January 2015 update

Stitch In Time
 ran monthy for about 4 years, first at Kingston Environment Centre in its previous premises, then at Kingston College for a few months in 2013, and finally at Kingston Welcare on Canbury Park Road, for just over a year. Towards the end of 2014 it became clear that demand for our sociable sewing sessions had become very small, and so we cancelled further workshops. We think that, with several other local sewing groups starting up in the time since we began (see below for a couple)  and many excellent "How to..." videos on YouTube, there may no longer be a need for our services.

If anyone reading this would like to try something similar, perhaps at a different time or place or with a different emphasis (ours was always on sharing skills and making do and mending), do please contact Marilyn to see if we can help in any way or hand on some of our kit.  There are fortnightly "Stitch and Chat" sessions at Kingston Environment Centre  - anyone who would like to join can email pat@ecotrade.demon.co.uk.+ weekly Make Do and Mend sewing and craft sessions at Ham Library on Tuesday mornings, 10.00-12.00. perhaps because in the time we

Transition Town Kingston's sociable sewing sessions were an opportunity to share skills and repair or upcycle clothes in need of a little TLC. Anyone (young or old, expert or novice, male or female) who wanted free advice or help with a sewing problem, or could offer advice, or wanted to improve their sewing skills and learn new ways of doing things, was welcome. Assistance and conversation was provided, and refreshments were available.

We occasionally took our workshops out on request - to Refugee Action Kingston's English class, community events, John Lewis...


At every Stitch In Time session you are welcome to bring along a sewing problem or project, ask for advice or help with it, and work on it for the whole session if you like. Bring scissors and other useful bits and pieces (e g matching thread) if you can. Thanks to Freegle, Des Kay and other donors, Stitch in Time owns several sewing machines which we are learning our way around, and you are welcome to use these. We have cleaned, repaired and serviced some of our sewing machines, thanks to a small grant from Kingston Council in 2012.

We won't do your repairs or alterations for you, just show you how, including useful short-cuts we have picked up, and encourage you to have a go yourself! We enjoy sharing our know-how, and we hate waste - so we hope to encourage everyone who comes along to re-use, repair, renovate and upcycle clothes and other textiles, keeping them out of the waste system and saving money at the same time. Additionally at some sessions, there will be someone sharing a skill or leading on a particular project, with lots of information on tools and materials as we go, and the opportunity to help plan future workshops: what skills would you like to learn or share? More creative possibilities include knitting, crochet, patching, making a rag-rug...

We are very grateful to to Kingston Environment Centre for providing us with a good home for a couple of years. We couldn't have started without them, but in January 2013 when the the Environment Centre closed for redevelopment, we moved out - and from October 2013 our monthly workshops will be on first Tuesday mornings at Kingston Welcare, Canbury Park Road (see Upcoming Events for details).

The Environment Centre will be running an alternative "Stitch and Chat" workshop at their new base by the Fountain Roundabout, New Malden, starting 25th September 2013, on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, 7.00pm - 9.00pm. Bring along knitting or sewing you are working on, start a new project, get ideas from other people, recycle and reuse materials, and talk about green issues.

Coming Up

Spring and summer sessions usually include tips on "spring cleaning your wardrobe" - refreshing and repairing and altering old clothes to make them wearable again. Winter sessions tend to focus on keeping warm. Likely projects include: making presents and reusable cloth bags to put them in (and learning to decorate them with embroidery and applique); learning how to line curtains with insulating lining, keeping out the cold, draft excluders... Other possibles, depending on demand: getting the best out of sewing machines, knitting, patchwork, making lavender bags, reviving old clothes, either your own or something from a charity shop...

Later in the Year

More making do and mending, and your requests...

Please note: that the organisers and tutors are not experts, and that everyone who comes along voluntarily is responsible for their own possessions and their own health and safety.

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