Rachael and Louise from Prick Your Finger (haberdashery shop in Bethnal Green), came in to the store last night for this fortnight's Wee Do. They gave a really entertaining talk about how their business started, with a knitting club called Cast Off, which met once a month on the London Underground's circle line. They taught commuters who popped on and off the tube, how to knit. Soon after the group started knitting in night clubs around the city, with the aid of a head torch (which inevitably ended up with everyone in club covered in wool!); getting involved with the V&A's Friday Lates; marching for peace "drop stitches not bombs"; a knitted wedding (oh yes!); to knitting on ice!
They now have this amazing shop in Bethnal Green. They have a great ethos for sourcing wools from the UK, and have a great compassion for the British farmer. They also use their shop as an exhibition space for local textile artists, who have something to say with their work; whether it be about politics, tradition, or a dedication to unsung heros.
Their...message from all this..."have a go!"
If you find yourself in Bethnal Green, pop in their shop. They have some amazing stories to tell, and have trully created a great community atmosphere.
260 Globe Road, Bethnal Green, London.
We hope to work with them again in the future :)
As with all our Wee Do talks, we will have a video from the evening available to view online soon...so watch this space!