Most people look forward to holidays. But, sadly, Stitch ‘n’ Time holidays are dreaded. What on earth do we do for seven weeks without our ‘rock’ to cling to.

Week 1 of the holidays:  We couldn’t resist,.  Tuesday came and there we were the ‘classroom’.  Of course, there was a good excuse . . . it was ‘TIDY UP TIME’.  A small group of our ladies gathered to do our annual sorting out of the cupboard.  We also took a bit of time to clean and maintain the sewing machines.   How many ladies does it take to clean a cupboard and maintain sewing machines I hear you ask. The answer is six.

Luckily three hours of tidying , grumbling about the state of things and then laughing our way to: 2 sacks of rubbish and the tidiest cupboard EVER, left us feeling satisfied.  We had all had our weekly fix and it left us feeling good.  

Some would say “there’s a James Brown record in there somewhere”.  But, it really HAS to be  Nina Simone: Feeling Good

Tuesday’s are so important to us that we are all looking for alternative places to meet.  I will try to keep a holiday diary to let you know what we are all getting up to.

Next week we hope to have a get together to watch the final of the Great British Sewing Bee.  If you have been following the show you will know that last week saw, Tracy leaving (our favourite to win).  Of the three finalists, I think it would be lovely to see Jade (the youngest-ever contestant on The Great British Sewing Bee) passing the post first and hopefully she will inspire a new generation of sewers.

Watch this space for Summer Updates.  Whatever will we get up to next?





Creativity is Contagious . . . Pass it on!

Sewing Makes Me HappyI always feel really happy when I am sitting at my sewing machine making something and when I have finished there is a huge sense of satisfaction.

Tuesday afternoons at Stitch ‘n’ Time are so good because everyone there experiences those same feelings.  But of course, Tuesday’s mean much more than just our chance to experience sewing.  It is sewing ‘in a group‘ that makes it so much more important.  It’s really a beautiful thing to share crafts or art in a friendly, open, loving environment with other people that feel the same way.

The key to success for any group like this is having a person leading the session who is supportive, welcoming and creates a stress-free environment.

Thank goodness for:  ‘FEELING TERRIFIC TUESDAY’S’

Inspired by the ‘Calendar Girls’

I’m sure most of you will have heard of the ‘Calendar Girls’.  Yes, that wonderfully funny film made back in 2003 starring Helen Mirren.  The most wonderful thing about it is, it’s a true story.  

It’s about a lovely lady who sadly loses her husband to leukaemia at an early age.  One of her close friends is keen to purchase a comfortable sofa for the visitors’ lounge in the hospital where he was treated.  And so she hits upon the idea of printing a calendar to raise funds.  The calendar is to feature some of the members of the Knapely branch of the Women’s Institute discreetly posing nude, while engaged in traditional WI activities, such as baking and knitting.

Calendar Girls

Well, what’s all this got to do with Stitch ‘n’ Time, you might well ask?  (grins evilly!)

It occurred to me that we could do some fundraising to try to keep our lovely group going. We have spent the last 5 months with a ‘funding axe’ hanging over our heads, and believe me it’s not pleasant.  Whale have tried very hard to help us, but maybe the time is here for us to try thinking of other fundraising ideas.  Time to ‘go the extra mile’ . . . time to ‘think outside the box’.

Ok, so that brings me back to Calendar Girls.  Those wonderful women may well have posed nude behind allotment vegetables and stacks of home-bakes, but I am not suggesting that we do that.  Trust me, they do not make bobbins big enough for me to get nude behind.

No, I thought, given we are based in an ‘Art’s Centre’ maybe a little booklet of stories, traditional recipes, poems, art etc. would be fun to put together.  Of course we can do our traditional sales of goods to raise money, but we are not just a sewing group.  Our ladies have so many talents and are so wonderful.  

I would love to hear what you all think.  Is this a good idea?  Do you have even better ideas for fund raising?  Please let me know your thoughts.

With all this enthusiasm I thought I would get the ball rolling with a little poem.


Sewing’s not a hobby,

it takes up too much time.

It’s more a way of life for me,

something I do that’s mine.


I make things for the house and friends,

I always try my best.

And when I need some new ideas,

I scour Pinterest.


Oh, Pinterest is wonderful,

it really does inspire.

A fabric covered footstool,

made from an old car tyre!


If you can cover it with fabric,

I’ll have had a go of that.

One day it took me half an hour,

to find I’d covered up the cat!


But that is not the worst of it,

there’s the time I couldn’t find my mum.

I’d covered her in Harris Tweed,

all except one part, her . . . . THUMB!


So, sewing really is my life,

there’s no time for other things,

I wake up each day excited to find,

the joy that sewing brings.

~ JD