March 2009 Meeting – Quilting Making


Janice Gunner, former president of the Quilters Guild will be coming down to host the workshop, where we will be making our very own Shoreditch Sisters themed story quilt.

Each member will be given a 20cm (8 inch) block to design using techniques such as decorative needlework, embroidery, cross stitch, applique and patchwork.
A story quilt is comprised of a series of personal and individual story squares, with each block portraying either a story, an image, a unique personal insight, idea or perspective on the greater theme at large. As the quilt will be a collaborative work of both personal and community history, members will be asked to develop a design based upon themselves within context of the WI. Once the individual story squares are completed they will eventually be connected to create a quilt which will be used for display purposes at future meetings and other WI events.

Most materials will be provided, however it is advised to bring along personal sewing kits including (pins, needles, scissors, thread) and also a notebook and a pen in order to take notes and work out ideas for the blocks beforehand. Members may also wish to bring along their own fabrics or embellishments or anything else they might like to incorprate into their own individual designs.

For inspiration on desgining your blocks, check out some contempoary needlework artists such as Orly Cogan, who directly imposes images of modern femininity over vintage tablecloths and samplers. Or the feminist art crafters of the 70’s such as Miriam Shapiro and Judy Chicago who coined the term, ‘Femmage’ and whose fabric collages, embroidery and quilts sought to bridge the divide between so called ‘womans work’ and mainstream art. Even Tracey Emin’s quilt art is worth a second glance!

Upcoming Meeting on Tuesday 24th Feb 2009





DATE:  Tuesday 24th February 2009




LOCATION:  Upstairs at The George Tavern, 373 Commercial Rd, E1 OLA.  

Nearest Tubes 

SHADWELL (one stop from bank DLR) 

WHITECHAPEL (Circle/District/Hammersmith & City)


15/N15 24hrs, Paddington, Traf Sq, Cannon St, Plaistow, Romford
135, Old St, Liverpool St, Aldgate, Limehouse, Canary Wharf
115 East Ham, Canning Town, Limehouse, Aldgate 


AGENDA:  Stop Violence Against Women.

Stop violence against women is a national WI campaign that began in 2008. Statistics show that Three million women across the UK experience rape, domestic violence, forced marriage, sexual exploitation or other forms of violence each year. The impact ranges from physical injury, including death in extreme cases, to long term mental health problems, social exclusion and substance misuse. The campaign aims to raise public awareness on these issues as well as petition and lobby local MPs into positive and responsible action.

The Shoreditch Sisters will be getting involved with a local women’s center in Bethnal Green called the U-Turn Project. The center aims to help, support and advise vulnerable and exploited groups of women by providing them with the opportunity and  resources in order to self determine their own futures within their communities.

Rio Vella, the project director will be coming down to give us a talk about the project and how it affects these women’s daily lives, as well as ways in which the Shoreditch Sisters can help.

Ideas such as, fundraising, volunteering,  collection programmes and developing new skills through activity workshops will be discussed.

Please check the website below for more information:

* We will also be collecting clothes to be donated to the center, so please bring along anything you have going spare from a size 6 to a size 12. Anything and everything will be much appreciated!


Hope to see you all there.

All the best,

Jazz Domino Holly

President SSWI


The Shoreditch Sisters will be organising a group to join the Million Women Rise march through central London on 7 March 2009 to mark international Women’s Day. So don’t forget to come and speak to me at the end of the meeting to sign up and show your support!

The all-women march begins at 12pm at Portland Square (nearest Tubes Baker Street, Marble Arch and Bond Street) before proceeding down Oxford Street, Regents Street, and Piccadilly. There will then be a rally and celebration – complete with WI speaker and information stall – at Waterloo Place from 2.30pm to 5pm.



JOINING FEE….. Please bring the sum of £29 cash or cheque, which is the cost of an annual subscription to join the WI.

 OR if you’re not ready to join just yet, please come down anyway, as non members are allowed to visit up to two meetings in exchange for leaving a donation of £4 each time before they make up their minds.

*Please note the change of price for the visiting fee which is due to the new venues heating costs as well as the rise of the 2009 annual subscription fee.


Your Ideas for the 2009 Shoreditch Sister WI Agenda

Hi ladies,

Just a quick headup that this Friday -the 6th of Feb, the Shoreditch Sisters W.I Comittee will be convening to plan the agenda for the next 6 months of activities, meetings and events.

Therefore, all you creative, crafty sisters should feel free to have a brainstorm and make suggestions.  If there is anything you’d like to see in the meetings, from a fantastic fundraising idea to a pretty project – send us a quick email with your ideas to – in order for your thoughts to be raised in the meeting, please ensure that your email has been sent by 6pm on Thursday 5th Feb at the latest.


Shoreditch Sisters W.I Committee

January 2009 Meeting – ABC and Sewing from the Heart

Just a quick thank you to ABC for attending the latest Shoreditch Sisters W.I meeting on Tuesday 27th Jan.  It was fun to have them film us!

A big thank you to all those ladies who joined us, and made or mended.

I personally made a really cute little purse from heart print fabric lined with yellow felt and it was a great sense of accomplishment seeing it finished (even though the buttons weren’t placed quite right!)

It was really good having the sewing machine there too as often sewing by hand is just too time consuming.

The George Tavern was a great location for the meeting and the kitch environment was a great backdrop for our American TV preview.

This is just a blogging warm up, so you’ll be hearing lots more from us!

Shaz x

Hello and Welcome

Hello to all Shoreditch Sisters W.I members, and to all the ladies who are intersted in joining or finding out more about our fantatsic exploits and events, this is our newly founded blog – it will be updated regularly, so keep checking in for the latest news.