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Folksy Christmas Upcycle ‘Do’

by James

We’ve organised a party for Monday 30th of November at The Fellow Pub (Map) in Kings Cross, London from 18:30. It’s our Christmas do and we wanted to have it with you.

The room can hold 60 ish and we’ve saved up and put some money behind the bar so you can all get a drink or two.

We want to do two things on the night:

  • Share things. We’ll have a “show and tell” / “how to” corner. For 15 mins you are encouraged to talk about how to make something or something you’ve made. Or just talk. There’s a spreadsheet here you can put you name and book a time slot. As of now it’s just me talking about where we’d like to go with Folksy.
  • Make stuff. Sue Ryder Care will be providing bags of stuff for you to make things with. You’ll have to bring your own ‘tools’ but we’d love it if you could get crafty and either continue with a piece you’re making for the Sue Ryder Care Upcycle competition or start something new.

That’s it. Grab your ticket to come to the event (the first set is limited to 40) We’ve got 60 available. They are free but you need to be registered with Folksy to order tickets (you can get two so do bring a friend). Hope to see lots of you next Monday :)


Can’t come?

If you can’t come then do say hello anyway with the hashtag #folksydo on twitter. We’ll be using the same hashtag to give you a sense of the occassion and they’ll be (messy?) pictures and video which we’ll point you at afterwards.

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Glenn - steanpunkglass November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

OOO tempting, not sure if I can come yet though, The link to the spreadsheet didn’t work for me though

jamesb November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

Hi Glenn,

Fixed the link…
Be great to see you if you can make it :)

Glenn - steanpunkglass November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

I’ve now registered to come along! See you there!

Chrissy November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

I wish I was near London :( I shall indeed be following on twitter though and expect a full account of the shenanigans in pictures!

Mandy November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

I collected some items from Sue Ryder in Camden Town yesterday – they told me the offer had ended in October but they were sweet about me turning up and offered me some bags to go through anyway. I got there just before the folksy team arrived I think. I have posted some pics on my blog and flickr of the items I got – is there a flickr group for this competition or can we post pics in the usual folksy group on flickr? I have booked my ticket for Monday – looking forward to meeting all of you :) Must get down to work – only 1 week to go….!!

Astrid November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

Oooh… love to come but it’s hubby’s birthday that day and I’m too far away anyway!
Have a cracking night!

jamesb November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am


Sue Ryder should have extended the stock giving until 30th Nov, but the message hasn’t got through to all shops. Sorry. At least you got things. Looking forward to meeting you too. Bring a friend if you like, looks like we’re thin on attendees!

Isa Maria November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

Hi I haven’t uploaded anything to my folksy shop yet. I have a website with my handmade baby items but I’m going to be selling embrioderd softies and pdf embriodery patterns when I get time to upload them. Hopefully next few days!

I also have a marketing consultancy giving business advice to crafters and other handmade businesses. I could give a talk on How to Market your Handmade Business? Something short and sweet 15mins?

Mandy November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

Hello Jamesb – have you thought about posting about the Christmas do in the discussion boards in the folksy flickr groups and other crafty groups such as UK handmade? If you want a hand I am happy to help spread the word – even at this late stage. Or how about emailing all the folksy shops for those people who do not read the blog.

jamesb November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

@isamarie – that would be awesome, yes please do.

@Mandy – good idea. email going out tomorrow (awful time to do it as people don’t read email at weekend do they?).

jamesb November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

@Mandy – if you could spread the word that would be ACE. the UK Handmade folks and the folksy flickr group too. thanky thankyou.

Mandy November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

I have posted on a few discussion boards on flickr, we love folksy, uk handmade, london artists and designers, we make london – hope you get some responses. If they don’t the email at the weekend at least they will see it first thing Monday morning and who has plans for a Monday night :)

Mary Mcdermott November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am


Will try and come along, its only a few days before our fair though, so not 100% sure yet.

Shall I get a ticket? or not incase I dont make it?

strangelord November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

If only it was a week later! I will be in London then. Gutted!

Tracy@Sew Very English November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

What a lovely idea, just wish I was in London to come along but I’m still over en France. Have a great evening and have lots of fun, wish I could have joined you all x

Teresa November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

I’ll try and get there as early as I can, but am committed to something at Westminster Cathedral first. I only live 15 mins up the road, so would be lovely to meet some of you if still there a bit later on… All best, Teresa

Laura November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

Oooooo this sounds fun, i’m very new to folksy and haven’t really put anything on here yet, i’ve only been making things for a couple of years so would be great to meet everyone else and find out how they got started. I’d be coming on my own so will there be friendly people i can chat to, i’m worried about turning up like a loner :S

Sami - freyaluna November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

Hi. I would have loved to come! But I’m in North Wales so its a bit far to go. Will the talks (eg, Isa Maria’s marketing talk) be recorded and available for us to view? They would be very helpful! Have a good night everyone.

Imogen November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

I wont be able to make 6.30 but how long do you think it will go on until? I have to come from Watford after work… Would be lovely to meet everyone though if they’ll be hanging around for a bit? Imo :)

jamesb November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

@imogen hia – we’ll be there til late. The bar itself doesn’t close until 12 :-/ Be great to see you.

Mandy November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

James could you start your talk at 7.30 instead of 7.15 – I don’t think I will get there in time otherwise. Laura – you won’t be the only loner – I am probably arriving alone too and I have not met anyone before either but I am sure that everyone will be very friendly :)

jamesb November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

@mandy – sure np I’ll wait until 7.30 (provided no one else has bagged that slot)

Carol capaldi November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

OoooH i would love to come but live in the north of scotland. Will you be doing something like this again when I can come down on holiday sometime? Would love to show you my fimo stuff!! Have a great time:D

Ross Photopgraphy November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

Would love to come, but for once I’m not in London that day and home in Sheffield :o) The Fellow is a good choice of venue (good food!).

Sara - Silky Prudence November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

Laura and Mandy I’ll be arriving on my own too so you definitely won’t be the only loners there!

Looking forward to meeting all my fellow Folksters :)

Sam - Rescued and Revived November 24, 2009 - 10:48 am

Hello everyone I met at The Fellow pub in Kings X last night at the Folksy meetup – have finally worked out how to post a comment on here and wanted to say although I was a bit nervous of meeting people you were all very lovely and interesting and interested and I had a great time. It was very relaxing sitting round a pile of Sue Ryder castoffs and being shown how to fingerknit with strips of fabric (and wool) by Vanessa and Sarah. Now I know the human faces of Folksy I feel much more like part of the crafting community too – James, Charlie, Rob and Frankie being the faces! Thanks everyone. I have posted some photos of the evening – including some of RoseLullabyDolls’ (Robyn) amazing tiny people on my blog – http://www.rescuedandrevived.blogspot.com.

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