Chi Stitch September

Apparently after our last meeting the vicar was on his hands and knees picking up pins so we were very careful to make sure we left no traces of ourselves after the September meeting of Chi Stitch!

There were fifteen of us last night and once again the hall was a hive of activity!  The buzz of conversation really is uplifting – I felt I wanted to record it!  I’m always amazed at how much gets done in spite of all the chatting and tea drinking and how organised some people are in preparing for the evening.

My preparation mostly consists of folding up the fabric neatly in the swap basket and checking through the swap patterns in case I missed something I might like left over from last time!  As a result I acquired this jersey skirt pattern.  It will probably be stored away until next summer but I love the striped version.

I added some fabric to the basket from my stash.  I really love it when other people decide it is just what they want and it heads off to a good home.

I also bake!  I forgot to take a picture of this month’s cake selection.  There were chocolate and pecan flapjacks, carrot muffins and salted caramel cookies.  We also provide a takeaway cake service!

Onto the sewing.  Here’s some photographs from the evening.

The swap baskets had ended up on the floor because we’d used up all the tables!  That embroidery was exquisite and I’ve acquired some of that striped fabric from @vintage_charity for another Cleo.  We just need to make sure we don’t wear our dresses at the same time!  She also gave me some jersey fabric for making t-shirts for Baby J and a piece of vintage curtain fabric which I shall use for a dress.  I think I came away with more than I’d donated!

I’d decided not to take my sewing machine this time and spent the evening pinning a pattern.   I’m helping Karen out on her stand at the GBSB Live on Thursday next week and I’ve volunteered to sew up one of her samples.  No pressure!  I’m making the Trapeze Dress in a Robert Kaufman Essex Linen.  I’m going for the short sleeves and I think it’s going to be lovely.

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been making a special Cleo for the event and she’s now finished apart from securing the straps.  I just want to try it on once more to make sure I’ve got them at the right length.  I’ll be writing a separate post on this dress but here’s a picture in advance.

The next meeting of Chi Stitch will be on Wednesday 11 October at St George’s Church Hall, Cleveland Road, Chichester.

We’ll also be running a one day print workshop with Miesje Chafer on 28 October at the same venue.  Check out Miesje’s website here to see her work.  The day will give you a chance to design and print your own two-colour repeat design which I’m very excited about!

Places are limited to eight so if you are interested leave a comment below or DM me on IG – @janemakes – for more details.

2 thoughts on “Chi Stitch September

    • I wish you could come too! We’ve been so fortunate to get such a lovely group of people together and everyone is really supportive of each other. I do like a bit of organising!


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