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  • 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.

    Dressing dummies with the Stitch Sages


    Snazzy Smedley scraps and a few mice

    Fashion Week eat your heart out

    A word from our sponsors

    Stitch a Sheep corner

    At last Stitch London were ready for the sheep stitching throngs. But before they arrived celebrity spotting got the best of us.

    Attempting to look 'so macho' with Sinitta

    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.


    Snickering while stitching sheep

    Our tiniest sheep stitcher

    The herd grows and grows

    And a few happy sheep stitchers wearing their sheep with pride.


    White sheep winner

    Baaaaavellous brooches

    Purple pride

    The final handmade herd

    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.

    Watch out! There's a giant Stitched Squid behind you!

    The Stitched Squid finds a friend

    Tentacled tenderness

    Then the plarn was prepared and it was time to get our plastic knit on.


    Passing on the plarn love

    We kept an eye on his royal squidness just in case

    Plastic bag bug success

    A plarn Square Sheep! Our workshops combine!

    A little look around

    Giant paint buckets and waving washing lines

    A hubcap flying fish

    Here's looking at ewe, kid

    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.

    2 Responses to “Start Garden Party: Sheep, Plastic Bag Bugs, recycling and celebrities”

    1. pip said

      fabulous photos :)

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