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    Stitched Science: in pictures

    Posted by Deadly Knitshade on June 30, 2011

    The woolly eagle has landed! Stitched Science at London’s Science Museum blasted off last weekend and brought a galaxy of woolly stars with it.

    There was a giant Stitched Solar System, over 250 Stitched Self handmade mini mes, over 60 Stitched Science Specimens sent in from around the globe, and eight cosmic crafty workshops areas teaching everything from Martian making to knitting planets from plastic bags.

    If you missed it here’s a glimpse at some of what went on at the Star Spangled event:

    The countdown begins. 5...4...3...2...1...

    We have Stitched Science lift off!

    When Stitched Science was dreamed up and we were shown the space there was to fill, I decided ‘space’ was certainly the word for it. The only thing to do would be to fill it with something sciencey and giant, and what’s more giant than the solar system we’re currently floating about in?

    Bringing the wild idea to life took three planet wranglers (myself, Natali O’Farrell and Gary Northfield), 25 knitters (knitting long strips to make up each planet), and the kind donations of giant balloons from Signature Balloons and most of the yarn from Coats Craft. Here are our planets…

    Our sun was over two metres wide and covered in over 8 metres of handsewn felt.

    Here comes the sun

    Tiny Mercury was wrapped in yarn to make a giant ball of wool in grey Mercury colours.

    AGH! A giant ball of yarn!

    Venus was rolled in handknitted strips and sprinkled with real poisonous gas (honest).

    Cough! Cough! The poison gas!

    Earth was fashioned from many, many plastic bags with plarn (plastic bag yarn) knitted up and shaped into the continents. The moon was handknitted too.

    Plarn-knit Earth and a balloon moon

    Handknit Mars began life with three Manic Mars Martians wandering about its woolly surface. More Martians would be added throughout the event. Things were going to get crowded…

    Whee! The planet is ours!

    Jupiter went up half-finished and it was up to our knitting jenny cord makers to complete it.

    Half-naked planet *blushes*

    Saturn was surrounded by a bare-naked ring ready to be filled up with pom poms to form its icy particles.

    Simple Saturn awaits pom pom pals

    Uranus (snicker) was conjured up on a knitting machine and then handsewn into a swirly shape.

    The rudest planet there is. Poor thing.

    Neptune was made up of some crazy handknitting and featured a white spot just like the real thing.

    Have I got a spot coming up?

    And because we didn’t want to leave him out here’s Pluto, the almost-planet. He was knit by hand in the round with a few purly rows thrown in for decoration.

    I am a planet! Dammit!

    Finished travelling the Solar System? We’ve got lots more to share!

    Over the past couple of months people have been sending in Stitched Science Specimens from all over the UK and the globe. We wanted to make sure they were treated with the proper respect they deserved so we tucked each of them safely into official Science Museum showcases for the event. There were 64 Stitched Specimens in total and they were all absolutely astoundingly brilliant. We’ll blog them in more detail later on but here’s a view of a few.

    A woolly welcome from a case of Stitched Science Specimens

    Nebula, ovum, DNA to name a few...

    Rockets, planes, paracetamol...

    We had some science celebs in too.

    The marvellous Marie Curie

    A xylophone-playing Patrick Moore (and his cat)

    A purly Professor Brian Cox with volcano crater in tow

    And a little Galileo, telescope in hand

    And there was more from the sublime to the silly…

    A hand embroidered radiotherapy mask and hot-air balloon start our second wing of Stitched Specimens

    Amazing embroidered and crocheted bacteria

    Vacanti's Earmouse! Ewwwww and yet awwwwwwww!

    A spritely Bacteriophage

    A giant handknitted plug

    Lego, DNA, a Space Invader...

    Knitting infused with scents to tingle the senses

    Artificial heart, blood cells, pencilliium...

    Astronauts, experimental peas, Sputnik and telescope...

    Aparatus for the lab, molecules, pills and cells...

    A blue-screen computer, mathematical equations...

    ...lightbulbs and star-gazers...

    and who could forget Plarchie, the handknitted squid?

    Plarchie reclines at the plarn table

    And we weren’t alone in our cosmic craft! We had crafty friends there too.

    There was some Cross Stitch skill being passed on by manbroiderer Mr X Stitch and his folks:

    Manly stitchin' abounds

    Yay! Computery cross stitch!

    There was some brainy knitting going on with the Knit a Neuron crew:

    The KAN gals

    Oooo. Brainy!

