Tips from the Sewing Bee – Part 1

From our first round table gathering of semi-savy stitchers, we came up with some hints, tips and essentials

Essentials

Pinking Shears – these are expensive but you will only need one pair for life.

The Eraser Pen – when using a commercial pattern, you need to transfer markings on to your fabric. Many patterns suggest using tailors tacks which is time consuming, or tailors chalk, which is hard to draw straight with at first. Instead invest in the Erase and Mark Pen from Prym (available locally from most good haberdasheries and craft shops). If your not sure go in and talk to the shop assistants.

A Quick Unpick – also known as a seam ripper. Don’t attempt to machine sew without some way of undoing your mistakes.

Tips

How to add pockets guide recommended by a member

Sew Along


Our first sew along was the pajama pattern from the Great British Sewing Bee book. Visit the publishers website to get the pdf.  Here is a finished pair:
Number two sew along will be free the Picnic Blanket Skirt from Tilly and the Buttons. 
 
The PJs above are made with fabric really high quality soft cotton, which cost around £8.50 per metre, but if your budget is smaller, talk to an assistant  about what you want to do and ask what they can recommend to you. Give your self plenty of time to lose yourself and enjoy the experience.
 
Let us know how you got on and email us any pictures of your creations shoreditchsewingbee@gmail.com
 
 
 

August 2013 Knit & Natter with Special Guest Kate Just

Kate Just (centre) knitting with us at Leon, Spitalfields- thanks to Kate for letting us use her photo!  

We were lucky enough to be joined by Kate Just, a lovely Australian visual artist at our latest Knit and Natter meeting at Leon in Spitalfields. Kate is currently in the UK working on the Knit HOPE project, in which she invites knitters, such as ourselves, to join her in knitting a large banner made from neon and reflective materials and later march with the banner. To find out more, you can like KNIT HOPE on Facebook or have a look on Kate’s website.

Kate talks to Tina about the project

If this sounds like something you’d like to take part in, Kate will be running events throughout the UK – again have a look on the KNIT HOPE Facebook page for a list of upcoming events, including a stint at I Knit London and an event in Colchester.

Getting our neon knit on – thanks again to Kate for use of the photo

Our next Knit & Natter will take place on the 10th of September at Leon, Spitalfields with a focus on the Innocent Big Knit – come along and join us! You can find the Facebook event here.

August 2013 Meeting

Women in Business

Tuesday 27th August
7pm


Ever dreamt about creating your own business or being your own great boss?  Perhaps you do already?

HERE TODAY HERE TOMORROW is a collaborative studio shop in Dalston where Anna-Maria, Emma, Katelyn and Julia design, make, mend, showcase, sell and educate all under one roof, accessible and visible to all.

Anna-Maria and Katelyn will be coming to talk to us about how and why they set up their business.  They will talk about what it is like to be women in business and the adventure so far. 

We have tea, coffee, beer, wine and pop available at the bar so bring some extra cash for merriment. Some WI committee-baked cakes will be gratis – bring your own baked goods to share with your sisters.


Everyone is welcome. Non-members are asked to pay £4. 
Members come in for free.
 Membership opens again in September.
*Please note that we will be in the upstairs room at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club this month.*

Share this event and RSVP on the Facebook event page.

July Round Up and events comin up between now and the end of August

JULY EVENTS AND SUBGROUPS

Knit and NatterTuesday 9th July, 6.30pm at Leon, Spitalfields
Calling all new and seasoned knitters and crocheters for a fun and chilled evening of yarn-based delights.

Campaigns Group – Tuesday 16th July, 7pm at Crimson Heart 
We will be discussing the Love Fashion, Hate Sweatshops campaign from War On Want, in collaboration with the Craftivist Collective. To be added to the mailing list email Caroline at shoreditchsisterscampaigns@gmail.com

Book Club – Wednesday 17th July, RSVP for time and venue
This month’s book is Patti Smith’s Just Kids, which is about her early years in New York with fellow artist Robert Maplethorpe.  RSVP to Laura at shoreditchbookclub@gmail.com for details.

Radiant RidersSaturday 20th July, 11am, Trafalgar Square
Our rad bike gang, Radiant Riders, will be teaming up with Daughters of Eve and VSO to go on an anti-FGM ride.  See above for more details, check out the Facebook event or email Annisa at sswi.radiantriders@gmail.com

 

Sewing Bee – Thursday 25th July, 7pm at a ***secret venue***
We have a new members-only sewing club.  SSWI members please contact shoreditchsewingbee@gmail.com to find out the venue and to complete the questionnaire (if you have not already done so).
 
Shoreditch Sisters Beer Club
It’s been brewing for a while *groan* but our women’s beer club has officially opened for business!  Join the Facebook group to find out more info.  For those who aren’t on Facebook please email us for details. 
The Make EscapeTuesday 30th July, 7.30 – 11pm, Hackney Attic
Crafty SSWI members will be heading along the Make Escape’s July event, featuring cross stitching, fimo modelling and a chance to play retro games.  Anyone for Sonic and Donkey Kong?

