Start Garden Party: Sheep, Plastic Bag Bugs, recycling and celebrities
Posted by Deadly Knitshade on September 23, 2010
Stitch London teamed up with From Somewhere and the NOI* Collective to take part in Prince Charles’ Start Garden Party to Make a Difference. There were stitched sheep, plastic bag bugs, celebrity sheep stealing and a ton of good stuff to learn about saving the planet and making a difference.
For those of you who missed it here’s what happened when Stitch London went knitting by Royal appointment.
Workshop One: Stitch a Square Sheep
First thing was first. Dressing two mannequins in John Smedley‘s kindly donated scraps and some familiar knitted beasts from Stitch London history.
At last Stitch London were ready for the sheep stitching throngs. But before they arrived celebrity spotting got the best of us.
Brian Blessed joined us to admire the stitched sheep. He regaled us with shouty tales of his grandmother teaching him how to knit, knitting on stage with Peter O’Toole and mountain-climbing madness. He also pinched one of our stitched sheep. Yay!
And now for a little light sheep stitching.
And a few happy sheep stitchers wearing their sheep with pride.
All sheep not taken home were sold to raise money for The Red Cross. Bleating brilliant.
Workshop Two: Plastic Bag Blanket and Bugs
Our second workshop began with a giant stitched squid attack on our mannequins.
Then the plarn was prepared and it was time to get our plastic knit on.
A little look around
Huge thanks to the NOI* Collective for inviting us, John Smedley knitwear for sponsoring our workshops, and the Stitch Sages who brought their woolly wisdom to the event: Clare Tovey, Clare Storry, Amy Shannon, Ellen Lindner, Gary Northfield, Jenny Willett and Brigitte Onyskiw.