Knit-a-long & more with the Feast

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November Feast is coming!

This months WN Feast will have even more on that usual – you can join in with making mosaics, knitting, taking photos and building a clay map of West Norwood as well as the full array of fantastic handmade dishes and cakes… beer, coffee and handmade goodies all around the Feast Market.

The ‘Stitchees’ have been busy… we have so many squares of knitting to go towards the (possibly giant) blanket for the raffle for the  South London Refugee Association.

Actually rather excited to see how big this will get… and how warm to snuggle up to 🙂

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The Stitch got a new sewing machine from Lidl and it’s rather fab!

Carla did a test run and was impressed.

Knitting for Charity

 

No Stitch on the 19th November as L’Arche will be having TWO Candle Making workshops as well as Christmas card making  – one starts at 1pm and the next session at 3.30pm.

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£5 entry fee and the cost of the candle that you make – you will be treated to cake, drinks and possibly waffles… they smell soooo gooooood!

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L’Arche are also having their play this Friday – TOM THUMB will be performed by their many talented actors and actresses at Stanley Hall!

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The remaining tickets will be available on the door, but are selling out fast, so if you want to make sure you have a seat: book online!
(Just follow the link to the event below, it includes the link to the ticket website.)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1829137393984084/

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Hopefully we will see you all this Saturday for more knitting and any other projects you would like to have a go at AND at Sunday WN Feast 😀

 

 

 

 

Zippers… easy peasy ‘ish

After a months break in August we are back doing the Stitch at L’Arche… that does mean that another entire month has passed without an updated blog post – oops. The Facebook page does get updated more often.

Last Saturday’s session was making little triangle pyramid pouches in our quest for zipper mastery!

Stitch - Triangle Pouches & more

Some people who are more advanced than others, did some quilting on their pouches – show offs!

There was some unpicking done but all in the name of perfection (I think everyone kept forgetting the little tab on the side of the pouch)!

Stitch - Triangle Pouches & more

Tara had to be a little different, had to create hers with the zipper facing the other way to everyone else.

Stitch - Triangle Pouches & more

We think it would make a great little tent for a mini teddybear 🙂

Group shot of our Triangle pouches

Stitch - Triangle Pouches & more

Stitch - Triangle Pouches & more

I think we all passed with flying colours

BUT….

This weekend we continued with the Zipper mastery by making some more pouches… some people are making a large boxy pouch, others a boxy bottomed pouch and a few others are continuing with triangle pouches of different sizes… no photos of these just yet – they will be coming next week after we finish them… who knew that outer fabric, inner lining, interfacing and wadding, coupled with a zip would cause such issues 😉

Here’s the pattern and tutorial we used so that you can reach zipper nirvana with us.

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The Crafty Gemini also made a video to follow if you prefer that method and she also mentions how the size can make a taller shape  https://youtu.be/cXZ6BTEnPE4

 

 

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PS: We had a good root through our stash of donated fabrics, tools and bits that we have required from lovely generous people and it only took several sandwiches (yum… thank’s Tara!) and several bags of recycling to sort it all.

Stitch - Triangle Pouches & more

This is just a few of the boxes of fabrics, now sorted into small, medium and large pieces. The yarn is all in one bag now and we discovered a few things that had us scratching our heads… plus a bag of Tara’s clothing that she had lost 6 months previously 😀

Stitch - Triangle Pouches & more

See you next week for the continuation of ‘fighting with zippers’

 

Sensory Blankets, Japanese Knot Bags & Summer breaks

Sensory Blankets continued…

We ended up with so many blankets – it was a great fun project that was quite ‘freeing’ in that you can pick out buttons, zips and toys… even old CD/DVD’s and any odd bits of fabric that you have no idea what to do with but has a great texture to touch and explore.

Each blanket was backed with fleece fabric and they are rather warm to have on your lap – we couldn’t help but touch all the different textures and items that have been added to each of them.

Japanese Knot Bags

We also made some project bags – they make great gift bags too, the Japanese Knot Bag is great for holding your stitch session work 🙂

You can find the free sewing pattern on Helen Heath website http://www.helenheath.com/sewing-patterns

I can’t find the flat project bag pattern we used for the stitch session but this is very similar and it doesn’t have darts to create the curved bottom so it’s a lot easier 🙂

http://www.thechillydog.com/2015/07/sewing-pattern-japanese-knot-bag.html

The strap and top of the bag can be folded over so you have a little fabric bucket to pull out pins, threads etc when needed – then close it up and it’s ready for your next making session 🙂

Summer Break for The Stitch!?

There will be some breaks coming up for The Stitch group due to people being away for holidays and work commitments so some of the sessions have been cancelled.

It’s thought that August may have be a summer break for the group and this weekend – the 23rd July could be the last session for awhile.

Here’s are Google Calendar https://thestitch.co.uk/join-us/ and sign up page or use the link below if you just want to jump to the form.

You can opt to have an email sent which we try to send each week saying what that weeks theme is or any other news – Email Notification

Hope everyone is enjoying the heat wave rather than turning bright (painful) red like me 😉

 

 

 

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 🙂

 

Sensory Blanket WIP…

 

Fab work from our Stitchees on the sensory blanket suggested by Janet from Spiral Arts who works with people with Dementia.

We all loved the pocket versions with cute cats. Some of the squares have zips, shoe laces, furry bits and, there’s even a scrubbing sponge which looks cool and the texture is rather interesting.

