October 2013 Meeting – How well do you know your breasts?

As you may or may not be aware October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we invited two guests to our meeting to help us improve our knowledge and get better acquainted with our own breasts. (Speaking personally, it turned out that I really needed that personal introduction!)
All of us have heard to Breast Cancer, but most of ladies and gents (men can get Breast Cancer too) maybe forgetting to take the steps that may help to detect the disease in its early stages.

I hope this meeting went a long way in the right direction of raising our awareness.

Enter our first guest, … of Coppafeel, who managed to shock us with the fact that she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer at 21, while all of the Shoreditch Sisters are young at heart, some of us are numerically younger than others. The idea that you can get Breast Cancer as young as 21 drove home the point that  we all need to know our  breasts and know them well enough to spot when something is not right.

when and where should you check out your breasts, one of the places suggested is in the shower but there is no good or bad time. Coppafeel also do not prescribe how you should check, but tell us what to include in our checks.

Breast Cancer is the most common type of Cancer in Women.

47,700 women and 300 men are diagnosed with Breast Cancer each year in the UK.

So what do you do if you find anything unusual? The person you need to see  your GP. Share your worries and demand action. You know your breasts better than anyone else and because you have been checking them regularly, you  know your breasts better than your GP and will be in a better position to tell them what is normal for you.

Following a short break we all then sat down with Kelly from Rigby and Peller. The company was established in 1939 and now has over 70 years of bra fitting experience. That and the fact that Rigby and Peller were granted a Royal Warrant in 1960 by H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.

Kelly Told us that we should be getting fitted every 6 months as our bodies are constantly changing due to a number of reasons such as weight, sport, pregnancy, contraception, medication and diet to name but a few.

About 80% of women who have never been fitted are wearing the wrong size bra.

The commonest mistake that we ladies make is wearing a bra too small in the cup and big in the back.

Here are some Bra Fitting troubleshooting (until you can get yourself to a Rigby and Peller for a free bra fitting!)
You find that your bra is loose around the edges.
Try a smaller cup size.

you find that your breasts are spilling out of the front of the bra and your silhouette is bumpy.
Try a bra with a smaller back and larger cup size.

You find that your bra band is riding up at your back.
Try a smaller back size.

There are more tips from both Coppafeel and Rigby and Peller on their websites so check them out.

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: http://i.mixcloud.com/CD0Eqs

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.


August 2013 Meeting

Women in Business

Tuesday 27th August

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 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

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.


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!

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 shoreditchsisterswi@gmail.com 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!