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 ūüôā

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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 ūüôā

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

Knitting West Norwood Together with The Stitch & WN Feast Knital

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 ūüėČ

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 ūüôā
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.

 

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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 ūüôā

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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 ūüôā

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

The fundraising stall at the Feast - did very well and lots of interested people - hoorah!

A Feast of Stitchery…

The Stitch community group fundraiser at the Feast in West Norwood was a great day! ¬†With¬†beautiful¬†sunshine, tonnes of¬†goodies lovingly made, and lots of friendly folk¬†(this last bit is¬†not a surprise at all ūüôā

The Stitch¬†smashed the¬†target of ¬£90, managing to raise¬†¬£142.05! ¬†Amazing. ¬†We can now afford our¬†very own overlocker –¬†we have been waiting¬†for this day! ¬†A huge thank you to all Stitchees for getting so involved and¬†making this happen! ¬†Each Stitchee¬†made a little trinket (or a few trinkets… or heaps)¬†to put on the stall for donation; AND we learned new skills at the same time! ¬†And thank you to all of the lovely volunteers for manning¬†the stall and¬†spreading the word. ¬†It was a fun day! ¬†4pm came in a flash.

We¬†did unbelievably well, interesting a lot of new members¬†who signed up to our community project – Hoorah!… ¬†New Stitchees… We look forward seeing you again¬†ūüôā

We even found a couple¬†of (potential) new volunteers who will be able to host and lend some advice¬†on some¬†Saturday mornings –¬†I am keeping my fingers crossed. ¬†If you have some spare time on Saturday’s between 11-2pm and are interested to host, maybe you have have a yarn or textile skill, or like to blog and have the¬†social media bug,¬†then please drop us an email: hello@thestitch.co.uk. ¬†Or pop along to see us for a chat, get a feel for what we do and what we are all about – You’re gonna love it, I’m sure ūüôā

The fundraising stall at the Feast - did very well and lots of interested people - hoorah!

The fundraising stall at the Feast

We all wore scarfs that featured sewing machines.

We all wore scarves that featured sewing machines (It’s the only “uniform” that I’ve ever liked!)

talking to lots of locals about our group.

Star host Zoe, spreading the word to lots of locals about this project.

Just as well we had lots of 'stock'!

Just as well we had lots of ‘stock’!

Kids loved these and a few adults too.

These cute little crochet bags were a huge hit! Filled with sweets so¬†kids loved them – they got a big discount too ūüėČ Truth be told¬†the adults loved them too

Wayne from BZZ Garage West Norwood lent us the Bzz Banner which The Stitch had made for their stall and their planting projects back in April.  So we hung it up for people to see some of our community handy work.  Lenny was able to get a decent picture of the central bee this time too.

The central Bee with Clara's Stitched letters and Lenny's Bee - a little dry needle felted bee with a big grin likes to be centre stage!

The central Bee with Carla’s Stitched letters and Lenny’s Bee – a little dry needle felted bee with a big grin that just had to bee centre stage!

Wayne from Bzz Garage West Norwood gave us the banner we made to show off at the Feast stall :-)

Wayne from Bzz Garage West Norwood gave us the banner we made to show off at the Feast stall ūüôā

Wayne from Bzz Garage West Norwood gave us the banner we made to show off at the Feast stall :-)

We do still have some hand crafted goodies available for a donation.  If you are interested in supporting us then let us know and we will put something aside for you.  You can come in to visit and learn whenever you like too (well, Saturdays between 11-2pm)

We may be able to¬†showcase¬†them in¬†L’Arche shop alongside their fab candles (have you noticed their new candle colours and shapes yet?) greeting cards, decorations, (occasionally) seedlings (their tomato plants were popular!) and also the Rock Paper Scissors Collective¬†who sell their handmade art, textiles, home decorations and gifts made by local people) so pop in and say hi ūüôā

Again thank you to everyone who contributed their time, skill, help and support.

We all hope you had a great day ūüôā

She will probably throttle me with a professionally made quilted item :-)

Jackie will probably throttle me with a professionally made quilted item for taking this picture ūüôā

Sunny and hot day with lots of people relaxing in the grounds of St Luke's Church

Hot and sunny¬†day; people relaxing in the grounds of St Luke’s Church

The Stitch Needs YOU!

to bring along old (or charity shop finds) t-shirts and jumpers

Why?

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.

ONE FOR YOU AND ONE FOR US

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 ūüôā

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! ūüôā

Hoorah!

Hopefully we will see you there

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