Upcoming events we are participating in: 

Regent Street’s Summer Streets ‘Sustainability Weekend’ (FREE) * Drop In Workshop *

Sunday 18th August, 12 – 6pm

Join the Fabrications team at the Regent Street summer streets festival and pick up some key hand sewing skills to help you repair, re style and re love your clothes. The workshop is not only very informative, but also very enjoyable encouraging a mindful approach to clothing repairs. In our experience common repairs include such things as: hemming skirts or trousers, repairing holes in pockets, repairing small tears or rips in garments, sewing on missing buttons, mending moth holes and repairing or patching denim jeans which have worn away on the inside thigh area. No experience is needed, just your hands and enthusiasm! Fabric scraps, needles & thread will be provided to practice on but feel free to bring along clothes to work on directly. All additional resources provided.

The ‘sustainability’ weekend itself falls under a wider umbrella series of Summer Streets on Regent Street, which sees a full road closure of Regent Street on four Sunday’s throughout summer where retailers and restaurants come out onto the street to put on activities for Londoners and visitors alike. The sustainability focused weekend will take place on the third Sunday of the Summer Streets series on 18th August and we’ll have workshops and activities themed around the normal pillars of Summer Streets but also have more of a focus on sustainability on the street for all to enjoy and take part in. Free to attend, the aim of the festival is to make sustainability, fashion, style, food inclusive and open to everyone.

Knit & Knatter – an evening with Erika Knight at Fabrications

Friday 6th September, 6.30 – 9.30pm * Tickets £10 *

As part of this year’s Great London Yarn Crawl. We are hosting a special evening with Erika Knight  Erika is a highly respected knitwear and crochet designer, as well as the creator of her own sustainable yarn range.

Erika will be speaking about the processes behind her range of yarns and what makes them a sustainable choice for your knitting and crochet projects. There will be opportunity to squeeze yarns! Ask lots of questions and Erika will also be hosting an informal workshop of learning one of the lace stitches using her ‘Wool Local’ as incorporated in her pattern ‘Betty’

Included in your ticket will be some of the ‘Wool Local’ to try out the stitch, the pattern and wine/refreshments. All attendees also qualify for 10% discount on Erika Knight’s range of yarns on the night. Places are limited, please BOOK in advance. 

All aboard The Great London Yarn Crawl “InterKnitty Express”

Saturday 7th September, 9.30 – 5.30pm (FREE)

As part of this  year’s Yarn in the City Great London Yarn Crawl Super-Saturday, the East London Yarn Triangle Yarn and Tribe Yarns present 4 guided tours of the remarkable London Borough of Wool!

The ELYT tours will include trips to all 3 of Hackney’s wool shops, FabricationsKnit with Attitude and Wild and Woolly, with an optional extra leg on the Interknitty Express Train to Richmond’s Tribe  Yarns.

The Guided Tours are exclusively available to Great London Yarn Crawl Ticket Holders.

On your Guided tour, you will be  part of a group of ten knitters and crocheters with 2 local knitter guides, well versed in the stories and hidden haunts of this characterful and historic part of London. All the shops will be running special discounts and offers for  yarn crawlers. The tours are each named after one of our favourite historical local heroines and heros. Expect to hear more about them en route!

Two of the guided tours (Milly Witkop and Joanna Vassa) will be largely on-foot involving up to a 1.4 miles (30 minutes) walking between shops. The third and fourth guided tours (Mary Wollstonecraft and George Loddiges) will use public transport with a maximum walking distance between stops of 0.4 – 0.6 miles (10-15 minutes).

Each tour will begin at a shop which will provide breakfast for everyone in the group and a chance for you to all get to know each other. You will have about an hour in each shop and walking between shops will be at a leisurely pace to allow for sight-seeing, local-history telling, photo-taking and treat-buying. Lunch stops have been worked into each tour. There will be an optional fourth stop at Tribe Yarns in Richmond for any knitters wanting to continue by train to Richmond to visit Tribe Yarns.

BOOK YOUR PLACES ON THE TOURS HERE

Guided Tour Details:

The Milly Witkop Tour

Knit with Attitude (breakfast) – Fabrications – lunch – Wild and Woolly – (Tribe  Yarns option)

This tour will begin with breakfast at 9.30 at Knit with Attitude.

You will travel by train and foot from Knit with Attitude to Fabrications, and on foot from Fabrications to Wild and Woolly. We will have lunch en route in London Fields park. You can either buy lunch from the delicious food stalls in Broadway Market or bring your own. This tour will include an optional trip at the end by train from Hackney Central to Richmond to visit Tribe  Yarns. The maximum walking distance between stops on this tour is 1.4 miles.

The tour is expected to end at Wild and Woolly at 3.30, or for those continuing to Richmond, at Tribe Yarns at 5.30.

The Joanna Vassa Tour

Fabrications (breakfast) – Wild and Woolly – lunch – Knit with Attitude – (Tribe  Yarns option)

This tour will begin with breakfast at 9.30 at Fabrications.

You will travel on foot from Fabrications to Wild and Woolly and on foot from Wild and Woolly to Knit with Attitude. We will have lunch en route in Hackney Downs park. You can either buy lunch from the marvelous cafes in Clapton or bring your own.  Members of this tour will have the option to  join the group on the train at Dalston travelling onto Richmond to visit Tribe  Yarns. The maximum walking distance between stops on this tour is 1.4 miles.

