Wednesday, 18 June 2014


Today we celebrate four years of Darn It & Stitch. Thanks a million for all your support so far. Let's see what else we can squeeze in to these four walls this coming year.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Crafty Networking event at the Pitt Rivers Museum Thursday 6th March

Crafty Networking event at the Pitt Rivers Museum Thursday 6th March. It's free and there will be a talk by basket weaver Sherry Doyal on her craft and its link to the collections of the Pitt Rivers.

Friday, 13 September 2013

Calling all you creatives!

For a little while now Helen, the director of O3 Gallery and I have been developing a series of events to bring the creative community of Oxford together. We have recently been able to join forces with the lottery funded Need Make Use team at the Pitt Rivers Museum and as a result 'Crafty Networking' has been born.

The idea of these events is to bring together anyone with a creative interest together to meet and mingle. We like to think of it as a melting pot of skills and ideas with inspiration a plenty. We would love you to join us, whether you are a practicing artist, are working in a creative profession, or are interested in developing your creative career.

To kick off the event illustrator Phillip J Jones will talk about his own practice and experience. Please have of read of the information below and the Pitt Rivers Museum events page, and I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

We are 3!

Darn It & Stitch is three years old on 18th June 2013 and my my haven't we grown!
A huge thank you and a high five for your continued loyalty, enthusiasm and of course spending of your hard earned pennies within these four little walls. We wouldn't be here with out you.

So, its onwards and upwards with many more gorgeous and brilliant products to come this year. 

See you all soon!

Jo x

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Summer School of Stitch

Simple Summer Stitching with Anna of Custom Made UK

Want the good news? It’s not long now till school’s out for summer !

Want the even gooder news? At Pinworks, there’ll be no putting chairs on desks and tidying away rulers! Oh no, no. We’ll be cleaning off our blackboard, and polishing our pins for our exciting new Summer School.

Yes, we’re working with the lovely Anna of Custom Made UK to bring you a small but perfectly formed series of short classes to help beginner and younger sewers get started on the sewing ladder.

Cherry pick your favourite class, or choose them all – it’s up to you. Just don’t forget to bring an apple for teacher! (Only joking... we’ll have enough cake to go round for everyone!)

For bookings or enquiries call 01865 366 378 or email

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Lesson 1: Customise a plain t – shirt
7th July 2-4pm. £23 per person
Bring a t-shirt that needs some love and Anna will show you how to add a pocket and sleeve detail – result? Instant zsush!

Lesson 2: Make a pin cushion and needle case
14th July 2-4pm £23 per person
So, if you’re serious about this sewing lark, you’ll need some good gear right? Right. Anna will show you how to make your own pin cushion and needle case so you’ll never want to stop sewing!

Lesson 3: Super simple purse
28th July 2-4pm £23 per person
Learn how to sew while making something rather awesome – this very cute but deceptively simple purse.

For lesson 1, please bring your own T-shirt. All other materials are included in the price for each class.
Classes are suitable for beginners, and younger sewers (min age 12)

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Pattern Cutting 2013

Hand’s up all those who have the perfect outfit in mind but just can’t seem to find the right pattern... Soooo frustrating isn’t it?

Have no fear lovely stitchers.... We have the answer! Cut out the middle man and design your own! Yep, Pinworks is coming to the rescue with a new series of Pattern Cutting courses.

Aimed at those who already have some sewing experience.

Beautiful blouses: Design and make your own top or blouse    £280*
6 week course: Wednesday evenings September 4th to October 9th
6.30 to 9.30pm    

You will learn how to draft and cut blouse/top patterns to your measurements, using a basic pattern block (template), and we’ll also teach you all the construction techniques and tips you will need to create a high quality finish.

Stunning skirts: Design and make your perfect six and four panelled skirt    £370*
8 weeks course: Wednesday evenings 23rd October to 11 December
6.30 to 9.30pm    

We'll take you right through every step of pattern drafting . You will construct your own basic skirt pattern block (template) and then design and make your own skirt. After this course, you will never need to buy a skirt pattern again!

Venue: These classes are held at the Lake Street Community Centre, Lake Street, Oxford

*Payment by installment option is available

Spaces are limited, so grab a spot while you can! Call the Pinworks hot line 01865 366 378 or email

About the tutor: Christine Eady is a freelance designer and pattern cutter, working both with private clients and on commercial projects, designing children’s wear, high street fashion and made to measure. She has taught Fashion and Textiles to students seeking a career in the clothing industry as well as on community based programmes. She was employed as pattern cutter for the Oxford fashion design emporium Annabelinda....  and is an all round lovely lady!