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Stitch London – Casting Off

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on June 1, 2017


Stitch London was a radioactive woolly Godzilla of a craft group – stitching, knitting and crafting all over London from 2005-2013. It was rather lovely.

yarnzillaThe group now exists in spirit and social media only. It was the beginning of many many friendships, much money raised for great causes, a whole load of weirdness and loads of great memories.

Lauren ‘Deadly Knitshade’ O’Farrell founded and ran Stitch London (with some help from amazing volunteers both Stitchette organisers and Stitch Sage teachers) as a voluntary thing over the course of 8 wondrous woolly years.

What began with three people with a grand idea became the biggest knitting group in the UK with over 12 500 members in 52 countries worldwide.

To see the story of how Stitch London came to be hop over to Whodunnknit.

Thanks for taking part if you did. If you missed out, we encourage you to take your craft and go share it with like-minded people.

Stitchers are everywhere. Share the handmade love and help the world submit to the knit!

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See more woolly work from Stitch London’s founder – Deadly Knitshade


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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.

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Knit Nation 2011 thunders into London once more

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on July 14, 2011

If you knit or spin chances are you’ll already be counting the hours until Knit Nation 2011 kicks off. If you have no idea what Knit Nation is then where on earth have you been?

Knit Nation is a “knitting and spinning extravaganza” taking place from July 15-17th at Imperial College London’s South Kensington Campus (with a special Marketplace Preview tomorrow from 5pm). There will be classes galore and there are still some places for workshops. Check out the list of teachers whose knowledge you can squish into your brain:

Cookie A
Lene Alve
Susan Crawford
Elise Duvekot
Carol Feller
Franklin Habit
Marjan Hammink
Anne Hanson
Susanna Hansson
Carol & Pete Leonard
Clara Parkes
Judith Mackenzie
Merike Saarniit
Julie Weisenberger

There marketplace has many of Stitch London’s fibre-flogging pals too: Anova Books, Artisan Yarns, Atomic Knitting, Blacker Designs & Yarns, Brownberry Yarns, Cocoknits, Debonnaire, Easyknits, GMC Publishing, Great British Yarns, Habu Textiles, Jeanette Sloan, John Arbon Textiles, Juno Fibre Arts, Knitting Magazine, Krafty Koala, Loop Knitting, NicsKnots, Nimu, Old Maiden Aunt, Purl Alpaca Designs, Renaissance Dyeing, Skein Queen, Sparkleduck, StitchMastery Knitting Software, Susan Crawford Vintage, Sweet Clement, Tall Yarns’n’Tales, Toft Alpaca Shop, The Bothered Owl, The Little Knitting Company, The Natural Dye Studio, The Yarn Yard, Tilly Flop Designs, Twisted Angle, Well Manor Farm, Woolly Wormhead, Yarn Box and Ysolda.

And if that isn’t enough there’s a Knit-Tea Salon, a film screening and a wild and woolly Charity Bingo Party on Saturday night to raise funds for Refuge.

Our friends at p/hop will be there too raising money for MSF with their fabulous patterns.

That’s a whole lot of woolly wonder in one place. Hurrah!

For more info and to book tickets check out the Knit Nation website

See you there, Stitch Londoners!


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Join us on the annual STITCH CRAWL 2011

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on May 23, 2011

STOMP! STOMP! STOMP! The Stitch London Stitch Crawl is stomping across London this summer for Worldwide Knit in Public Day (and International Yarnbombing Day) and you’re all invited.

11 June 2011 – 12pm to 6.30pm

GLOBAL: Knit a Floating Flutterguy with our FREE PATTERN and release him in your city
• LOCAL: Join the Stitch London Stitch Crawl 2011 in four of London’s lovely spaces and stitch in the great outdoors
LOCAL: Enter the Stitch Crawl Really Rather Marvellous Raffle to win fabulous prizes and raise money for Evelina Children’s Hospital London

Worldwide Knit in Public Day comes but once a year and this year it’s the 11th of June. The Stitch London Stitch Crawl rises from the depths of the Thames to stomp across the city once more.

What on earth is a Stitch Crawl? The Stitch Crawl (previously the Knit Crawl but we’re going multi-craft – crochet, sewing, crossstitch. All are welcome) is a day when you and your crafting proudly go out into the city and show yourself off. There’s sunshine, there’s cake, there’s hayfever-based sneezing, there are curious passers by, there’s graffiti knitting, and there are some of London’s loveliest sites. You can see last year’s Knit Crawl here. It rocked the London’s outdoor areas.

Want to know more? Hop over the Stitch London’s shiny website to see venues, prizes and to find answers to all your questions.

