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    The Stitched Selves on Film!

    Posted by Deadly Knitshade on February 4, 2012

    Remember back in 2010 when 255 of you made Stitched Selves and we showed them off at the Science Museum for one night only?

    Since then they’ve been busy. They made an appearance at our Stitched Science event last summer and now they’re going to be on the big screen! Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    The lovely folks at the Craft Club (the Craft Council’s initiative to get more people passing on the love of craft) got in touch to ask if we had any inspiring handmade bits to star in their brand new crafty film. Of course we did! Your Stitched Selves were possibly the most inspiring project we have ever done.

    So we piled all 255 of you into a taxi and off we went to Craft Council Towers. Most of you were well behaved. Most of you…

    The Stitched Selves spent the afternoon with the folks at Crush Creative making movie magic. Here are a few sneak peeks…

    A whole lotta Stitched Selves wait nervously for their moment

    Ready for your close up?

    Pile of posing purly people

    So where can you see this fibre-filled film? Well you’re lucky enough to be invited to the premiere at Stratford East Picturehouse, East London.

    The FREE event takes place on Saturday  25th Feb 2012 between 12.00-13.00. You can book free tickets here.

    There’ll also be a whole load of knitting going on, including free finger-knitting lessons and starter knitting kits.

    All ages are invited so join the Cinema Knit-along with Craft Club and come and see if your Stitched Self made it onto the silver screen!

    If you can’t make it along the film will be online very soon! We’ll post up a link as soon as it is.

    There are also more pictures over on our Facebook page.

    (We can’t guarantee all the Stitched Selves will be featured in the film. After all there are 255 of you! But if yours didn’t make the final cut there’ll be more Stitched Self mayhem in future. So keep an eye on Stitch London to see what they get up to.)

    Lights! Camera! Knitting!

    See you there, Stitch Londoners.

    Posted in Events, Exclusive events, Knitting News, Learn to Knit, London Knitting, Meetings, Stitch Yourself, Stitched Selves | Tagged: , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

    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.

    Posted in Events, Exclusive events, Help Us Knit, Knitting News, Museums, Stitch London, Stitch Yourself | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 24 Comments »

    Stitch Yourself: new arrivals

    Posted by Deadly Knitshade on June 28, 2010

    Stitch London have been hard at work cataloguing and tagging each and every Stitched Self that you send in. Here’s a look at the chaos that took place as over 200 of your tiny dopplegangers took over Stitch London Towers this week:

    It begins with a desk full of tiny person parcels...

    And they keep coming...

    And so the cataloguing and tagging commence

    Stitched Selves waiting patiently to be tagged

    A stitched school teacher keeps her stitched pupils in line

    Box One fills up nicely to the constant chatter of Stitched Selves making introductions

    Our first Stitched Self with a baby on board

    Box One is almost full and still two post bags to go

    A bit of carpet lounging as the tagging continues

    A few Stitched Selves are caught up in a terrifying incident with one of the Tiny Perching Pigeons

    The Stitched Selves come in all shapes...

    And all sizes (We did say 15cm approx!)

    Box one is full. Will you try and keep it down in there!?

    It took two full days of opening, giggling, labelling, scribbling and packing but so far 237 Stitched Selves have been sorted.

    We even had a ‘waiting area’ where Stitched Selves that cheekily requested being placed with friends or family hung out. We are pleased to say you were all united with who you waited for if you asked. All Stitched Self couples and groups have been tied together for the journey and will stay together in the museum.

    We managed to fill two whole boxes which now stand by for the last stragglers that the postal service has eaten.

    In the meantime Gertrude picked out a few friends to crack open the cider.

    Stitched Self parrrrrrrrrty!

    Join us and over 230 Stitched Selves at London’s Science Museum this Wednesday the 30th of June for the Stitched Self Exhibit. One night, hundreds of Stitched Selves. Woo hoo! We can’t wait!

    Posted in Events, Exclusive events, Help Us Knit, Knit, Knitting News, Museums, Stitch Yourself | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments »

    Exclusive Event: Stitch Yourself at the Science Museum

    Posted by Deadly Knitshade on June 28, 2010

    Stitch London has teamed up with London’s Science Museum to create a Stitch Yourself exhibit for the re-opening of their Who Am I? gallery.

    See the Stitch Yourself exhibit for one night only in the main Energy Hall at the Science Museum Lates on 30 June 2010 from 6.45 to 10pm.

    The exhibit features over 200 entries from all over the world and it’s possibly the only time you’ll ever get to see an army of tiny stitched people take over one of London’s most shiny museums.

    You can also see Stitch London’s knitted chromosomes by Stitchettes Lauren O’Farrell and Marion Crick in the Who Am I Gallery’s permanent exhibit.

    Tell us you’re coming on Facebook or Ravelry.

    Can’t make it along on the night? Follow live Twitter tweets @stitchlondon

    Join us. Go on.

    Posted in Exclusive events, Knitting News, Museums, Stitch Yourself | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

    Stitch Yourself for the Science Museum

    Posted by Deadly Knitshade on May 6, 2010

    Stitch London are teaming up with London’s shiny Science Museum to bring you possibly the greatest knitting + science experiment the world has ever witnessed: the Stitch Yourself project.

    We’re inviting you to to contribute a tiny Stitched Self and take part in scientific stitching history.

    Your Stitching + Creativity = A Stitched Self

    All you need to do is knit, crochet or sew a tiny version of you. Then just send it in to us.

    Every Stitched Self sent in will be part of an exhibit for the London’s Science Museum‘s re-opening of their Who Am I? gallery in June 2010.

    You can send in your contributions from anywhere in the world. Every one will be blogged here for the online world to see too.

    We’ve spent hours in the dank shadows of the Stitch London lab conducting all manner of crafty stitching experiments to produce three ‘blank body’ patterns. These are the humble beginnings of your handmade ‘Stitched Self’.

    For all the information on the project, free patterns for each Stitched Self and an address to send them to please visit the Stitch London website

    The deadline for submissions is 26th June so get stitching yourself. Quick! Quick!

    Posted in Events, Exclusive events, Free Knitting Pattern, Help Us Knit, London Knitting, Patterns, Stitch Yourself | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

     
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