There has been a recent renaissance in the craft movement that seems to be based around DIWYM (Do It With Your Mates) rather than DIY. Whether knitting, jewellery-making or drawing the social aspect of ‘doing’ and ‘making’ has seen groups pop-up all over.
Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham
Last Tuesday of every month
One of the Heath’s most favoured watering holes plays host to Stitches and Hos – the brainchild of a quartet of creative ladies who came up with the concept whilst sitting in a pub one day enjoying a beer. As the liquor flowed they mused about how funny it would be if everyone in the pub were knitting. Unlike most folk who come up with things in a drunken stupor these intrepid knitters set about making their idea happen. That was in 2005 and now with a flux in popularity, Stitches and Hos is going from strength-to-strength. Their ethos is simple; whether you have knitted before or never in your life and are interested in trying it, whilst in the process meeting some new people and enjoying a beer or two then this is the event for you!
The Victoria Pub, John Bright Street, Birmingham
A regular feature on the Area family calendar in the last couple of months, its inclusion in recent issues is a testament to the growing popularity of the craft culture in Birmingham. A Crafty Beer, like the aforementioned Stitches and Hos, offer a compliment of craft orientated fun, networking and a bit of beer swilling. A Crafty Beer offers attendees get the chance to engage knitting, drawing, sewing and jewellery making catering for all facets of the crafty world. Beginner or expert, all are welcome and in this friendly atmosphere people don’t stay strangers for long.
From around £15 per workshop
Giving you the chance to learn how to make a variety of different things COW also offers the opportunity to sell them in their monthly Handmade arts & crafts Markets (8th May, 11 – 5pm) once you have honed your skills.
They offer a selection of evening and weekend workshops that cover Textiles (Fabric Bib Necklace, Wallet and Cup Cosy making) to Tinplate and Crochet Jewellery all taking place in their lovely Custard Factory workshop.
The Birmingham Bead Shop, run by Kate Norman, is a lovely new independent space that, along with selling just about everything and anything you might need to make jewellery, also offers a place to meet, chat, browse and make.
The free, fortnightly, unstructured evening sessions offer like-minded people the opportunity to share ideas and have a cup of tea while working on a project or starting a new one. Suitable for people of all abilities and experience the events are gathering momentum and with spaces for just 12 people it is a good idea to check out the website and book before you turn up.