Stitching Vulvas with the WI

We have had some patch deliveries from far and wide, even one from France. A lovely Glaswegian has blogged her contribution here. If anyone wants to sew, embroider or knit or other wise craft a 7×7 inch patch for our Embroideries Project, they can be posted to :

5a Gransden Avenue
E8 3QA
United Kingdom

Our Tara loves getting pussies in the post at work, so make her happy and get crafting.

Of course, anyone (female) can join us at our next meeting on February 21st @Concrete to make more vulva patches as well.


We had great fun at the Women’s Library on Saturday. Thank you to all the sisters who came and helped out and all the stitchers who sat and created with us and Saria from Forward who provided lots of information about FGM.

Saria’s table, with International Women’s Day fabric that several of us want to make dresses out of.

I have honestly never said the word vagina so many times in one day, only to be reminded afterwards that the vagina is technically the inside bit and we were making vulvas, the exterior bit.

Here is our table:

A favourite reaction to the table ladened with vagina/vulva patches was “These seem to be…. variations on a theme.” A lovely WI member from Sussex wanted the pattern for my crocheted cardigan (which I had to admit was from eBay) and took me around the current exhibition “Handmade Tales: Women and Domestic Crafts“, showing me where the tatting had been scandalously mislabelled as crochet – quite a few eagle eyed Women’s Institute member had spotted this mistake. Also got to meet ladies from East End WI, Stoke Newington WI, the First Ladies of Barking and Dagenham WI and N1 WI.

Some more pictures from the event at the Women’s Library:

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Shoreditch Sisters WI

Founded in 2007, we are a WI for women in and around London. We meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 52 - 54 Featherstone Street, London, EC1Y 8RT at 7pm. Membership is available all year around - joining in Jan-31st March is £41 for the entire year, April-30th June £30.75 for three quarters of the year, July- 30 Sept £20.50 of half a year, and Oct-Dec £10.25. We meet 11 times a year plus extra monthly sub-groups. Non-members are welcome to most meetings for £5.

2 thoughts on “Stitching Vulvas with the WI”

  1. Hi there, I'm hoping someone here can help me. I am a journalism student who is currently arts editor of a student paper that focuses on Hackney.I would love to write an article on the Shoreditch sisters embroidery project against FGM. If anyone from the committee is happy to speak to me that would be fantastic. Or if… you were there and just want to let me know what your though of it that would be good too.My email address if (I check it frequently)Thanks x


  2. It's great to see some pictures up from the event at the Women's Library, as there was such a wonderful atmosphere in your crafting corner. The finished vulvas are so beautiful and varied! I'm glad I came along and am looking forward to attending my first meeting tomorrow night.Carolinex


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