From our first round table gathering of semi-savy stitchers, we came up with some hints, tips and 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.
How to add pockets guide recommended by a member
JULY EVENTS AND SUBGROUPS
Knit and Natter – Tuesday 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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 email@example.com
We have a new members-only sewing club. SSWI members please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out the venue and to complete the questionnaire (if you have not already done so).
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.
Sometimes the Shoreditch Sisters are just too busy to care for this blog properly and we are always very sorry for that. By way of recompense, here is the first in an occasional series on what our group get up to when not actively sistering.
One of lovely members was busy last night with the launch of her new book, “Just Sew Stories”. Long time Shoreditch Sister member Katie Allen is a crafter and writer for Mollie Makes magazine among other things (click the link above & learn more from her blog). A small group of Sisters converged on the Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen and found a crowd busy drinking, decorating tote bags and listening to the live bands. We bumped into lots of the Unofficial London Craft Mafia, such as a few of the Craftivist Collective and Barley Massey from Fabrications, both former speakers at SSWI meetings. All night there was an ever changing group of fans around Katie, admiring her home made bloomers (find the pattern in the book) and getting books signed, and surprisingly more men than I have ever seen at a crafty event before.
“Just Sew Stories” has 25 crafty gifts to sew with some really original ideas you won’t have seen in another craft book, such as his and hers hipster dolls who will sit on your mantle piece talking about bands no one has ever heard of. I also love the cushions with pet photos on them, ideal for friends with anti-pet landlords. Add this to your Christmas list or better still buy one for Christmas gift ideas for your friends. And don’t forget to look out for the special Shoreditch Sisters mention in the thank yous…
Craft and Sisterhood Forever!