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Posts Tagged ‘teach’

New Year Newbies Stitch Up 2012 and Stitch London’s 6th Birthday

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on December 29, 2011

It’s official. 2012 will be the year of the Stitch! This year Stitch London plans to cram as much stitching in as possible and we’re starting as we mean to go on with our fantabulous GIANT NEW YEAR NEWBIES STITCH UP!

3rd January 2012
Time: From 6pm
Venue: The Royal Festival Hall
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road

Map Website Nearest Tube: Waterloo, Embankment

Every year we gather as many stitchers as we can at our second home, London’s Royal Festival Hall, to get our public stitch on in style. Each year we see around 200 proud crafty people gather.

Stitch London Stitch Up's can sometimes be seen from space

Celebrate Stitch London’s 6th Birthday!

This year we’re turning 6 years old! To celebrate we’ll have some spot prizes which will be given out randomly throughout the evening. Woo hoo!

Pass on the Knitting Love

STITCH LONDON NEEDS YOU! For our New Year Stitch Up we invite anyone new to knitting or new to the group to come along. We offer free lessons in knitting basics for learners, which is where is splendiferous Stitch Sages come in. If you know how to knit and think you know enough to pass it on (it’s really very easy), then please join our Stitch Sage team. You only need to teach for about half an hour and then keep an eye on your learner’s in case they get a bit lost while they practice.

We really really need new Stitch Sages to pass on the woolly love, so if you want to volunteer in the New Year please drop us an email at with the subject “I want to help wrangle the woolly Godzilla”.

It’s easy to teach. It gives you that warm fuzzy feeling. It’s a fabulous way to begin the new year. Create a brand new knitter! You can read some of our inspiring Stitch Sage stories here.

Find out more about teaching as a Stitch Sage here

Learn How to Knit

Fancy learning to get your knit on? The New Year Stitch Up is your chance to learn to knit for free!

You can bring your own yarn and needles, but Stitch London will be offering Whodunnknit How to Knit Kits in three flavours Sheep ‘n’ Aliens, Floating Flutterguys and Stitched Squid (each perfect for beginners), as well as Whodunnknit Stitched Self Mini Me Knitting Kits for those who know how to knit already.

The Whodunnknit Knitting kit includes:

  • An exclusive Stitch London skyline drawstring bag to keep your projects in
  • A set of bamboo knitting needles
  • A set of 4 Stitch London knitting badges
  • 2x 25g balls of brightly coloured yarn
  • A ultra-cute pair of ‘snips’ scissors
  • A tapestry needle for weaving in your ends
  • An 8-page Stitch London How to Knit booklet
  • Everything you need to make the Whodunnknit pattern of your choice (choose from Sheep and Martians, Floating Flutterguys, a Finger-fighting Stitched Squid or a Stitched Self Mini Me) along with the Whodunnknit knitting pattern

How do I order a Whodunnknit knitting kit?

Drop us an email at and let us know how many kits you would like and which pattern you would like with it. Each kit costs £14.

Want to learn crochet instead?

The lovely Tofty Makes will be offering How to Crochet Kits with full instructions in the fabulous full-colour booklet. See more about her How to Crochet Kits and the cute amigurmi creature you can make over at Tofty Makes.

Drop us an email at and let us know how many crochet kits you would like and we’ll pass it on to Tofty Makes. Each kit costs £14. See more about the contents here.

Crochet Kits from Tofty Makes

Can anyone come along to the Stitch Up?

Anyone and everyone is welcome. We’re multi-craft, multi-cultural and we love craft as much as you do. All you need to do is turn up, pull up a chair and start stitching. If you crochet, cross stitch, spin, embroider or do any other kind of craft you’re more than welcome to join us.

For those who wish to learn to knit you need to sign up when you arrive (look for the New Stitcher Sign Up Sheet) from 6pm. Teaching will begin at 6.30 once most of our Stitch Sages have arrived.

What does it cost?

It’s all totally free! Woo hoo!

Join us on the night! If you can’t make it you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook, where we’ll be posting pictures on the night.

See you there and Happy New Year!


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Become an Stitch London Stitch Sage: pass it on

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on February 26, 2010

Knitting folk. The time has come when you’re pretty savvy with your stitching. Fancy passing it on but not sure if you can? Become a Stitch London Stitch Sage and see if you have what it takes to spread the love of the knit. We’re betting you do.

Firstly we’d like to say it’s a fabulous thing you are doing passing on your knitting knowledge. We’ve been doing it for years now and can promise you it’s a very fulfilling way of giving back the warm fuzzy feeling that knitting has given you.

What do I get in return? Stitch Sages are volunteers but you do get some rather fabulous things in return.

  • Invites to teach at some of London’s most amazing events (we’ve taught at The Natural History Musuem, Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen and the kooky and spooky Hunterian).
  • A warm fuzzy feeling of passing on the love of the knit.
  • A shiny exclusive Stitch Sage badge.
  • Special advance notice of special events, knitting commissions and paid teaching events.