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John Smedley Yarnstorm: sneak peek Day One

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on October 5, 2010

Stitch London and Knit the City‘s sneaky stitchers are teaming up to bring the yarnstorm to one of Britain’s oldest knitwear companies, John Smedley.

The big event takes place on October 11 but here’s a little sneak peek to keep you in the woolly loop.

Sneak peek one is from The Fastener who wanders through the Victorian era with her wool.

The height of Victorian fashion, donchyaknow

In the 1820s John Smedley installed the first knitting frames in a factory environment to knit underwear.

The company prospered in the Victorian era, in the heartland of the industrial revolution. It was one of the first factories,as they are known today and this era sees major further developments from Water wheel to electricity.

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Stitch London meet the folks at John Smedley

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on October 5, 2010

Back in the summer Stitch London were contacted by a giant in knitting history, the good folks at John Smedley. John Smedley are one of Britain’s oldest knitwear companies, established 225 years ago in 1784. That is some serious time knitting.

John Smedley invited the Stitch London Stitchettes up to Matlock in lovely Derbyshire to see where the knitwear action happens and learn a little about the Smedley Family.

Fancy coming with us on the factory tour?

The historic John Smedley factory in the heart of lovely green Matlock

We arrive at the John Smedley factory in the magic Smedley bus

First stop was a room full of the finished product. Much squealing and ooing and ahhing ensued.

Colourful knits

Stripey knits

Stripey knits

Knitwear love

Before they become knits: cotton and fleece

Then onto the factory and a some lessons in knitwear history. We were shown around by our tour guide John (not the Smedley John but another one) who had become a tour guide after working in the factory for over 30 years. He knew everything there was to know (and he let us snaffle a few lovely yarny scraps too).

Learning a little Smedley history

A talented tattooed lady works the spinning machine

Working away on the factory floor

One is impressed by your knitwear

Dye another day (sorry)

The fabric is put through its paces with loads and loads of washes


Fluffy fleece and friends

The Fibre Flinger attempts to comb The Bluestocking Stitcher

Column of collars

HUGE knitting machines

A stash so big it needs stairs

Fabric patiently waiting to become clothes

A pair of long johns are born. (Not someone being sucked into the knitting machine)

Whole lotta blocking stuff

Whole lotta blocking stuff


Then off to the room where all the finishing is done. The people working there were doing wonders of stitching. Amazing stuff.

Some very savvy stitchers

A little bit of chopping

A rather funky finishing machine

Checking for imperfections on a handy pair of light-up legs

That last little label

The tour ends. Red yarn for all! Yay!

Off home to ponder how to turn what we've seen into something sneaky...

This was all in preparation for a very special project where graffiti knitting will meet traditional knitwear, as Stitch London and their sneaky stitching friends at Knit the City yarnstorm John Smedley’s Brook Street store in central London.

You’re all invited to come along and see the yarnstorm. You can even join us at the launch on October 11.

See our website for full details of the big event

The entire piece will be made of John Smedley’s yarn and scraps left over from their clothes making.

This is going to be fun…

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Exclusive Stitch London patterns to kick the c**p out of cancer

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on September 6, 2010

Cancer is utterly rubbish. It is a fiendish foe that deserves jabbing with our DPNs until it gives up and goes away. Fancy helping us vanquish cancer by supporting those fine folks fighting it and treating yourself to one of three fabulous knitting patterns?

Team Raging Wool are a six-person team of knitters (and those sympathetic to the woolly cause) whose mission is to kick the tar out of Cancer by trekking 20 miles across London in one night for Maggie’s Centre Night Hike on 17 September.

To help team Raging Wool reach their target of £1200 they’re offering three patterns for which they invite you to donate and download.

Another reason to donate: Stitch London are also going to teach a ‘Stitch a Squid’ workshop at  Maggie’s Centre later in the month. Knitting is the perfect way to fill hospital time and time spent in waiting rooms, as well as being hugely therapeutic (as you all know). Help us to help them.

Pick your pattern > Donate to the fund > Get knitting

Slap My Thigh iPhone / iPod / iTouch Cosy
Cosy your technology with a bit of chic cable craft from The Fibre Flinger. Featuring ‘Gertrude Garter & Susan Stocking stitch cable’.

Candy Scarf
Simple but sweet pattern works by changing between two yarns leaving loops throughout. Looks more complicated than it is, which is fabulous for impressing admirers when you’ve had an easy knit.

Stitched Self Blank Body
The Knitted Stitched Self pattern in shiny new updated Whodunnknit form, with more ‘how to’ images and more helpful hints on creating a tiny version of you in knitted form.