    Woolly Thoughts were wowing the crowd with their illusion knitting:

    Team Woolly Thoughts squashing maths into knits

    Sneaky stitched science

    Wizard! Ain't that young Harry Potter?!?!

    The marvellous Materialists created a technological tapestry:

    The lovely ladies of the Materialistics

    Hard at work handmaking

    and The Make Lounge went monster mad!

    Jam-packed with monster makers

    Tiny monster maker goes for the shiny things

    Aaaaaaand that wasn’t all. Your 255 Stitched Self handmade mini me were there too!

    Wheeeeeeee! Stitched Self par-tay!

    It was fun, fun and more fun. Here are a few highlights…

    A pleased pom pom maker

    Putting pom poms on the planet ring

    Plarn-knit Earth knitters getting to grips with their needles

    Adding plarn to the planet

    Martian-making stitching sisters

    Releasing the Mars Martians

    Plarchie meeting the plug: fried calamari for all!

    And we met some of the makers too.

    Knitted Nebula maker, Lisa Bentman

    Lego-stitcher extraodinaire, Linda Laidlaw

    Partick Moore purler, Clare Tovey

    Plant Cell stitcher, Becky Button

    Stitched Self makers Gary, Thomas and Susannah Northfield

    Stitched Self maker, Katie 'Hoxton Handmade' of Electric Sheep podcast fame

    When it was all over our Solar System was mostly stitched, the Martians had totally taken over Mars and a cosmic crafty time had been had by all. Phew!

    Martian-arama!

    Stitched Science. Ta dah!

    If you missed out there are more pics over at Stitch London’s Stitched Science set.

    Even more pics over at Stitch London’s Stitch Up.

    And we’ll be blogging each of the Stitched Specimen’s close up and in detail very soon.

    Plus you can purchase the Manic Mars Martian knitting pattern for a bargain price over at Whodunnknit. All profits go towards keeping Stitch London running free events like this one. Yay!

    Thanks to everyone who came along and made Stitched Science so spectacular.

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    Team Stitch London (Lauren and Natali) would like to thank all the people who helped put Stitched Science together:

    Huge thanks to: Sue, Caroline and Katrina from the Science Museum for allowing us to run riot with our yarn.

    More huge thanks to:  Gary, Emma, Sarah and Jenny for Planet Wrangling and heavy-lifting above the call of duty.

    More huge thanks to our Stitch Sage Stars: Maria, Monique, Frederica, Madelaine, Lisa, Stephanie, Linda, Genevieve, Honey-Lee, Lucy, Amy, Kate, Brigitte, Miriam, Anna, Virginia, Clare, Beryl, Amy, Suzanne, Nicola, Emma and Mary.

    Even more huge thanks to our Planet Knitters: Clare Tovey, Ellen Lindner, Linda Laidlaw, Suzanne Strachan, Emmy Harrup, Penny Gregory, Ann-Marie Thondrayen, Amy Shannon, Jaqui Lund, Alex Lawson, Abby Pond, Beryl Scott, Maria-Jesus Rojo, Frances Lee, Sarah Kerry, Madelaine Emberton, Nicola Cockett, Lina, Janet Baker, Sandra Ong, Karen Laidlaw, Rite Hoyle (4 rows), Jenny Willett, Emma Walker and Brigitte Onyskiw.

    A tad more thanks to: Thomas B. Ramsden for bargain emergency extra yarn and tinsel planet gas.

    Posted in Events, Exclusive events, Knitting News, London Knitting, Meetings, Museums, Patterns, Stitched Science, Workshops | 4 Comments »

    Stitched Science prepares to blast off!

    Posted by Deadly Knitshade on June 22, 2011

    The countdown has begun. Stitch London and the Science Museum‘s cosmic crafting event, Stitched Science, touches down this weekend and it’s going to be astronomical.

    Join us on 25 and 26 June 2011 from 10pm to 6pm for a scientific stitching event you can see from space, featuring:

    • the world’s largest Stitched Solar System (which you can help make)

    • over 50 Stitched Specimens from all over the world (including knitted squid celebrity ‘Plarchie‘ the 8-metre squid)

    • a galaxy of free crafty workshops with some of the UK’s finest craft teams

    and

    • 255 of your Stitched Selves from last year’s Stitch Yourself event

    For full info see the Stitch London website

    Can’t make it? You can join us on the net and see it all it all over at Stitch London’s Stitch Up (where we’ve been posting every Stitched Specimen that comes in), or follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

     

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    sponsor the Stitched Science event by providing materials for the Solar System and some workshops

     

    Posted in Events, Exclusive events, Help Us Knit, Help us teach, Knitting News, Meetings, Museums, Stitched Science, Workshops | 2 Comments »

    Stitched Science: send your Stitched Science Specimens

    Posted by Deadly Knitshade on April 14, 2011

    Fancy knitting a neuron? Crocheting a comet? Sewing Stephenson’s Rocket? Cross-stitching a chromosome?

