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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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 😉 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 🙂

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 🙂

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

We all hope you had a great day 🙂

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 🙂

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

Bunting, bunting and even more bunting!

Crikey, there was a lot of bunting at todays Stitch session.

I’ve even have some next to my keyboard as I write this… seriously… bunting EVERYWHERE!

The sewing kits were all done as well – love hearts and rocket ships plus one of the Stitchees made a million cool bags that go with them. I have a feeling that a lot of sales will be to all the Stitchee’s – we will try to keep some for customers at The Feast on the 7th June 😛

There was a rebel in our mists … these are definitely not bunting!

That's not bunting!

That’s not bunting!

That's not bunting!

awwwww cute!

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 🙂

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! 🙂

Hoorah!

Hopefully we will see you there

🙂

Fundraising for the The Stitch community group…

The Stitch and The Feast

The Stitch will have a stall at The Feast on the 7th June 2015 so I thought I would try mocking up a few ideas with a repeat pattern made from the logo and, look up tutorials for cool crafty items that the ‘Stitchees’ could make and sell.

I wont post up the mock ups just yet but what about a poster?

A printed version to sell at The Feast, and a downloadable digital version that can be sold on this website and all proceeds go towards the upkeep of the community group?

I’ve added some texture to this one – may try adding lines on the cotton reel…

The Stitch Logo with texture - fundraising poster

Any suggestions – what would you like The Stitch community group make?

I will have a tweak of the colours – the sewing machines need turning on this one. (update: I’ve added corrected versions of this at the end of this blog post)

I did make a repeat pattern in another colour range but will show that another time.

The Stitch poster version 1

The Stitch poster version 1

I think I’m rather liking these versions… blue versions too? 😉

The Stitch Logo with texture - fundraising poster - pink and green versions tweaked

The Stitch Logo with texture – fundraising poster – pink and green versions tweaked

tweaked some more…

The Stitch single sewing machine with textures version 2

The Stitch single sewing machine with textures version 2

all blue 'toss' sewing machines

all blue ‘toss’ sewing machines

Multi colour 'toss' sewing machines

Multi colour ‘toss’ sewing machines