Knittaz With Attitude: 4 July 2022

Join us for some casual social stitchery. April will be an *open session* so please feel free to bring your own crafty projects or just have a play with some of our kit. 

KWA session at the Upside Down

We’ll update you on progress with the new venue on Topping St and we can start planning future projects, so do bring your ideas along!

  • We’ll have good tunes, yummy vegan food and plenty of brews.
  • £3.50 (£2 for kids) – includes food, drinks, wool & equipment. 
  • Please book in advance where possible so we can make enough food!

Tickets

Knittaz With Attitude: 4 July 2022

Knittaz With Attitude: 4 July 2022

£2.00 – £3.50

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Buy the WSD book

We're Sew Done - the book

We’re Sew Done – the book

£12.00

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Knittaz With Attitude: 4 April 2022

Join us for some casual social stitchery. April will be an *open session* so please feel free to bring your own crafty projects or just have a play with some of our kit.

We’ll have good tunes, yummy vegan food and plenty of brews.

Please book in advance where possible so we can make enough food!

KWA session at the Upside Down


Important bits

  • £3.50 (£2 for kids) – includes food, equipment, tuition & mint tunes 🙂 
  • All food will be vegan, and you can buy hot and cold drinks. The coffee is ace! 
  • TOP TIP: If you need to park a car, then there is plenty of free on-street parking on Edward St, Topping St and Church St (near the Brew Room) from 6pm.
Knittaz With Attitude: 4 April 2022

Knittaz With Attitude: 4 April 2022

£2.00 – £3.50

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March KWA: Monthly Makes & Sew Done update

Join us to catch up on We’re Sew Done.

We’re going to have a look at the We’re Sew Done book, make some badges and get all the pre-orders and crowdfunder rewards ready to send out.

We’ll also be sewing the Discomfort Blanket ready for installation and display when the Conservative Party conference is in town later this month – we’re talking about this at February’s session.

KWA session at the Upside Down


Important bits

  • £3.50 (£2 for kids) – includes food, equipment, tuition & mint tunes 🙂 
  • All food will be vegan, and you can buy hot and cold drinks. The coffee is ace! 
  • TOP TIP: If you need to park a car, then there is plenty of free on-street parking on Edward St, Topping St and Church St (near the Brew Room) from 6pm.
Knittaz With Attitude: 7 March 2022

Knittaz With Attitude: 7 March 2022

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The Discomfort Blanket

Yesterday our Knittaz With Attitude met to discuss and plan projects for later in the year.

Geared up from the amazing response to We’re Sew Done, we talked about how the Conservative Party conference is heading to Blackpool in March 2022 and decided that we should take this opportunity to send a message that highlights how the decisions of the current government have affected Blackpool people.

We decided that we would like to create a quilt to be displayed during the Conservative Party conference at the Winter Gardens on 18-19 March 2022.

We’re asking you to create a textile square that illustrates the ways that we’ve all been affected by the actions and inaction of the current government.

Making Details

The idea is to make a quilt which encapsulates all of our feelings and issues relating to the current government.Squares can contain text, patterns or images. The content is up to you, however we will start a thread (in the Facebook and Whatsapp groups) where you can list your general messages so that we have an idea of what everyone is doing.

  • Total size 200cm x 200cm
  • 3 rows of squares measuring 40cm x 40cm
  • 4 rows of squares measuring 20cm x 20cm
  • There will be 55 squares in total

We will be able to provide fabric and haberdashery. Feel free to use your own if you prefer. 

  • Blu and Catherine will start divvying up materials at Charabanc very soon.
  • We will create a quick form so that you can request your preferred square size(s)

Want to take part?

We’ve had to close the sign-up survey now as we’re getting very close to our deadline. Please keep an eye on our website/socials for future call outs. <3

Background reading

Craftivism

On Blackpool

Photo credit: The Craftivist Collective

We’re Sew Done Book: Donate & Pre-Order

We’re creating a We’re Sew Done book to document this project and raise funds for local women’s projects.

What is it?

Knittaz with Attitude wants to create a book that documents the project, showcases the artworks and most importantly highlights the experiences of women on the Fylde Coast. 

Cross stitch at Layton bus stop by Stephanie Cottle.
Featured in Big Issue North, January 2021

What we’re fundraising for

We need to pay for:

  • Print costs
  • An ISBN number (to help us sell copies through bookshops)
  • Design/layout work

Once the book has been published, we plan to donate proceeds to local women’s organisations and projects, specifically those who offer practical support to women experiencing violence and those working to improve women’s health and wellbeing.

It’s been a privilege to share the stories and experiences of women on the Fylde Coast and we hope that you can support the next stage of this project.

We started a crowdfunding campaign (with lots of lovely rewards) running from 24 January to 24 February 2022. 

Please donate what you can.

