Shoreditch Sisters get their bling on…

Pinterest Fail… or not

So August, clearly the time when people want to get their craft on! We were so happy to see so many of you joyfully abandon the sun and join us for an evening of jewellery making. The evening of crafting started with some basic (stolen from the internet) instructions on how to make rope necklaces and wire wrapped bracelets and off everyone went.

My first attempt at following my own instructions before the start of the meeting, put me very firmly in the Pinterest fail category, I ended up with the saddest bit of rope that I would struggle to get my dog to wear.

Not so, these ladies – we have some genuine gifted folk when it comes to crafting… it is the WI after all!



Forget about the price tag
Ain’t about the uh cha-ching cha-ching
Ain’t about the yeah b-bling b-bling

If any of our Shoreditch Sisters have a skill, hidden or otherwise that they want to share with the world (or the Shoreditch Sisters) and you could teach at a meeting – let one of the committee know. Or if you would just like to offer up a suggestion for a meeting, don’t forget you can email us at or you can hit us up on Facebook.

Penguins, Pom Poms & Partings

Tuesday 24 November was the end of an era, our final Shoreditch Sisters meeting at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club and the last meeting before Christmas.

What better way to say adieu to our temporary home than with a Christmas Crafts extravaganza. Pom poms, penguins and printing was the order of the day. Turns out making wool Pom poms is slightly trickier than it looks, also if you forget to tie the cut strands together before removing the circles what you essentially end up with is a very long winded way of cutting wool into very short strands!


pompom tastic

The penguin and gingerbread lady station proved popular, with people reluctant to leave without finishing their creations. There was some beautiful decorated paper at the other table too. Excellent work ladies.

There was almost a scuffle at the raffle table for Pride and Preju-knits… Rightly so, who wouldn’t want to knit their own Darcy? A lot of books at this months raffle, with a few Jaffa cakes thrown in at the last minute.

It was a great meeting to get everyone in the Christmas mood… If we don’t see you at the subgroups, we’ll see you in January. In our new home…The Book Club. On a new day… The second Tuesday of every month (don’t worry Knit & Natter will switch to the fourth Tuesday in its place).

Knot Just Knitting

A beautiful, small and perfectly formed Knit and Natter was had by all this month. We discussed the Sewing Bee’s insanely beautiful Liberty Quilt, roller skating, murder mystery parties and what Lottie Gough’s WI would look like if she took the helm…

The lovely Lottie and her beauteous Alpaca jumper
The lovely Lottie and her beauteous Alpaca jumper

Hey! So what crafting is this?

I am making a jumper. I am only part way through said jumper and there is an issue with it’s potential length. But it will be beautiful because it is made from alpaca.

So you’ve just taken over Shoreditch Sisters: you are now President! You’ve organised an absolutely amazing main meeting for this month. It’s going to be in amazing new venue: where is it?

I would have it in what was the Summer Palace in China before bits of it got destroyed in the cultural revolution. Boom.

Well that going to be amazing. And we’ve got ourselves a new bar person: who is it?

It’s Ryan Gosling. It’s Drive Ryan Gosling. I just want him.

Don’t we all, well I think I need a drink and it’s your round: what are we having?!

I’d buy everyone a Tequila and lemonade because it is the most underrated drink but once you’ve tried it you’ll say “why have I never tried this before?!”

And under the new regime the parties are always catered. What are we having for food?

One massive New Orleans barbecue: pulled pork, ribs, wings, chips of course, coleslaw, everything.

I’m going to be stuffed. We have an amazing speaker: who is it and what are they chatting about?

Frank Warren who does Postsecret, I’ve watched the TED talk about twenty times and I cry every time.

What an incredible talk… No, I’m not crying I’ve just got something in both my eyes… but anyway it’s time for the dessert trolley! What’s on it?

