Monday, 14 April 2014

On this week at Stitched Up HQ ( 14th - 20th April )



WEDS 16th:

WORKSHOP // Monster Making!
For kids age 6+
9am - 12
£14 per child, with a glass of juice and a biscuit

WORKSHOP // Learn to crochet blanket squares
7pm - 9pm
£25
Get started with crochet - this workshop will equip you with the skills to make a whole blanket - or just use your squares as coasters!
All materials and equipment included.

THURS 17th:

WORKSHOP // No School Club
Get crafty at Stitched Up's Easter-themed No School Club! Make Easter cards, pom pom chicks and bunny finger puppets. Suitable for ages 6+ with an adult.
2 - 4pm
£5 per child


FRI 18th:

WORKSHOP // New to Knitting
Book a one-on-one session with our resident knitter Jacky.
Appointments between 12 - 4pm
£12 per hour

WORKSHOP // Fix It Friday
Come and get help fixing your clothes from a Stitched Up tutor - replace buttons and zips, patch holes and darn socks.
2 - 4pm
£5 per half hour of tutor time

SAT 19th:

WORKSHOP // Upcycle Your Jeans into a Skirt
1 – 3:30pm
£25
Please bring an old pair of jeans that still fits you but you no longer wear, or buy a pair on the day for £5

SUN 20th:

WORKSHOP // Pass Your Sewing Machine Driving Test!
Afraid of sewing machines, or dangerous at the wheel? Come and do our 2-hour crash course and come away with a load more confidence, plus a certificate and an appliqued 'L' plate! Beginner-level class.
£20, all materials included.

All workshops can be booked via the Workshops & Events page.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

EVENTS // 'Meet the Makers' evening 24th April



Join us on Thursday 24th April for a special event to mark Fashion Revolution Day*:

Meet the Makers evening: ethical fashion on your doorstep!
Thursday 24th April
7 – 10pm
FREE!


Meet the Makers is an event for anybody who loves ethical and handmade fashion and accessories, as well as for practicing and aspiring crafters and makers in Manchester.

Over a glass of wine we will introduce some of the designers who create the beautiful clothes-with-a-story on sale at Stitched Up HQ. Hear about their career journey and creative processes.
 

Plus we'll have design and craft stalls to browse, an art exhibition, and the Stitched Up team will be announcing new exhibition and stocking opportunities at Stitched Up HQ.


We hope you'll join us on the night for a glass of wine and a mingle!
 

Stall spaces on the night are reserved for makers who are not yet stocked in the shop - please contact us if you’d like to know more.


~ *Why Fashion Revolution Day? ~
  
We are holding this event to commemorate the disastrous garment factory collapse in Bangladesh a year ago which killed over 1,100 people who sew clothes for the UK high street. Fashion Revolution Day is a global campaign to remember those that lost their lives, but also push for a fairer fashion industry. “Fashion is about relationships and the first Fashion Revolution Day is about reconnecting the relationships of fashion which have broken down need to be reestablished. 
We need to become more curious about how our clothes are made and who made them.”
 



Come and join us at Stitched Up HQ to mark the first Fashion Revolution Day by celebrating the ethical fashion on your doorstep!


www.fashionrevolution.org
@FashRev


 


Monday, 7 April 2014

On this week {7th - 13th April} at Stitched Up HQ



WEDS 9th:

WORKSHOP // Monster Making!
For kids age 6+
9am-12
£14 per child, with a glass of juice and a biscuit

WORKSHOP // Revamp Your Shirt
A chance to freshen up that old, outdated or oversized shirt and make it your spring summer staple.
Bring your own shirt - all other materials provided.
6.30 - 9 pm
£25.00

THURS 10th:

WORKSHOP // After School Club
Get crafty at Stitched Up's weekly after school club! A fun and creative club suitable for ages 6+ with an adult.
£5 per child.

FRI 11th:

WORKSHOP // New to Knitting
Book a one-on-one session with our resident knitter Jacky.
Appointments between 12 - 4pm
£12 per hour

WORKSHOP // Fix It Friday
Come and get help fixing your clothes from a Stitched Up tutor - replace buttons and zips, patch holes and darn socks.
2 - 4pm
£5 per half hour of tutor time

SAT 12th:

WORKSHOP // Chunky fabric necklace or headband workshop
Saturday 12th
1 – 3pm
£20
This years must have accessory and perfect for the festival season just round the corner. Learn to make your own fabric necklaces and headbands in a range of styles and fabrics of your choice. All fabrics provided.

SUN 13th:

WORKSHOP // Pass Your Sewing Machine Driving Test!
(FULLY BOOKED)
Afraid of sewing machines, or dangerous at the wheel? Come and do our 2-hour crash course and come away with a load more confidence, plus a certificate and an appliqued 'L' plate! Beginner-level class.
£20, all materials included.
 Although this workshop is fully-booked we do have spaces available for the 20th April.

All workshops can be booked via the Workshops & Events page.

