Well, I needn’t have worried!
All those restless nights were worth it!
I even dreamt one night that I couldn’t even blog about today because I forgot to go!
It wasn’t just me who was a bit nervous. I mean, we hear it all the time on the news. The dangers of meeting strangers online that might not be who you think they are!! Gosh, if our kids had known what we’d been up to today!!
So at 10:30am I met with a lovely bunch of ladies, who did not feel like strangers at all, and we didn’t stop talking or shopping until 4pm tonight!
We gathered together at Kenny’s Bistro – a newly opened cafe that’s done out lovely and very reasonable – 85p for a toasted currant tea cake!! More money to be spent on fabric!!
The staff were lovely and didn’t mind us rearranging the table and chairs so we could all gather round.
We had a little fabric and pattern swap whilst I worked out some of the milages how far those on the train had travelled.
And as usual when we get together
Amanda and I me ‘n’ Amanda (we’re in Yorkshire!) had a selfie! We were missing Nee, hopefully we’ll catch up soon.
If you’re a non-blogger and fancy coming next time, don’t be shy! Jeanie (my real life sewing friend) doesn’t blog and still fitted in and was like a long lost sewing buddy!
Once we’d refuelled (one lady had travelled 135 miles!!!!!!) we headed for the market.
There’s a stall that sells really cheap elastic, threads, bias trim,zips and all sorts of fancy stuff!
I think we all bought a little bit of something here!
I bought 4 open ended zips, they were £1 each. I need one for the Brooklyn hoodie and 3 more just in case! They had the same at Fabworks for only 25p! But I’d already bought these:
There’s quite a few fabric stalls on the market, but as the weather was pretty miserable we headed over to Fabworks.
A bit damp but still smiling! Note Anne’s empty green holdall – it was full to bursting when she left!!
Everyone loved Fabworks. It was busy already when we got there, but there was plenty of staff about so we didn’t have to wait long to be served. Not that it mattered, we’d got all day!
Whilst there we had a couple of “here’s one I prepared earlier” moments which was funny.
First up Karen with one of her latest makes…
And then Lucie with her recently blogged Coco…. Hila was soon off to the til with the remaining bolt, can’t wait to see what she makes with it!
Between us we scoured every shelf of the delicious fabric, and with heavy bags crossed back over the road and headed up to Lucky Fashions. Just a note, if you go to Fabworks on a Saturday it closes at 2pm. So don’t leave your car there and go shopping elsewhere!!
You wouldn’t have thought the ladies were up for more shopping but there was a spring in their steps and a cup of tea waiting for them at our next port of call. And biscuits!
And lucky for me the winter white embossed double knit i NEED for my Brooklyn Hoodie was still in stock!
So glad Camilla could go. It was a last minute decision yesterday, so if you were adding up the mileage you’d best head over to her blog and see if there’s any clues!! As a fellow Sunday Sevener you get to know fellow sewistas a bit more than when only reading about their makes
We also squeezed in a visit to the £1 a yard shop. This is just around the corner from Lucky Fashions.
Now don’t let looks be deceiving. There’s some real bargains to be had here. So much so that Hila feels to have been well and truly ripped off at Leeds market for buying the same fabric for double the price! There’s 3 rooms full of fabric downstairs and more upstairs. It’s not a place for small children or the infirm, but if you like a bargain it’s the place to go!
Our bags were full to bursting and getting heavy. Our tummies were rumbling too so we headed for Weatherspoons (or Spoons if your a regular!) and killed 2 birds with 1 stone.
We met some friendly locals who offered to take a picture for us! We stood out a bit in here being the only women in there this side of the bar! …Margaret with Rod!
I’d wished I’d left the car at home and got the bus. I’d forgotten just how cheap it is in Spoons!
So, from left-ish to right-ish who made it to the end (sadly Jeanie had to get off to go celebrate a special birthday, Amanda needed to get up north for the blog manager, and Karen from WakeyMakes is missing from the photo! – sorry I should have taken a team photo in the cafe!
Lucie, Anne, Karen and Manju (who incidentally travelled the furthest – 135 miles!! I know that there’s a competition on to work out how far we all travelled, but I couldn’t help myself and just had to tell someone!!)
Click on their names to be taken to their blogs/IG/FB.
Karen you was missed off the main photo (big sorry) but you did have your picture taken with Sewing Royalty, our own GBSB star, Amanda!
So that was our day – a fab day spent with lovely like minded lovely ladies!
There’ll be more in the future – I’m planning another Wednesday and Saturday one when the weather picks up, and our stashes reduce.
If you want to know more about the Spoolettes click on the link in the header at the top of the page. There’s useful info on shopping in Dewsbury too. The main thing to remember is that Market days are Wednesday and Saturday. Fabworks is open 6 days a week, but Lucky Fashions only open on market days.
Oh!! The Competition!!
Only for those who’ve read on to the very end!!
If you would like to win a £25 gift voucher which has kindly been donated by Fabworks to be spent at their online shop all you have to do is guess the total mileage travelled by the 17 ladies who attended today’s meet up.
For those readers outside of the UK there will be a little goodie bag up for grabs for you, donated by me! So there’ll be 2 prizes!
Unfortunately 4 ladies couldn’t make it, (hope you’re all feeling better, and Holly – break a leg!!) so if you’ve all ready done some workings out you may need to do a little more maths!
To enter, please ‘like’ the Fabworks Facebook page AND enter your answer below in comments. If you’re not on Facebook don’t worry, you can still enter! Please leave a contact email if your name doesn’t direct me to your blog, or a means of contacting you.
You have to midnight on Valentines Day to submit your
Links to fellow Spoolettes blog posts about our day out: