Newsletter Archive –> In August 2012 we moved to our new bigger venue Bethnal Green Workingmen’s Club and started having a bar. Though strictly speaking we now meet outside of Shoreditch, we remain linked to the area by all our extra sub-group meetings, which are either at Leon in Spitalfields Market or The Crimson Heart on Leonard Street.

The first meeting at our new venue was the Bike Meeting-  London Bike Kitchen joined us to show us how to do a safety check on our bikes, talk about their unique way of helping people mend their own bikes at their very women friendly bike workshop. They are a social enterprise who run an open DIY workshop where you can work on your own bike instead of giving it to someone else to fix. Then we had some bike fashion with Jude from Cycle Chic .

February 2012 was delicious Chocolate themed meeting with four time ‘British Best Chocolatier’, the luxury Patissier and Chocolatier William Curley. He told us how he got started, explained about cocoa beans and cocoa butter. We learnt that 80% cocoa solids doesn’t necessarily make it the best quality and the different beans and blends. Several times as the bowls of samples were passed round, William could only just be heard over the delighted exclamations and surprise at a few of the exotic flavours. We heartily recommend 

January 2012 We were overwhelmed with the success of this meeting. After being featured in Time Out magazine as a recomended thing to do and appearing in 1000 things to do in London for under £10 (Time Out Things to Do in London) around 100 people turned up to play social bingo and win prizes which were donated unwanted Christmas presents.

photo by Marth-Louise Wass

Spitalfields Market International Women’s Market March 12th 2011


photo by Caroline Brooks

Million Women Rise March 5th 2011

Ethical Fashion in the Age of Austerity event at V&A Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green March 3rd, 2011

photo by Jen Luk

“In an age of austerity, can we justify the added expense of buying ethically? Or is Make Do and Mend set to be the next big trend? independent arts venue The Papered Parlour hosted an ethical mini-festival at the Museum, where we showed people how to use a sewing machine and created a relaxed stitching space. Here are our photos from the event (link)

Lady Parts Meeting at Concrete

February 21st, 2011

Find out what happened in this blog post (link)

Women’s Institute Crafts Day at The Women’s Library

February 12th 2011

We had a craft station, for  people to join us making patches   for our Embroideries Campaign    which is being run by our Campaigns Sub-group leader Tara. Read about the day in this blog post (link)

January 2011

Belated AGM and voting in the new President and Committee.

The  weather got us twice in 2010- the August bike ride and picnic was   rained off and the snow stranded some of us too far away to have the   November get together and in December we lost our venue temporarily to Christmas parties.

Love Clothes Hate Fashion at Mrs Jones emporium

September 2010

This are two blogger reviews of the meeting here at Fred Butler Style and here at Fashion’s Most Wanted

Campaigns Group Morsbag Making at Time for Tea

August 10th, 2010

Take the Cake, cake competition at Concrete

July 27th, 2010

Zine Making and Bunting at Concrete

June 29th, 2010

Tie-Dye Party on Carnaby Street

June 17th, 2010

Card Making with Blandine Bardeau at Concrete

May 25th, 2010

Knitting Group at the Stag’s Head

May 4th, 2010

photo by Vanya Sacha

Campaigns Group: Think Act Vote debate at Time for Tea

May 3rd 2010

Talk, tea and massage at E Rejuvenation Centre

April 27th, 2010

Burlesque Life Drawing

March 23rd, 2010

Read about it in this blog post (link)

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party  

February 28th, 2010

An afternoon of drinking tea, eating cakes and fascinator making @ The Jamboree in Limehouse, with djs and fancy dress competition. The fascinator workshop run by Katherine and Steph from Katherine Elizabeth millinery,  who have made hats for Dita Von Teese, Lilly Allen and Alexa Chung.  This was a really busy event for such a little venue with  outlandish costumes, cakes and tea pots. Blogged about by Lola’s vintage wardrobe (link).

Knit Along at Concrete

January 2010

With a talk from ethical label Makepiece , who keep sheep, spin yarn and make it into fashionable knitwear and help from Hoxton Handmade and some Stitch and Bitchers, we all got a bit knitty. The Electric Sheep podcasted about the evening (link) and Mooks blogger Jessica also wrote about us (link).

Also way back in January 2010 we joined forces with the Craftivist Collective for some vulva sewing at The Royal Festival Hall cafe.

To be continued with more details, links to other blogs and photos from our events. Please be patient as it takes a while to gather these all together.