Last weekend was the first ever North Island Sewing Meet (that I know of anyway 😉 ) so I cruised up SH1 to Rotorua with a few of the Wellington Sewing Bloggers to make some new friends and sew up a storm.
In short, it was AWESOME!
We got home on Sunday night absolutely shattered…I took way too many projects but that turned out to be a great plan. I hopped between about 4 of them while chatting, helping, visiting Spotlight and eating…I’ll post those items in full as I finish each of them.
The best way to sum up the weekend is in pictures with only a few words so here are some from me and quite a few I stole from the #NISM tag on Instagram (click on each image to see the original).
My 82 litre container full of two sewing machines and an excessively optimistic amount of sewing projects. With 4 ladies and 7 sewing machines it was a very full Outback boot…and a slightly slower trip up than anticipated 😉
The Desert Road with Mount Ngauruhoe peeking through the clouds.
Our venue was the The Arts Village – the home of an amazing community arts organisation run by volunteers with several rooms and large bright studios for short-term hire. I completely forgot to get an overall shot of the building but you know you’ve hired the right place for a creative sewing weekend away when they have a huge yarn bombed tree out front, right?
Setting up in Studio One
We organised surprise goodie bags for everyone. Spotlight Rotorua hooked us up with the bag bags and threw in some sewing machine needles, a fat flat, some ribbon and a lint roller. We also added in discount vouchers from The Fabric Store, Muse Patterns, Cottage Flair, Polynesia Spa and an assortment of cute little pin cushions that Sandra made.
We had a big group dinner on Saturday night…drinks and dessert of course.
On Sunday Toni finished her altered muslin and bravely cut into her shot silk.
Then Nikki treated us to a dance in her newly finished skirt – plenty of time for photos before home time.
We actually did a lot of sewing!
Oh and there was of food, including cake 😉
Huge thanks to Penny, Carolyne, Sandra, Sara, Trish, Toni, Jacqui, Juliet, Robyn, Helen, Kate, Kate, Kirsty and Nikki for joining myself and Sandra for an amazing weekend.
See you girls next time!