It’s been a busy old week. I spent two full days dyeing just short of 8kg of yarn. Not a huge amount, but given that I can’t really do more than 5 skeins at a time, it’s been hard work! We’ve re-arranged the shop, the back half of the building is ready….and so this is it, it’s Stitch Up time!
I wanted to give you some handy tips for the couple of days ahead, so that everyone has the best experience possible!
Paying for Stuff
We can accept card and cash at the shop for anything you buy from Stitch Solihull, however it’s a little bit different for our individual retailers. I’ve spoken to Katie from HilltopCloud and she has iZettle, which means she can accept card. Babylonglegs will be using PayPal too. However, the signal at the shop isn’t great, so it could potentially be a pain in the bum trying to pay stallholders by card. There are two cash points at Tesco next door, so it is easy to come prepared with paper money!
As I’ve just mentioned, there is a Tesco next door. If you do go to Tesco before coming to the shop, there is a handy turnstile entrance to Notcutts just next to the entrance to Tesco. If you use this entrance, follow the path around to the right, and the shop is situated in the little cottage that will be pretty much right in front of you! You can also use this entrance if you don’t fancy fighting the crowds of Notcutts and would rather get straight through to all the yummy treats we have! If however you fancy having a mooch in Notcutts, follow the walkway through the garden centre. There are Notcutts signs, but they’re not blatant, so we’ll be putting up some clearer signage throughout and having one of our minions stationed at the door to help! The route takes you through Flowers, gifts and books, a clothing section, then to the outdoor Plant area. Continue straight on until you reach the edge of the covered area, and you will see Stitch Solihull in front of you! If you get stuck, please ask a member of Notcutts Staff who will be wearing purple t-shirts, and they’ll be able to point you in the right direction (hopefully).
Coming from afar
We know some of you are travelling a fair distance to come and see us. We are situated a quarter of a mile from J4 of the M42, Shirley. When you leave the motorway, and are on the roundabout, follow the signs for A34 Birmingham/Solihull/Shirley. Once you are on the A34, get into the right hand lane signposted Superstore. Follow the signs into the Tesco/Notcutts Car Park. As a rule of thumb, it is generally quieter at the Notcutts end of the car park which is the first part you will come to. The bottom half of the car park is generally busier with Tesco customers, particularly on a Saturday. Parking is free and there is no time limit!
If you are coming from Birmingham, you need to be on the A34 heading towards Shirley, then towards Monkspath, M42 and Hockley Heath. You will pass Shirley Aquatics, then Stratstone Land Rover and McDonalds. The next slip road on the left is signposted Superstore, follow the signs into the Tesco/Notcutts Car Park.
Coming by public transport
There are a number of ways of getting here by public transport, but it is not particularly easy. The nearest major station is Solihull and from here you can get the S4 bus service. The bus will drop you on Monkspath Hall Road, which is a short walk away through a residential area. Trains also stop at Widney Manor Station but I am reliably informed that this is a 45 minute walk away. It is also possible to use bus service X20 which is provided by Johnson’s and runs hourly. This service runs from Birmingham City Centre and through Shirley and stops just outside on the main road, by McDonalds. You can also get the train to Birmingham International Station but it is a 10 minute taxi ride away. The best thing I can suggest is to plan your journey in advance using www.traveline.info particularly if you’re coming on Sunday.
Eat, drink and be merry!
If you’re planning on making a day of it, there are a number of places nearby to eat. If you’re on a budget, Tesco have a very reasonable cafe. If you feel like splashing out, Notcutts have a restaurant although it does get busy on a Saturday. Or if you’re feeling naughty (and on a budget) McDonalds is next door. We will have soft drinks and hot drinks available, for which we ask for a donation of 50p, and of course there are biscuits and cakes and things. We’ve made a lovely little area in the room which is normally our workshop, where you can chill out, stitch, have a drink and a chat.
If you’re coming on a workshop, please arrive 5 minutes before the workshop is due to start, to allow us to start promptly. If you need to buy materials beforehand, please allow enough time to do this too! We’ll be providing cake, snacks and drinks for your workshop. There is still one space available on Rachel Coopey’s Advanced Socks which is running tomorrow Sat 26th Oct 10am-1pm and the cost is £35. There are also spaces available on Woolly Wormhead’s Design a Hat Workshop which is running Sunday 27th October 10.15am – 4.15pm and the cost is the special price of £50 and also includes a Woolly Wormhead e-book of your choice! If you would like to book onto either of these, please pop in tomorrow or call after 9am tomorrow on 0121 314 6888.
We hope you all enjoy yourselves! Whether you’re coming to shop or to a workshop, or both! It’s a fun experience for us all. Make the most of our snug, make new friends (we’re a friendly bunch) and enjoy what our stallholders and us have to offer. There’s lots to see and squish, we have access to Ravelry should you need a pattern and it’s promising to be a fun weekend. If you get stuck or have any questions, we’ll be picking up your posts on twitter (@stitchsolihull), on Facebook (Facebook.com/stitchsolihull), emails on firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call us on 0121 314 6888.
We’ll be open from 10am – 5.30pm on Saturday and 10am – 4pm on Sunday!
We can’t wait to see you, enjoy yourselves!