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1  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / New Sewing and Costume Meetup for London! on: November 13, 2006 02:57:05 PM
sewing group link:


Doesn't cost anything to join as there is already a co-ordinator. Just needs enough members to make it worth holding a meet. There were two different groups but now they have been combined which gives a broader range of activities. The guy who is the co-ordinator also has a fancy dress meetup this coming friday but unfortunately I can't make it.  Sounds like its going to be fun, like a pub crawl in fancy dress and 10 includes a buffet and ticket to a club at the end.
If anyone goes let me know what it was like Smiley

fancy dress link:

Just noticed that although its 10 its for charity and you can even send the money straight to Children In Need and bring a receipt. I think that sounds really genuine.  Future events evidently will only be 1.
2  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Come and join The London Sewing Meet up on: May 19, 2006 08:37:32 AM
I think I posted on this subject a while back.

There are 22 members of this group at the moment but we are prevented from meeting each other! What has to happen first is someone steps up to be a co-ordinator, pays up the monthly fee and arranges a meeting and then gets this money back from the others (which if all 22 members turned up would probably only amount to 50p - thing is as with most things only a small percentage usually turn up).

If we had more members then it could be a much more secure viable group. The group would become what the members want from it. I would like to swap ideas, have sew-ins in the park, visit exhibitions/shows, learn new skills to name just a few things.

So how about it? Anyone else out there prepared to sign up or even better be a co-ordinator or even a co co-ordinator!
Viisit the site to get more information:
3  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / URGENT! London Meet-up Sewing Group about to disintegrate! on: May 12, 2005 12:51:38 AM
The meet-up group for London sewers (currently with a membership of Cool will be closed if no one steps up to be a Organiser.

I am toying with the idea but as there is a cost involved (time and money) don't want to bother if there is no get up and go in the members.

So I am calling for some craftsters to join and liven up the group. Here's a link for more info. It says closed till an organiser steps up but click on join and see what happens. You do have to register first but its free.

If you want to be a member and it won't let you let me know. Even better if you woiuld like to BE the organiser let me know and I can let them know.

Here's the link:


Good luck!!

4  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Sewing Buddies on: April 20, 2005 10:20:21 PM
Anyone else out there who would like to support each other by meeting up in London? I lack motivation to sew regularly. I have looked for a class just so as I can sew around other people but its hard to find one that I can get to easily in the evenings...and the good ones are expensive!

Maybe we could 'meet' online to start with and later work something else out?
5  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Londoners Lets Share Suppliers on: January 06, 2005 01:20:26 AM
Just wanted to know where all the Londoners were....maybe we could exchange where we get our bargains.

I'll start off:

Rolls and Rems in Seven Sisters Road, Holloway.....on a Wednesday has a delivery of remnants....can find some interesting bits.

William Gee in Kingsland Road, Dalston.....for trimmings ...its where the trade goes

6  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Lingerie Board? on: January 03, 2005 02:50:09 PM
Don't know if this has been suggested before.  I recently had a go at making some french knickers with an old skirt and was thrilled with the result.  So now I am planning to do a lot more of it and would like to share with others.

Anyone else thing this could be a popular board?
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Block soap for washing the dishes on: January 03, 2005 04:49:07 AM
I had this on 'Miscellaneous' but I think its more appropriate here:

The other day I ran out of washing up liquid (detergent for washing dishes?) and as the saucepan I was washing wasnt very dirty I rubbed the sponge onto a bar of natural soap (the green one from health food shops).

Obviously I rinsed well.

What I liked about this was I didnt have to put down the saucepan and sponge so that I could pick up the washing up bottle (and see if i could squeeze a last drop out!), I could rub the soap in its dish with one hand.

Not only is a bar more economical than a liquid its easier to get to!

So after all my ramblings, what I'm asking is firstly does anyone know of a detergent for dishes which is in bar form/is 'natural soap' OK for dishes etc? Or even how to make it?

It probably wouldnt work for really greasy things.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Continental knitting method on: January 02, 2005 01:58:59 PM
This isn't a question or an answer its an announcement!

Well, I've just learnt how to do continental knitting. Finding doing purl a bit frustrating, especiallly after doing english knitting all my lfe, but i'm going to persevere.

Anyone else changed methods after umpteen years (I probably learnt to knit more than 30 years ago!). My daughter has just shown an interest, I mentioned continental being quicker and we have both been learning from the online video.

Next, I am going to look for some extra long needles, cos I've heard of mediterranean women tucking their needles under their arms. Anyone know anything about this?
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Decreasing: At the edge or further in? on: January 02, 2005 06:35:00 AM
I am attempting a Rowan pattern for a cotton short sleeved top.  This is my first knitting project in years, and I was never a 'knitter' more a 'sewer'.

Anyway, I am about to decrease for the armholes and it tells me to cast off 4 stitches, which I have done. Now I have to decrease a stitch at end of next 7 rows. I have a dilemna because I was browsing knitting sites last night and saw somewhere that decreasing at edge gives a bumpy edge and to avoid it. I should tell you that the cotton I am using is called 'Freedom denim' which shrinks in length during the first wash.

Is there any reason why I shouldnt use the tip I read online and decrease say 2 stitches in? I'm guessing it is noticeable?  Also I next have to decrease on alternate rows which using the 'further in' method might not look right?

Would really appreciate any advice.  Smiley
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