It’s less than one week until Beyond Measure will be open to the public for a whole weekend on September 8, 9 and 10!  This year we are officially part of Todmorden Open Studios which includes 20 artists exhibiting in various venues around the town.  There are 4 of us in the Old Fire Station, so that’s a good starting point for your trail.  You can download the brochure here.   Full details and directions about how to find us are on the contact page.

So, what to expect from the Beyond Measure Open Weekend?  For those of you who haven’t visited before, the studio (Unit 15) is based in The Old Fire Station building (also known as Quality Works) in Todmorden.  It’s an industrial building (just along from Morrisons) and a bit rough around the edges, but a couple of times a year I spruce up my workspace and make it into a lovely Beyond Measure shopping experience.

This time, Louise Lockhart of the Printed Peanut fame will be exhibiting alongside me from 11am to 5pm each day. I worked with Louise when she has designed the wonderful SEW panels for my shop, and her bright, naive designs are so uplifting and stylish!

Photo by Harry Atkinson

During the weekend, you can shop the whole range of Beyond Measure goods from my website but I always have a few extras and surprises in store.  This will include some exclusively discounted items, plus some samples/slight seconds that aren’t available at any other time, as well as new items that haven’t been put on the website yet.  I also have an abundance of tweed strip sample pieces (and I mean LOTS!) and this time there will be more on display due to some newly installed shelving.  My famous bundles will also be on sale, as well as loose pieces at £40 a kilo (I usually round it down for you).  You can mix and match and you will be surprised what you can get for the price! Here is a wonderful waistcoat the Mr Murray Marks (an ex-tailor but now a Shaker box maker) did with his £18 bundle purchase at Bovey Tracey.  This is fine quality wool tweed, woven locally.  It is perfect for bags, scarves, cushions and more.

As I will be there all weekend I am also hoping to get a bit of sewing done and will be selling off some vintage patterns, fabric and things from my stash.  There will be room for you to sit down, have a cuppa, some cake and a natter too, with no pressure to buy – I like to think that a few friendships have been formed at my Open Days as people soak up the textiley atmosphere!

If you still need convincing, Todmorden Food Festival is taking place in the Market Square on Saturday 9th September.  You can sample lots of delicious local products, including beer, chutney, sausages and cocktails.  Plus there is entertainment for children and lots of stalls and foodie demonstrations. This all takes place on Pollination Square, just near the famous Town Hall and Todmorden Market

Whilst in town, be sure to have a look at these great shops, galleries and eateries: (This is a slightly updated listing from this previous blog post as some business have closed/opened/moved)

The Pub – new micro pub with lots of nice beer and gin. No music, tv or wi-fi – talking is encouraged!

The White Rabbit – If you fancy something a bit different and can commit to a longer lunch, this is a fabulous restaurant with really unusual, modern and delicious dishes.  You probably need to book.

The Old Co-op (formerly The Bear) – Always a favourite, a cafe, shop and deli in the gorgeous old Co-op building – now under new management so less of a shop, more of an eaterie.

Kava Cafe – great coffee and tasty light meals, now under new management an great value.

The Vedas – our famous Indian restaurant, open from 5pm.

The Golden Lion – great pub with good Thai food and nice community atmosphere.

Site Pizzeria – delicious wood fired pizzas, wine and beer.  You can sit outside too!

Bare Arts –  a local micro brewery and art gallery with locally made beers and tasty nibbles.

Todmorden Tourist Information Centre – all the info you need for events, walks and siteseeing

Creative With Nature Gallery – run by willow weaving artist Joe Gregory, lots of beautiful arts and crafts (part of the Open Studios)

Cheeky Sew and Sew – Tansy runs dressmaking classes and sells hand made clothes and gifts, plus there are craft demonstrations on Saturday 10th.  You can buy colourful cotton fabric too!

Water St Gallery – gorgeous little gallery of local and national artists in all media, plus a great craft/gift shop at the back.

Todmorden Toy and Model Museum – totally unique, you will guaranteed a trip down memory lane.

Lyalls Book Shop – tiny book shop crammed from floor to ceiling – always worth a good look!

Picture House Antiques – a wonderful antiques shop that has now expanded over the road to the shop opposite.

So, I do hope we will see you next weekend!  I’m off to tidy up now….

Grace x