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The Online Sewing Weekender 2020

Over 1600 tickets sold so far worldwide! Thank you so much for your support and all the money we are raising as a community for charity.

In these difficult times we find ourselves in, many events have been postponed or cancelled for 2020 but do not fear, this year we will be bringing you The Online Sewing Weekender! We have enjoyed hosting the last four Sewing Weekender’s so much and we didn’t want not to be able to connect with all you again in 2020. The Sewing Weekender is an informal community sewing event, read our round up of the event last year with featured speakers and vlogs from attendeesThis year it will be different, as we won’t be having a meet up in person but the positive side of this is that so many more of you will be able to join us for a weekend of sewing. The Online Sewing Weekender will take place on 13 – 14th June 2020 and is organised by Charlotte (English Girl at Home) and us at The Fold Line.

This year all activities will happening online and 100% of the profits from tickets sold will be donated equally between the following charities. As ticket sales have exceeded our expectations, thanks to your support, we are able to increase the number of charities we are supporting and these include NHS Charities Together, Black Lives Matter, mental health charity Mind and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the bloggers, vloggers, businesses and designers will have generously given their time to helping us create the first Online Sewing Weekender. We are also hoping to raise lots of money for charities that are doing vital work to support us all.

All the attendees of The Sewing Weekender 2019

In previous years our venue was Murray Edwards College in Cambridge. It was transformed into a sewing room for the weekend; where attendees brought along a sewing project, or two, and got their sew on while chatting to friends and drinking plenty of tea. This year we are taking as many elements of The Sewing Weekender online, so even more of you can experience a fun weekend and meet other makers. Take a look at the speakers we had at the event last year and all the fun everyone got up to!

Over the weekend, we’ll have a series of informal vlogs from bloggers and makers plus longer talks, live zoom sewing help sessions, online workshops and other online activities with special guests from the sewing community. Each attendee will also receive a digital goodie bag. We’re really excited about The Online Sewing Weekender and hope you are too! Don’t forget to keep up with all the fun by following the hashtag #sewingweekender on Instagram.

Here is Kate to tell you more about this years Online Sewing Weekender.

An email will be sent to you at 6am UK time (BST; 05:00 UTC) on Saturday the 13th June and again on Sunday 14th June. This will contain the full schedule for the day (same as copied below), and links to all of the video content. All the content for the day will be available immediately, so you can dip in and out and watch it as you wish (this makes it accessible to all our international attendees). All of the videos will remain available throughout the weekend. The videos will remain available after the Sewing Weekender too, so you can catch up later. There will be two live sessions over the weekend, details of these are below.

Choosing a project

Remember that the Sewing Weekender is an informal sewing event. You can pick any sewing project to work on over the weekend (and share your plans and progress with us using #sewingweekender). You’ll want to start planning your makes for next weekend and if there is a pattern you’ve been lusting after then now is the time to pounce! Search thousands of sewing patterns from indie designers and commercial pattern houses in our online sewing pattern shop.

Full schedule

Date: Saturday 13th June 2020

Introduction from Kate, Rachel and Charlotte.

Talks:
  • Q&A with Tilly from Tilly and the Buttons 
  • Conversations with the community – Juliet Uzor, Megan Nielsen, Judith from #sewover50 and Emily from Self Assembly Required
  • Tips and Ideas for Saving Money and Resources when Sewing with Zoe from So Zo… What Do You Know?
  • Conversations with the community – Heather from Closet Case Patterns, Adaku from Dovetailed, Abi from What Abi Makes & Gillian from The Sewcialists
  • Time for a Tea Break!! Grab a hot beverage and catch up with Alex and Caroline from Selkie Patterns
  • Exclusive podcast episode with The New Craft House where they interview Rachel from The Fold Line (released 10am BST).
  • Conversations with the community – Sarah from Like Sew Amazing, Montoya from Montoya Mayo, Gabby from Gabberdashery & Ana from Cocowawa Crafts
  • Choosing sustainable fabrics with Kate from Time to Sew
  • Conversations with the community – Joy from Pink Coat Club, Adelle from Button and Pip, Atia from The Bright Blooms & Kealy from Voice of a Creative
Learn:
  • Two Ways to Embellish your Clothes. Join Megan from Topstitch Studio for an online class to show you some amazing embroidery and sashiko mending techniques.
  • Fabric 101 with Harriet from Sew Me Sunshine, who’ll be talking all things fibre! You’ll never mistake a crepe and a viscose again.
  • Need help with a Sewing Project? We’ve got a virtual sewing helper Barbara @rockingstitch who will be on hand on Instagram. Use the hashtag #sewingweekenderhelp in your Instagram post or tag @rockingstitch in stories to ask a question and she’ll dive in and help you on Instagram stories.

