Meet-ups & Exchanges Descriptions:
Drop-Off Exchanges: You will find a place at check-in for you to drop off your makes and return Sunday afternoon to pick-up your gifts.
Christmas Ornaments Exchange:
Make up a group of five Christmas Ornaments. They can be sewn, embroidered, knitted, or any other craft you can think of. Bring them along to the registration desk between when it opens Friday morning and noon on Saturday. Please don’t bring them to Early Check In, they won’t be ready for them yet. When you get to Registration, you will find paper bags with stickers on them for you to fill out. Make sure you put your name, the exchange you are putting in the bag and how many items you are putting in the bag. If you are taking part in more than one Drop-Off Exchange, please use a seperate bag for each one. On Sunday, after noon, come back to the registration desk and find the table with the exchanges and find the bag you dropped off. It will now contain Ornaments from other SMEers for you to enjoy. Yes, you can make more than one group of five if you wish, just make sure you mark how many are in the bag so that you get back as many as you brought.
In-Person Exchanges: These will be set up like a Dirty Santa, White Elephant, or similar. You will need to be at the location at the allotted time in order to participate.
We all collect stickers, don’t we? Bring along those stickers, the ones from the vendors, the ones you have bought, whatever and swap stickers with other sticker lovers. Who knows maybe there will be some support for those with Sticker Placement Anxiety!
Zipper Bags with Western Themes:
Bring along a Zippered Bag with a Western Theme and swap with others. The pattern can be an ITH ebroidery patter like Bows & Clothes’ 1883 Bag or sewn like Sew Many Creations; Trio Zip Pouches. Bring them to the exchange and place them on a table and take a number. When your number is called you get to go to the table and choose one to take home with you.
White Elephant of Purses:
Here’s your chance to swap real purses. Choose a pattern for a real purse, something with pockets and handles, like Sew Many Creations’ Liana Bowler Bag or The Alaine Handbag from More Me Know. Make the purse up and swap it, folks shouldn’t be able to guess what the bag is from the swapping. Then, at the exchange, we will place them all on a table and take a number. When your number is called you go up and choose, but it’s a blind choice because they are all wrapped. Don’t open it yet. When everyone has made their choice we will all open our exchanges at the same time and them all at the same time. Then we can stop and look at all the wonderful work of our fellow SMEers.
Boozie Bag Exchange:
Back by popular demand. This one gets wild and crazy and great fun!
21 & OLDER ONLY
Let’s talk rules.
First, what you are going to bring.
1) To start, you make a bag. This can be a little bag, or it can be a big bag. It can be embroidered, sewn or otherwise crafted. Feel free to use a more adult theme on the bag since this is a 21 and older only event.
2) Now, add booze. This could be an airline size bottle of rum or it could be a bottle of wine local to where you live. It might go with the bag you made, nor not. Your choice.
3) Now wrap it. Please find a unique, crafty way to wrap your bag. You could use a gift bag with a crafty theme, or wrap the exchange in a yard of fabric. You get the idea.
4) Now bring your exchange to the Boozie Exchange
What’s going to happen when you get there.
1) you will place your exchange on a table and take a number. Don’t loose your number because you need it to know when it’s your turn to choose.
2) We will place all the numbers in a hat and draw out a number. The person holding that number gets to come up and pick a wrapped exchange. Then, they have to unwrap the exchange and show everyone what they got. That person may or may not get to keep the bag. I’ll excpain as we go along.
3) The second number is drawn from the bag. That person can either choose from the table and follow the example of the first person, or they can choose to “steal” the bag and booze from the person. (See where the “Dirty Santa” part comes in?) If this second person chooses from the table, they will open their exchange and sit down to see if they actually get to keep what they chose. If they choose to “steal” from the first person, then the first person will go back to the table to choose another.
4) We continue drawing numbers and folks keep choosing from the table or “Stealing” from someone else. But, when a bag/booze combination is in the hands of a third person it is “dead” and that person gets to keep it, it can’t be “stolen” from them except at the very end of the game. I’ll explain in a minute.
5) If a bag/booze is “stolen from you, then you get to go back to the table and choose another, or “steal” from someone else. You may not “Steal” from the person who just stole from you, nor can you “steal” a swap that is already in the hands of the third person.
6) We continue like this through much merriment until all the numbers have been chosen and everyone has a bag & booze. Then, in a twisted ending, the person who’s number was called first gets to “steal” from anyone, whether that exchange was “dead” or not. It really pays to be drawn first!
Please note: If we have a large turn out, we reserve the right to place time limits on choosing, or the right to split the group into more manageable groups so that we can get this done during one meal break and not be late for our next classes.
Meet-ups with No Exchange: These will be meet-ups of groups with similar interests.
First time at SME? Got Questions? Want to meet friends? Here’s your chance! WE will host a table where you can come by, grab a seat, meet some more experiences SME’ers and ask questions to your heart’s content. If we don’t have the answer, we will at leaset know where to find the answer.
Here’s a chance for those who subscribe to the Patreon Group and want to get together. Just come on to the SewDown party! This is unhosted, but just a chance to get together and act silly in person as opposed to acting silly online.
Sew Whatever Meet-Up:
This is an informal Meet-Up for Sew Whatever Enthusiasts who want a chance to meet folks you may only have met online in the Sew Whatever Facebook group. No pressure, no obligation, just a chance to meet and greet your online friends.