Brighton Mini Crawl Shop Profile: Brighton Sewing Centre

Our last shop profile for the upcoming Brighton Knit and Make Social is the very cheerful Brighton Sewing Centre. This sunny shop is filled with wonderful fabrics for quilting and sewing, as well as a nice range of haberdashery and a tiny bit of yarn too!. Melinda and Nicole of the Brighton Sewing Centre took the time to answer our questions below to tell you all about their lovely shop.

Tell us about the Brighton Sewing Centre. What is your shop's main specialty?
We are a modern, independent sewing shop selling a range of sewing machines, beautiful fabrics and haberdashery.

How would you describe your shop's atmosphere in three words?
Vibrant,creative and inspiring.

What is the most popular product that you carry? 
Fabric! We love it. We constantly have new fabric arriving so there's always something new to see. 

What is the one thing that a crafter MUST know about your shop if they haven't visited before?
With so much to choose from, it's worth bringing money because if you love making, there will be something you want.

What sets the Brighton Sewing Centre apart from other craft shops?
As well as fabric we stock a range of sewing machines, embroidery machines and overlockers. Customers pop in to try machines as well as getting any feet or parts they need. 

Many thanks to Melinda and Nicole for answering our questions. They can't wait to meet you on the day and will also be offering our guests 10% off on purchases in the shop on the day. Make sure you have your ticket and we look forward to seeing you all in Brighton!

Brighton Mini Crawl Shop Profile: Ditto Fabrics

We're getting super excited about out upcoming trip to the coast for the Brighton Knit and Make Social in a couple of weeks. Today we're excited to tell you all about one of our stops on the mini crawl - Ditto Fabrics. We chatted with owner Gill about her shop that is full to bursting with all sorts of inspirational fabrics!

Roll on Brighton Knit and Make Social - we want at that fab fabric!

Roll on Brighton Knit and Make Social - we want at that fab fabric!

Tell us about Ditto Fabrics. What is your shop's main specialty?
Dïtto fabrics is a treasure trove of fabulous fabric nestled in the bustling and thriving district of the North Laine at the heart of Brighton. Dïtto is a paradise for anyone looking for interesting and unusual fabric.

Are you a professional, a home sewer, or a fashion student? You will find a vast array of material in a riot of colours, textures and patterns in our extensive range. Zany cotton prints, sophisticated linens, wools and silks, sumptuous end of line designer fabric from leading fashion houses in England and Italy and much more offer everyone the chance to make stunning garments, whatever your style, age or budget.

Our shop's main specialty is ex-designer, classic and fashion dressmaking fabrics.

How would you describe your shop's atmosphere in three words?
Inspiring, friendly & addictive.

What is the most popular product that you carry?
The Italian cloths and linens.

What is the one thing that a crafter MUST know about your shop if they haven't visited before?
We specialise in dressmaking fabrics but many of our fabrics are very popular with crafters.

What sets Ditto Fabrics apart from other craft shops?
Ditto has an ever changing range of one off fabrics at competitive prices that are not available elsewhere.

Thank you Gill! We can't wait to see your gorgeous fabrics on 20th June. And of course we're very excited to announce that Gill will be offering 10% off to all Brighton Knit and Make Social participants on the day (do you have your ticket yet?). Be sure to check out the Ditto Fabrics blog too, which has all kinds of great tutorials and sewing inspiration!

Introducing the Brighton Knit and Make Social

In Pride and Prejudice Mrs. Bennet says, "A little seabathing would set me up for ever."

Not that there's anything wrong with seabathing, but we rather think that the fresh air and sunshine to be enjoyed in Brighton would be even better with a picnic and portable project at hand to knit or make. With the opening of YAK earlier this year and our additional discovery of the Brighton Sewing Centre and Ditto Fabrics, we thought it was the perfect excuse for a crafty day out now that the sunshine and warmer weather is finally here - let's celebrate it!

So won't you join us on Saturday, 20 June for the first ever Brighton Knit and Make Social and Mini Crawl?

We've chatted with the shops and have organised special discounts with them for our guests joining us on the day. And we've also had some lovely door prizes donated from creative Brighton locals: Erika Knight, The Uncommon Thread, Lioness Arts, and Yellow Bear Wares.

The day out is planned to be very relaxed with opportunities to visit the shops, explore the famous Lanes, and of course, provide plenty of time for crafting and chatter. 

Tickets are only £10 and you can get them and more details on our events page here.

And keep an eye on the blog over the next couple of weeks as we'll have profiles of the shops and our lovely door prize donors too. Hope to see you there!

Yarn in the City's Crafty Guide to London

We have a lot of things in the works backstage here at Yarn in the City, and we're now ready to start sharing some of those goodies with you. We  are pleased to announce that the next big project on the table is a book that is a direct outgrowth of the Great London Yarn Crawl.

This book will include profiles of a large selection of London's yarn, fabric and haberdashery shops, as well as mentions of other shops a bit off the beaten path, interviews with some of the fantastic independent makers in the area AND a selection of knitting/crochet and sewing patterns.

We are currently accepting proposal submissions for knitting or crochet projects OR small hand sewing projects. You can find the complete Call for Submissions on Ravelry, or email us at yarninthecity AT gmail DOT com for a pdf copy. The theme is Souvenir Stash - that  irresistible, never-before-seen-in-the-wild skein of yarn or fat quarter that you see while on holiday and just can't leave behind. What kind of project would you want to start right away with your new materials? How can you celebrate your holiday to a special place in craft form? We've also got a Pinterest mood board if you need some ideas to get you going.

Submissions are due 31 October, with final projects and patterns due 15 December 2014. We will tech edit, chart, make schematics and photograph your finished project, which will be returned to you once the book is published. Proposed publication date is mid-February 2015. 

Any other questions, please get in touch, and we look forward to seeing what you come up with!