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12 December 2011
Stitch...  and Decking the Halls with Woolly Holly    
Ho ho handmade greetings to you
Just a really quick final email of the year to offer you the chance to WIN! Yes, we're giving away a HUGE pile of Stitch London goodies and giving you the chance for Stitch London badge fame! Anyone can enter. Woo hoo!

Also for you London locals:
Stitch London Christmas Shindig 13th December
Stitching Secret Santa • Cracking Christmas Raffle •

Much Merriment
Duckie Christmas Market from 18th December

Stitch London learners: We teach knitting for free! The first meeting of 2012 is our biggest learner meeting of the year. Look out for the learner icon (left) to see dates for learner meetings in our Stitch Ups section. Places may be limited so please arrive early to sign up.

Want to know what to bring or how it works? See our Learn to Knit and FAQ pages

Important: From January Stitch London will be using to send your newsletters. Please add it to your address book or it may end up in junk mail. So sad.

WIN AND GET STITCH BADGE FAME Come up with the best idea for a Stitch London badge and you can bag a grand prize of more Stitch London stuff than you can shake a 4mm bamboo DPN at!

Stitching Secret Santa is Coming to Town: Stitching Secret Santa is going global! Woo hoo! Join in whether you live in lovely London or not.

All I Want for Christmas is Yarn: It's the Stitch London Christmas Shindig! The Cracking Christmas Raffle is back! And it's bad (in a good way).

I Saw Two Shops Come Sailing In: Stitch London hits Duckie Christmas Market with a woolly fist of marvellous Stitch merchandise from Sunday the 18th December.

Should Old Aquaintance Be Forgot: Make shiny new friends and get your stitch on with a scary amount of people at Stitch London's 6th Birthday Newbie Fest!

Stitch London Stitch Ups and events:
For more information on each venue click on 'More info' to go to our Venues page



TUESDAY 13 December  
Time: From 6pm
Venue: New Moon
Ledenhall Market
88 Gracechurch Street
Map  More info

WEDNESDAY 21 December  

Time: From 6.30-9pm
Venue: Barbican Centre
Silk Street
City of London
Map  More info 

We have a special area at the Christmas Market so look out for it!

(We have a stall at the market on December 18, 20, 21, 22, 29 and 30th too. Come and say hello)
TUESDAY 3 Jan 2012  
Time: From 6pm
Venue: Royal Festival Hall (Level 2)
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road

Map  More info
THURSDAY 12 Jan       
Time: From 6pm
Venue: EV
The Arches
97-99 Isabella Street

Map More info 

Time: From 6pm
Venue: Royal Festival Hall (Level 2)
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road
Map  More info
WEDSDAY 25 Jan   

Time: From 6pm
Venue: Royal Festival Hall (Level 2)
South Bank Centre
Belvedere Road
 SE1 8XX
Map  More info

Wanna win a whole load of Stitch London goodies? Stitch London have been busy designing and making a whole load of Stitch London merchandise for you to show your crafty love to the world.

The brand new Stitch London online shop will open in the New Year and we'll be selling our goodies at the Duckie Christmas Market, but you have the chance to get your grubby paws on the whole lot for FREE! Woo hoo!

To celebrate our 6th birthday we're giving you the chance to win a whole load of Stitch London goodies. All you need to do is come up with the best new idea for a Stitch London badge.

Here's what you can win:
  • Your badge idea designed and made into a Stitch London badge
  • 2 sets of the Stitch London badge set featuring your badge idea (once they're made)
  • A fridge magnet featuring your badge idea 
  • All 8 sets of Stitch London exclusive badges (four badges per pack which means 32 badges)
  • A set of 5 Stitch London fridge magnets
  • A Stitch London handmirror
  • A set of 10 Knit the City London graffiti knitting postcards
  • A Stitch London How to Knit Kit of your choice (including limited edition Stitch London 4.5mm Subabal polished wood knitting needles, yarn, tapestry needle, a How to Knit booklet and everything you need to make either Sheep and Martians, Floating Flutterguys or a Stitched Self Mini Me)
  • Rather lovely handmade buttons from Tofty Makes
  • A signed copy of the Stitch London book
Three runners up will win:

