Aprons and more…

Last Saturday’s session we made Aprons – Carla showed us how and several people even managed to finish the entire apron!

Tomorrow’s session 26th September is Aprons continued – so if you started then you can add the finishing touches or if you missed lasts weeks you can start yours – or just bring your own project.. something to mend/adjust and need tips? or Knit/crochet or anything you like 🙂

Please note that The Stitch session on the 3rd October has been cancelled as L’Arche have a candle making workshop.

We are all welcome to join… But we must book in advance at craft.london@larche.org.uk

L'Arche London UK Candle Making Workshop 3rd October 2015

I took some photos of their candles and the equipment they use to make them and got a little carried away… turned into a little poster 🙂

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Photos of various candles and equipment for the candle making workshop at L'Arche

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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.

Have a Serger?

One of our co-hosts lent her Serger to The Stitch and we were at a loss at how to thread the needle (it has four reels gargh!!!!).

Thankfully a few new local members popped in and fixed it for us – hopefully they will become regulars but if they don’t then we need to bookmark this video at Creative Bug!

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Creativebug video on threading a Serger

Creativebug video on threading a Serger

Creativebug have lots of free lessons on various subjects from sewing, jewellery making, mixed media and more so go check them out. http://www.creativebug.com/categories/free-classes

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.

fabric yo yos with pom poms

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.

March-April:
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
Rosemary,
Pulmonaria winter flowering heather

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

Aquilegia
Cotoneaster
Campanula
Geranium
Ceanothus – 1 completed.
Foxglove
Wallflower
Comfrey
Everlasting Pea
Monkshood
Laburnum

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)

 

Decorative Brooches

Decorative brooches

Fabulous Flower Brooches at todays session

Other crafty pieces being worked on which included cross stitch, knitting, dry needle felting and sewing.

We were inspired by Gone To Earth where she gives a tutorial on how to make these – you can find that here www.gonetoearth.typepad.com

 

How cool is this hat - you wouldn't know it was a jumper!

Old to New… Hats!

February was all about creating new from old. Up-cycling old jumpers, either from your own wardrobe or from a charity shop that you have spotted that has cool stripes or even garish patterns is a quick way to create a cool hat.

This is a fast project which is great for beginners upwards – everyone created a wearable hat within a couple of hours.

‘Cats in Pants’ pattern testing…

Each week we try to plan a ‘theme’ or useful project that the group come up with but we are very open to ideas and suggestions – plus people do not have to join in with this as they can bring their own project, fix or mend a favourite piece of clothing or just ask questions and eat choccy biscuits 🙂

In January we decided to do a fun project that only needed small pieces of fabric, was quick to make and cute!

Lenny asked the Stitchers to test her pattern ‘Cats in Pants’ the kitten versions – there is a large cat but we thought we would start with the cutest of the two.

The pattern comes with the choice of underpants or pants.