Sewing Circle

The first Sewing Circle takes place on the 13th January 2010. Its members are united by the act of sewing where ever in the world they may be.
If we are successful there will be more sewing themes and dates.
If it goes very well there will be an exhibition. And perhaps a book.

Friday, 2 April 2010


This is work in progress


Sunday, 28 March 2010

The end is near

I am waiting for a few extra goodies to come in before we can get started on the next part! I am working out some ideas to make the next Sewing Circle a little bit more interesting... if you have any extra ideas i'd be happy to hear them!

Thank you for all your hard work


More Trees in Winter

Vincent Valiente met up with at Anita who also took
part in the Sewing Circle in Berlin, Germany.
They worked from 7pm til 11pm.
The piece is called More trees in winter. He says:
"I was thinking of green politics".

You can check out more of Vince's amazing work
on his blog.

Vince also submitted his entry to the
Hand Embroidery Network's online exhibition.

And, he has recently won a prize from the German
Embroidery Guild for his work! Congratulations!

Anna-Marya Tompa

"memory quilt"

Timothy Smart
"naked and playing the banjo"

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Sewing at the pub in Bournemouth

Below: Katherine, Bournemouth
Embroidery, applique, watercolour and pencil
A self portrait. And you can see what I have been thinking of in my hair!

Norway gets sewing!

A big thank you to Siri Ronning and her grandmother Ebba Ronning for making their sew-a-longs happen!

And I think these Ladies know how to do a sewing circle in style - look at that food! YUM!

Great stuff!

Carol Chaos, Ipswich, UK used the time to finish a project and although not strictly within the rules it is definiely within the spirit of the Sewing Circle!

"I had knitted the bits of a bag & had machined felted all the parts, so the sewing circle day was a brilliant incentive to get me motivated into sewing the bag up and completing it. I am really pleased with how it turned out... I am now planning to sell it on a craft stall I will be running in March - ALL the money from the sale of my items will be going to charity, so the bag will hopefully be snapped up!"

Thursday, 4 February 2010


Well, here are all of the submissions I have
received back so far. Each of them unique
like the person that stitched them.

Initially I set a deadline of the 30th of January
but with a quite a few of you still sewing away
I'm going to extend the deadline to March 7th
(at the latest) so we can start thinking about
the next event. And, if you have any ideas for
our next event I'd be happy to hear them.

So a big thank you to all of you that have sent
me images and lovely emails so far and keep
sewing if you haven't finished yet.

Katherine X


Abigail Thomas "Cell"
Made at home in her flat. Homerton, East London
between 8.30pm and 9.40pm on the 13th January 2010.

She says Cell is "an experimental piece of textile which
combines a painted canvas surface with machine and
hand embroidery and handmade felt".

Haruna, Japan.
You can see more of her stuff here.

Chantilly says:
"This is just one piece of a greater project that I'm working on. I'm going
to create a quilt that features quotes from my favourite movies. Each block
will have it's own quilt. The quilt will be made almost entirely from
recycled/thrifted materials".

Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.

Samanta, Brazil

You can read about her sewing day on her blog.
She was very brave and took her sewing into the office.
I'm impressed!

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Hayley, West Sussex, England with characters we all know so well!

Rebecca C, Ournie, NSW, Australia

"Autumn/Fall mini quilt"

"It was nice knowing that I was joining other people doing creative activities at the same time as I live a long way from any town and cannot get to any sewing or quilting groups".

Jacquie, Santa Rosa, CA, USA has been posting her progress on her blog. See it here.

She has picked a very current and thought provoking topic.
I am looking forward to seeing the finished result!

Natasha Almeida, Bristol, UK who loves animals. Check out her website and blog!

Chrissy from West Sussex, England.

"Home is where the heart is"

Monday, 18 January 2010

MyGirlThursday aka Chantilly McKinnon from Ontario, Canada had been productive - you can see her work in progress here

"Humming Bird" by Reena, Hersham, England

The Skeleton at the Feast – The Day of the Dead in Mexico by Elizabeth Carmichael and Chloe Sayer

By LaWendula, Rostock, Germany. It's called "The seamstress' daughter (is doing it in her own way)".

