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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The Discomfort Blanket – update

Geared up from the amazing response to We’re Sew Done, Knittaz With Attitude talked about how the Conservative Party conference is heading to Blackpool in March 2022 and we 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. Group members created textile squares to illustrate the ways that we’ve all been affected by the actions and inaction of the current government.

This project didn’t just come about because it’s the Conservative party per se, it just happens that they are the party in government and they have the power to make changes. However a lot of the pieces that have been submitted do relate specifically to the Conservative Party; We asked the participants to share their feelings and they did just that.

The pieces cover a variety of topics. Some squares relate to NHS cuts, the Levelling Up agenda, fuel and food poverty, the hostile environment faced by refugees and the Windrush generation. Others look at poor health, low life expectancy, lack of social care, pay gaps and state pension inequality. It’s a real mix. 

The quilt will be displayed in Blackpool Town Centre at Charabanc, 1 Olympia Buildings, Coronation St, Blackpool, FY1 4NY from 18 March 2022.

Come and hang out with us in April

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.

Photo Gallery: The Halloween Crafternoon Tea Party

On Saturday 30 October we hosted artist Morgan Dowdall for some magical inclusive ceramics workshops at Blackpool Central Library. The relaxed Halloween gathering was hosted by Harry Clayton-Wright and attendees created striking ceramic collages inspired by the theme of magic.

This event was part of the Crafts Council’s 50th anniversary celebrations which consist of a season of nationwide exhibitions, learning events, fairs, and digital activities that celebrates the value of craft to empower, enrich and connect our society. We were super chuffed to be selected as a Make! Craft Live! partner.

Beautiful photos by Colette Moore (IG: @coletteedits)

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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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 December open house: Curry & Art Chat

Join us for a lovely bit o’ curry and a convo at our last meet-up of 2019.

We’re going to have an around the table conversation about what you lovely arty folk are up to and what you’d like to see in Blackpool in 2020. Kind of a cultural wish-list!

We’re feeling festive, so this is a free open session. Anyone with an interest in the arts and culture in Blackpool will be warmly welcomed.

If you’re feeling crafty, you can also make a Christmas decoration to take home or you can bring your own art/craft project to get on with while we chat.

All food will be vegan, hot drinks and squash provided.

IMPPORTANT!
***Please respond to our Facebook event with ‘going’ to let us know if you are definitely coming, if you’re not sure, just choose ‘interested’ or you can email us …we don’t want to be left with a tonne of leftovers, ta!***

Interactive Cinema: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Something peculiar this way comes…

 

Join us for an evening of storytelling and mystery as we celebrate Ransome Riggs’ gothic fantasy tale of time travel and transformation.

On Friday 9 November, we’re bringing Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, to Garstang Library for a free interactive screening featuring crafts and a time-travel treasure hunt.

Based on the novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, Tim Burton’s film adaptation follows 16-year-old Jacob Portman on an adventure that spans different worlds and times.

After he discovers mysterious clues left by his Grandfather, Jacob finds a magical island orphanage existing beyond space and time. There he meets the exceptional Miss Peregrine, who protects a group of orphaned (or ‘peculiar’) children, each with a signature ability, who are in danger from from a sinister threat.

What special powers will Jacob uncover?

Have the peculiars met their match with the sinister hollowgast?

Find out on 9 November.

Who knows, you may meet a real ymbryne…

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Times: Doors will open at 6pm, with the film starting at 6:35pm.

Tickets: FREE – book here!

Dressing up is not essential, but is warmly encouraged!

Film info:  Director:Tim Burton. Duration: 2h 7 mins. Cert: 12A

Trailer: https://bit.ly/2OkjWeb

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About us: We’re a Blackpool-based community cinema group that has been popping up in different Fylde Coast locations since 2011.

In 2017, we won Best Single Event at the UK Cinema For All Awards. We’re completely volunteer run and led; film is our passion as is dressing up and having lots of fun. Come and say hello!