Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

We had our last (of the year) Stitch session and we will be back on the 9th January

Merry Christmas

The little paper Christmas trees were made by the Stitchees for table decorations so a little ‘card’ was made ūüôā

These were really popular at the fundraising stall at West Norwood Feast

Here’s a photo step-by-step tutorial on how to make your own.¬†Bead and Cord

I like the cute yarn hat (on the red Christmas Tree in the first image).

Here’s a video tutorial by Handimania and if you don’t like videos then here’s the walk through with pictures.¬†Handimania – Little yarn hats

If I had the patience I would try this one… lovely!¬†Cargo Collective


A wonderful quilt created in response to the Paris attacks

Jackie, one of our very talented stitchees in her own words…RunnyCustard The Stitch 191215 WEB 001

It was just something I instantly wanted to do as soon as she I saw the image drawn by Jean Jullien Рa French artist who lives in London, who has a website where he explains about the CND/Paris logo.  He posted it on social media and it went viral with others all over the world personalising it.

I¬†saw it on the TV news and it just “spoke” to me, so to speak, so I felt I had to do something with it.

The quilt is composed of 130 squares to represent the 130 people who died. ¬†There are 45 red and blue and 40 white squares. ¬†It didn’t take long to make once I had decided how to – without thinking time probably about 24 hours in all.

The back of this wonderful textile wallhanging features hearts and the stitching of the symbol comes through.


We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year

We hope to see you on the 9th January ūüėÄ

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

Candle Making at L’Arche – another session soon!

Fab Candles at L’Arche Craft Workshop

The Candle making workshop at L’Arche in West Norwood was a great success – lots of people came and another workshop is being planned!

Some people asked if it was every weekend!

Here are some photos of the day – lots of lovely candles and a few ice candles were made too (the round ones with ‘holes’ in them which are beautiful) – the workshop was¬†suppose to last a couple of hours but it went on all day – some people had to go back in order to finish the candles.

Another workshop will happen possibly the last week of November but we will post up information soon. (see below for L’Arche social media links and for Rock Paper Scissors & The Stitch who will be posting when it will be)

L'Arche London UK Candle Making Workshop

L’Arche London UK¬†Twitter

L’Arche London UK¬†Facebook page

Rock Paper Scissors London Facebook page

RockPaperScissor’s London Twitter

RunnyCustard Photography Blog

RunnyCustard’s Facebook Page

RunnyCustard’s Facebook Page

RunnyCustardMakes (Crafts) Facebook Page

Szilvia makes a candle…

… and makes her mother proud ūüėÄ

Szilvia of ‘Fitness with Szilvia‘ and ‘Szilvia’s Pets‘ making her candle – a lot of people put colours in the wrong way around – the candle is made upside down – Szilvia’s colour scheme is based on a flame which is appropriate! – click the links to visit her facebook pages. (She has yet to decide on the name of her fitness business so the page is currently ‘Szilvia’s Fitness’ – I personally like the first version ūüėČ

Fitness with Szilvia at L'Arche Candle Making Workshop

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Stabbing Little Kittens (gargh!)

Saturdays session of the Stitch featured stabbing at speed at little cute cats bodies, heads and ears… sounds evil! Well, relax we were making needle felted cat bracelets – Madoka had made her own and we were knocked over by it’s fab/cool/cute factor so we decided to have a go our selves! This is Madoka’s cat bracelets (click on the images to see larger versions and descriptions)

Madoka Angel's Needle Felted Cat bracelet Here’s a few pics from Saturday’s session…

You can keep up with Madoka’s creations via her Madoka Angel facebook page¬†and Madoka Angel Instagram Elaine from Bunting and Pops (also a member of Rock Paper Scissors London) had never heard of dry needle felting and couldn’t figure out how a lump of wool roving turned into this fab little cat but she gave it a go… and then annoyed everyone by making this…. how cute it this little guy! (gargh… mine is still a blue lump and in bits)

scroll down for links to start needle felting for yourself!

