More Linus Blankets…

We have a lovely set of blankets for –

We will be continuing with making log patchwork this Saturday and you are welcome to bring your own project or an item that you wish to mend.


I manage to grab a photo of an Apron that was made for our fabulous hosts, L’Arche London UK members to wear in their creative craft making workshops 🙂



Don’t forget there is The Stitch Facebook page & a Facebook group: The Stitch, West Norwood – Like and join! (it gets updated a lot more than this website!)

See you at our 2017 venue (until L’Arche have finished their refurbishments)

The Garden Workshop
Gothic Lodge
21 Idmiston Road,
West Norwood,
SE27 9GH

Aprons and more…

Last Saturday’s session we made Aprons – Carla showed us how and several people even managed to finish the entire apron!

Tomorrow’s session 26th September is Aprons continued – so if you started then you can add the finishing touches or if you missed lasts weeks you can start yours – or just bring your own project.. something to mend/adjust and need tips? or Knit/crochet or anything you like 🙂

Please note that The Stitch session on the 3rd October has been cancelled as L’Arche have a candle making workshop.

We are all welcome to join… But we must book in advance at

L'Arche London UK Candle Making Workshop 3rd October 2015

I took some photos of their candles and the equipment they use to make them and got a little carried away… turned into a little poster 🙂

(click to see a larger version – opens in new tab)

Photos of various candles and equipment for the candle making workshop at L'Arche

The Stitch Needs YOU!

to bring along old (or charity shop finds) t-shirts and jumpers


Well, we need to start preparing for our debut at the Feast on the 7th June where we will be selling items to help fundraise for our community group so we are asking if anyone can help us gather our supplies.


we plan to show and help members how to make the items themselves which they get to keep but, also make another which we can then sell at The Feast in West Norwood.

Upcycled Gadget Cover and Oyster Card Wallet

sound good?

We will be washing the clothing before we start making so, wool jumpers are best as they felt and shrink when added to a hot wash.

As you can see in the example photo above of Ipad / Gadget cases, Iphone sock and Oyster Card holder, you can use different parts of the jumper to embellish and the ribbing can save on sewing as it’s already a stretchy finished edge 🙂

If you are already on our email/newsletter list you will know about this weekends plans…

Saturday 9th May 11am – 2pm

Hello Stitchees!

There’s a few things to touch on and update you with.

Preparations for our stall at The Feast

This weeks project

Material request for next weeks project

Recruiting for more Hosts

AND that we are going to make BUNTING for our stall!  We would love everyone to get involved. So… come & make your own flag to attach! 🙂


Hopefully we will see you there


Stuffed Hearts and more…

Some preplanning of the Feast fundraiser for the Stitch group happened this session – some Stitchee’s came up with an idea to make love heart sewing kits and rocket ships too 🙂

There was also some skirt making and personal projects undertaken.

***All photos by Rob***

Making a Skirt – Part 1

Here’s a few photos from Saturdays session at the Stitch.

Making a Skirt – part 1

Drafting a pattern – tracing from a pattern piece means that you can re-use the pattern again and make adjustments.

Skirts ahoy!

Well, our fingers have finally recovered from the mammoth stitch session of last Saturday! Didn’t the banner look great? I was so proud to see our work hanging up at Feast and enjoyed planting some sunflower seeds for the WN Bzz Garage.

This coming week it will be creative mending – bring your worn out and unravelling clothing and household stuff and fix them up.

Looking ahead to Saturday 18th and 25th April we’ll be making SKIRTS. We thought that it would be good to give a bit more notice for those who’d like to join in this project as you’ll need to get a few supplies.

We’ll make either this skirt or this one – depending your level of skill. (Thanks to those two talented bloggers whose work I’m sharing here.)

If you are a beginner, or want to be sure to finish in two weeks, I recommend the first one which has a simple elasticated waist. If you can sew a straight seam on a machine you can make this! There’s no pattern – you measure your body to get it right for you and mark out straight onto the fabric. If we felt ambitious we could even add a pocket or embellish the hem. I’ll be making this skirt – I hope to find a wild 1970s curtain or tablecloth for this project!

The other skirt is more complicated to make but lovely to wear. You start by tracing the pattern onto your own paper, to your size, then cut your fabric. I made a similar skirt from the book just before Easter and it worked beautifully. (NB The largest pattern is a small-ish UK 14.) It does take longer though (about 5-6 hours for me and I am a fairly experienced sewer) and you might not finish it within the two Stitch sessions. This would be a good project for someone who has sewn a simple garment before and wants to move onto the next stage of following a pattern and inserting a zip.

If you want to join in, here’s what you need:

1m – 1.5m of 45″ wide fabric (depending how long you want your skirt) for Skirt 1 or 2m of 45″ wide fabric for Skirt 2. You can buy dress fabric (check out the links on our site for local shops and other sites with good recommendations) Even better (and cheaper!) you could repurpose some charity shop curtains, bedlinen or a tablecloth. The fabric should not be a stretchy knit or jersey. This design will work best in a cotton/linen fabric – and that’s also great for beginners (and our aged sewing machines).

Thread to match your fabric. I always buy two reels for a project like this. Choose a decent quality poly-cotton thread – I find cheap thread always snaps and is a false economy.

For Skirt 1 you will need a length of elastic 3cm wide and long enough to go around  your waist.

For Skirt 2 you will need an 18cm invisible zipper.

For Skirt 2 you’ll also need some tissue paper or pattern paper to trace the pattern.

If you can bring your own scissors, pins, tailors chalk and tape measure that’s great although we do have those things for you to borrow if you don’t have them already.

Happy mending on Saturday and looking forward to seeing us all twirling in our new skirts by the end of April!

~ Rachel ~