Thursday, November 10, 2005

Free Knitting Patterns

Knitting Help has a page of links to free patterns for knitted toys.

This page has patterns for character toys and animals such as Santa, a witch etc.

This book has the cutest and quirkiest knitted toys I've seen in a while - robots, two-headed toys and rabbits. There are only limited copies remaining here for order (as of January 25, 2006).

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

StitchnBitch this Sunday

StitchnBitch is on this Sunday November 6th at 2.30pm.

Meet at the Orange Tree, Haebangchon, with directions here.

BYO craft and see you there!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Directions and Map to the Orange Tree (StitchnBitch meeting place)

We no longer meet at the Orange Tree.
For directions to the new location, please refer here:

Directions to Cafe T+.

Stitch n Bitch meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month at 2.30pm, at the Orange Tree Restaurant and Bar in Haebangchon, near Itaewon in Seoul.

If you arrive at 2.30pm exactly and no one is there, please be patient - someone will arrive by 3pm at the latest.

The Orange Tree is about 10 minutes walk from Noksapyeong station, one station down from Itaewon station.

1. Take the subway to Noksapyeong station, on line 6, the brown line.
2. Take exit 2 and walk straight down the hill to the end.
3. On the left will be the entrance to an army base, and just past that, there is a wall of kimchi pots. Walk past the kimchi pots and follow this side road up.
4. Walk up past houses for about 5 mins until you reach some shops.
5. The Orange Tree is on the right side of the road, with a bright orange sign. There is a coffee and donuts shop on the ground floor.
6. Take the stairs to the second floor.

If you're lost phone Marie at 010 3147 4354

1. Take a bus to the Haebangchon bus stop. It's just near Namsan-3-tunnel.
To find a bus, use the interactive bus map in English here.
2. Get off the bus and go right, down the hill.
3. On the left will be the entrance to an army base, and just past that, there is a wall of kimchi pots. Walk past the kimchi pots and follow this side road up.
4. Walk up past houses for about 5 mins until you reach some shops.
5. The Orange Tree is on the right side of the road, with a bright orange sign. There is a coffee and donuts shop on the ground floor.
6. Take the stairs to the second floor.

Map to the Orange Tree, Haebangchon

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Craft Markets

Seoul: Hongdae Free Market
This market happens in the park outside the entrance gate of Honggik University. There's stalls with handmade goods and crafts, secondhand clothes, jewellry.

To get a stall, you must put in an application with the market organiser. While Kristin, the original Seoul StitchnBitcher had her application rejected for uncertain reasons, she set up a small stall on the street just outside the markets and had no problems.

The markets are on Saturday and Sunday, and start mid-morning, and finish around dusk.

Craft Fairs and Bazaars
With a punky twist on the typical craft bazaar and cake stall, diy craft communities have started to hold their own craft shows.

Art vs. Craft

DIY Trunk Show


Renegade Craft Fair

Bazaar Bizarre

Bizarre Bazarr

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Craft and Knitting Blogs

Some knitting blogs and general craft blogs. But what's a blog?


Sew Wrong
An entertaining and interesting sewing blog by several authors doing a range of sewing projects with step-by-step instructions.

Not Martha
Not Martha is a craft blog with instructions on how to make simple crafts and lots of postings on other craft projects and ideas.

Loose Tooth
Just one of the blogs of crafter, artist and designer Brandy, who knits, sews, paints and makes jewellry as well as selling her craft online and participating in local craft and diy fairs. This blog, her "art" blog, hasn't been updated for a quite a while but it's still inspiring stuff!

Whip Up is a multi author site with contributors from around the world united by a passion for making things, for beautiful design and for a desire to share ideas with others. This website has been created in order to bring the best original and exciting crafts to the attention of many.

Extreme Craft A compendium of craft masquerading as art, art masquerading as craft, and craft extending its middle finger

Scissorina scissorina (sizz-oh-reenah) noun, a female, scissor wielding multi-tasking crafter, often found drinking beer in large packs pretending to knit.

Crafster the Blog
A blog from one of the women behind the craft forum site, with her own craft activities and Craft Challenges to blog readers.


Knitting in Public
A blog following the knitting and yarn adventures of Kylie Gusset, from Melbourne StitchnBitch.

Unravelled Random thoughts and pictures to document the knitting habit.

Another Blog About Crochet and Knitting
because we can never have enough.

Elabeth Knits

Handmade Crafts for Sale

Etsy is a site by crafters for crafters. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to sell their handmade items, without the hassle of setting up an entire website and with much lower fees than eBay. Etsy is for selling anything that is handmade, from clothes to furniture to computer cases, so let your crafting run wild.

Crafty Bitch
CraftyBitch bags are 100% handmade, one-of-a-kind creations made from unexpected materials and a wild imagination.

Crafty Chica
Original, fabulous, shiny, glittery, cultural art made by Patrick Murillo and Kathy Cano Murillo in our sunny Phoenix, AZ, living room since 1990! This site also has some craft projects.

Sublime Stitching
The ultimate funky embroidery site. Order embroidery patterns and sets.

Gorgeous handmade guitar straps, belts and accessories.

Austin Craft Mafia
We're just ten independent business owners in Austin, TX who share similar beginnings in fashion, craft and art. Each lady of the ACM owns and operates a respected and established business that represents the DIY spirit and brings her own individual talents to the group. The site has links to fashion and craft sites.

Storybox Purses
Storyboxes purses are made by taking empty wooden cigar boxes, paint them, collage them with all sorts of vintage and reproduction vintage elements (whatever suits my fancy!), then coating them with glaze for protection.

State of Delirium
This website has handmade bags, record bowls and some original jewelry made from antique dominos.

