send me a message if you need a tour guide Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2008 03:26:14 PM »

haha! heya Smiley
I actually live in Belgium (and have done for the past 9 years) so dont worry I'm ok on the craft shops ^^
its a great place-very rainy, but ah well Tongue

I'm 17 so I go to school here (therefore not an internship). cool you're doing an internship in belgium Smiley is it with the European commision? as i know a lot of good interships go on there
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Echelon
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2008 07:27:59 AM »

Hey Miss Chris Smiley

Think wires got crossed I was asking Ktto about her internship Tongue I'm not an intern I'm an English tutor:) I live right by the commission though so know it well Smiley Been here for a year now and although I'm not really sure I agree that it's a great place (not enough alternative culture and Belgium sure does like to make everything complicated!) it's home for now Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2008 07:58:37 AM »

oh hahaha! sorry-i hought you meant me, nevermind.
well belgium's beurocracy is TERRIBLE but the area i live near (waterloo) is nice so I'm happy enough here until i go off to university. Smiley
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Annez
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2008 03:18:51 PM »

Hi all,

I have moved to Brussels/Evere and haven't come across any craft clubs yet, which makes me think about starting one myself.

What I had in mind is something rather informal, such as meeting up fortnightly, having a chat over a cup of tea, while each person brings their latest project to work on.

Would any of you be interested?

Annez
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Echelon
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2008 11:27:07 AM »

Hi Annez,

I've sent you a message, if you haven't been here very long then welcome to Brussels Smiley

Helen















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« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2008 07:00:39 AM »

Annez,
if i would live in Brussels, i'd immediately say yes to starting/joining a craft club! but now i don't know. i live a bit far from brussels.



about alternative culture: it does exist here, but it's just not that visible or well-known. personally i think most interesting alternative culture takes place in squats.

for example in Brussels check out:
-Salle RTT
-le 123 squat: Rue Royale 123
-the anarchist library Acrata
-www.electrastar.be
-Recyclart
-mini-Ladyfest
-La Compilotque
-Scum Grrrls zine

in Gent:
-queer kafees, Queer Gazet zine and other stuff by www.queerilla.be
-lots of squats and voks (people's kitchen?)
-Assez: anarchist social centre
-anarchist library Infotheek

in Antwerp
-Scheld'Apen: cultural youth house
-feminist caf www.feminisme.be/fcpoppesnor
-De Ploeg / Klooster / Kievitje, ex-squat near central train station, now used to organise cultural and social events and shelter
-Gynaika: organisation for women artists
-Bolwerk: one-person collective that sets up very cool art projects

in Hasselt:
-Zaal Belgi: cultural space
-squat that sometimes has interesting events like DIY day (!): http://rgcollectief.110mb.com/diydag.html organised by the local riot grrrl collectiev of which i'm a member

in Lige:
-new squat La Chauve Souris: http://ovl.indymedia.org/news/2008/10/24053.php
-La Zone

there's lots more, but this can be a start
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« Reply #12 on: September 20, 2010 08:53:45 AM »

This topic seems to go waaaaay back but if any of you are still out there and interested, I have just set up Stitch 'n Bitch Brussels. There are a grand total of 1 members in the group so far so please join.

http://www.meetup.com/Stitch-n-Bitch-Brussels/
facebook - search for Stitch-n-Bitch-Brussels
by email snb.brussels@hotmail.com

As soon as the member count reaches two, we'll organise a meeting!

Johanna
 
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« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2013 02:32:46 PM »

I see you have a lot of interesting people..not:(. I hope you exist because I could be the next member of Stitch and Bitch Cheesy .
I move here 7 months ago and only today I finally find some place for me  Grin. I live 20km away of Bruxelles but I just can't wait to have some oportunity to make a useful trip in Brussels. I hope I find some friends other way I go crazy
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