KWA November session

Book your spot now for the next Knittaz With Attitude sesh, which will take place on Monday 1 November 2021 at the Upside Down on Edward St.

Join us for a relaxed session at Upside Down. 

This month we’ll make mini wall hangings. We’ll explore a number of embroidery and tapestry techniques that combine the traditional with the contemporary and play with bold colour palettes, unusual textures and striking shapes. All equipment and materials provided. 

October’s Session

Come and check out our new host venue and help us to plan projects for 2021. 
Got some ideas? Well bring them along! 

Important bits

  • £3.50 (£2 for kids) – includes food, equipment, tuition & mint tunes 🙂 
  • All food will be vegan, and you can buy hot and cold drinks. The coffee is ace! 
  • TOP TIP: If you need to park a car, then there is plenty of free on-street parking on Edward St, Topping St and Church St (near the Brew Room) from 6pm.
Knittaz With Attitude: 1 November 2021

Knittaz With Attitude: 1 November 2021

£2.00 – £3.50

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Knittaz With Attitude: 11 October 2021

Join us for a relaxed session at the Upside Down.

This October we’re catching up on a very eventful past couple of months. We’ll talk about the We’re Sew Done exhibition, how it’s done and what next?

Come along for some friendly stitching: We’ll have all the equipment and supplies for knitting, crochet and embroidery. We’ll also have our resident textile pros on hand to help guide you and offer feedback.

  • All equipment and materials provided
  • Beginners warmly welcomed

Come and check out our new host venue and help us to plan projects for 2021.

Got some ideas? Well bring them along!

**Important bits**

£3.50 (£2 for kids) – includes food, equipment, tuition & mint tunes 🙂

All food will be vegan, and you can buy hot and cold drinks.

The coffee is ace!

TOP TIP: If you need to park a car, then there is plenty of on street parking nearby on Edward Street and Topping St from 6pm.

NOTE: If you want to make the mini wall hanging (from the postponed earlier session) we’ll be doing this in November.

KWA Reclaim These Streets

We’re doing what Knittaz do best, supporting Reclaim these Streets Blackpool & Fylde Coast craftivism-style. 

Crochet & embroidery, Joe Booth

Overview: We’re making small textile/craft works of art that will be strategically placed in public spaces to highlight the harassment and threats of violence that women face everyday.

Why? This means a lot to us. These are our experiences and we want to do something that helps people to understand the impact of everyday street harassment.

Embroidery & crochet, Kelly Gorrie

Our aim for this project is to draw attention and make an impact. Drawing attention is not something that us Knittaz ever need help with, so focusing on the ‘impact’ aspect, we think a collection of pieces will be far more dramatic than one piece, and more likely to inspire questions and conversation.

The Blackpool Reclaim These Streets event is currently planned for August/September 2021 so we’re aiming for then. This gives us a good bit of time to crack on and build a stash ready to be ‘displayed’ alongside the event. After this, pieces will be photographed at pinpointed locations on the Blackpool RTS map detailing locations of acts of street harassment around Blackpool. At the moment there’s 50+ locations so the more we can get the better!

The pieces will then be displayed in an exhibition at Blackpool Central Library over September 2021.

About your piece

  • We think it’s really important that the pieces are yours. We don’t want to tell you what you should say. 
  • They can be as big or small as you like, use as many or as little colours as you like, use whatever techniques you like, there can be words or not, or maybe an image.
  • We’d like the pieces to be cohesive, but only in a way that is recognisably us…. So bright colours where possible please. 
Cross stitch (work in progress) Stephanie Cottle.

Skills & Techniques
If you have an idea but you don’t know how to execute it, or if it’s a technique you don’t have knowledge of (or the equipment), let us know. We have lots of fabrics, yarns, tools etc. that we can lend out, and between us we have the skills to share, or collaborate with each other.

Want to take part?

Drop us a quick email and we’ll send send you a group invite.

Watch out, there’s a Foodbank Monster about…

Our Knittaz With Attitude have been busy making a colourful foodbank donation point monster for Blackpool Food Bank.

This woolly beastie is at Morrisons Squires Gate in Blackpool.

Staff say that foodbank donations are up and the kids love the “Om, nom, nom, burp and SLUUUUUURP!” sounds.

We have another monster at big ASDA on Cherry Tree Road and 2 more on the way, so watch this space…

Foodbank Monster at ASDA Cherry Tree Rd, Blackpool.
Photo from Adrian Pritchard

KWA: Blackpool Foodbank Project

Get knitting lads!

Attention #KnittazWithAttitude! We need you to help us with som lockdown knitting and crocheting. We’re after squares and strips for a wonderfully weird and woolly project that we’ve got on the go with Blackpool Food Bank.

It’s all a bit ‘secret treehouse’ at the moment so we can’t tell you too many details here, but if you fancy helping, drop us a message either by email or via Facebook message.