Stitch at WN Feast

Nearly time for our WNFeast fundraising stall this Sunday 4th December!

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We will have new and improved wreathes, stocking fillers and great handmade gifts made by our ‘Stitchees’ which helps us keep the community group free to everyone who wants to have a go at making, up-cycling, fixing and mending their clothing as well as learn lots of new skills 🙂

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West Norwood Feast are also selling their new 2017 Calendar so keep an eye out for that Feast fans!

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Knitting West Norwood Together update…

To all of you who knitted a square to raise money for our local refugee charity, South London Refugee Association…the knitted quilt is coming on a treat 🙂

This photo doesn’t show even half of the squares knitted by the local community!

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Our Stitchee Elaine’s brilliant handiwork for the Feast blanket

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A huge thank you to those who came to our Knit a Long at November’s Feast – it was freezing but the rain stayed away until the last minutes of the market – hoorah!

Even the Feast Volunteers join in with the Knitting

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So many squares… Knitting West Norwood Together with The Stitch & WN Feast Knital

Some of the ‘Stitchees’ show great determination (or just plain nuts!) as they sat in the cold knitting up a storm… maybe they should have sat in the box of blanket squares????

Knitting West Norwood Together with The Stitch & WN Feast Knital

seriously hardcore… knitting from midday until the very end – I gave up after less than an hour as my hands were too cold 😉

Knitting West Norwood Together with The Stitch & WN Feast Knital

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You can buy raffle tickets at the WN Feast to win the blanket and all proceeds will go to the South London Refugee Association

We hope to see you there and wrap up warm!

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RPS & L’Arche London UK

This year L’Arche London UK and Rock Paper Scissors London will be joining us in the Christmas spirit by having their Christmas Fayre on Idmiston Road – their lovely garden space will feature mince pies, mulled wine, live music, handmade art & jewellery and lots more as well as L’Arche own garden produce and wreaths 🙂
L'Arche Garden Christmas Faire with RPS & WN Feast

Collect the coupons on their  Facebook page and the first 5 contestants to have collected all coupons will win a prize.

 

Knitting West Norwood Together

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Teresa & Charlotte (of FEAST) have asked if we would join in with the FEAST knitting project and, of course we said yes!

The project is for WNW to knit enough CD sized square to make a quilt which will then be raffled off to raise money for South London Refugee Association.  

Charlotte has already started this at FEAST and it was huge success, especially at Tea & Talk! 

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We had several beginners and some who haven’t knitted in many years, as well as a few seasoned experts who knitted 10 squares to other people’s starting line!

 

Most people managed a whole square at the end of the Stitch session but a freshly baked cake was up for offer for those who did 🙂

We envisage a huge blanket!!!


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November’s FEAST is themed around ‘hands-on art’ and there will be a huge Knit Off too! So put the 6th November in your diary.  

 

Feasting with Friends

The Stitch at West Norwood Feast

The Stitch at West Norwood Feast June 2016

We had great fun and got lots of donations which will go towards fixing the sewing machines, keeping the group in sewing bits and bobs so we can continue to teach either other new skills 🙂

The Stitch at West Norwood Feast June 2016

Such a hot sunny day – and maybe we should start doing ice cold drinks as they were very popular!

We do have some some goodies left so please let us know if you are interested in helping the community group with keeping it awesome and open to all!

Just a small selection shown below – we have a basket in the L’Arche / Rock Paper Scissors Shop that you can make a donation towards.

We also got to chat to Bex from the Library of Things who were right next to our table.

They might be able to help with a new space for us while L’Arche are refitting out the workshops (they close down for a few months!) so it would be fantastic to be with other Open Works start ups 🙂

Library of Things at West Norwood Feast June 2016

West Norwood has so many community groups that all link together giving scope to new projects, opportunities and a great way to help people get away from isolation and stress – the word ‘community’ has been lost in some places but it’s very much alive in West Norwood!

Great music by Los Domingos which got everyone dancing!

 

We hope to see you at the next Stitch session 11-2pm and we will be working on the fidget blankets again – but as always you can bring a project with you or just come to ask questions or learn something new 🙂

 

Note this down…

Buy The Stitch notebook… seriously… get one at Feast on Sunday!

Handmade 'The Stitch' Notebooks for WN Feast Fundraiser

Handmade 'The Stitch' Notebooks for WN Feast Fundraiser

A5 notebooks with silver elastic (that can be used as a bookmark!) with wooden coloured hoop charm. Plain paper inside for doodles, lists and crafty ideas for your current or next project… or your shopping list, what ever you like 🙂

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Getting ready to Feast!

Busy, busy, busy hands… getting ready for Feast!

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THIS SUNDAY!

 

Here’s a sneak peak of the handmade goodies that will be available for you to gift to your friends, family and yourself which will help keep our community group awesome and open to all. (including kids… note the young man who turns out to be a whizz at the Overlocker!)

Sunglasses/glasses slipcases, fabric basket bins, reversible shopping bags, notebook and notebook covers – lots of other items have been made by the Stitchees at home too so expect to see some lovely cushions, quilts and more!

More preparations for this Sunday’s Feast on Saturday’s session but feel free to drink coffee, snack on biscuits whilst getting on with your own project or learn something new.

We hope to see you soon.

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We are in the Guardian!

Some really cool news! We feature in an article about West Norwood in the Guardian (online). It’s a beautiful piece & I’m chuffed to bits.

Since it’s release yesterday, we’ve had 3 more new joiners too!  I’m beaming from ear to ear!

Tara Kelly from craft collective The Stitch. Photograph: Rob Monk

Read it here:   http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/dec/02/create-city-for-all-answer-west-norwood

Saturday 5th December:  We will be making some Christmas inspired bits & bobs (I’ve been working on mini wooly hats for the Christmas tree decorations, courtesy of Helen’s post) to take with us to the FEAST Community Stall for the following day Sunday 6th December…. here we are… look at the concentration on our faces 🙂

preparing for the fundraising session at WN Feast - 6th December 2015

preparing for the fundraising session at WN Feast - 6th Dec 2015

Some of the handmade goodies that will be on our stall at WN Feast:

Dates for your Diary!

6th December – West Norwood Feast fundraising stall for The Stitch

12th December – no Stitch session but you can go to the L’Arche Candle making Workshop – see below.

19th December – LAST STITCH for the year! We will be back on the 9th January 2016.


On Sunday 12th December:  L’Arche are hosting a Candle Making Workshop, If you want to join in you need to register first via the L’Arche website & email  officeadmin.london@larche.org.uk

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L'Arche London UK Candle making Workshop