There are a few things you need to know before you can help us teach and become an Stitch London Stitch Sage:

  • Stitch London teach learners basic knit and purl to begin with so you must know both stitches well enough to pass on the technique.
  • You must teach each stage of beginning to knit from the slip knot to casting on (usually with the two-needle method but we’re open to other easy techniques) to casting off (if they get that far). You may also want to explain about how you hold your yarn, how to read yarn labels (for which yarn goes best with which needles) and to keep all stitches on the bottom and yarn at the front to avoid that extra magic stitch at the start of a row (a very common problem).
  • We usually teach the English method of knitting (as it helps us go on to teach other techniques later on). However it’s fine for people to teach continental style or any other style to those who want to learn. Just need to make sure they are aware it is a bit different.
  • Feel free to teach other techniques or offer pattern help but you’re under no obligation to. Simple knit and purl is fine with us.
  • The Stitchettes are always on hand if you get a bit stuck with your teaching technique so find one of us and ask if things get tangled. Don’t worry about asking for help. It’s what we’re there for.

What to do:

  1. Bring along teaching yarn and needles – As well as your own knitting we usually bring along teaching yarn and needles to show the learner what to do by knitting along with them. We can provide these if you don’t have any (just remember to give them back at the end of the evening). It might be better for you to bring your own yarn and needles to knit along as you’ll be most comfortable with them.
  2. Introduce yourself to a Stitchette – When you arrive at the meeting come and find a Stitchette. If you don’t recognise us just ask. We’ll be fairly easy to find. When we have someone who wants to learn I’ll come and find you and pair you up with your student (or students if you feel you can teach more than one, but this shouldn’t be necessary as we have loads of teachers).
  3. Arrive on time if possible – Teaching will begin from 6.30 so make sure you’re there in time to grab a drink and get settled before it all starts. No worries if you get there later. Learners turn up all evening. Just give us a shout when you arrive.
  4. Teach – Introduce yourself to your student and get teaching. Go slow, keep it simple and feel free to leave them to it when they get the hang of it.
  5. What to teach – It’s best to start them off with a simple square of about 15 stitches to begin with rather than jump into a pattern or garment. Explaining it’s better to mess up a practice square than a scarf/jumper/sock if they get itchy knitting fingers.
  6. Remember to breathe – Be patient and encouraging in the face of whininess or horror. If your learner has a mini-freak out or looks set to throw in the knitting towel a deep breath and a sip of wine often works wonders. Newbies can be a frustrated beast so have patience and remember your days of wobbly wool and dropped-stitch sorrows.
  7. If at first you don’t succeed – If things are getting rather messy you may want to ask them if they’d like to start again. It often helps as they’ll have the hang of it and will knit neater once they’ve restarted.
  8. Leave them to it – Once your learner is getting the hang of it you can leave them to it. Just be near enough to help out if they get lost again. Or at least let them know where you’ll be so they can find you. They’re usually fine once you get them going. All they need to do is practice.
  9. Feel rather pleased at what you’ve passed on – Stitch London Learner Lessons are free. You’re passing on your knitting knowledge for the love of the knit and we love you for it. Your learner will be very grateful too. We do let learners know that they are welcome to thank you with cake or drink so you might get lucky (though don’t go mugging them for goodies if they don’t offer). We’ll shout you a thank you cuppa is you’re feeling thirsty.
  10. How did it go? – If you have time please drop us an email afterwards to let us know how you fared. It’s good to know how it went and how we might be able to help Stitch Sages in future.

We’ll send out regular emails to you with teaching dates and venues. Let us know if you fancy teaching. You don’t need to do every one. Just pick the ones you fancy.

It’s a lovely thing to do and make a shiny addition to both your karma points and your CV.

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Knit for Victory Special Offer – learn to knit at the V&A

Posted by Deadly Knitshade on September 24, 2009

Fair Isle Sock, Scotland, 1969

Fair Isle Sock, Scotland, 1969

The Victoria and Albert Museum is possibly the craftiest museum London has and it’s been an S&B London favourite as long as we can remember. This autumn they’re offering a  series of ‘make do and mend’ practical courses that will help you kick the credit crunch, and get you crafting your way to Christmas.

You can learn some of those old-fashioned skills and translate them into creative designs for today, and you can start with unravelling the mysteries of knitting with guru, Trudy Healey Potter and the V&A Knit for Victory course.

Whether you have never cast on a stitch in your life or have already grasped the basics of knit one, purl one, Trudy will simplify the tricky world of tension, yarns, and patterns.

SPECIAL OFFER: The V&A are offering S&B Londoners 20% off full course price. Our exclusive price is £184 (Full price £230) Quote: Knitting offer when booking

INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS: Stitch and Bitch London members are also being exclusively offered the chance to purchase individual sessions at £35 per session. (Quote: Stitch and Bitch when booking)

The course includes all materials, a tour of Waterloo-based shop I Knit London shop, and 10% discount off shop purchases.
The course is suitable for beginners.

That’s a whole lot of knitting for your money, and how often can any of you say you learned stitching skills amongst a collection spanning 5000 years of art and craft. Certainly beats sitting at home squinting at a book.

Suitable for beginners

Knit for Victory – Knitting for Beginners

Tuesday 29 September
Tuesday 6 October
Tuesday 13 October
Tuesday 20 October
Tuesday 27 October
Tuesday 3 November 2009

Victoria and Albert Museum
Seminar Room 2
Sackler Centre
Cromwell Road

Time: 14.00-16.30

FULL COURSE of 6 sessions £184 with 20% S&B London discount (Quote ‘Knitting’ when booking)
SESSIONS £35 each (quote ‘Stitch and Bitch’ when booking)

To book call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

For full details visit

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