Calling All Craftaholics! 26th September 2009

The Shoreditch Sisters will be holding at stall at the Craftaholics event on Saturday 26th September from 12pm – 5pm at The Old Queens Head, Islington N1

We will be selling traditional WI produce such as jams, chutneys and a variety of cakes as well as an assortment of other handmade items in order to raise funds for the group and ensure we have a fantastic programme of events for next year.
So please do get in touch if you can help out in anyway way, with either coming down to help sell on the day or even better contributing, to the baked goods by bringing down some homemade goodies…… please contact Jazz at

September 2009 Meeting – Jewellery Workshop with Lady Luck Rules OK

Next Tuesday 22nd September Come and dive into a box of charms and ping a few jump rings at the Lady Luck Rules OK Jewellery Making Workshop! Custom make your very own piece of Shoreditch Sisters WI jewellery with all basic skills covered, top tips, useful how-tos and a whole heap of insider knowledge which will enable you to produce professional looking trinkets forever-more. We'’ll bring the tools of the trade and all the materials which we'’ve designed especially for the WI workshop including mini acrylic crafty charms, vintage tattoo style wooden charms with an optional razzle-dazzle show-girl-glitter. You'’ll leave with an amazing handmade necklace or brooch and a head full of what ace jewellery you can make next...

Time: 8pm - 10pm
Location: The Royal Oak, 83 Wilton Way, Hackney, E8
Nearest Station: Hackney Central
Buses: 106, 55, 38, 254, 277

Next Meeting: Sushi and Origami Making

Hi Ladies,


The next meeting will be totally exciting with our first ever sushi and origami making class.


The venue has changed, so good bye and farewell to the George Tavern and welcome to our exciting new location.  Stay tuned for the exact address and more info.

Date: Tuesday 28th July

Time: 8pm-10pm

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 £3 each time before they make up their minds.


Shoreditch Sisters


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!

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