Fancy a Christmas and craft shopping outing to Bath?

A Yarn Story collage

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ribbons from country threads Wool at Wool in Bath Yarn-y display at A Yarn Story

Recognising that many of our members are multi-craftual and appreciative of other crafty things, today’s post is about a one-day trip from London to Bath to visit the city’s famous Christmas Market on Saturday, 29 November.

The event has been planned by Yarn in the City, organisers of annual knitting celebration The Great London Yarn Crawl. Consider it an opportunity for a day away before the craziness of December is truly here, but spend it productively getting a jump on your Christmas shopping too! It’s also a lovely outing to make with special stitch friends.

What can you expect on the day?

Everyone will meet at Hammersmith at 9:00am. It’s wheels up by 9:15am as you’re whisked comfortably by coach towards Bath making new friends and perhaps knitting or hand-stitching along the way.

Just outside Bath is the coach’s first stop – The Shed. A former cidery, The Shed is now home to a farm shop and deli, bistro and café, as well as spa, gallery, and gift boutiques. The Shed will have a Christmas Market happening during the visit and knitters and crafters alike will be want to visit A Yarn Story, Bath’s newest yarn shop which will be offering a 10% discount to participants on the day. A Yarn Story has a luxurious selection of yarns from around the world as well as the UK including Shibui Knits, SweetGeorgia Yarns, Malabrigo, Kettle Yarn Co., Hedgehog Fibres, The Uncommon Thread, and more – as well as knit-inspired gift items too.

After a quick visit it’s back on the coach to the centre of Bath where Yarn in the City guests will be dropped off at the Bath Christmas Market in front of the Bath Abbey. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore at your own pace, either individually or in small groups.

The Bath Christmas Market is the UK’s favourite Christmas market with over 180 chalets of crafts and artisan products, all carefully selected for their local focus. A map with details of all the stalls and artisans will be provided.

A short walk away from the Christmas Market is Country Threads, a charming quilt shop with a huge stock of cotton fabrics, French ribbons, tools, books, waddings and threads. They also have jelly rolls and charm packs – the whole place is packed with inspiration!

The end of the day wraps up at Wool, a small yarn shop opposite Country Threads. A private event is planned for 5:30pm when the shop closes and will include festive beverages and treats for all before heading back to the market to meet the coach, and homeward bound for London. The coach is expected back at Hammersmith at approximately 9:30pm.

Tickets are available for £28. For more details and to book tickets, visit http://www.yarninthecity.com/events.

Priory Square launch party

Annie of the Village Haberdashery is having a launch party at the shop for Katy Jones for her new fabric collection, Priory Square, on Sunday, 14 December at 2pm. Katy’s collection will finally be in stock and because this event takes place during their Anniversary Sale weekend, they will be offering 20% off everything in the shop (in store only) that weekend. You can read more details on The Daily Stitch.

Please let Annie know if you’d like to go so she can keep count for food/beverage needs.
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October Makes

Post by MetroQuilter

This month’s meeting and guild flickr group had a lot of mini quilts on display. Some of the minis are for swaps, some for charity quilts and some to try new styles. Minis are a great way to experiment with new techniques and ideas without having to commit to a large quilt.

More Christmas stockings were also popping up; the group are donating the stockings to St Thomas’s hospital for the families of babies in the Intensive Care Unit. Anybody who would like to help should check out previous posts for details.

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Christmas Charity Stocking

The guild is currently making stockings for the families of babies in St Thomas’ Hospital intensive care unit. The stockings will be filled with goodies for the parents and babies.

If you are interested in helping us please get in touch and we can pass on the details of size and where to send them to.

Stockings will not be placed in the cots/incubators so we do not need such strict fabric/wadding rules as are normal with babies. However, please do not put any buttons or embellishments on them. Any colour scheme is fine, you don’t have to stick to Christmas colours!

Please feel free to make as many as you wish, any extras can be distributed to another ward. But we do need them by early December.

The Charity and Chaplaincy at Guy’s and St Thomas’ are thrilled to have us on board for this.