Sunday, 17 January 2010

Secret Sewing Club Workshop.



This post was and really still is all about Valentines day, and creating a funny hand made gift for someone special.
But this last week Nora's crafty thoughts have been hijacked by the mind numbingly awful news coming from Haiti.
How can we living our comfortable lives here in safe old England make a difference in a situation so catastrophic?
So I have decided to change the emphasis of my next Secret Sewing Club workshop.
It is now all about
Something Nora and I are very keen on.
Please read and mentally digest the following, pass on the word, and get involved.


The Earl Ferrers Stitch and Bitch have invited Flaming Nora's
Secret Sewing Club
to host a valentine's sock monkey workshop.

Tuesday 9 Th February.
At the Earl Ferrers Pub, 21 Ellora Rd, Streatham, London, SW16

Cost £8
All materials provided.

Come along and meet new people, have fun and learn something new.
All this and you will be performing a selfless act at the same time.

Sock monkeys are the perfect project for both beginners and more advanced sewers.
They make wonderful friends and love to hug.
All this and more from a pair of socks!

All profit raised from the workshop will be going to the British Red Cross Haiti appeal.
I will only be recovering the cost of providing materials for the workshop,
every thing else goes to the greater good of humanity!
So the more people who come along, the more we will be able to donate.

The cost for the workshop is slightly higher that I originally advertised, but I'm sure you understand why.

Monday, 4 January 2010


Saturday 5th December saw Nora suited and booted at some ungodly hour maniacally preparing for the latest Secret Sewing Club event.
During the day 26 children attended the christmas sewing workshop.
The results were amazing.
Each child could choose from a star, heart, christmas tree or stocking,
and then decorate it with a variety of special goodies from Nora's own haberdashery cupboard.
Once the fronts and backs were sewn together, stuffing and a decorative tie added each child had a work o beauty and a joy to be beholden to hang on the tree.
It is fascinating to watch children work in a creative way, seeing which ones are rule breakers and which ones follow the guidelines to the letter.
Thankfully with a little encouragement and prodding in the right direction they all broke the rules a little.
Although the workshops are for age 6 and above, I do allow younger ones to come so long as they are accompanied by an adult.
Though many of the parents opt to stay and join in the fun too.

Decorations by Eartha 7, Edan 6, Leon 5, Marianna 6, Florence 6, Samuel 6.

I love the precision Ertha brought to her Heart and the colours Leon used in his star. All the children's work is wonderful but these two are unusual in the way they could both visualize the overall effect of the decoration they were using before embarking on the project.
Most of the younger children like to grab the nearest shiny thing and add it to all the other shiny things already crammed on to their decoration.

Freya 5, Emilie 7, Felix 7, Toby 8, Sophie 6, Olivia 6.

The best bit of this class was watching Sophie and Olivia being typical little girls and having to do exactly the same thing on their stockings, and getting a little upset if the other got too far ahead, or they couldn't find exactly the same beads as each other.

Mia 6, Ella 6, Isabella 6, Phoebe 6, Lily 7, Esme 4.

Every time I run these workshops there is one really larey class, it is not that the children misbehave, it is just that a chemistry occurs between that particular mix of personalities, this is always the class that giggles the most, it is always the class that produces the most varied and random pieces of work, it is always the class that will not stop asking questions, and it is always the class I enjoy the most!

Kia 9, India 7, Max 6, Connie 5, Alice 3, Claudia 6.

Alice was the star of this class for me. she was a last minute addition as some one dropped out. I was not sure about having a 3 yr. old in the class, but she proved me wrong. She showed such determination trying to master a new and quite complicated skill on her own refusing any help from her mother. I also had two quite accomplished young seamstresses in this class, Kia and India managed to make two decorations each and it was great to see the calm enjoyment they both gained from creating something beautiful.

So after 4 workshops run more or less back to back Nora retired to the sofa with a box of chocolates and a large gin and tonic to enjoy the few moments of peace before her munchkins returned from their day out with Grandma.