Finished Fascinator!

Begona – one of the co-hosts at the Stitch brought in her finished Fascinator. locally sourced elements too – literally, she found the feathers at her local park ūüėÄ

Needle Felting supplies:

You can get kits but you can buy each element separately – all you need to get started is a set of needles, a sponge (from the pound shop!) and some roving tops (it’s like wool before being spun into yarn balls!)

As needle felting has become popular you can now find some of the bits you need in craft shops but online tends to be easier in finding it all in one go.


Needles: the important bit!

I got a mixed pack of needles but find that I’m using a medium most of the time (red tipped)

The Little Grasshopper on Etsy РChester UK Р(click image to visit shop) 10 needles Р£3.65 + 68p)

you will need a pack of needles as it’s easy to break them when you first start!

TheLittleGrasshopper on Etsy - Needle Felting supplies

Just a Day Dream РWales UK РEtsy shop Р10 medium needles in container £6.50 + 1.20 p&p)

some info I found on my search around the web about needle gauges and what to use them for – I think most people that I’ve met use a medium and fine… but that’s why I would buy a mixed set to start with – so you can try them out and ‘gauge’ it yourself! ūüėČ

Course Needles

  • The 32 Gauge Triangular has 3 barbs a side – coarse fibres and starting¬†
  • The 36 Gauge Triangular has 3 barbs a side – starting and shaping¬†
  • The 36¬†Gauge Star¬†has 2 barbs a¬†side¬†– faster starting and working¬†

Medium Needles

  • The 38 Gauge Triangular has 2 barbs a side – shaping and working (red tip)
  • The 38 Gauge Star has 2 barbs a side – Faster working and shaping¬†
  • The 38 Gauge Twisted needle has 2 barbs a side – even felting and smoothing¬†

Fine Needles

  • The 40 Gauge Twisted needle has 2 barbs a side – even felting, smoothing¬†
  • The 40 Gauge Triangular has 2 barbs a side – working and detail
  • The 42 Gauge Triangular has 1 barb a side – fine detail¬†
  • The 40 Gauge Reverse / Inverted¬†has 1 barbs a¬†side¬†– fluffing surfaces¬†

You don’t need a needle holder – I have tried the wood holders that you can buy but I either just use the needle on it’s own or (more recently) I’ve started using the plastic pen type of holder which is actually quite good – you can use 3 needles at once – useful when you first start stabbing large bits of roving into a base shape – then you can change to a single needle which is far better for smaller/detailed elements. (click image to visit the Amazon page)

Clover Pen style needle Felting tool


Heidi Feathers – Cheltenham UK –¬†¬£25 (there’s another kit for ¬£13,99 that looks cool too!)

This looks good if it’s a gift (for you or someone else!) as it comes in a nice box, instructions, finger guards (not totally necessary), mat, selection of Merino tops in lots of colours, needles in various sizes (which is good if you don’t know what you are doing!) – click image to visit her ebay shop – she is on Amazon as well –¬†Heidi Feathers Amazon shop¬†and sells each element separately

Heidifeathers Needle Felting Starter Kit


Another starter kit by MaxExpress4U on Ebay РBristol UK Р£16.99

maxexpress4u Needle Felting kit on ebay


TryToGet0 РNewton Aycliffe, Durham UK Р£10.00

Try To Get0 ebay shop


If you don’t want to buy a kit and you want to just the basics (which the above to cover but some bits are unnecessary)


I did buy a pack of these from Amazon Р£3.95 + 1.75 delivery from the Wool Barn РUK and they sell them in different colour tones and a mix selection too РI would recommend getting a mix of colours for your first go.

The Wool Barn Merino Wool Roving Tops


Video tutorials – free ones.

This is very good on how to even plan your needle felted item… in this case cute animals. (doesn’t show closeup though)

Baby Alpaca tutorial – cute!

