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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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!



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.

Pin Cushions, The Magic Threader and Maddisons

The (now huge) bag of goodies that are to be sold at The Feast on the 7th June is getting bit and this Saturday’s Stitchees made lots of pin cushions and cushion covers for the stall – we evan had two boys help make labels in preparation for the stall. They even left comments on our wipe-board saying they really enjoyed themselves and want to come back. 😀

Some of the finished ‘products’ for The Feast stall 🙂

We spent some time cooing over a magic needle threader… never thought I personally would do that but seriously, it was cool. Pop the needle in, press the little leaver and the needle comes out threaded and there is a little blade to cut the end of the thread.

If you are like me and starting to need magnifying glasses to thread needles then this is fab!

I did see a tutorial over on Creativebug that said you should ‘needle your thread’ and not ‘thread your needle’ –  you hold the thread still in one hand and you move the needle to the thread – I tried it and it does work… I still want one of those magical needle threaders though


We got Gifts!

As well as giving the group multiple sewing machines, Ian from Maddison’s came in with another large bag of goodies.

After cooling like mad people over the magical threader in a big bag of donations from Maddison’s, the house clearance specialist on Knights Hill, we found this… does anyone know what it is?

Maddison's gave us a box of tools - we would love to know what these are though - look complicated!!

I think the group have a new cool tin for all the buttons which Tara couldn’t resist buying in the shop.

They do have some cool stuff and I had to leave quick before I became tempted!

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 ~

Come to see our Bzz Garage Banner at The Feast Tomorrow!

We finished the Bzz Garage Banner!

I was sceptical but the ‘Stitchees’ did it and still managed to have a chat, laugh and eat chocolate 🙂

Lots more pictures to come and we will be at the Feast to see the banner in it’s new home – some come join in some Easter Fun 🙂

Bzz Garage Banner being assembled by The Stitch members

Bzz Garage Banner being assembled by The Stitch members

The little wingless Bee is looking forward to meeting more Bees.

click image to visit Bzz Garage Facebook page

West Norwood Feast Facebook Group Link

West Norwood Feast Facebook Group Link


A couple of photos from The Feast and the Bzz Garage Banner hanging in the community stall which is just inside the gates on the right hand side.

St Luke's Church on Feast Day

St Luke’s Church on Feast Day – the first of the year

The Bzz Garage Banner hanging at the Stall at The Feast

The Bzz Garage Banner hanging at the Stall at The Feast

Line up

Bee’s are Clever!

Today’s Stitch session was making more items for The Norwood Bzz Garage Banner .

Poppies, Bluebells and Foxgloves (no photo of the last one as yet but I promise you it’s lovely!)

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Bzzz Garage Banner Continued

The banner for West Norwood Bzz Garage has started and lots have been done but lots still to do.

These are the Bzz, I mean Bee’s and flower list that we want to highlight in the banner but mixed with general / abstract florals as well.

Buff-tailed bumblebee,
Common Carder Bee

Early Bumblebee or Early-nesting Bumblebee
Ajuga Reptans, bugle bugleherb, bugleweed, carpetweed, bungleweed, common bugle
Ribes Sanguineum ‘Pulborough Scarlet’ flowering currant
Pussy Willow,
Lamium album, commonly called white nettle or white dead Nettle
Bluebell – started
Pulmonaria winter flowering heather

White-tailed Bumblebee – 2 done
Cree Bumblebee
Red-tailed Bumblebee
Garden Bumblebee – 1 done
Ruderal Bumblebee

Ceanothus – 1 completed.
Everlasting Pea

We had several people learning how to crochet flowers today…

Biscuits, Tea and Coffee helps :-)

Biscuits, Tea and Coffee helps 🙂

…and a few others who helped making some letters for the banner ‘Open to All’ will feature at the bottom of the banner.

Little Bee's and other letters

A lovely lady gave the group several pieces of fabric that has lines of Roses printed in rows and I think that will look great along the sides or all over 😉

She also made some shower caps and clown hats for mice… ok, not really, she made lots of fabric Yo Yo’s (Suffolk Puffs?) but I think they look like very cool accessories for mice!
fabric yo yos with pom poms

fabric yo yos with pom poms

Here’s some Bee’s on a Ceanothus Flower – it’s part of the family: Rhamnaceae. Also known as the California Lilac, Wild Lilac, and Soap Bush and is from the Greek word meaning “spiny plant”.

We are learning a lot about Bees and plants – I didn’t realise Bees had different coloured bottoms!

Little Bee on a Ceanothus Plant (felt) Little Bee on a Ceanothus Plant (felt)