    Last year you showed us that stitching was so much more than scarves and socks when you sent in your crafty clones to Stitch Yourself for the Science Museum.

    This year you’ve been invited back for a global stitching event. Stitch London have teamed up with the Science Museum once more and we want you to bring a whole spectrum of Stitched Science Specimens with you.

    What can I make? What do you want to make? If you’re passionate about something sciencey and think you can stitch it then we want to help you show it off. There are million billion things you could stitch from medical instruments and body bits (syringes? skulls?), to stars and planets (comets? black holes?), to famous inventions (telephones? bicycles?), to new technology (iPhones? cameras?), to diseases and bacteria, to pills and potions, to mathematical equations, to famous scientists (Einstein? Marie Curie?)

    Crochet_rocketFor ideas:

    DNA_illusion_scarfStill not sure? Be inspired by the science stitchers that have gone before you:
    Nerve roots from Cedarstuff
    Seriously sciencey stitching from Genetiknits
    Knitted Higgs Bosun, Cosmic Radiation Scarf, and DNA Illusion Scarf (pictured left) from Slipped Stitch.
    Periodic Table Quilt by Alyse Anderson
    The mad-scientist stitching of Voraciousbrain showcased at Mr X Stitch
    Crochet Space Shuttle from Ms Premise-Conclusion
    Stitch Yourself’s 255 ‘stitched selves’ by you

    When is the deadline? Your Stitched Specimen must arrive before or on June 17 2011

    What else do I need to include? Your Stitched Specimen should include:

    1. Information about what you have made
    2. Any web links
    3. Your name, where you are from and your email address
    4. A return address and return postage if you want it sent back. It’s up to you to provide packaging and postage for anything you want returned.

     

    Where do I send it? Send your Stitched Specimens to Stitch London’s home at The Fleece Station:Stitched_selves

    Stitch London at The Fleece Station
    Courtyard Studio (First floor)
    The Old Police Station
    114-116 Amersham Vale
    London

    SE14 6LG

    Return of the Stitched Selves! And if that wasn’t enough for you we’re also going to bring back your Stitched Selves for the whole weekend. Come and meet your mini me once more!

    It’s one small Stitched Specimen for science, one giant Science Museum spectacular

    1.  Your item and copyright of the pattern you use will remain with you and you’ll get full credit for it. We’re just borrowing it to display.
    2.  Stitch London and the Science Museum will not charge an entry or admin fee to be a part of this event. It’s free!
    3.  Items will be available to collect after the event. If you’re posting the item from afar and want it returned you’ll have to include postage to return it to you. We’re happy to keep stuff too. It’ll have a good home.
    4.  Responsibility for getting your submission to us is all yours. We can’t be held responsible if post gremlins eat it. Sorry. Please make sure you get the item tracked if it’s precious.
    5.  By sending in your item you agree to allow Stitch London and the Science Museum to use images of your item for press and marketing linked with the event. It won’t be used for anything other than that without asking your permission. Please make sure we have your contact details.

    Other ways you can help

    Badges for Bags
    Stitched Science Stars

    Plarn

    We need your plastic bags. Part of our Stitched Solar System will be an enormous Plarn-knit Earth made entirely from plastic bag yarn.
    We need blue and green carrier bags to make a plarn planet. Bring them along to Stitch London or post them to the address above (anchor).

    For every 12 plastic bags you send us, we’ll send you a shiny Stitch London badge of your choice.
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    Help us teach in the hallowed halls of one of London’s most famous museums. Volunteer to teach at one of our one-hour workshops and become a Stitched Science Star.
    If you’re already a Stitch Sage you’re first in line for volunteering and will get an email soon.
    If you’re not and you want to give your time to pass on stitching skills somewhere amazing then join the Stitch Sage team.
    Teaching is easy peasy, makes you feel warm and fuzzy and is tons of fun. Join us!

    Posted in Charity Knits, Competitions, Designing, Events, Exclusive events, Help Us Knit, Help us teach, Knitting News, Museums, Stitched Science | 9 Comments »

     
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