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Needle Felting 101 – gives info on lots of needle felting equipment and roving… and even tips on wet felting – we tried that on Saturday and it really does speed things up!!! (just a bowl of water and a little soap – I thought it was far more complicated but it really isn’t!)

  • maybe we can get Madoka to add her thoughts on needle felting ūüôā

ps: just found this on Etsy – tutorial pdf of a spat cat bookmark – made me laugh ūüėÄ

splat cat needle felted bookmark tutorial pdf pattern



Decorative Brooches

Decorative brooches

Fabulous Flower Brooches at todays session

Other crafty pieces being worked on which included cross stitch, knitting, dry needle felting and sewing.

We were inspired by Gone To Earth where she gives a tutorial on how to make these Рyou can find that here


Needle Felting at The Stitch

On Saturday 14th February we got together some dry needle felting supplies for people to have a go at this fun and useful craft.

Not only can you sculpt cute characters you can also embellish and decorate anything you like.

Maduko ( a new Stitcher and expert needle-felter) and Lenny guided us through the process of creating both 3D and flat designs.

Here are some of the examples that feature needle felting РI want to make them all!!

Betty, who unfortunately wasn’t in today has created needle felting sculpture on a huge scale – this frog was sold…

Betty's Needle Felted Frog - now sold

Betty’s Needle Felted Frog – now sold

Betty's Needle Felted Frog - now sold

Betty’s Needle Felted Frog – now sold

She spins the wool, dies it then needle felts the whole thing – very labour intensive.


We had a go at needle felting and some people made embellishments including these wonderful examples which will be turned into a zipped purse:

Rachel's needle felted swirl on a felted jumper

Rachel’s needle felted swirl on a felted jumper

another Stitchee's needle felted swirl on a felted jumper

another Stitchee’s needle felted swirl on a felted jumper

Some felt balls that one person wanted to be a necklace – think bold ‘perl’ necklace and the other will had a brooch back added for a¬†cool accessory.

felting balls for a bold necklace

felting balls for a bold necklace

Others made animal like shapes – this one is by a person who has made some wonderful needle felted sculpture before and she made this great Japanese character who just needs some legs added (she also made them with wire so they can be posed and modelled).

Japanese needle felted character

Japanese needle felted character

Japanese needle felted character

Japanese needle felted character

I made a small cat as I want to make a cat doll for my baby niece and I thought the doll would like it’s own doll as well.

Needle felted little cat

Needle felted little cat

A flamboyant fish challenged the Japanese character

Needle felted fish - love that single tooth!

Needle felted fish – love that single tooth!

Face off

Face off

Needle Felting Face off

Needle Felting Face off

Needle Felting Face off

Needle Felting Face off

In¬†Other Stitching Business, sewing machines were set running and a new Stitcher not only got to grips with her brand new machine but fixed a zip in a skirt with Carla’s help. Mavis carried on with her patchwork and there was a lot of looking through the Great British Sewing Bee pattern book while eating biscuits – planning, is, after all, essential!

Needle Felting at The Stitch & other creative projects.

Tara made some pants for her cat – hoorah! Irish Super pants?!?

Cat in Super Pants

Cat in Super Pants

Dress making

Dress making

Patchwork - advance level! Basting stitches help plan!

Patchwork – advance level! Basting stitches help plan!

I wonder what we will be making next… we do plan to repeat projects if people want to try things out so don’t panic!!

‘Cats in Pants’ pattern testing…

Each week we try to plan a ‘theme’ or useful project that the group come up with but we are very open to ideas and suggestions – plus people do not have to join in with this as they can bring their own project, fix or mend a favourite piece of clothing or just ask questions and eat choccy biscuits ūüôā

In January we decided to do a fun project that only needed small pieces of fabric, was quick to make and cute!

Lenny asked the Stitchers to test her pattern ‘Cats in Pants’ the kitten versions – there is a large cat but we thought we would start with the cutest of the two.

The pattern comes with the choice of underpants or pants.