Tap is back!

pint and wool

It was lovely to see so many familiar faces and new ones at the Midland last night.  I lost count of the number of people who came up and said “thank you so much for bringing the Tapestry back – I’ve really missed it!”

There were, as always, some amazing WIPs on the go, from Jo-ann’s beautifully delicate cross stitch


To Collette’s designs for a future mosaic house number


and Michelle’s detailled wire wrapped pendant, just waiting for a gemstone!

wire wrapped

We introduced our neighbours to the concept of Craftivism, and some of the projects currently underway.  #fortheloveof is a lovely simple project which sees fabric hearts embellished to demonstrate what it is you love, so you can literally wear your heart on your sleeve.


We talked to lots of people about their passions, and gave away lots of handouts to encourage people to look into what the craftivist collective do.  If you want to find out more, check out their website.


Our next Tapestry is Monday 26th October – it will be here sooner than you think! Can’t wait!

Return of The Tap

beer crochetWe received a lot of disappointed messages when we announced that we were ending the Bearwood Tapestry monthly meet-ups. So it’s with some excitement that we’re positively giddy to announce the Return of The Tap! And somewhat suitably our new home will be in The Midland, Bearwood’s newest (only?) entrant in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2016.

Come join us Crafty Muthas as we knit and natter, sew and socialise. Bring something you are working on or just come along and chat to others and get inspired by the creative folks in Bearwood over a pint.

When: Last Monday of the month (starting Mon 28th September) from 8pm

Where: The Midland, 526-528 Bearwood Road, Smethwick, West Midlands, B66 4BE

See our Facebook Event for more info. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter to never miss an event.




etsy craft party 2013

Thanks crafty muthas for letting me host an Etsy Craft Party at the Bearwood Tapestry. I thought this year’s craft party theme of “craft for the community” fitted right in with the ethos of the Bearwood Tap and that it would be a great opportunity to get started on a project to brighten up Bearwood.

So many people registered for the party and we were able to receive a bunch of supplies from Etsy. I was very excited when these arrived in the post!

etsy parcel

etsy note

etsy craft party supplies

I made some party goody bags that included a range of the supplies.

making goody bags

goody bags

I put the rest of the supplies in boxes and baskets so people could help themselves at the party.

craft party supplies

craft party supplies

crafty muthas quilt

Lots of people brought along knitting and crocheting and there were also a few other projects.

knitting needles


more yarn


Now just to get yarnbombing….

looking at yarnbombing

Bearwood Tap is 3!

such a lovely evening, full to the rafters of crafters old and new!

Massive thanks to Rachel, as ever, for the amazing carrot cake! And to the lovely folk from Bearwood and beyond who continue to join us on our crafting odyssey.

Lots of inspiring work abounded on Thursday – here’s a selection of what I saw.



I was sad to arrive late and have missed the drawing activity, which looked awesome, but it was good to catch up with all the creative Bearwoodians and those who travelled further.

There was so much inspiration in the room, and I managed to get a couple of rows done on my berry wristwarmers as well as a well-needed drink!

October’s going to be a special meeting – watch this space for more details! x

Bearwood Tapestry in June

another lovely evening with some inspiring local crafties down the pub!

Having missed the last two (through Easter hols and sickness) I was determined not to miss this one, so with hubby being away, I organised myself a babysitter and shimmied on down t’Bear, passing the enticing beats of Bear Rhythms and the offer of free tequila from new eaterie Monalito.

Great to meet so many fascinating new bods and see what everyone was up to.  Quite a few new peeps along tonight who just came to chat and see what everyone else was up to, so am looking forward to seeing what they bring in July (especially the upholstery lady!).  There is an increasing interest amongst our number in actively increasing the selling side of what we create, and I had with me tonight a new magazine called “Craftseller” – a bit like Ronseal – it does exactly what it says on the tin!  There is a good article about selling on etsy in there, which might be useful for complete novices, like myself.  I imagine you can pick up a copy in Smiths – the second edition is not due out til end of August.

The last photo is of the bracelet I made tonight – it’s a present for my sister’s birthday in a couple of weeks, and is a complete Tapestry creation – including “gifted” elements from Clare, Helena and Amanda, plus knowledge, nail varnish and brute strength from all four of us too!  Nini loves jade, and it also features something that makes her smile “a owl” (also to make Kate giggle!) – bought when she and I had a fabulous weekend away in Brighton earlier this year from a bead shop in the Laines called “Kerrie Berrie” – how apt that it features my name (ish) and is run by sisters!

Bearwood Tapestry – more photos

apologies for the delay but I have only today downloaded my photos from the first anniversary party!

  Here are some more memories of the night – including some of Shan’s handiwork – knitted and glass! Fun times x

  See you at the next one on 17th March x