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7 November 2012
Stitch...  and becoming a Handmade Hero

Cold-outside but warm-within-your-woollens greetings to you !

The clocks have gone back, the chilly climes are here to stay, and there's even more reason to bust out your stitchy skills and spread that warm fuzzy feeling of lovely crafty love. Want to know how your simple stitching can help change the world? Then this, my crafty friend, is the newsletter for you with our invite to be a piece of the shiny new Craftivist Jigsaw Project and a chance to win the hottest new craft book on the block.
Woo hoo!

Get your public stitch on! Our free multi-craft Stitch Ups take place in central London every week. Check out meeting dates on our website here. If you're not in London start a stitch gathering of your own. Go on.

Calling all Handmade Heroes: How your stitching can help shape the world

This winter Stitch London is teaming up with the Craftivist Collective to take part in a world-shaping stitching project that aims to help make the world a better place. And you're all invited to join in.

Join the Jigsaw Project and be part of the solution

The Craftivist Jigsaw Project is a national craft project, lead by the Craftivist Collective, to use the powerful voices of handmade heroes everywhere to help end world hunger with Save the Children's Race for Hunger campaign.

We need your stitching and your words to add to our Craftivist Jigsaw and make a stand to make sure that everyone has the right to a healthy and happy life, no matter where they are in the world.

Think it sounds impossible? It may seem like a huge task, but if all of us pieces of the craft community fit together and speak up then our voices will be loud enough for everyone to hear. And that is how worlds get changed. Many voices speaking out have made a difference in injustices such as abolishing slavery, equal voting rights for women, and civil rights. Your crafty voice can help make a difference.

Join us and show that you are a piece of the solution.

The Craftivist Jigsaw Project and Save the Children want to you join the Race Against Hunger in sewing a jigsaw piece to show you care about solving the problem of world hunger. Your piece will be part of a crafty art installation we'll use to show the government, media and all of those in power that we want to help make the world a better place and they should too. We're not asking for your money, we're asking for something much more powerful: your crafty voice.

You can find out all about the project over at the Craftivist Jigsaw Project page, or read Stitch London founder Lauren O'Farrell's story over at Whodunnknit.

A crafty peek at how Save the Children work: To show that your voice can make a difference Save the Children are sending the four crafty representatives of the Jigsaw Project (Deadly Knitshade, Mr X Stitch & Hilary from CraftBlog UK  and Craftivist Collective's Sarah P Corbett) to Indonesia in November to report back first hand on how a postive change can be made. We'll be live blogging, tweeting, and sharing pics online for the whole trip. Follow the #imapiece hashtag on Twitter and Instagram, or check out the story live on the #imapiece web page.

Do I need to be in London to join the project? Not at all. Stitch your piece at home or with your local group and join us from wherever you are in the world. We're all a part of the solution.

LONDON EVENT: World-shaping Stitch Up in London

We're holding a World-shaping Stitch Up in London on November 21st and inviting you to come along and make your piece and find out more about how you can use your love of craft to change the world for the better. We'll have talks from the Craftivist Collective's Sarah Corbett and Stitch London's founder Lauren O'Farrell, as well as the chance to rub shoulders with fellow crafters and some of London's craft stars.
You'll need to bring along:

• A pre-made jigsaw piece to embroider your message on (Find out how to make your own choosing a fabric you love by watching the video below or we will have some available to buy on the night)

We can provide some embroidery thread and embellishments but please bring along anything you have too, along with a sewing needle if you have it. This is a charity project so our budget is teeny.

How much does it cost? It's a free event. Just come along with your jigsaw piece (or money to buy a kit if you don't have time to make your own)

Do I need a ticket? The event is first come, first served. Space at the venue is limited so please arrive early if you want to guarantee a seat. There's no need to sign up but you can tell us you're coming over on Facebook if you like (signing up on Facebook won't guarantee a place but it'll help us work out how many of you are coming along).

COMPETITION: WIN A COPY OF MATERIAL WORLD (the most fabulous craft book ever)

The world of craft is a marvellous, glittery, shiny, smooshy, choppy, sticky, inspiring and utterly fascinating place. You know this already as you're a part of it (and that's what makes you so cool), but there's a whoooooole load of crafty stuff you might be missing out on. EEK! What to do?!?!

Fear not! Queen of craft and all round lovely lady Ms Perri Lewis is galloping to the rescue with her shiny new craft bible Material World from Virgin Books.

The book is crammed full of more marvellous craft than you can shake a 5mm DPN at, including a whole herd of projects for you to get your crafty teeth into. There's everything from knitting (of course) to paper-cutting (snip), dress-making (sewsewsew), printing (splat), encrusting (ewwww), leather work (wahey) and tailoring (lah dee dah).

The book also features interview with craft/art stars such as Rob Ryan, Emma Bridgewater, Grayson Perry, Philip Treacy, Tatty Devine, and Tracey Emin

Wanna bag yourself a copy of the book? We have six shiny new copies of Material World to give away to you lucky Stitch Londoners and all you have to do is answer an easy peasy question...

Pointy-bra-rocking Madonna once secretly confessed her love for sewing through the title of which of her hits?

A: Papa Don't Stitch
B: Material Girl
C: Crazy for Ewe
D: Vogue (Knitting)

Drop us an email at with:  

• The subject line"I want to rock the Material World!" (Please make sure you enter the right subject otherwise your entry might get missed) 
• Answer A, B, C or D
• Your full name, address and the email you wish to be contacted on (if different from the one you're sending from)

As with most Stitch London competitions anyone can enter. Even if you live outside the UK. The deadline for the competition is 23 November at 8pm.

Want to buy a copy right now? You can get your paws on a copy of Material World here.

Competition rules: 1. One entry per person. 2. Competition ends 23 November 2012 at 8pm. 3. No cash alternatives. 4. Winners will be drawn from all correct answers, and sent the book via post after the closing date. 5. Competition open to everyone, including people outside London and the UK.
 Stitch London Stitch Up events take place every week:

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You are now free to crawl back into that warm pile of yarn you crawled out of and get back to your knitting/sewing/stitching/cake eating. Until next time...
Keep calm and carry yarn, Stitch Londoners.

Stitch London 
A woolly Godzilla since 2006
Edited and sewn together with words by Deadly Knitshade and several knitted pigeons while watching the US elections at stupid o'clock. Go Obama! Thanks to the lovely Claire Jaffe for chasing 4am typos.
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