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  • Stitch Yourself: For One Night Only

    Posted by Deadly Knitshade on July 2, 2010

    As the evening drew in on the 30th of June at around 6.30pm a pattering of tiny stitched feet could be heard echoing through the innards of London’s Science Museum.

    They had come from the farthest corners of the globe, from Israel, Australia and Abu Dhabi. They had come from the nearest parts of our lovely London, from Islington, Twickenham and Archway. By post, by hand, by public transport.

    I followed them from a safe distance with my camera as the 259 Stitched Selves went from Stitch London Towers in deepest Deptford to the Main Energy Hall of the Science Museum.

    Tickets, please!

    The Stitched Selves check out the new East London line

    Last-minute preparations in the days before had been hurried along. Late arrivals were carefully opened and unpacked.

    Keep still in there! We're cutting!

    Every Stitched Self was catalogued in our Stitch Yourself Big Book of Little People.

    How do you spell 'Austria'?

    And every one of them was properly tagged to make sure we knew who they were and where they were from.

    One, two, three, SQUEEEEEEEEEEEZE!

    Groups, friends, family and Stitched Selves who were in lurrrrrrve were carefully tied together to make sure they didn’t lose each other in the fray.

    Hello! I'm glad I didn't eat garlic.

    They all climbed into the Stitch Yourself tour bus and made themselves comfy.

    Your elbow is in my eye! Get your knitting needles out of hip!

    The Stitch Yourself Tour Bus (air conditioned)

    There were some struggles with stairs, many tiny whines of “Are we there yet?” and a couple of toilet breaks (even though we warned you all to go before we left) but at last we were there. The Stitch Yourself hoards had arrived at the Science Museum!

    The showcase all ready for its Stitched Self guests

    The Stitched Self Stitchettes checked it out first for safety.

    Mini Deadly Knitshade takes to the shelf

    Tiny Stitched Self Fibre Flinger, Bluestocking Stitcher, Fastener, Purple Purler and Gertrude Woolsworthy make sure it's safe

    With the safety concerns all checked out the Stitched Selves rushed to grab a place in the limelight. It was woolly madess I tell you!

    TA DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

    There they began showing off for unsuspecting passers by, as the Science Museum opened for an evening of Late Night wonders.

    What were they doing there? We explained it all:

    Stitch Yourself explained

    There was a whole lot of knitting chatter coming from behind the glass as the Stitched Selves got comfy in their home for the evening. It was all very amiable. Lots of “Is anyone sitting here?” and “My but I do admire your handstitched frilly undergarments” from the tiny folks as they sorted themselves into display formation.

    Do you see yourself somewhere?

    Here maybe?

    Or here?

    Perhaps here?

    Or in this little lot?

    Shamefully there was a small incident involving the Stitched Self Gertrude ‘Aunty Gerty’ Woolsworthy, resulting in several of the Stitched Selves being sent to stand in the corner and think about what they’d done but the rest were very well behaved.

    Mini Gerty gets a telling off

    The public arrived in their droves to sigh (“I want to steal them!”), squeeeee (“I found ME!”), express shock (“AGH! That one’s naked!” and “Is she knitting her own head?!”), look confused (“A tree in a bikini?!”) and generally stand in awe-struck wonder at the handstitched, handknit and handhooked little people who peered back at them with just as much curiosity.

    Admiring a crowd of tiny handmade people

    The crowd of admirers grew

    And grew

    And every one of them was fascinated

    Over 100 photos were taken. So here are a choice few.

    A whole class of Stitched school kids hanging in the air

    A rather dignified be-shoed Stitched Self up front

    A gold-toothed smile

    Shelf perchers

    Bear with me

    Casual

    So many of you stitched lot

    Stars and stripes

    And skates

    Flying high

    Corner crowd

    A little sleepy

    A tree, a giant, a babycarrier and someone knitting their own head

    A few familiar faces

    Stitched smiley people

    Happiness or shock...?

    Stitched ink slingers

    Pearls on purls

    Specs and stitches

    Flying the flag

    Shhhh! She's sleeping

    That's a tiny albino hedgehog on her toes

    A little room on the meditation sofa as a Spanish Stitched Self shares space

    Spot the scandalous naked Stitched Self

    For one night only the Stitched Selves were one of the most interesting, creative and inspiring exhibits at one of London’s most famous museums. It was Stitched Self spendidness.

    Up in the Who Am I? exhibit sat two knitted chromosomes by Marion ‘Bluestocking Stitcher’ Crick and me. They’re part of the permanent exhibit so do go along and say hello if you’re there.