There’s sooo much: desert is the most important meal of the day. We are having lots of tiramisu, anything with cream. A smorgasbord of deserts, like when you go to Red Hot Buffet and you’re like “Wow”.

Chloe's beauts quilt!
Chloe’s beauts quilt!

For the second half of the meeting we are learning a new skill: what is it?

I have just finished a Rob Ryanesque paper cutting course and I’d like to get better. It’s a skill I think loads of people should try because it’s really easy but also really good!

And now onwards to the raffle. Raffle Raffle. And you only go and ruddy win! What did you win?!

That’s my round the world ticket to fly away.

Wow, great prize. At the end of the meeting you’ve got one piece of advice to pass on: what is it?

Delete Tinder from your phone and never look back!

Haha, I think I might do it!

The next Knit and Natter will be held at Leon in Spitalfields Market on Tuesday 14th July at 6:30. Pop along and maybe you’ll be the next President for the Day!

Knot Just Knitting

Knot Just Natter
The joy of Knot Just Knitting…

What a lovely wee Knit & Natter we had this month?! Huge table of about twenty of us gorged our way through various criss cross chip things, halloumi wraps, cakes, a whole plethora of hot drinks and a few beers. And the nattering was also a veritable smorgasbord of topics: the valley of despair, laser eye surgery and what happens if you don’t pay (they repossess your eyes #fact), tooting and booting knitwear, so-bad-they’re-good dating events and, like that rotten penny which keeps turning up, tinder (“on the road to friendship all conversations lead to tinder” The Dali Lama said that. Don’t google it. Like, I know he said it ok?).

But now without further ado may I please introduce to you our very first President for the Day: some say she dreams in hula hoops, some say she once saved a man by knitting him back to life, some say she can actually see the Matrix. All I know for sure is she is the one, the only:



President for the Day

Hey! So what are you doing there with the things and the needles and the craft?!

This is a sock that I’m really tired of knitting.

Literally just this minute you have ousted our benevolent leader Martha from the top spot and become President of our fine and upstanding branch of the Women’s Institute! Bloody go you. So I know you have organized an absolutely killer main meeting for this month. I hear it’s being held in an amazing new venue. Where is it?

A really old Chateau in the French countryside.

You walk in and we’ve got ourselves a new bar person! Who is it?

My dad, who’s dead, he’d be a shit barman but I’d like to see him.

In your wild exuberance at finally becoming President you order a round of drinks for everyone. What are we getting?!

Normally I’d go for anything with gin but this time as we are in this beautiful Chateau it’s going to be that dusty old bottle at the back of the cellar – you can have your choice of colour.

Oh wait, shut the front door – looks like this party is catered and what a beautiful spread it has! What are we chowing down on?

I’m really into meze at the moment so lots of halloumi and spanakopita and tzaziki. Yum.

You have managed to wangle an absolutely amazing speaker for us. Who is it and what are they chatting about?

Sir Robert Winston is speaking about the science of women’s bodies – hormones and that.

We have a little break and the dessert trolley is being brought round (yeah we have a dessert trolley now) what’s on it?

A trio of apple and ginger crumble, Eton mess and chocolate fondant.

Time for the second half of the meeting and we are learning a new skill! What’s it going to be?

How to make explosives with everyday items from your kitchen like jelly babies and vinegar.

Fab, so glad I can make sh*t explode now. Time for the raffle! OMFG… you only go and WIN! What is it?!

Lifetime supply of yarn!

So it’s coming to the close of a stellar meeting and you’ve got one piece of advice to pass onto the ladies gathered there before you let them go back into the world. What is it?

When it comes to craft and really anything in life if there is something that needs doing: JFDI.

Just do it.

Woah man, that was deep. Thank you so much for sharing your meeting with us. It’s been totes emosh and amazeballs.

The next Knit & Natter will be held at Leon in Spitalfields Market on Tuesday 14 April. Come along and you too could be discussing tinder!

Blog by Jodie Major for Shoreditch Sisters WI