Monday, 31 March 2014

On this week (31 March - 6 April)




WORKSHOP // After School Club
Thu, 3 April, 15:00 – 17:00
Get crafty at Stitched Up's weekly after school club! A fun and creative club suitable for ages 6+ with an adult. £5 per child.
 
WORKSHOP // New to Knitting
Fri, 4 April, 11:00 – 17:00
Want to learn the basics of knitting or crochet? Book an appointment for a one hour lesson any time between 11am and 5pm. There'll be a maximum of three people per session. £12 with materials included.
 
WORKSHOP // Fix It Friday
Fri, 4 April, 14:00 – 16:00
Learn to make minor clothing repairs such as sewing on a missing button, replacing a broken zip or patching holey jeans.
- Replace button
- New buttonhole
- Replace broken zip
- Fix ripped seam
- Patch a hole
- Take up trousers
- Darn a sock
All £5 per 30 minutes tutor time
This is a beginner-level class. Held weekly on a Friday 2pm - 4pm Must be booked in advance - when you book tell us what you're bringing to fix.
 
All workshops are held at:
Stitched Up HQ, 517 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 0UF (map)
 
Click here to go to the bookings page
 
 
 

Monday, 24 March 2014

What's on this week: 24th - 30th March


Learn to crochet
Wednesday (March 26th) 
6:30pm – 9:00pm
£25, materials included
Master the basics in a small class for maximum tutor-time with our top knitter Jacky.

After School Club (weekly)
Thursday (March 27th)
3pm – 5pm
£5 per child, materials included 
Get crafty at Stitched Up's weekly after school club! A fun and creative club suitable for ages 6+ with an adult.

New to Knitting (weekly)
Friday (March 28th)
11am – 5pm 
£12 per hour, materials included
Want to learn the basics of knitting or crochet? Book an appointment for a one hour lesson any time between 11am and 5pm. There'll be a maximum of three people per session. 

Crafternoon (monthly)
Sunday, (March 30th)
12pm – 4pm
£3, including a brew
Are you a crafter, sewer or knitter who would like to meet like-minded people? Then come along to Crafternoon in the workshop space at the Stitched Up shop in Chorlton. Bring along your current project and share ideas and inspiration with other lovely folk. Maybe a good opportunity to make some last-minute Mothers Day pressies!
No need to book for this one.


To book any of these workshops, click here or contact us if you have any questions.

For other events listings, April and beyond, please visit our calendar.

Friday, 7 March 2014

EVENTS // Spring Time Swap Time!

Clear out those cluttered up wardrobes for Spring! Bring all your unworn or unwanted garments. For each item you'll receive a token, which you can then swap for something you do want.



Next swap Thursday 20th March 2014: Arrive between 6 to 7pm to deposit your clothes. Swapping is 7 to 9pm. £6, includes a glass of wine!

Don't miss out, reserve your place here: http://www.stitchedupuk.co.uk/p/workshops-events.html


For anyone not familiar, here's how it works:

  • Bring a maximum of six of your unwanted garments (in wearable condition!) between 6 and 7pm.
  • Exchange the items with us for tokens.
  • Grab a glass of wine to sip on & chat with other swappers.
  • At 7pm swapping begins! Swap your tokens for some items you do want.
  • If you can't find 6 items you love, bring your swap card to the next swap & try again!





Wednesday, 19 February 2014

EVENTS // Clothes swappin' THIS SATURDAY!


Tonnes of clothes but nothing to wear?? Us too! Sort it out at our clothes swap THIS SATURDAY 1 - 4pm.





£6 including tea, coffee & a biscuit or ten

Don't miss out, reserve your place here: http://www.stitchedupuk.co.uk/p/workshops-events.html

For anyone not familiar, here's how it works:

}} Bring a maximum of six of your unwanted garments (in wearable condition!) between 1-2pm
}} Exchange the items with us for tokens
}} Sup a brew, nibble on cookies & chat with other swappers
}} At 2pm swapping begins! Swap your tokens for some items you do want
}} If you can't find 6 items you love, bring your swap card to the next swap & try again!

Friday, 31 January 2014

DETAILS // Our beautiful staircase


When we started decorating our HQ we all decided it should be a relaxing and welcome space to work and visit. We also wanted to reflect our love of sewing and handcraft through the furniture and decor.

At first, the stairs from the shop floor to our workshop space looked... tired. Hundreds of pairs of feet must have run up and down these stairs in the shop's former life as Busy Bee Toyshop. They were brick red, scuffed and a bit unloved. First, we painted the walls white and added a few coats of hard-wearing grey floor paint on the treads. Already a fresher, cleaner space.

Alice then had the idea of using old dress patterns on the vertical bit of each stair (apparently the technical term is 'riser'). Using spray mount she first put them on rectangles of card, then once dry mounted these on the staircase. A quick and easy bit of interior design, plus we'll be able to update in the future. We already have a few ideas: maybe dot and cross paper? Or how about pages of fashion magazines?

Don't worry! No valuable vintage dress patterns were sacrificed in the making of this staircase. Instead we used ones which were damaged.

