Wednesday 25 June 2014

Urban Stitches - a fun day of stitching!

Looking for a fun day out? Love stitching? New to stitching but want some encouragement & advice? Then I would highly recommend you consider attending Urban Stitches.

Last year Sam (she's got a knack for finding great ideas & new opportunities & I am so blessed to have her as a friend & business partner) discovered the team from Urban Stitches were heading north to Sydney so we booked in, not exactly sure what the day would bring, but let me say it was a FANTASTIC day!

We headed into the Novatel at Darling Harbour where we were greeted by Rosalie Quinlan, Melly (Melly & Me) & Jodie (Ric Rac)as well as Erica from Under The Mulberry Tree.

Each person was given a goodie bag filled with stitching goodness (forgot to get a photo) including kits with all that was needed to complete them, some scissors, Cosmo threads, a stitching guide & magazine as well as Parlan & other goodies. I particularly liked the fact that not only were the patterns in our bags but also the materials to make each one - a real bonus.

Here's the patterns that were in our goodie bag last year.

We could shop if we wanted at Under The Mulberry Tree, sit and stitch or simply chat and soak up the day as well as be inspired by samples of finished patterns from each of the girls. I was lucky enough to win one of Melly's books in the lucky door prize as well.

Rosalie, Melly & Jodie wandered round to each table during the day, happy to chat & share tips for better stitching or show some new techniques.
Here I am with Rosalie.
Our table had so much fun (still not owning up to being the cause of the burnt wool smell.......). 
If you were unsure about coming & on your own, don't worry, people were really friendly, we got to share our table with a lovely lady Margaret who had come down from Port Macquarie for the day - we loved adopting her as our table buddy!
Sam & I both started working on Rosalie's pattern on the day but it was a toss up between all the choices on offer.
Morning & afternoon tea as well as a delicious buffet lunch were included in the day. 
The day was a key part of my rediscovery of the joy of stitching, stretching my creative processes & I have had so much fun finishing each of the projects. I set myself a challenge to adapt some of the projects to suit my home & yes, the laundry stitching hangs in my laundry, promised Jodie it would & it does!
This year the Sydney one is at the Novatel in Parramatta on the first weekend in September.
Sam & I have been gathering a group of friends for the Saturday, we are really looking forward to seeing what goodies there will be this year. 
I would highly recommend the day whatever your level of stitching experience or expertise.

(Please note I have not been paid to promote this day, just wanted to share the fun & encourage people to consider attending.)


  1. I am so looking forward to my first Urban Stitches and spending the day with you & Sam (& Geneine & Allison). Thank you for inviting us.....

  2. Our pleasure Gail, we are in for a fun day! Not long now.