The idea is you pay a small entrance fee and bring a collection of craft items (or clothes) with you at a specified time. After the 'drop-off' there is time for a cup of tea whilst the organisers sort through the donations. Next is the exciting bit where you are invited back into the space for a browsing period and then finally once the Swish is formally open you get to select anything you fancy and take it home free of charge! Nifty and eco-friendly!
The event I went to was organised by the lovely Sonia from the London Craft Club at Cecil House by Regent's Park in London. I gathered a whole bunch of art and craft materials I no longer used and took home a number of lovely fabrics and zips. You get the idea if you watch this video taken at the event (where you can briefly see me with my big grey bag!).
|My stash of unused art, craft and sewing supplies for the Big Craft Swish|
|The very polite browsing part of the Swish|
|Sonia from London Craft Club explaining the respectful 'rules' of a Swish event|
|I met the lovely Kara (@Kara22jay) who had donated some gorgeous tweed that I acquired|
|Nice to catch up with Megan (PigeonWishes) who was checking out the knitting stash|
|My collection of Swished stuff. I was super happy with a scrap of my favourite Uniko Marimekko fabric!|
|The bottle green fabric is about 3 metres of very wide linen! Behind is a lovely Orla Kiely-esque furnishing weight cotton.|
|Colourful zips for miles!|