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 🙂

 

 

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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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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 🙂

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

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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 – a 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 😀