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

WORKSHOPS // February 2014


At our January workshops helped make a garland of pirate-themed bunting, repaired loose buttons on a much-loved cardigan and presented several certificates for those who passed our sewing machine driving test.

Here's some of the feedback we received:

'Fab, quick course. I feel like I can now being putting all my ideas into action! Thanks.'

'Really brilliant sewing machine course - honestly! Very thoroughly explained.'

For February, we read through your suggestions and decided to include workshops for making specific items. Our workshops are:

UPCYCLING WORKSHOP
Saturday 1 February, 1pm-4pm. £25, including materials and equipment.
Bring your own upcycling project to work on with the assistance of a Stitched Up tutor in this beginner-level class.

MAKE A SHOPPER BAG
Saturday 8 February, 1pm-4pm. £25, including materials and equipment.
Learn to make your own upcycled shopper bag with the assistance of a Stitched Up tutor in this beginner-level class.


MAKE A CUSHION COVER
Saturday 15 February, 1pm-4pm. £25, including materials and equipment.
Learn to make your own upcycled cushion cover with the assistance of a Stitched Up tutor in this beginner-level class.

AFTER SCHOOL CLUB
Every Thursday, 3pm-5pm. £5 per child (accompanied by an adult).
Get crafty at Stitched Up's weekly after school club! A fun and creative club suitable for ages 6+ with an adult.

NEW TO KNITTING
Every Friday. Hour-long sessions booked by appointment (just send an email). £12 including materials.

FIX IT FRIDAY
Every Friday, 2pm-4pm. £10, including equipment.
Learn to make minor clothing repairs such as sewing on a missing button, replacing a broken zip or patching holey jeans. Let us know what you're bringing to fix when you book.

PASS YOUR SEWING MACHINE DRIVING TEST
Sunday 9 February, 1pm-3pm and Sunday 16 February, 1pm-3pm. £20 including materials and equipment.
Afraid of sewing machines, or dangerous at the wheel? Come and do our 2-hour crash course and come away with a load more confidence, plus a certificate and an appliqued 'L' plate!

Our February events are:

SIX ITEMS CHALLENGE STYLING EVENING
Thursday 13 February, 6pm-9pm. £6 including refreshments and a goodie bag.
Stitched Up are hosting a unique styling evening in aid of the brilliant garment workers campaign group Labour Behind the Label (LBL). The event will give an intro to LBL’s work and their Six Items Challenge, where dedicated ethical fashionistas get sponsored to wear only six items for six weeks! Be inspired by some thrifty styling tips from Stitched Up and share your own ideas for making the most of a teensy tiny wardrobe.

SWAP
Saturday 22 February, 1pm-4pm. £6 including refreshments.
Our popular clothes swap event returns on a Saturday afternoon for February. Bring along a maximum of six garments to swap for something you do want.

CRAFTERNOON
Sunday 23 February, 1.30pm-3.30pm. £3 donation to cover refreshments.
A monthly social for crafters. Bring along the craft project you're currently working on - be it knitting or cross-stitching - and enjoy a chat with some like-minded folk. 

To book, either pop into Stitched Up HQ or pay online using PayPal via our workshops and events page.

It's really helpful if you can book in advance - as we're a small nonprofit organisation it helps us to plan how many staff and resources we need for each event. Thank you for understanding!

Monday, 27 January 2014

EVENT // Love those who sew your clothes this Valentine's

Fashion styling

Could you wear only six garments for six weeks? Find out at Stitched Up's special styling evening.

On Thursday 13 February 2014 we are hosting a unique styling evening in aid of the brilliant Labour Behind the Label. As you know, Stitched Up coordinate Labour Behind the Label activities in Manchester, and are all-round massive fans of the work that they do in helping garment workers around the world fight for better working conditions and pay.

Relatives of Rana Plaza victims in Bangladesh

The event will give an introduction to Labour Behind the Label’s work and their Six Items Challenge in which dedicated ethical fashionistas are sponsored to wear only six items for six weeks. Stitched Up will share some thrifty styling tips to inspire and help you get the most out of a heavily-edited wardrobe. You’ll be surprised how far six garments can go using just a few accessories and your own creative flair!

We hope you’ll then join us in taking on the Six Items Challenge, starting on 5 March, to raise money for Labour Behind the Label. That’s right – Stitched Up are taking the pledge to wear only six garments (each, of course) for six weeks. If you’re inspired enough by the spendthrift styles we’ve sent down the catwalk, you can sign up to the challenge on the night, or take a sponsorship pack away with you and give it some thought.

The Six Items Styling evening takes place on Thursday 13 February, 6-9pm at Stitched Up HQ , 517 Wilbraham Road, Chorlton, Manchester, M21 0UF.

Tickets £6, including a glass of wine plus a goodie bag containing a £5 Stitched Up voucher.

Reserve your place here or email us.

Photo credits: Recycle for Greater Manchester (top) and Labour Behind the Label.

Love those who sew your clothes

Garment factory workers
Labour Behind the Label Manchester meet upsStitched Up