crafty muthas

A few years ago, me and a group of five friends from Bearwood formed Crafty Muthas, simply a weekly social for a crafty fix while getting on with the important business of boozing, scoffing cake and generally taking the piss out of each other. We all had different backgrounds and experiences, some of us had been making clothes since our teenage years, others had just picked up knitting needles for the first time. We started the blog (click on the above link to take a peek) in order to record our makes and share them with each other, friends, family and anyone else out there who was interested.

As our enthusiasm and commitment to our crafty pursuits grew we decided to host first a Christmas craft fair and then we just had to do one for Spring. The response to both was overwhelmingly positive, with people turning up in droves to the local church hall to grab themselves a bit of hand-crafted loveliness. Bearwood Handmade has now become a regular event with up to four fairs a year. There's much more to come in the future I'm sure, so if you want to find out the latest, please feel free to drop by the blog and meet the muthas.

The six of us in Crafty Muthas wanted to open up our regular crafty get-togethers to others.  But although we are certainly women of substance, we're lacking in the wealth and big houses department and we couldn't possibly accommodate hoards of people and their knitting bags in our humble front rooms.  So we approached a local pub and arranged to have their upstairs room on the third Thursday of every month. We welcomed everyone, whatever the craft - knitting, crocheting, needlework, painting, jewellery making, even tapestry!  You didn't have to be a mum or a woman.  We are equal opportunity crafters!  The pub provided the space and the booze (for a price), we supplied the cake (there was an honesty box), decoration (think bunting) and music (husband's ipod). The monthly events ran for four years but at the end of 2013 we decided to take a break and recharge our batteries. We do still administer The Bearwood Tapestry facebook group though, with around 400 members, so why not join for regular updates.