I’m not sure how this is going to go, if it’s gonna be a breeze or lots of sleepless nights – I’m organising a meet-up in Dewsbury on Wednesday 8th April. All the other meet-ups look amazing fun but miles away from me so I thought “why not have one nearby so I can go”!?
I’ve been in touch with Clare over at Sewdixie Lou so all us Northern Sewers can join the Spoolettes! If you’ve not heard of the Spoolettes then click on the link. They have lots of fun and we can too!
So where & when are we meeting……
What’s it got to offer…..
Dewsbury is market town which also has 2 amazing fabric shops. Market Days are Wednesdays and Saturdays hence the meet up on a Wednesday. For those who have a proper job and don’t work shifts like me, if this works out then I’ll organise a Saturday meet-up later in the summer.
Its super easy to get to – it’s only 10 minutes off Jun 28 of the M62 and Jun 40 of the M1. Parking is really cheap – 40p per hour, and it also has it’s own train station (click here to access route planner) – it’s only 13 or 20 minutes from Leeds Train Station depending on if you get the fast train or not. So its dead easy to get to. There’s also trains direct to Manchester Airport for those of you flying in (only kidding but how cool would that be!! Bring an empty suitcase!).
There’s even a pub next door to the train station which may provide refuge later in the day!
Today I’ve been to Dewsbury to find a meeting place and to take some pictures so you know what to expect if you’ve never visited before. I feel like someone from the Tourist Information board trying to get visitors to come to Dewsbury.
There’s around 6 market stalls selling fabric, plus haberdasheries and a wool shop:
There are 2 main fabric shops that we’ll be visiting – Lucky Fashions & Fabworks – though there are lots of smaller asian style fabric shops all in close proximity to the market. Neither Fabworks or Lucky Fashions sell online so if you want to buy their fabric then you need to join us!
Off the beaten track but only 2 minutes from the train station and the market. One of my favourite places – the lady and her niece who run it are so friendly. They let you loose and leave you to have a good look round, but are really helpful and chatty if you are looking for something in particular.
This is the stretchy wall…. the fabric not the wall!
Look at this linen type fabric, I don’t know how I resisted!
The shop is quite compact, and the owner was a bit embarressed when I wanted to take photos as she’d just received lots of new stock and hadn’t tidied it all away yet. They sell everything (almost) and the dearest is £5.50/metre – even the denims and tweeds and boucle!
Lucky Fashions also have a stall on the market. Today I bought 3 yards of a lovely cotton for £6 to make some PJs.
Over the ring road and less than a 5 minute walk is:
Now this is one huge fabric shop. If you couldn’t find anything to tickle your fancy in Lucky Fashions (and I’d be surprised!) then you’ll find it here.
Last time I visited it was a bit chilly but they’ve got new heaters so you don’t need to wear your woolly hat and gloves! As well as dressmaking fabric they also stock curtains and upholstery fabric, leather, ribbons, trims and lots of inspiration!
All the interior fabric tends to be colour coded and they have cute displays above:
The green roll below felt really weird, like foam! I should’ve asked what it was!
There’s loads of unusual fabric as well as what you’d expect.
So, have I wetted your appetite for mooching round a Yorkshire market town and visiting 2 of my favourite fabric shops? I hope so.
Meeting Time and Place 10:30 am at Bennetto’s Coffee House
If the numbers aren’t too large (up to about 12) we can meet at Bennett’s Coffee House which is No 23 The Arcade. I’ve never been to this cafe until today. The owner Steve is lovely and although 10:30 on a Wednesday is one of his busiest times of the week he said he’ll do his best to accommodate us – there’s seating upstairs so we should be ok. If the meet up ends up being HUGE, I’ll change the venue to a nearby Weatherspoons, but for now it’s the cafe.
The cafe is at the end of this arcade which really needs some more local business to restore the hustle and bustle which it would have seen in ‘the olden days’!
So, if you’re up for it let me know by leaving a comment or emailing me and I’ll add you and your blog to the list. You don’t have to be a blogger to join in, if you love talking sewing then join us!
So far attending there’s
- Rachel from Is is fitting?
- Fiona from Seams Straightforward & her friend Dee
- Jeanie from Love That Sewing
- Hannah from Handmade By Hannah
- Margaret from the Craftycreek
- Amanda from Sew Deputy
- Katrina from Rolling Eyeballs (love the name!)
- Neela from Sew Fusion
- Corrine from ApplebyMakes
- Helen – my golfing & sewing buddy – no blog (YET!!)
- Katharine – a final year Uni student who’s heard about our meet up and would like to feature it in her final year dissertation! She’s gotten back into sewing after a few years away from it.
I think there’s a couple more who have mentioned they’d be interested, but I can’t remember your names – sorry!! I get enthralled reading so many blogs that I get mixed up!
If you’re not local to Dewsbury, but some of your followers are from Yorkshire then re-blog this post to spread the word.
I’ve added a page at the top of my blog to easily locate all the info to do with the meet up. Click HERE to be taken to it. I’ll be adding maps and anything which I think might be useful. Also, please add any comments there too.