2 sets of Stitch London badges featuring their badge idea (when they're made)
1 set of Stitch London badges of their choice 
All you have to do is come up with the best new idea for a Stitch London badge

Here are our current badges for you to get a some inspiration:

Here is what to do:
  • Come up with some ideas for Stitch London badges (e.g. 'Purl, Interrupted' 'Will Knit for Marmite')
  • Write them in an email (you can add scribbles, images and links to pics if you want to add any visual ideas but they're totally optional)
  • Send it to us at at with the subject line"My Stitch badge rocks!" (Please make sure you enter the right subject otherwise your entry might get missed) 
  • Add your full name, contact email and address
How many ideas can I send? Send as many ideas as you like. You can send in three or 30. Up to you.

Do they need to be about knitting or can I do any craft? They can be about knitting, crochet, cross stitch, sewing, embroidery or any other kind of stitch or woolly craft. Go wild!

What happens if someone else sends in the same idea as me? The first person sending the idea in gets the credit. So get in quick!

When is the deadline? All entries must be in by 5 January 2012 at 8pm.

What happens next? In the New Year we'll put up our 25 favourite ideas to the public vote on our website. The vote will go down to the final 4. The winning badge will win all those goodies and be announced in a newsletter. The three runners up will get prizes too.
Your idea might end up on all kinds of Stitch merchandise which means you can proudly tell the world you helped keep the woolly Godzilla stomping and spreading free stitching goodness across the world.
So what on earth are you waiting for? Got something punny to say about purling? Feeling inspired by the wonder of wool? Have an catchphrase you'd like that lady staring at you knitting on the tube to see? Need to get your needle love out there? Want to unravel the thread of your thoughts in a public badge-based statement? Cross that there aren't enough cross stitch saying in the world?
Now is your time! Get your entries in and you could be the Stitch London Badge Factor winner!
Yay you!

Competition rules: 1. All entrants must give contact details. 2. Competition ends 5 January 2012 at 8pm. 3. No cash alternatives to the prizes. 4. Winners will be chosen by public online vote from 25 of Stitch London's favourite entries and notified within 2 weeks of the voting closing date. 5. Competition open to everyone globally, including people outside London and the UK. 6. By submitting your idea you agree that Stitch London has free permission to turn your idea into merchandise and use it to raise funds to support Stitch London. (Stitch London won't use any submitted images without seperate permission)


Stitch London Christmas Shindig is a mere few weeks away. Have you started your Secret Santa knit? Have you?!? If not Gerty can provide motivational workshops.
This year the Stitch London Christmas Shindig is on 13th December. EEK! GET STITCHING!!! But we'd also like to invite our non-London members to join in too. Yay! 

Fancy taking part in Stitching Secret Santa? Here is how it works:

1. You knit or crochet or stitch (handmake) a gift costing about £5
2. You lovingly wrap your gift
3. You bring it along to the Stitch London Christmas Shindig
4. You drop it in the Sack of Secret Stitching
5. You party
6. You rummage and recieve a handmade gift
7. You spend the rest of the night marvelling at it

A few rules:
• Gifts must be around £5 or more
• Gifts must be either handmade or stitch themed
• You don't have to confess which gift you made

Stitching Secret Santa deadline is the night of the party December 13. Go! Go! Go!

Not in London? There are Stitch Londoners in 52 countries around the world. We don't want you to feel left out. So if you're not in London and live far, far away we've started a Global Stitching Secret Santa International Swap on Ravelry. Join the thread and get swapping your stitching. Go on.

Jingle! Jingle! Jingle!

Hark! What's the noise? Why it's the knitted reindeer pulling the Stitch London Christmas Shindig Sleigh filled with fantabulous crafty gifts for all! Woo hoo!