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Stitched Sealife: The Stitched Sealife Six plan their breakout

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on August 25, 2010

Stitch London are teaming up with London’s Natural History Museum on August 27 to bring you the Stitch a Squid event.

Six stitched specimens from the Deep Sea have escaped in the Museum. We’re getting closer to catching the whole gang. The net is tightening…

An anonymous tip-off lead us to the Natural History Museum’s Member’s Room where we had been told the fishy members of the Stitched Sealife Six had made their hideout. Sure enough there they were:

The gang's all here

The cheeky Coelecanth, the fish femme fatale Viper Fish, the overly ambitious Oarfish, the ravenous Osedax, the shiny happy Slender Snipe Eel and tiny tentacled terror that is the Stitched Squid.

"This is it, fibre-finned compadrés. Tonight we make a break for it..." The Stitched Squid rests before the big push.

Will they make it or is it back to their specimen jar cells? There’s only one way to find out.

There are also rumours the Godfather of the Deep Sea, the Giant Stitched Squid, may put in an appearance on the night. At present these rumours are unconfirmed but word of the 8-metre knitted nautical beast seem to be everywhere. Can such a creature possibly exist?

Come along to the Natural History Museum August 27 to Stitch a Squid and see the Stitched Sealife Six. If we can catch them…

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Stitched Sealife: Legend of the Tiny Stitched Squid

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on August 24, 2010

Stitch London are teaming up with London’s Natural History Museum on August 27 to bring you the Stitch a Squid event.

Six stitched specimens from the Deep Sea have escaped in the Museum. Walk softly and cast your gaze at the last escapee. Stitched Sealife Specimen number six…

The infamous Stitched Squid has yet to be explained by oceanographic scientists, as to this date not one specimen has been caught alive. This ten-legged tearaway was knit into life by your trusty Stitched Sealife correspondent, Deadly Knitshade.

You'll never catch me alive, see?

Impressing his deep sea companions with his ability to survive at any depth (including above sea level) the Stitched Squid is a little bit of a legend. In the underwater hierarchy they’ve been known to rub shoulders with some of the sea’s godfather figures and hang out at only the chicest sea parties.

Though some doubters have said that Stitched Squid don’t exist at all.

Dippy, tell the chick with the camera to make nice and leave.

Here at the Museum we caught this Stitched Squid at a sit down with Dippy the Dinosaur in the main hall but once he spied the cameras he gave us the slip.

We were forced to keep a wary distance as rumours of the arm-wrestling skills of ‘Squidius Knittius’ are often to be heard told by melancholy one-armed sailors drowning their sorrows in dockside drinking establishments.

This here is my baleen bodyguard. Say hello, Bluey.

One look into the glassy peepers of this miniscule marine cephalopod confirmed one thing. Stitched Squid do exist somewhere out there in the briny blue.

We just need to find them.

Come any closer and you'll sleep with the fishes. Capiche?

Tomorrow an anonymous tip off tells us where we’re likely to find the whole gang. Come back and check out if we manage to snap the Stitched Sealife Six together.

You can also come along to the Natural History Museum August 27 to Stitch a Squid and join in the hunt for them.

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Stitched Sealife: The Viper Fish chats up Charles Darwin

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on August 23, 2010

Stitch London are teaming up with London’s Natural History Museum on August 27 to bring you the Stitch a Squid event.

Six stitched specimens from the Deep Sea have escaped in the Museum. We’re in luck as we’ve just spied number 5…

The fierce but chatty Viper Fish has it all: huge gnashers, a hinged lower jaw and a light show on its appendages to tempt in fish who can’t help following something shiny. This toothy lady was stitched into life, glow-in-the-dark bits and all, by Stitch Londoner, The Fastener.

I feel fishy, oh so fishy...

Check out these chompers, baby

Sashaying through the shadows and the shallows anywhere from 400-2800 metres you can pretty much expect her and her teeth to turn up anywhere. In this case she turned up, rather scandalously, in the lap of a Mr Charles Robert Darwin.

So, you're Mr D? I hear this you're kind of a big deal around these parts.

She’ll try to impress you with tales of how she can bend her teeth behind her head and how she can swim two body lengths per second. Show off.

It is not advisable to allow this fishy femme fatale to talk you into anything. Beware her good looks and pearly whites. She’ll break your heart and probably steal your wallet.

Fancy a bite to eat, toots? I know a nice plaice...

If you’re quiet tomorrow we could be lucky enough to catch the last Deep Sea escapee.

You can also come along to the Natural History Museum August 27 to Stitch a Squid and join in the hunt for them.

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