IF YOU ARE NEW TO TRUMPINGTON, OR NEW TO STITCHING,
THIS COULD BE THE GROUP FOR YOU
WE TAKE IT IN TURNS TO ACT AS HOST FOR ANYONE WHO COMES FOR THE FIRST TIME, SO DO COME ALONG AND GIVE US A TRY
When and Where do we meet?
We meet on Monday evenings from 6.30 to 9.00pm at Trumpington Pavilion, Paget Road CB2 9JF
We operate as a drop-in, not a formal club, so come when you can.
We have sewing machines, and a good range of fabrics and equipment for many types of stitchery and creative textiles.
We are always happy to help one another with projects, and, as well as this informal help, we organise occasional workshops when one of us shows some of the others a particular skill. We also enlist the services of professional tutors when a group of us wants to learn a new skill.
We are just coming to the end of a major public art project associated with the enlargement of the village, “Trumpington 2016 – a Stitch in Time”
Many of us enjoy knitting for charity, and often combine forces to do so on the last Monday of the month.
We suggest a donation of £3 per session towards the hire of the hall. Those who want to become members pay a subscription of £10 a year, and contribute £2 a session.
We share ideas and information on this website and on our Facebook Group
What do we do?
Encouraging – Teaching – Sharing –
Knitting – Patchwork – Embroidery -Felting -Crochet –
Altering – Creating – Mending – Designing –
and Lots more!
Our Equipment and Materials
Thanks to grants from Cambridge City Council, and donations from John Lewis and local residents, we have a selection of sewing machines and other equipment available, and a wonderful collection of materials, yarns, and haberdashery to work with.
We are also grateful to the Trumpington Residents’ Association, which manages the Trumpington Pavilion where we meet, and where we store our resources.
We use recycled materials as much as possible, and are members of Cambridge City Council Scrapstore which is an excellent local source of recycled craft supplies.
Members’ Recommendations and Useful Links
We all have our favourite shops for creative crafts, especially the ones that also run workshops and classes. Have you visited Backwash at Burwash Manor? Carol writes:
“I can honestly say that since it expanded recently, it is a real treasure trove of beautiful modern fabrics, knitting yarns and every sort of haberdashery or sewing notion you could want. I hadn’t been since she doubled in size and it is great. Alice also runs some useful workshops.”
Dilly Bradford recommends a wonderful firm selling materials You will be able buy some of the wonderful things she has made at local craft fairs
Geoff Rosenberg of Stitch Fabrics has been holding monthly fabric sales in Trumpington Village Hall for many years. He is very enthusiastic and helpful and has recently been joined by Maggie of Textile Garden haberdashery. They both sell online, but it is great to be able to see and feel before buying
Carol suggests a look at this inspiring website http://easternregiontextileforum.co.uk/ this includes forthcoming exhibitions etc. and a list of Forum members who offer workshops including Claire, a textile artist we will be engaging for some workshops.
Yong has sent us the link to a wonderful tutorial he found, showing how to make a bunny out of a garter stitch square. Great for beginners and fun for all!
Have a look for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6Kgi6ns38c
Jackie recommends: Starting to Sew
A Facebook group for sewing beginners with lots of helpful videos etc.
UK Handknitting is a great organisation. Philippa gets their newsletter, and suggests you take a look at their section on Christmas knitting for charities.
We held our first Craft Fair On Saturday May 13th at Trumpington Village Hall and were delighted that so many people came along as stallholders and customers. There was a lovely buzz in the Hall!
We had a wonderful selection of stalls which we are happy to publicise here.