Stitch London Group
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. It now exists in spirit and social media only.
Stitch London did many things for free:
- Free Stitch Up meetings in Central London every single week
- Free Stitch London newsletters with patterns, competitions, news
- Free events at some of London’s most memorable places (past venues include the bone-filled Natural History Museum, the shiny Science Museum, Prince Charles’ Garden Party and a night with Nintendo)
- Free exhibitions our members can take part it
- Free Stitch Crawls every year on Worldwide Knit in Public Day
- Free knitting lessons monthly at Stitch Up meetings
- Free commission knitter list membership with our Stitch Squadron
- Free gin-soaked advice from our woolly Agony Aunt Gertrude Woolsworthy
- Free cake*
Stitch London was founded by me and two friends (who went off to live their lives while Stitch was just a ‘Stitch and Bitch’ group), as my cancer-battling distraction.
In October 2009 Stitch London membership tipped the 5000 mark. It came down to choice, my job or the group. No contest. I left my job and plunged into wrangling the woolly Godzilla full time.
At its close Stitch London has over 12 000 members in over 50 countries globally. We were multicraft and welcoming to everyone no matter who you were; a friendly but feisty bunch. We never turned a new stitcher away. We never stopped offering everything for free.
Despite how it may have seemed Stitch London is run by just little old me, a giant ball of yarn called Gertrude Woolsworthy (and her handy rage counsellor) who serves as our agony aunt, and about 50 voluntary teachers, our lovely Stitch Sages. I organised events, wrote, designed and edited the newsletter, website and blog, and ran all our social media. There are rumours that I never slept but I loved it while it lasted.
*I lied about the cake.