July 2013 Meeting – 23rd July – 90s Hat Workshop

The 1990s and that floppy blossom hat that we left behind is coming Back For Good! 
Don’t be stuck at Home Alone, come to Shoreditch Sisters and make F.R.I.E.N.D.S.  We have a 90s playlist ready and will be showing you how to Craft your very own hat! 
Do your sewing skills need a little TLC?  Don’t know your French Knot from your Slipknot?  Don’t fear, we will Explain It All! 
 
Materials you will need: One metre of your most rad fabric
OR
We will provide 1 metre of plain fabric for you to embellish at home.
Hat pattern, threads, needles, scissors and guidance will be provided.
 
SSWI members are free, guests £4. 90s dress optional but fun. Cake also very fun.
 
Check out the Facebook event
Smell Ya Later!
 
Tuesday 23rd July
7 – 9pm
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club

June 2013 Meeting round-up and upcoming July events

Our June meeting saw Jojo Tulloh tell us about her adventures in cooking, eating and foraging for food all around the world.  She showed us how to make our very own homemade kimchi too!  If you missed it you can find out more on her website.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to Jojo for a deliciously fascinating meeting.

If that has whetted your appetite for all things green-fingered but you don’t want to wait years to get your mitts on an allotment in Hackney then check out Spitalfields City Farm who grow and sell their own veg.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 23rd July from 7 – 9pm at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club.  Keep an eye on the blog, Facebook and Twitter for more info.

SPECIAL EVENT!  Anti-FGM documentary filmingSaturday 20th July, 11am at Trafalgar Square
Following on from the success of our vulva quilt at the Secret Cinema we have been invited to be part of an anti-FGM documentary along with Daughters of Eve, VSO and other WI’s.  We need crafty stitchers and bakers to create vulva bunting and vulva cakes for this event.  Please email us for more details or check out the Facebook event.

JULY EVENTS AND SUBGROUPS


Knit and NatterTuesday 9th July, 6.30pm at Leon, Spitalfields
Calling all new and seasoned knitters and crocheters for a fun and chilled evening of yarn-based delights.

Campaigns Group – Tuesday 16th July, 7pm at Crimson Heart 
We will be discussing the Love Fashion, Hate Sweatshops campaign from War On Want, in collaboration with the Craftivist Collective. To be added to the mailing list email Caroline at shoreditchsisterscampaigns@gmail.com

Book Club – Wednesday 17th July, RSVP for time and venue
This month’s book is Patti Smith’s Just Kids, which is about her early years in New York with fellow artist Robert Maplethorpe.  RSVP to Laura at shoreditchbookclub@gmail.com for details.

Radiant RidersSaturday 20th July, 11am, Trafalgar Square
Our rad bike gang, Radiant Riders, will be teaming up with Daughters of Eve and VSO to go on an anti-FGM ride.  See above for more details, check out the Facebook event or email Annisa at sswi.radiantriders@gmail.com

 
Sewing Bee – Thursday 25th July, 7pm at a ***secret venue***
We have a new members-only sewing club.  SSWI members please contact shoreditchsewingbee@gmail.com to find out the venue and to complete the questionnaire (if you have not already done so).
 
Shoreditch Sisters Beer Club
It’s been brewing for a while *groan* but our women’s beer club has officially opened for business!  Join the Facebook group to find out more info.  For those who aren’t on Facebook please email us for details. 
The Make EscapeTuesday 30th July, 7.30 – 11pm, Hackney Attic
Crafty SSWI members will be heading along the Make Escape’s July event, featuring cross stitching, fimo modelling and a chance to play retro games.  Anyone for Sonic and Donkey Kong?

June Meeting! 25th June 2013 – Foraging and Pickling with Jojo Tulloh! Starts at 7pm

Cover Photo


Calling all Sisters!

Do you like to make your own? Want to learn the art of foraging and pickling and growing/picking the best of our beautiful urban landscape? Well, great timing, because our June meeting is all about that! – aren’t you glad you know us eh?!

Jojo Tulloh, food editor of The Week magazine and allotment-junkie, divides her time between her family, her garden and writing about food and gardens. Taking inspiration from the self-sufficient life and living from plentiful window boxes Jojo has released her new book The Modern Peasant. With step-by-step methods for baking and pickling, fermenting and foraging, Tulloh presents fresh tasting, achievable recipes for modern-day urban ‘peasants’ – from sour dough pizzas of nettles and sausage to jam, cordials and pickles. She will share some of her inspirational methods for great tasting seasonal cooking and fresh produce.

In the book Jojo shares stories from local London producers and gives step by step methods for baking, pickling, fermenting and foraging, as well as some delicious recipes such as making your own yoghurt, cheese, nettle and sausage pizzas, chutneys and jams. *Jojo’s book will be available for sale at the meeting!* http://www.jojotulloh.com/ 

Jojo will talk to us about the lost art of fermentation, how easy and health giving this simple process is whilst demonstrating how to make kimchi, a fermented carrot, cabbage and chilli mixture that is the national dish of Korea. – this sounds strange but it is SO YUMMY!
Come along, all fun is supplied.

£4 for very welcome guests, members free.

Jojo’s book will be available for purchase for £15 and if you want to get it signed.

We have tea, coffee, beer, wine and pop available at the bar, so bring some extra cash for merriment. Some WI committee baked cakes will be gratis – bring your own baked goods to share with your sisters.

7pm Start.

See you there!