The tour is expected to end at Knit with Attitude at 3.30, or for those continuing to Richmond, at Tribe Yarns at 5.30.

The Mary Wollstonecraft Tour

Wild and Woolly – Knit with Attitude – Fabrications

This tour will begin with breakfast at 9.30 at Wild and Woolly.

You will travel by bus from Wild and Woolly to Knit with Attitude, and by train from Knit with Attitude to Fabrications. We will have lunch en route in London Fields. You can either buy lunch from the delicious food stalls in Broadway Market or bring your own.   The maximum walking distance between stops on this tour is 0.4 miles.

The tour is expected to end at Fabrications  at 2.30

The George Loddiges Tour

Tribe Yarns (breakfast) – Wild and Woolly – lunch – Fabrications – Knit with Attitude

This tour will begin with breakfast at 9.30 at Tribe Yarns.

You will travel on the Interknitty Express Train from Tribe Yarns to Wild and Woolly, by bus from Wild and Woolly to Fabrications, and by train from Fabrications to Knit with Attitude. We will have lunch en route in London Fields park. You can either buy lunch from the delicious stalls at Broadway Market or bring your own.  Knitters on this tour wishing to return to Richmond at the end of the day will be able to catch a direct train from Dalston which is a short walk from Knit with Attitude. The maximum walking distance between stops on this tour is 0.6 miles.

The tour is expected to end at Knit with Attitude at 5.00

Peter Gibson “Artwear” at Fabrications

Exhibition & Activities

Tuesday 1st – Thursday 31st October

Exhibition Opening & ‘In Conversation with Peter Gibson & Alex Hooper’: Friday 4th October, 6.30 – 9pm

‘Artwear Guided Tour’ with Peter Gibson: Thursday 10th October, 6.30 – 9pm

1 day Workshop with Peter Gibson: Sunday 27th October, 11am – 5.30pm BOOK HERE

Peter Gibson calls himself a “Creativist”, a term he invented to describe his professional life as an Artist, Filmmaker, and Musician. He studied Fine Art and Pedagogy at Liverpool College of Art and Design in the early Sixties.

In the Seventies, he received a Kodak Scholarship to study Film at Postgraduate level at the Slade School of Fine Art, London. There he met his lifelong creative partner, Alex Hooper. In 1971, they directed and produced their acclaimed film “The Turning Point”, a music documentary about the Blues Legend, John Mayall. They were commissioned by the BBC in 2004, to make a further documentary entitled “John Mayall, Godfather of the British Blues”.

Peter is a classically trained Musician and a Multi-instrumentalist turning his hand to the piano, violin, guitar and his most favourite; the trombone, as well as any kind of percussive instrument .( He call forth a brilliant sound from dustbin lids !! )

At boarding school, he discovered Jazz and Blues and so began a lifelong passion for this music. In 1967, in his first professional lecturing role, he met three aspiring musicians, and together they formed the renowned Brett Marvin and the Thunderbolts Blues Band. The Band had an eccentric and unusual style that endeared them to the public. From the Sixties to the Eighties they had hit records, and toured regularly on the University and Festival scene in the UK and Europe.

Peter began embroidering denim jackets – the stereotypical “Muso’s uniform ”– to relieve the boredom of endless motorway journeys. He was entirely self taught and would always have an embroidery project “on the go” whilst touring . He has been “Jacketing” for over fifty years and continues to find this method of creative expression fully absorbing . Peter has been described as a “Painter with Threads” . He has his own visual language of “Stitchery” which is unique in its colour, design and way of working. He fabricates repeating motifs of colourful beings, musical notes, stars, and zigzags as well as text of song lyrics or notable phrases relevant to the subject matter .

Peter works intuitively with various types of embroidery skeins to create rich textured and tonal “landscapes” using the structure of the panels of the denim jacket as his canvas . He incorporates beads, charms, studs, buttons and applique as well as acrylics, inks and household paints depending on the subject matter .

The jackets evolve over time and the longest jacket “process” took three years to complete . Inspiration for the Jacket Creations comes from a range of sources. He has “brought into being” Musical Tribute jackets to composers Beethoven and Mozart as well as to musical heroes Howlin’ Wolf, Petie Wheatstraw and Chuck Berry. These designs arose in an intuitive and spontaneous way. Peter has embroidered jackets for family members. He consults with them asking the question  “What makes you Tick ?”. This generates ideas and imagery forming the basis of the jacket design which becomes a manifested portrait of the person wearing it .

Several jackets have been professional Commissions , two of these were purchased for the permanent collection of Falmouth Municipal Art Gallery  A unique jacket with an integral audiovisual component was commissioned by the Gallery to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Nelson’s victory and death at the Battle of Trafalgar. Pete calls this jacket “Nelson as a Rock Star “. His most recent project, just completed, was a commission for  well known Opera Singer, Theresa Cahill. This jacket celebrates her love of Mozart’s music and the illustrious composers whose work she has performed throughout her international career.

Peters calls his Jackets “Artwear”, as each is an Art Piece in itself BUT also a functional item of clothing. Come along to one of our special events this month and meet Peter and his Artwear in person in their fullness.