Share your makes:

  • Don’t forget to keep up with all the fun by following the hashtag #sewingweekender on Instagram and sharing what you are making.
  • Live Zoom Chat. At 4pm (BST) on Saturday 13th we will have a live zoom chat where anyone can join and share how they are getting on with their sewing project.

 

Date: Sunday 14th June 2020

Talks: 

  • Behind-the-Seams of the 1920s: fashion history for home-sewers with Alice & Co Patterns.
  • Conversations with the community – Rumana from The Little Pomegranate, Lisa from Sew Over It, Melissa from Fehr Trade & Lauren from Guthrie & Ghani.
  • Magical Fabric Folding Machine with Meg from Pigeon Wishes.
  • Conversations with the community – Tabitha from Tabitha Sewer, Jen from Gingerthread Girl, Joost from Free Sewing & Kathy from Sew Dainty.
  • From Design to Print, learn about the indie pattern process with Nina from Nina Lee Patterns.
  • Conversations with the community – Susan from Susan Young Sewing, Monica from That’s Sew Monica on behalf of Black Makers Matter, Lizzie from Lizzie B  & Elisalex from By Hand London.
  • Signature Style with Rachel Pinheiro.
  • Conversations with the community – Sandeep from Sister Mintaka, Jules from Sew Me Something, Victoria from Victoria Lucille Anne & Tamlyn from Sewn on the Tyne.
  • Podcast episode on Sew Organised Style with Charlotte from English Girl at Home.
Learn:
 
  • Draft your Own Dungarees – tutorial from The Stitch Sisters
  • Join Katie Kortman to learn about wearing and Sewing with Colour.
  • Need help with a Sewing Project? We’ve got a virtual sewing helper Barbara @rockingstitch who will be on hand on Instagram. Use the hashtag #sewingweekenderhelp in your Instagram post or tag @rockingstitch in stories to ask a question and she’ll dive in and help you on Instagram stories.

Share your makes:

  • Don’t forget to keep up with all the fun by following the hashtag #sewingweekender on Instagram and sharing what you are making.
  • Live Zoom Chat. At 1pm (BST) on Sunday 14th we will have a live zoom chat where anyone can join and share how they are getting on with their sewing project.

 

TICKET PRICE: £12.50 + Eventbrite fees

Tickets to The Online Sewing Weekender 2020 include:

  • Digital entry on Saturday 13th June and Sunday 14th June 2020;
  • Access to online talks, workshops, activities and sewing help;
  • An amazing digital goodie bag with over 40 offers!

100% of the profits from tickets sold will be donated equally between the following charities. As ticket sales have exceeded our expectations, thanks to your support, we are able to increase the number of charities we are supporting and these include NHS Charities Together, Black Lives Matter, mental health charity Mind and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

Attendees who have booked a ticket will receive an email confirming their ticket purchase with further details. Full details will be emailed to you in advance of the event with links on how to access the digital content.


 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the bloggers, vloggers and makers who have generously given their time to helping us create the first Online Sewing Weekender. Thanks to them we have been able to raise lots of money for charities that are doing vital work to support us all.

All photos are copyright of the maker(s) featured.

2020 has been a difficult year for many people including independent businesses. This year we have not charged any sponsorship fee for the small businesses and independent designers who have previously supported The Sewing Weekender. They have all generously donated discounts to the digital goodie bag. If you are able to please do support them and we thank them again for their ongoing support.

 

 





FAQ and policies

Who comes to The Sewing Weekender?

We welcome everyone to join The Online Sewing Weekender! Makers of all abilities from around the world will be joining us from beginners to the advanced.

What do I need to join in?

You will need internet access and a computer/phone or tablet. You will need access to YouTube, Zoom and Instagram to take part in all the activities. An Instagram account is recommended; no account is required for Zoom or YouTube. If you want to sew over the weekend you will need access to a sewing machine and your usual supplies. We also recommend you are well stocked with tea and cake for the duration!

How long do I have to watch the videos and join the activities?

An email will be sent to you at 6am UK time (BST; 05:00 UTC) on Saturday the 13th June and again on Sunday 14th June. This will contain the full schedule for the day, and links to all of the video content. All of the videos will remain available throughout the weekend, so you can dip in and out as you wish. The videos will remain available after the Sewing Weekender if you don’t manage to watch all of them at the time.

Cancelation and Refund Policy

Refunds are not issued after payment is submitted. Tickets are non-refundable with 100% of profits being donated to charity. Please ensure that you are available to attend prior to booking.

Photography

Photographing and/or videotaping of activities will take place throughout the weekend. The Fold Line and English Girl at Home may publish the photos and recordings online or in other places for marketing and sales purposes. Attendees agree that their picture and sound may be used by the organisers and their partners without granting any additional permissions. Please contact hello@thefoldline.com if you have any concerns or questions about this.

Damaged Property

The Fold Line and English Girl at Home are not responsible for attendees’ damaged property through the use of digital media applications.

For any further questions please email hello@thefoldline.com

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