Shoreditch Sisters get their bling on…

Pinterest Fail… or not

So August, clearly the time when people want to get their craft on! We were so happy to see so many of you joyfully abandon the sun and join us for an evening of jewellery making. The evening of crafting started with some basic (stolen from the internet) instructions on how to make rope necklaces and wire wrapped bracelets and off everyone went.

My first attempt at following my own instructions before the start of the meeting, put me very firmly in the Pinterest fail category, I ended up with the saddest bit of rope that I would struggle to get my dog to wear.

Not so, these ladies – we have some genuine gifted folk when it comes to crafting… it is the WI after all!



Forget about the price tag
Ain’t about the uh cha-ching cha-ching
Ain’t about the yeah b-bling b-bling

If any of our Shoreditch Sisters have a skill, hidden or otherwise that they want to share with the world (or the Shoreditch Sisters) and you could teach at a meeting – let one of the committee know. Or if you would just like to offer up a suggestion for a meeting, don’t forget you can email us at or you can hit us up on Facebook.

Penguins, Pom Poms & Partings

Tuesday 24 November was the end of an era, our final Shoreditch Sisters meeting at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club and the last meeting before Christmas.

What better way to say adieu to our temporary home than with a Christmas Crafts extravaganza. Pom poms, penguins and printing was the order of the day. Turns out making wool Pom poms is slightly trickier than it looks, also if you forget to tie the cut strands together before removing the circles what you essentially end up with is a very long winded way of cutting wool into very short strands!


pompom tastic

The penguin and gingerbread lady station proved popular, with people reluctant to leave without finishing their creations. There was some beautiful decorated paper at the other table too. Excellent work ladies.

There was almost a scuffle at the raffle table for Pride and Preju-knits… Rightly so, who wouldn’t want to knit their own Darcy? A lot of books at this months raffle, with a few Jaffa cakes thrown in at the last minute.

It was a great meeting to get everyone in the Christmas mood… If we don’t see you at the subgroups, we’ll see you in January. In our new home…The Book Club. On a new day… The second Tuesday of every month (don’t worry Knit & Natter will switch to the fourth Tuesday in its place).

November Meeting! Festive Crafts.

November’s Shoreditch Sisters WI Meeting!

Join us on Tuesday Nov 26th at 7pm for the last meeting of 2013, getting all festive with a decorative crafts meeting!Indulge your festive foodie self and decorate edible gingerbread decorations with Maid Of Gingerbread with sprinkles, sparkles and magic icing.
Create your own festive clay decorations to give or keep, under the creative eye of our very own Jem (AKA Make Maid) and stitch up a winter storm, embroidering felt tree ornaments.
*On Dec 8th we will be at Bust Craftacular, with a stall selling craft supplies and a workshop making the felt decorations we will stitch at this meeting.
-Please also bring any wools, ribbons, material,craft things to donate for us to pack up and sell at Bust. All proceeds go back into the group to provide fun meetings and materials! –
Sisters needed for workshopping at Bust get in touch with Martha if you are interested.*
Bust’s event page herePlease bring cake to share, we have tea, coffee, beer, wine and pop available at the bar, so bring some extra cash for merriment.All materials provided, £5 for visitors, free for members. Membership is still open at £34.70.

Christmas raffle will be on, prize donations welcome.

September 2013 – Meeting – Soap Makeshop with the MakeMaid

Have you ever wondered about the alchemy of soap making? Wonder no more! Join us and Jem, the MakeMaid, to find out how to make traditional soap at the very first MakeMaid Makeshop. You will leave the meeting having mastered a basic soap recipe, with your very own mini soaps to take away and all the information to continue making soap at home. It’s the perfect way to get started making all those crafty Christmas presents for family and friends.

To ensure that we have enough materials for everyone and to guarantee your place in the workshop please RSVP by email to shoreditchsisterswi@gmail.comwith the subject September Soap Makeshop. If you and your friends are planning to come as a group please RSVP individually.

Please bring a long-sleeved apron or old shirt (so your arms are covered), wear closed-toe shoes and bring a plastic bag to take your soaps home.

Free for SSWI members
£5 for non-members

Want to find out more about the MakeMaid? Check out the interview with Jem on the latest edition of our very own radio show, Longwave Ladies:

Bring cash or a cheque for £34.70 and get 15 months membership for the price of 12, you won’t have to renew till January 2015. We will be signing up new members at our October meeting on Tuesday 22nd October.


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


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

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 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


Sewing Bee – Thursday 25th July, 7pm at a ***secret venue***
We have a new members-only sewing club.  SSWI members please contact 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
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

May 2013 Meeting AGM and Jewellery Workshop

May is when we hold our AGM.  It is our time to talk about what has happened in the last year and what we will do in the coming year. We will be voting on the next WI resolutions and electing new committee members. Only members can vote on new resolutions, so if you’re a member please come along to the meeting and have your say on the future of the group.
We will also be talking about the Save The High Street resolution, more information on the WI website here

Please read the briefing before voting on it.

After the official matters, we have a jewellery workshop run by Lily of Frilly by Lily!

Lily has grown her business from a small Portobello Road market stall and will be coming to talk to us and show us how to up-cycle jewellery. Bring along any odd earrings, broken jewellery and other bits you may have inherited and make something new from something old or broken. If you don’t have jewellery to bring Lilly will be providing materials for you to use.
Read more about Lily here:

*Please note that the door tax for this meeting as a visitor will be £5 instead of the usual £4 to cover the cost of materials*

£5 for non-members free for members (membership opens again in October)

Both members and Visitors need to RSVP by Friday 24th May to with AGM Meeting as the subject line.This is so we can ensure there are enough materials for everyone.
There is tea, coffee and other drink for sale at BGWMC. Feel free to impress with your baking skills by bringing cake if you wish!

Come along alone, or with a friend- be prepared to leave with a few more!

See you there!