Every year Stitch London throws one hell of a woolly party for Christmas, and two things make it extra special:

Cracking Christmas Raffle and 
Stitching Secret Santa  

The Cracking Christmas Raffle means we ask craft sellers to donate their most fabulous things to help raise money for a cause close to Stitch London's handmade heart.

This year we're raising money to support brand-new knitter Andrea Giles in her battle against breast cancer. Andrea's fight is more than just a one-woman battle. She began using alternative and complementary therapy when the usual medical route fell short. Andrea is a brave pioneer for the Yes to Life Campaign, setting out to prove that there is hope even when the medical profession aren't so sure.

Andrea's story is so inspiring we couldn't fit it all in here, so you can read all about it in a special interview over at the Stitch London blog. It's an amazing cause and Andrea is an amazing woman. Your raffle money could change the course of cancer treatment and give hope to so many. Please give what you can. And do read Angela's interview. It really is very inspiring stuff.

What can I win? We'll be listing prizes on TwitterFacebook and our Website.

Where can I get tickets from? Tickets are only available on the night at the Stitch London Christmas Shindig. All you need to do is arrive at the party and buy your tickets.

How much are tickets? Tickets will be £1 each and all money raised from the Cracking Christmas Raffle will go to Yes to Life and the Andrea Giles Cancer Charity Appeal
Huge thanks to Knit Magazine who are sponsoring this year's party

Can't make the party? If you miss it there's the Global Stitching Secret Santa Swap on Ravelry too!

DUCKIE CHRISTMAS MARKET: Stitch London stuff to buy

This Christmas some marvellous Stitch Stuff will be on sale at the brilliant Duckie Christmas Market at London's Barbican Centre. Woo hoo!

Stitch London proudly presents the woolly might of Stitch London's creator,Whodunnknit, teaming up with the fabulous Emma 'The Fastener' Toft of Tofty Makes to sell a whole load of Stitchy Stuff to the brilliant Duckie Christmas Market at London's Barbican Centre.

What's Duckie Christmas Market when it's at home? Duckie Christmas Market will transform the Barbican Centre foyers into an indie gift market showcasing cult crafters, artisans, designers, hawkers, butches, bakers and candlestick makers. It's a kooky, ultra-fun pop up market and it's totally free!

What are we selling? Beginner knitting kits (including branded Stitch London needles, mini yarn-cutting snips, a how to knit booklet, yarn and other essential bits); beginnner crochet kits (including how to crochet booklet and other essential bits); gorgeous handmade buttons and button-based accessories; over 20 different Stitch London badges; graffiti knitting postcards, greetings cards and prints; Stitch fridge magnets; Stitch London books, and loads more. 

We'll have a something special for all members of Stitch London who come along on the 21st. Just say the codewords "Woolly Godzilla".

When is it? We'll be there on these dates:

2pm to 9.30pm on Sunday 18th December
6pm till 9.30pm on December 20th21st and 22nd 
6pm till 9.30pm after Christmas on December 29th and 30th

Where is it? It's at London's Barbican. More info on the venue here.

What else is going on? Duckie promises workshops, pop-up performances and seasonal bonhomie. It's going to be fun with a capital F, we tell you!


AGH! I can't make it! Can I buy Stitch London stuff online?!?!?! The Stitch London shop will be opening in the New Year but Stitch London beginnner knitting kits and Tofty Makes beginner crochet kits will be available at the New Year Newbie Fest on January 3rd 2012. Email to order yours. Go on.

You can also support Stitch London by buying the Stitch London book (with free pigeon knitting kit) or the Knit the City graffiti knitting book. Cool, no?

Stitch London

A very Merry Stitchmas and a Woolly New Year from Stitch London and the gin-soaked Gertrude Woolsworthy (pictured on the right in her starring role).

Here's to many more days of stitchy madness in 2012! It's going to be an Olympic Jubilee of utter crafty chaos and we cannot wait!

Keep calm and carry yarn, Stitch Londoners.

Stitch London 
A woolly Godzilla since 2006
Edited and sewn together with words by Deadly Knitshade 
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