LaWendula's Story: "Although I am a seamstress' daughter, I wasn't very keen on sewing before. But last year I bought a sewing machine and now I use it in a very creatiave way, sewing papers most of the times. I wanted to use linen and linen fibers, because I love them. There is some kind of purity in it and some kind of quality that I really like. Because I am dealing with fibers in my everyday life, I wanted to put fibers and yarn in my piece. And I love bags and pouches. I love the symbols of hidden secrets and this kind of a-thing-in-a-thing-symbolic, which is true feminine for me. I am the seamstress' daughter, but I do it my way.

"When I'm thinking of you" was the theme. While I was doing this, I was thinking of all my sisters in art, to whom I feel very connected. There is such richness in women's art, I can see it every day in visiting other blogs, there is an ongoing, unfolding culture of the feminine, which is both: old(fashioned) in its vintage style, but also very modern, using high tech for connecting, as the internet is. I strongly belive, that the web is connecting us all, as the word web tells us already. It has something to do with weaving, binding, connecting. It's what our ancestors always did, but on a modern level."

Beejal, Cambridge, England

Cassandra sewed along at the Merchants Wharf, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK between 6pm to 9:30pm (although I'm told she took time out for dinner during that period).

"My life seems to revolve around making. Knitting, printing, sewing, drawing...even coming up with creative solutions to solve problems. And I am lucky enough to be able to do these things and talk about these things with friends and other amazing creative types. So even though most of my work is done in solitary, the work itself is usually being made for someone else, whether that it a commissioned artwork or a customer or a gift for a loved one. If you look closely at the stitching, you will notice some of the stitches have been pulled out, some of it is a bit wonky and messy. I am not completely tidy and feel a bit frazzled at times. I wanted the work to reflect this."

And a big hello, from me, to the other Newcastle Craft Mafia members.

Alter ego by Hana, Dalston, London

Robin from Brighton, England made this about his dog Tommy.

"This piece of work comes from one of my obsessions and also
from something which i now do naturally. My obsession is playing
around and entertaining my pet dog and what i naturally do now is
to talk to him, even ask him questions, for example how are you?
or where have you been? It may sound silly but I'm sure that
he knows what i mean! My dog, Tommy is someone I've always
thought about, and he has become more human-like than dog".

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Paul from Bournemouth has been very busy.

You can see him at work

And here's his piece which i have been told is 98% finished

Sketch book work

Finally some influences - there were many of and some of which I have added to the links already.

The two artists featured here are KIM HIORTHØY and molly Molloy.

Great stuff paul

Late post

Here's some late post I recieved before the 13th but didn't have a chance to post it up here.

Some things that inspired Maria, in Helsinki, Finland.

Bits and pieces from Beejal, Cambridge, England.

And Christmas greetings from Anita, Berlin, Germany.
The artist is Bernard Ambielle and it's called Celebratory Colours.
With some Random Words from her Idea Box.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010


If you're at a loose end tomorrow evening
come to the Moon in the Square, Bournemouth
square for sewing company and a coffee, beer or
food if you like.

I'll be there form 8.30 pm onwards
13th January 2010

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Last letter...

Here is the last pack which should be arriving on
your doorsteps very soon. It includes: a letter and
some ideas to get started if you haven't already!
There is also a list of details I need from you when
you submit (by the 30th Jan). You can use the form
or make your own - be as creative as you like.

This will be my final letter. So a big thank you to
everyone who wrote back.

I can't wait to see what will be created!

If you are planning any sewing related
gatherings the photographs of the event
are very welcome. As well as photographs
of work in progress and sketchbooks etc.

Finally, i hope you have a happy sewing day!

Friday, 1 January 2010

Everything you need to know about...

I've Been Thinking Of You

Here should be everything that you need to know about
participating and submitting for the Sewing Circle.

You can send me artists you like, images that inspire
you, sketch book pages etc... i'll put it up on the blog as it
might help inspire someone else.

To become a confirmed member of the Sewing Circle
send me a quick email with your name and
town and country.

And you may use machine or hand embroidery.

Submission requirements:
- scanned at 300 dpi, as JPEG
- good quality photograph

Emailed to me by 30th of January (or as near as) and my name is Katherine