If you love to craft, knit, crochet, or sew, mark Saturday 3 June in your diary. It’s the date for the third SEWMANCE, a Brighton extravaganza for crafters and makers, founded by local lass Stacie Madden.
Taking place at St George’s Church in Kemp Town, SEWMANCE will play host to talks, workshops, and a marketplace including stalls from The Fabric Godmother, The Avid Seamstress and The Eternal Maker.
Gracing the talks tent will be Gabby Young from Gabberdasher, Francis Tobin from The Makers Atelier, and Anna Bosworth from This Modern Love Bridal. Workshop leaders include the likes of Sew In Brighton, Sew Retro and Sew Fabulous.
Stacie said: “SEWMANCE’s goal is to get people off the intèrnet and meeting in real life, connecting through craft. There are so many crafters sharing pictures on Instagram, let’s actually meet up and talk about our passion.”
Stacie discovered a love for sewing and yarn after having her son, now four. Before this, she shunned crafts, but suddenly felt she needed to do something with her hands. She launched Brighton Sewing Bee in 2014, bringing like-minded crafters together over cake and sewing stories.
After attending a huge corporate craft fair in London, she felt inspired to start something personal and community based rather than a faceless big sell. Out of this inspiration, SEWMANCE was born in June 2016. 400 people armed with thread and needles came to the Tempest Inn on Brighton beach for the occasion, with 600 attending the winter SEWMANCE last November.
The chosen charity for the summer event is Kennedy Street & Co CIC, a Brighton-based social enterprise run for, and by, people in recovery from addiction. The charity will be on-site throughout the day to make a film of the event, which will be shot, edited, and directed by its clients.
Date: Saturday 3 June, 11 am to 6 pm
Address: St George’s Church, St George’s Rd, Brighton BN2 1ED
Tickets: £2 plus BF, click here to buy tickets.