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 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?

so MANY subgroups

The way of the WI is that we always have one big meeting per month and as many or as few other meetings we fancy, for whatever other interests we have. So if you’re a member and like cheese and think some other members might like cheese too, you can set up a Shoreditch Sisters cheese group for example. For a while we just had the Knit and Natter as an extra meeting (it always happens two weeks after the main meeting and is always at Leon in Spitalfields and free for non-members as well as members). Then Anissa and Martha started the Radiant Riders, our most awesome bike club, who go on a ride every month and will help get you ready to cycle to work without fear of London roads. They even got a mention in Psychologies.

And now we have more groups. Yesterday was the inaugural Book Group run by Laura. Contact her via shoreditchbookclub@gmail.com. We had a full room at The Crimson Heart in Shoreditch and talked about How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran, with a lively debate and a lot of laughs. Next time the book will be The Bell Jar by Syvia Plath, as member Katie pointed out it is it’s nearly 50 years old.

Coming in 2013 expect another gathering, for campaigning and then maybe a beer club (drinking, learning about brewing, homebrew and visiting London breweries), a zine group and any other group our members can come up with….a choir? a gardening group? drama club? …whatever takes our fancy next.

August 2011 Newsletter

July Meeting Round Up
Women’s Environmental Network came along and gave a talk, if you are interested in finding out more, or getting involved, their website is here.
This was followed by tote bag making out of recycled t-shirts with Barley Massey from Fabrications. She has blogged about it here.

Future dates for your diary

17th August – Knit & Natter (fb event here) at Leon in Spitalfields. As well as the usual crafting, Birdy and Tara will be there with some fabric scraps donated by Zandra Rhodes for some last minute Embroideries patches. Come along and collect some scraps even if you can’t stay for the evening. You can also drop off finished patches if you aren’t able to make the meeting on 23rd August.
23rd August – August meet at Concrete on Shoreditch High St. Be there! (fb event here)
24th August – piecing together of the Embroideries Quilt at Tara’s studio near London Fields station. Volunteers to lend a hand appreciated.
1st September – Embroideries Campaign launch night – space will be very limited so don’t forget to bring along your patch to the August meeting to ensure you are involved. More information on the time and location coming soon.
7th September – Launch night for Queen of Crafts written by our founding member Jazz Domino Holly, with craft stall run by the Shoreditch Sisters. This will be in Bethnal Green. 

Knit & Natter group met up at Prick Your Finger

Wednesday 8th June at 7pm

Some of you may already have seen the event via Facebook (RSVP to the event on Facebook) or heard Caroline talking about it at the last meeting. To make our tent at Big Feastival really unique we’d like to decorate it with an array of woolie wonders, a full knitted high tea with cakes and sandwiches.

So we are having a group knitting project to whip up some woolie cakes and sandwiches from patterns by Rachael Matthews book Knitorama. Rachael is very kindly going to host an evening for us at Prick Your Finger in Bethnal Green.

There are parts of the patterns suitable for complete beginners, and parts that are crochet, so all levels of knit ability are catered to. If you want to make some of your own creations, anything suitable for an afternoon tea would be great too.

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lease bring real cakes if you can to thank Rachael and Louise for the hospitality and the not knitted cups of real tea  and size 3.5mm or 4mm knitting needles (size 9 or 8 in old UK non-mm sizes) if you have them.

Also bread or swiss roll coloured wool or small balls of red for cherries would be useful. I have some supplies of pink, yellow, white and cream for battenburg cakes, cheese and ham slices and the icing on the bakewell tarts.

As well as woolie cake making, you can drool over the lovely yarns at the shop and giggle at the rude knitting patterns, have a natter and talk to Rachael and Louise who run the knit-emporium. Here is their website: http://www.prickyourfinger.com/ and see more about Rachael below, from the Craft Council website:

Rachael MatthewsWalking down Globe Street in London’s East End, you will come across a unique yarn shop and gallery called ‘Prick Your Finger’, the creation of designers Rachael Matthews and Louise Harries.  Prick Your Finger grew from their desire to make textiles with UK based and ethical yarns. Half the stock is spun in house, and the rest is from farmer producers who are spinning yarn themselves too.Rachael Matthews, the knitter from the Lake District, has achieved quite a lot in her time! From early beginnings at Central St. Martins College of Art & Design, she is now the writer of various books on knitting such as ‘Knitorama’, full of outlandish illustrations and original patterns designed to be shared between friends and portable enough to be taken to your knitting venue of choice.  You won’t find your average pattern for gloves amongst her repertoire! Rachael is definitely the champion for doing things in a new and different way.Rachael started out by running a knitting club for boys and girls called ‘Cast Off’ with Amy Plant, and she encouraged events that would promote knitting and other crafts as a more constructive way of spending our time. Cast Off met in nightclubs, pubs, and other non-typical places.  As part of an exhibition called ‘Ceremony’, Rachael organized an entire knitted wedding at the Pump House Gallery in London’s Battersea Park in 2009.  It was a huge success that opened the public’s eyes to see how much can be achieved with yarn and a pair of needles!  Knitting groups were invited to attend and make things for the wedding. Everything was knit from the wedding dress to the cucumber sandwiches, and even the cake.  Cast Off’s ventures promoted the revival of KIP (Knitting in Public) in London, demonstrating how knitting is the ideal craft to take with you wherever you go- Rachael has knit on the London Underground’s circle line, folk clubs in the East End, in Paris, and even at a specially organized evening called ‘Craft Rocks’ at the V&A Museum