I love printing…

I’ve had a slight obsession with all types of printing for many years – I keep trying but it doesn’t always work out – but maybe I just quit too soon… so I’m trying again with something small…

I thought I’d try a rubber stamp for The Stitch group I’m with – to make a label to sew on to the front of products that they want to sell as a fundraiser for the community group.

well… here’s a few photos from last night and I’m sure anyone who sees this and has experience of making stamps, will spot my error straight away 🙂

 

I’ve not tested it yet as I’m not sure if I’ll just start again from scratch or try to make a foam stamp (which is the child level stamp making technique… sometimes it’s better to crawl than walk sigh).

 

I have a few weeks before these are needed – thankfully it’s not urgent.

The Stitch…

..is getting a website!

www.thestitch.co.uk

(not linked yet so click the image below to visit the page – it is early stages though!)

The Stitch Community Group West Norwood Logo

Tara who hosts the Stitch, has got the domain name, the blog has been started, links have started being added and there are posts but those have yet to be published.

This is a community group and it’s members are helping Tara set up the website, mailing lists and even setting up the sewing machines, materials and ideas so it really is a community.

RunnyCustard: The Open Works 'The Stitch' Oct 2014 &emdash; Hats at The Stitch
A ‘Stitchee’ who made this hat from an old jumper

I will update when it officially launches but feel free to visit the Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram

You can see more photos taken at the Stitch on their website (I have put some on there already as I’ve been the one taking them) or you can click the images on this page and you can see the whole gallery of images.


 Themes…

Each week ‘themes’ are set but people can just pop in with their own project to do instead or maybe learn crochet or knitting, sew a skirt, fix a hole in a favourite shirt etc – some upcycling projects have been done already and the plan is to do more – they are open to suggestions so leave a comment on their website.

Men are also welcome so ideas for projects for guys would be great – there is a pinterest board as well.

Dry Needle Felting

We had a go at dry needle felting and one of our members made this!! how cool is this Japanese character 🙂

RunnyCustard: The Open Works 'The Stitch' Oct 2014 &emdash; Needle Felting at The Stitch & other creative projects.

I made this cat… he needs more stripes and I might make his bum bigger… he will be a doll for a cat doll ;-P

RunnyCustard: The Open Works 'The Stitch' Oct 2014 &emdash; Needle Felting at The Stitch & other creative projects.

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The Stitch testing my ‘Cats in Pants’ pattern…

On Saturdays I attend the Stitch group in West Norwood – L’Arche next to St Luke’s Church where the Feast is held once a month.

I asked the members if they would like to have a go at my pattern ‘Cats in Pants’ and several tried it out – as the following Saturday had a mixed up on dates we had to cancel so I yet to see everyone’s finished Kitten but here’s a few photos.

People used old clothing or new fabrics…

RunnyCustard: The Open Works 'The Stitch' Oct 2014 &emdash; The Stitch West Norwood

 

Rachel’s making of her little ‘Kitten in Bloomers’ 🙂

RunnyCustard: The Open Works 'The Stitch' Oct 2014 &emdash; The Stitch West Norwood

 

RunnyCustard: The Open Works 'The Stitch' Oct 2014 &emdash; The Stitch West Norwood

 

Rachel finished off the pants at home and sent me this photo… soooo cute!

This little sweetie gives a good example of how they look using buttons as eyes – just in case you don’t have any toy safety eyes lying around.

Rachel  'Cat in Pants' Jan 2015

Check out this stylish little fella… love the pocket and hankie.

The Stitch RunnyCustard HIRES -12

The Stitch RunnyCustard HIRES -13

The Stitch West Norwood

I do hope to finish the pattern soon – I keep changing my mind on different elements and I’m bursting to start on the Cat doll that I started in November!

Ps: here’s a photo of the Cat with his pants on his head… sorry, couldn’t help myself.
RunnyCustard: Puppets & Crafts &emdash; Cats in Pants - superpants!


 

 Beautiful old sewing machines…

Tara asked me to take a few photos of the old sewing machines for the blog she hopes to set up for the group… here’s a few that I rather like.
(click on the images to visit The Stitch photo gallery on my main website.
RunnyCustard: The Open Works 'The Stitch' Oct 2014 &emdash; The Stitch Sewing Machines

RunnyCustard: The Open Works 'The Stitch' Oct 2014 &emdash; The Stitch Sewing Machines

RunnyCustard: The Open Works 'The Stitch' Oct 2014 &emdash; The Stitch Sewing Machines

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The Open Works “The Stitch” Launch

The Open Works

The Open Works kicked off their festival this weekend and I visited the launch of “The Stitch’ which was held at the L’ Arche Workshop (and shop) in which is on the Norwood High Street.
The Open Works believe that citizen’s imaginative ideas are the starting point.

The Open Works Festival - The Stitch Launch at L'Arche Norwood

I’ve got to hear about The Open Works from the Makerhood Organisation as they are joining forces for local people to sell their work through a pop up shop in time for Christmas and makers from both groups will feature – including me I hope 🙂
They have lots of projects… visit their project page here http://www.theopenworks.org/#join-project-section
I would love to sew more and be able to learn tips from others and also share what I know too so to have something like this to go to seems fantastic – either courses are either too expensive or they are months away or I’ve just managed to miss signing up.

The Open Works Festival - The Stitch Launch at L'Arche Norwood

They also do a trade school where you can pop in and learn simple french, knitting, how to make a killer cappuccino and lots more… visit http://tradeschool.coop/westnorwood/
(it gets refreshed so sometimes lots of classes and other times they have yet to add new ones so sign up to their newsletter to keep in touch.
Sign up for more information or view their other workshops & meetups via their website: http://www.theopenworks.org/

The Stitch

Saturday 25th Oct 2014 was the start of their open day and these images are from ‘The Stitch’ launch day at L’ Arche in Norwood.
“The Stitch is a regular meet up of people who want to knit, sew, tailor, upholster and craft together. A chance to share and learn skills, swap tips and get inspiration for your next creation. Bring your projects, learn the basics, improve your techniques and enjoy stitching in the company of others.

 

Hosted by L’Arche Craft Workshop: 11-13 Norwood High Street

They will start with two dates and they will be trying to gauge the interest and best times/days to host it on – drop in between 5.30 – 8.30 on the 5th November & 25th November as it will be every two weeks at first.
I’m sure if many people turn up then more dates will be added and maybe every week too 🙂
I took some photos from the launch day and you can visit the album here – you can also see the ‘share’ button to link them onto your blog/social media websites.

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