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Newsletter May 1st 2020! It’s our 1st Birthday!

Newsletter May 1st 2020! It’s our 1st Birthday!

Warm Greetings from Stitch!

It’s our 1st Birthday!

A very warm hello to all our newsletter readers, customers and members of our Stitch! community. Today, May 1, is the one year anniversary of our shop opening. Heartfelt thanks to everyone who has supported us over the past 12 eventful months.

How are you all? We so miss seeing you in the shop and in our classes and workshops and we have been thinking about how all our customers and families are faring in such difficult times and how this virus is impacting on our beloved community.

For all of us I’m sure these times feel uncertain and confusing. We really hope that sewing and crafting has been a therapeutic activity in these times of isolation and has brought some degree of peace and solace. That certainly has been the case for all of us here at Stitch over the last six weeks. Importantly, we have all had time to reflect on what’s important in life- family, friendship and supporting each other.

Since the doors of the shop were forced to close on Saturday 21st March we have been coming to terms with an uncertain period of our lives but here at Stitch we remain very positive for the future and we hope that whatever we can offer our community in the coming months is in some way beneficial and uplifting to you in our current times.


Like everyone, we are awaiting to hear from government when social restrictions will be changed or lifted and we can open the shop doors properly with social distancing rules in place and resume running workshops and classes. To those whose classes were postponed a huge thank you for your patience and bearing with us.

Whilst the physical doors of the shop stay closed at the moment we remain very much OPEN to business for anyone that would like to purchase fabric, craft kits, haberdashery, buttons and other crafting items. You can pay securely by card and arrange collection from the shop at 397 Green Lanes  or alternatively we can offer limited, free local delivery to Palmers Green and Southgate addresses (otherwise a small fee for postage and packaging). Please email us hello@stitch.org.uk or ring on 07903 614726 with your shopping requirements. We have been putting up photos of fabrics and wool on our website and will continue to do so on the SHOP section of www.stitch.org.uk

We have made up some fun craft and sewing kits to anyone who is interested including a beautiful Make A Rainbow Teddy where £2 is donated to the NHS made by Susan Mehmet, our local crafter and much loved volunteer, also makes handmade beautiful teddy bears and animals which can be ordered through emailing us at hello@stitch.org.uk. Please see our Shop section for a video introducing her makes 🙂

We also have some lovely new super soft Special DK wool and Cotton DK Classique from Stylecraft in stock in a range of colours.


If you follow Stitch on social media you may have seen that we have been embracing technology and trying to stay in touch with as many of you as possible by offering some form of free community craft sessions and crafting chats on the Zoom app. It’s really easy to download and is completely free. You can find the app by clicking here https://zoom.us/

If you haven’t joined us yet but fancy some crafting company please get in touch. All newcomers welcome. It’s one small way of our community staying connected and supporting each other at this difficult time, just email hello@stitch.org.uk for the meeting code each week to join the chat.
So far we have run –

* PATCHWORK CIRCLE SURGERY (via ZOOM) every Wednesday at 11am, with Carol Balfe. Carol talks you through any problems you may be having with a patchwork or quilting project.

* KIDS CRAFT-A-LONG! (via ZOOM) every Wednesday 10-11. Weekly session lead by us where we craft a new project together and can share what creative things we’ve made. We have some fun crafting chat and get ideas for things we can all try at home. We made some lovely rice paintings this week. Next week pop-up cards!

* KNIT AND NATTER (via ZOOM) with expert knitter and spinner Sharon Wallin is currently running 11am on Thursdays. Some friendly chat, share ideas and projects.

We hope to be running more workshop based Zoom sessions soon…


Carol and Susan have done a marvellous job of making some free video tutorials of projects – Making A Fabric Face Mask; Making a Fabric Pot Holder and How to Make A Rainbow Teddy.
Hope you find them useful and please let us have your feedback. We will be making more…
☎️Stitch Crafty Hotline!☎️  📞07903 614726📞

We are well aware that some of our Stitch community may not have access to Zoom or be on instagram or Facebook. It can be a lonely time for people not being able to leave their homes and not socialising at all. If you know of anyone missing crafty or sewing chat or need some help with a sewing or crafting project then please let them know that our volunteers at Stitch would be happy to take their call, have a chat & try and help in anyway they can 🙂


We’d also like to say a massive thank you on behalf of the Donate Team at North Middlesex Hospital, after our appeal for volunteers to make laundry bags for hospital staff. Hundreds of laundry bags have been made  allowing NHS staff treating COVID-19 patients to safely store, transport and wash their scrubs once they get home following their shift at work. What a brilliant effort by our local crafting community.

We don’t know how exactly how many more are needed so will keep you updated when we hear more news from the Donate team but at the moment we know that they are sending them out to other hospitals who need them so your hard work won’t go to waste. If people are still interested in making you can drop the made bags at Stitch! (397 Green Lanes) this coming Thursday between 12 and 1pm and we will drop them to the hospital. If you are self isolating and you are local then please email hello@stitch.org.uk and we can drive round and pick them up. Full details of instructions can be found at http://www.northmid.nhs.uk/donate

A big thank you also from Denise, our crochet teacher from The Natural Yarn Barn to volunteers who helped crochet hundreds of face mask adaptors for North Midd. They are truly appreciated at providing a little comfort to hospital staff doing such a phenomenal job in these incredibly difficult times.


Finally we are delighted to recently have had the news that we have been accepted onto the Community Business Trade Up Programme, run by the School for Social Entrepreneurs, in partnership with Power to Change. The programme and much-needed, and welcome, grant aid will help Stitch grow so we can support more people in our local area. This is a really exciting opportunity for us. Watch this space for more exciting news regarding our plans for the future.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at Stitch for any queries, concerns or sewing and crafting help. We are all in this together.

From everyone at Stitch we hope you and your families stay safe, healthy both mentally and physically and we so look forward to seeing you as soon as we possibly can.

Suzanne and the team at Stitch X

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