A lovely lady called Tracey Smith, founder of InterNational Downshifting Week, is calling on crafters this April to celebrate sustainability, kindness and community. Let’s join in!
Downshifting Week began 7 years ago and this year takes place between Saturday 23rd and Friday 29th April. Downshifting is about finding a better work / life balance, slowing down the consuming and embracing living with a little less. I think we could all do with a bit of that.
Anyway, this year’s featured activity is the Community Blankets Project – getting together with a group of knitters or crocheters and making patchwork blankets for vulnerable people in our community. I know us crafters are quite a thrifty bunch already but to make these blankets as sustainable as possible, the idea is to source the yarn from your unused stash or local charity shops or anywhere that otherwise it would have gone to waste. Then get along the local press to raise awareness about downshifting, supporting each other and crafts. Sounds like a good idea doesn’t it?
Well, if you’re up for a bit of community crafting, pop over to Tracey’s InterNational Downshifting Week website to find out more. She wants to know what you’re doing and to be in touch with your group. She might even come to visit you!
Here’s a video Tracey made to tell you all about it:
A piccie of my first crochet square is above if anyone would like to join me in making a community blanket here in Nottingham.
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Just in case you wondered what we did on a Wednesday night, I took my camera down yesterday and snapped these pieces by two of our Crochet ladies. Above is Lailas wonderful textural piece that has been coming together over the last few weeks.
This fun version of noughts and crosses is by Margaret who also made a set of Russian Dolls!! ( saw them last week but no camera , will try and capture them soon) If you fancy learn how to crochet pop into the Textile Workshop for the full course list. If you just fancy bringing whatever you are working on, call in on a Wednesday night, 6-8.30. We have members that stitch, knit, bead and make lace, basically all stitch/thread crafts welcome.
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Whenever I see this brilliant piece of scuplture crochet I can’t help but think of that Black-Eyed Peas song “My Humps”. If you’re not already familiar with the song, check it out on You Tube (below) and you’ll see what I mean.
Just a week ago I sent Margaret, our Stitched-Up crochet expert, a link to a post by Julie on the Stitchify blog about sculptural crochet. I was very impressed by Julie’s work and knew that if anyone would be able to do it too it would be our Margaret – and she did. How great is this? I think this crochet lady should be our new Stitched-Up mascot!
Click on the photo to see a larger version.
Here’s the Black Eyed Peas video too… Enjoy….
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Ever since I learned the ripple stitch I’ve done it to death. Somehow I never get bored of it. I think it’s because of the great effect it makes when you put two colours next to each other.
However much I love the ripple stitch it’s time to put it to bed for a while and do something new. This clutch bag is the last thing I made and just finished this weekend…
The small pics don’t really show the colours properly but they are turquoise, orange, green and gold (the gold is metallic) yarns.
There’s a zip with a lining and as usual the zip was evil to put in but at least I got a chance to use my zipper foot for the first time. I have so much to learn.
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Since I only know about 2 stitches I decided that the easiest thing would be to make a crochet patchwork blanket. Well, that might have been easy but it certainly wasn’t quick. My crafty buddies at Stitched Up can vouch for that, giving me support and encouragement to keep going with the endless squares. No, I did enjoy it really!
Ben is now 2 months old and I’m just about ready to send his gift to him, a blue, green, yellow and cream patchwork blanket and a cotton bag to carry it in. Adorned, of course, with blue and white felt bunnies.
Hope he likes it!
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Just had to share these pics of Murphy
He likes wool….
… a bunny after my own heart xx
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Welcome to Stitched Up!
This is the blog part of the Nottingham craft group ‘Stitched Up’ website.
Here we’ll post about our projects and the things we’ve been making at our craft group. We’ll also keep you up to date with any news or changes to our meeting time or place – so watch this space!
Stitched Up meets every Wednesday and you can find out more about where and when on our ‘About’ page.
If you’d like to join us then do come along. We’re a friendly bunch and really want to welcome new members to the group. It doesn’t matter how much craft experience you have or what your favourite type of craft is.
Get in touch with us if you’d like to know more.
We’ll look forward to hearing from you!
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