March Making with Norwich Sewcials

 I appreciate it is now April however March was crazy crafty! There have been some fantastic things going on in Norfolk if you love making and creating. 

Makers Festival took place at the beginning of the month, where I was giving a talk on all things gadget at a Norwich Sewcials meet-up. The lovely Fabric Wrangler dealt with needles and caused a stir when she pointed out the 8 hour stitching lifespan of a machine sewing needle.... (Guilty. I do not change mine that often!)

Whilst we represented dress-making, there was every kind of craft you could think of to have a go at! I absolutely loved trying lino printing with Stella Box Designs and even came away with one of her pieces of art.

 The next day was the East Anglian Yarn Festival which is in it's second year. Fuelled by a coffee and snack with a lovely sewing friend it was around the showground for a spot of shopping. 

There was an incredible amount of local yarn dyers and spinners and all sorts I felt a bit out of my depth! I did however hit up Sincerley Louise and fan girled her again. Then bought a shark knit kit. As you do.

The future Squish the Shark

Rounding off the month nicely was then the Norwich Sewcials Spring Retreat! A three day stay at Barnham Broom overlooking lovely green countryside, surrounding by people all sewing together, bliss!

Much hilarity was had, cocktails drunk and tasty food consumed. Here are a few highlights! Do check out our website if you think you might enjoy a Spa & Sew weekend.

I tried my first ever attempt at cross stitch with this cute little kit from Sew Sophie Crafts. The best bit of sewing retreat is the wealth of knowledge in the room all sharing tips and ideas!

There was even time to make a little knitted frog during the weekend as people were happily stitching away. This is the Dot Pebbles Knits pattern that has taken on a life of its own on Instagram. (Search for #imadethisfrog and you'll be astounded). He has wire knitted into his arms and legs to make him pose-able! I figured he should be called Barnham after the place he was made.

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