A Craft-Tea Afternoon

In honour of Buy Nothing Day, I held a little “Craft-Tea Afternoon” yesterday. It was going to be a Craft-Tea Party, but that sounded too scary to an introvert :-p. I invited a few friends and neighbours round and we stitched up pieces for the Craftivist Collective’s Jigsaw Project. To save people from spending ages with scissors and Bondaweb, I had made up plenty of jigsaw pieces beforehand and set out bowls of yummy threads, buttons, ribbons and so on, together with information about the project, and ideas of things to write on the pieces:

table set for stitch-in

In case anyone wanted to try out some cross-stitch or backstitch alphabets, I copied a bunch of these, and had markers and pencils available to:

markers and alphabets

I was pleased that so many folk came and took part – with ages ranging from 10 to 60ish. We ate cake, drank tea, stitched and chatted:

stitchin hands in orange thread
cross stitch bravery
stitchin hands
a piece in progress

Altogether, a lovely way to spend Buy Nothing Day! And to boot, we have all these beautiful jigsaw pieces to send off:

puzzle pieced together

The #imapiece Project runs until spring 2013, so there is still time to take part – go to the website to find out more. If you don’t have fabric & Bondaweb & need a little help, then you can now buy a kit for £3 from the Craftivist Collective folksy shop – check it out here. And for those who are not at all craftily inclined, then please consider signing the Save the Children Race Against Hunger petition, which you can find here.

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7 thoughts on “A Craft-Tea Afternoon

  1. Ben Naga says:

    A lovely idea. 🙂

  2. Loved the visuals and the way they connected to reveal a story! I remain curious and so would like to ask you something if I may. Tell me, do you visualise aspects in your life using metaphors?


  3. Slizzy says:

    Hi Vivjm, you are such an inspiration. I signed up for the Jigsaw project last night.

  4. oanh says:

    This quilt and your What a World quilt are lovely, and rather tempting me towards quilting…

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