    Knitted science

    Stitch London go sciencey

    Some of you came along to visit your Stitched Selves too.

    Behiiiiind you!

    A doppelganger with a doppelganger of her doppelganger

    Stitched streaker!

    Four lovely ladies visit their group of Stitched Selves

    Hair slightly less wild than her Stitched Self behind her

    That's her in the black and white stripes

    Found me!

    And so the night came to an end. The tired Stitched Selves were packed back onto the Stitch Yourself tour bus and taken home (via the pub) to be tucked up safely in their beds.

    A reminder of the fabulous venue of our first Stitched Self exhibit

    If you didn’t see yourself keep an eye out for all 259 of them as we’ll showcase them here one by one over the next few months. It’s going to be a hell of a job but, with the effort you all put in, I think it will be worth it.

    There were so many photos and so many of you we didn’t have room to feature all our photos. You can see the rest on Stitch London’s Flickr.

    If you have stories behind your Stitched Selves please email lauren@stitchLDN.com and we’ll try to add them in with the photos of your tiny doppleganger. Also Flickr knitters can upload their Stitched Self pics to our Stitch London group.

    A HUGE thanks to everyone who took part by sending in a Stitched Self. You’re an inspiring and wildly creative bunch and we couldn’t have done it without you. You utterly amazed us with every Stitched Self we met.

    Special thanks to all those who helped out with making it happen: Marion Crick and Emma Toft for the fabulous blank body patterns, Yusuf for helping with all that unpacking, Clare, Gary and Emma for helping with the display, and Emmy and Gerty for newslettering stuff so I could get on with Stitched Self sorting. All the proofreaders on Twitter too, and everyone who passed along the word and got the crowds to come and see. :)

    For those who missed the big event keep an eye on Stitch London in the future. The Stitched Selves will be back and you’ll all be invited. Promise.

    24 Responses to “Stitch Yourself: For One Night Only”

    1. bravenewmalden said

      What a lot of work. Impressive.

    2. I am so pleased I took part in this! It was great seeing all those little dolls. Mine is the red head “Happiness or shock…?” doll hehe, and its pretty much what my face really looked like when i spotted mine at the front!! :D

    3. Charlotte said

      Yay! Good work.
      Even though sent separately and from 2 different cities me and my twin sisters were sat next to each other.

    4. Charlotte said

      SARAH /\ yours was brilliant!

    5. Meriel Johnston said

      Oh, they are so wonderful! Minimalla still had her knitting with her but she had not done much, knowing her she had been too busy chattering and looking at everything that was going on. I hope to see her again. Meanwhile I hope she is working hard in the diamond mine. Thank you all so much, what an effort it must have been!

    6. Sarah - Jane Forrester said

      I really enjoyed taking part in stitch yourself and it was great to see not only myself, but all the fantastic detailed work that everybody put into it. Well done!

    7. todteam8 said

      Thank you so very much for including me in this. I love being able to see my stitched self in so many of the photos as I live in Canada and could not have attended. I have shown some of the photos around town here, and I am trying to convince the Arts Council here to have a similar show. If they decide to go ahead with a show I will let you know, as you will all be invited to share your stitched selves (and our shows in the art gallery are usually a month long!) Here’s hoping the Arts Council says yes!

    8. Knit Wit said

      Judy this is EPIC. I love it. Where be my tiny knitted goth?? :)

      I LOVE your tiny beephones!

      Me x

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    10. Paula said

      I found my mini-me, yay! Thanks for all your hard work on the exhibit. Also thanks for this posting so those of us who couldn’t get to London could see all our mini friends.

    11. Skipi said

      Lovely idea! Just love it! What a tremendous job to collect them all.

    12. pip said

      I love the big people staring in at all the little people :)

    13. Margaret McGhee said

      hiya
      thank you so much for finding ME AND MY DAUGHTER TOO
      It was so thoughtful of you to put us together and must have taken great patience and team work to find ue as we live 300 miles apart
      A really enjoyable project
      I saw US waiting to be tagged as well as all the pics Jeni took
      THANK YOU
      MAGGIE AND jENI

    14. Fabulous! What amazing little people everyone came up with! Congratulations to everyone who made a stitched self, and to deadlyknitshade and the postman, who did a great job handling the almighty flow of parcels into the studio. Woot!

    15. susannah said

      I am so pleased I was part of this. All the stitched selves are so brilliantly made. Thank you xxx

    16. Wow, the show looks fabulous! So cool to be a part of it…

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