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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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 🙂

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

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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WIP…

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!

 

***NO STITCH THIS SATURDAY***

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 🙂

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Yay for Wayne of West Norwood Bzz Garage

Congratulations to Wayne from West Norwood Bzz Garage for winning the ‘Cleaner and Greener Community’ Award.

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Wayne with his Award!

Wayne with his Award! (photo taken from the Bzz Garage Facebook page)

Cleaner and greener community award

• Wayne Trevor

Wayne volunteered at the West Norwood Feasts, ran a Trade School growing edible flowers, and has helped local residents with their gardens. For the past year Wayne has dedicated a vast amount of time on a new project called the West Norwood Bzz Garage. He approached the garage and got their permission to transform the space with attractive bee-friendly plants.

(quoted from Love Lambeth Website – please visit the Love Lambeth Website to see the other winners – well done everyone!

Wayne receiving his award from the Mayor of Lambeth

Wayne receiving his award from the Mayor of Lambeth

Wayne’s project was part of The Open Works scheme to help people in the community to kick start their ideas and help them network with others – As you may already know, we also started with The Open Works project as well as Rock Paper Scissors London group  – there are many other groups that are still growing from the Lambeth project which you can read more about it here. The Open Works you will also find their report – which is very stylish and huge! and goes into the why and how plus on how to expand the project to the other parts of the UK!

Please note the photos are from the sites you can visit by clicking on the images – I was unable to see names of who took them so if you know then I can credit them on this blog post.

This blog post has also been posted on The Rock Paper Scissors London website – Wayne helped the Stitch members to harvest the Lavender outside the West Norwood Bus Station to use for their crafts and helped drag all their materials and sewing machines to their storage place, so he is a very helpful man! 😀

Photo borrowed from Bzz Garage Facebook page :-)

Lavender Harvesting…

Wayne from West Norwood Bzz Garage (we have mentioned them before ;-)) let us harvest some Lavender to use in our group.

So the week before we went to West Norwood Bus Garage which had some lovely huge sunflowers growing as well as a variety of other plants and Wayne told us what to do.

You snip the lavender near where the leaves are sprouting and only on the Lavender that has gone a little brown and the blue flowers have dried up – you then put them in a bunch with some string and hang them up to dry for the week – we then picked off (rubbed) into a bag to bring back to the Stitch group.

This is what was made from some of the Lavender that was collected 🙂

Lavendar Bags - Lavendar harvested from West Norwood Bzz Garage

Some of the other stitchees continued with their own projects and one wanted to learn to quilt from our resident super duper quilter – Jackie 🙂

Stabbing Kittens continued…

oh dear… must stop saying that but here are two cats that got finished 🙂

My little niece cuddling her needle felted kitten bracelet – which she wouldn’t actually wear!

My little niece cuddling her needle felted kitten

L’Arche shop area and Open Garden

Feel free to pop in Saturday between 11-2pm – note the shop area of L’Arche is being redecorated and L’Arche are also having their Open Garden around the corner from 12-5pm so please pop along to visit them for music, food and more!

L'Arche Community Garden Open Day

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