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Knitting – Patchwork – Embroidery -Felting -Crochet –
Altering – Creating – Mending – Designing –
Encouraging – Teaching – Sharing –
and Lots more!

 

 NEWS FLASH
We are moving for the summer!

Our new home until October will be at

The Public Home, Addenbrooke’s Road CB2 9AS  See you there!


Weekly Meetings

We meet on Monday evenings from 6.30 to 9.00pm at The Public Home, 93 Addenbrooke’s Road, CB2 9AS

We operate as a drop-in, we are not a formal club, so come when you can.
We have sewing machines, fabrics and equipment for many types of stitchery and we help each other with our projects.

Admission is free, we ask for a donation of £3 towards the hire of the hall

 

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I go to Stitchers when I can, because there is nothing as companionable as sitting with a friendly group, doing a sewing job or getting on with a small project. Carol

It’s doing things together, isn’t it?

“It’s important to pass these crafts and skills on to others” Margaret

 

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 The Story of the Stitchers

“I came to live in Trumpington in April 2013, and over the summer I was looking for an evening class for the Autumn. I happened to speak to Vicky Hathrell in August of that year and we discussed starting a sewing group. Vicky is the City Council Community Development Officer for the area, and has many useful contacts and good ideas.
 
Just around that time a lovely lady called Sonya had been engaged to run a course called ReVamp, which I signed up to. It was a small class, running for 4 weeks in the Pavilion, and aiming to give us the skills to revamp and upcycle garments, using small pieces of donated fabric and notions. We made cushions and aprons and skirts and embellished various pieces of clothing.
 
When the course ended, several of us wanted to continue sewing together. With Vicky’s help, we managed to start a group called Stitch and Chat, which started on 5th October 2013. We had financial help from Cambridge City Council to start with, then from the TRA, then again from the City Council in the form of a grant. We also had a grant from the Trumpington Parochial Charity which we used to buy scissors and three lightweight sewing machines. John Lewis has donated fabrics from the start, as have local individuals.
 
The group developed over time, becoming Trumpington Stitchers.
 
We decided from the start to operate as a drop-in, with no requirement to join a formal club, which makes it easier for people to come whenever they can. We have sewing machines, fabrics and equipment for many types of stitchery and we help each other with our projects. We also talk quite a bit and have a cup of tea or coffee and sometimes a biscuit. We ask for a very small donation toward the cost of hiring the hall, which enables us to keep going, along with the occasional fundraising event.
Jackie

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Members’ Recommendations and Useful Links

We all have our favourite shops for creative crafts, especially the ones that also run workshops and classes. We love the Sheep Shop , for example, if you are looking for creative inspiration and groups to join. If you haven’t found it yet, you are in for a treat!

Kits can be a great way to get started. Ehrman have a tremendous range of needlepoint tapestry kits for sale. You can see one of the finished products in our Cushion Cavalcade
There is also a very useful website www.photo2stitch.co.uk which we have used to create the panel featuring the Trumpington Village Sign from original artwork by Sheila Betts.

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 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
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1647098332184571/
A facebook group for sewing beginners with lots of helpful videos etc.

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.

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