So many more squares for the Sensory Blanket… actually I think we will have several blankets at this rate!

More to come 🙂

 

 

Sensory Blankets & Experiments

We started the sensory blanket – also known as the fidget blanket.

Janet from the Rock Paper Scissors London group works as an Art Practitioner (Spiral Arts), and runs workshops for people with Alzheimer’s and  Dementia related conditions.

It’s a great way to experiment with different textures and have fun with colours too

Creating this blanket is great fun for us and we hope the recipients will enjoy it too.

We will be continuing with this project (Janet wont be there as she is away but is back the following Saturday) and the Jean Bag project, plus you can always bring your own as always or just pop along to learn something new!

See you soon 🙂

 

Upcycling Jeans into a Bag - tutorial from Elna.com

Saturday’s Session & Library of Things

If you signed up to our email you would have heard about this Saturday’s project – you can have a go at turning your old unusable jeans into a bag!  Cool project.  Thanks for the fab idea Sade!  Carla will be on hand for support.

What you will need:

  • One old pair of jeans (size unimportant)
  • An old belt
  • 50cm x 110/140cm of printed heavy cotton fabric (or similar – we have some that should suit)
  • See link to instructions here: Denim bag from Elna.com (including photo above)

You can of course, bring your own project and/or questions about anything stitchery (is that a word?)

Another Project that could be interesting is from one of the members of Rock Paper Scissors (the shop next door), asked if we could help with a project for people with Alzheimer’s/dementia.  She works in a home and wants to create a “fidget blanket” (I had to google it too)  e.g. with heat and hands website

Please bring some ideas along.  We would like to make a start next Saturday 🙂

The Library of Things has a new home!

Library of Things logo

They can officially announce they are moving back to where it all began – in West Norwood!

This project was all part of The Open Works – a Lambeth council year long project that helped the community start their own projects, which is how The Stitch started so we love to keep up to date with our fellow groups!

We’re moving in with a social supermarket called Community Shop. It’s just behind West Norwood cemetery, next to Park Hall Business Centre and the recycling centre.Library of Things new space

You can read up on the project here – Their website can be found at libraryofthings.co.uk

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter

We hope to see you tomorrow 🙂

 

 

Fab collection of fabric storage baskets.

Happy New Year… er…

Yes, it’s April but the last message on this blog was Merry Christmas and we thought it was appropriate to wish you a Happy New Year… well, we do wish you a Happy New Year regardless of the month anyway 🙂

A very mini update…

We had a log cabin quilting session and one of our Stitchees, Gabrielle took to it in gusto – mini quilt and cushion! Fab work 🙂

Our last session was hosted by Sue who helped us all make fabric baskets

 

The pattern we used was from the Todays Quilter magazine but if you don’t have that copy then you can visit Birch Fabrics website for a free tutorial and pattern to have a go yourself – one you’ve done one then you will want to make more – I recommend starting with the smallest size as my first attempt was with huge and it ended up in the bin (oh, the waste of material!!)

Fabric Bins Tutorial by Christina McKinney

In the press again!

Have you seen the latest 24/7 magazine?

The magazine gives local news for West Norwood and is an independent magazine run solely by Hilary Bryan – follow her at @westnorwood247 on twitter.

 

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We will try to post more often rather than every few months but if you do have any ideas or tutorials, useful info for the group and you would like it to appear on this website then please contact us to let us know – you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter (which is updated more often!)

Pompoms & Reindeers…

Pompom noses for Reindeer – cute right!?

We will be making these to sell at the December 6th Feast as a fundraiser for the Stitch community group.

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They will come flat-packed and kids should have some fun putting them together and you can keep the pom pom all year round!

You can paint them, pour glitter on them – decorate to your hearts content!

Some pics of pompom making we did last Saturday – we will be making more, we did run out of red so there are some glittery pink and orange noses 😉

 

Pompom Fail!

I swear this looked like a lovely little multi coloured pompom and it was being fluffed up and suddenly it collapsed – we have no idea why… oh dear… here it is in all it’s err… glory next to some more successful pompoms.

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WIP…

A doggy blanket in aid of the fire at Battersea Dogs home is still being worked on by a Stitchee – love the paw shape!

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Here’s the pattern for the dog blanket – they prefer knitted but still accept crochet – crochet stitches apparently catch in animals claws… dog blanket pattern which was made by WhoDunnKnit

They have a PDF pattern for cat toy mice! 

 

ps: don’t forget about L’Arche & Rock Paper Scissors Christmas Fayre this Sunday (22nd Nov) on Idmiston Road – lovely gardens with mince pies, mulled wine, hot dogs, face painting, xmas decoration workshop, live music and lots of handmade goodies which make great gifts.

we will remind you of the L’Arche Candle Making workshop nearer the time – it’s on the 12th December so add it to your calendar – it was very popular last time!

 

***NO STITCH THIS SATURDAY***

SW Art Trail is on and both L’Arche members & staff are showing their Art – alongside Rock Paper Scissors Members too so you can still pop along 🙂

Fascinating Fascinators!

ok – I apologise for the heading but it’s hard coming up with titles 🙂

Tara made a sea themed fascinator – and another Stitchee made a fab piece and we found it hard to believe that she has never done this before! Amazing

Some of the other Stitchee’s mended and enhanced old clothing – one said that her wardrobe has increased somewhat since joining the group 😀

One was making a skirt that she loved but was far too short and decided to extend the length with lovely rich colour banding.