Sew Nifty
Knitted and sewn handbags and ponchos. All Sew Nifty handbags are either a one-of-a-kind designs or produced in small, limited quantities. All designs are original with alot of attention to small details, handmade in my home studio with a portion of the profits being donated to Diabetes Research and Treatment.

Queen Bee Creations
Queen Bee Creations is best known for its collection of bags made from vinyl, belts, wallets, click coin purses and other cool handmade accessories. Really nice stuff!

Not Without My Handbag
A designer from San Francisco who makes pop-culture infused accessories like album cover purses, keyboard jewellry, and wallets made from album covers, baseball cards, donut boxes and more.

Sew Dorky
Makers of fine handstitched felt donuts.

Kim White Handbags
Made from Vintage Automotive fabrics, Kim White uses dead stock never-used textiles intended for use in American automobiles: cars, trucks and vans.

Uncommon Goods
We are combining the treasures of a specialty boutique, the great finds of a craft show, discoveries from a faraway bazaar, along with some enduring classics.

Ex Libris Anonymous
Handmade journal and blank books made from old book covers.

Crafting Groups

Stitch n Bitch
The group that started it all!

The Church of Craft
The Church of Craft aims to create an environment where any and all acts of making have value to our humanness. By promoting creativity, we offer access to a non-denominational spiritual practice that is self-determined and proactive. There are Churches of Craft in major cities around the world.

Writing in the Stitch n Bitch Blog

This blog is available for anyone to read, and for members of Seoul StitchnBitch to write. To write in this blog, you must first join the StitchnBitch mailing list.

Write in the StitchnBitch Blog
When you join the mailing list, you will be invited to become a "team member" of this blog. If you don't have a blogger account already, you'll be prompted to create one. Blogger accounts are free. Once you have your own blogger account, you can login to Blogger and start writing!

This blog has an administrator, and team members. Team members can either be Administrators or not. Administrators can edit all posts (not just their own), add and remove team members (and grant admin access), and modify blog properties. Non-admins can only post to the blog.

All About Blogs

Blogger Help

After you login to the website, click on the Help button in the top right corner to access Blogger's comprehensive help section. Links to some basic topics in the help pages are below.

Writing an entry in the blog: how to write a post, the icons in the "Post Editor" and making a link to another website in my post.

Posting Pictures in the Blog

Team Blogs: small groups of people contribute to a single blog

Profiles: What is a profile?

Monday, July 04, 2005

DIY Crafts: Sites with project instructions

She Made This
This site has a long list of craft projects, including paper mache box lights, marble magnets and 80s earrings. There's also a community forum where crafters post crafts, and pics of contributor's creations. is a repository for hip, crafty, diy (do it yourself) projects. People who have crafty urges, but who are not excited by cross stitched bunnies and crocheted toilet paper cozies, can show off their current craft projects, ask advice on future projects and get inspiration for new endeavors. Whenever possible, members are encouraged to post pictures of the steps involved in making a project as well as the final results. Special emphasis is placed on projects that involve recycling, reusing and repurposing existing objects.

Get Crafty htpp://
Getcrafty has been around since 1997. It started as a zine called Crafty Lady, then morphed into a full web site with forums, reviews, craft blogs - a very community-orientated site.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Monday, April 04, 2005

Volunteer Opportunities in Seoul and throughout Korea

If you're interested in donating some of your time to volunteering, there's a list below of women's, human rights, cultural and environmental organisations in Seoul that are looking for volunteers.

I think the main work you'd be doing is proofreading and editing, and you can negotiate the time and amount of work directly with the organisation. But there's also teaching, cuddling babies and organic farming, so check it all out!!

KWHL Korea Women's Hot Line
My friend did part-time editing for this organisation, email her with any questions (Christina: but contact Gwen below if you want to volunteer. They need people from April - June because they are holding a conference about domestic violence and the women's movement in Asia.
(100-391) the House of Women's Peace,
38-84, Jangchoongdong 1ga, Junggu, Seoul, South Korea
Contact Number) 82-2-2269-2962
Fax Number) 82-2-2269-1823
Contact name: Gwen
Korea Women's Associations United
ph 02-2273-9535 /
Korea Women's Associations United(KWAU) was created on February 18, 1987 to unite the power of women's organizations working for women's rights and democracy. Currently KWAU has 5 regional sections and 28 member organizations, representing the progressive women's movement in Korea.

KWAU strives to achieve three primary goals :
1) to build an equal society free from institutional discrimination so that women can enjoy equal rights with men and live with dignity and pride.
2) to build a democratic society where everyone's political, economic, social and cultural rights are fully guaranteed.
3) to build a reunified Korea, where South and North Korea become one nation.

Women Making Peace
(Phone) 02-929-4846 (e-mail)

Women Making Peace is a specialized movement organization formed to realize reunification and peace on the Korean peninsula and to make peace in Asia and the world.Our organization was founded on March 28 1997. We conduct research on the conditions and methods necessary for
the peaceful reunification of Korea, and present policies toward that goal from a feminist perspective. We try to facilitate the equal participation of women in the settlement of conflicts and disputes and to promote women's leadership in peace-making at home and abroad. We work in
solidarity with international peace groups, exchanging information concerning peace and security and thus expanding international women's peace-making networks.

Korean WomenLink
(Office) 02-737-5763 (e-mail)
Womenlink consists of 4 departments : Department of Equality, Sexual violence counseling center, Department of Alternatives etc.

Peace Network :Civil Network for a Peaceful Korea
(Office) 02-733-3509
Major Activities
1. Constant Monitoring of Foreign and Domestic Media Reports on the Korean Peninsula
2. Active Efforts to List Arms Reduction Issues
3. Regular Conferences on Peace on the Korean Peninsula
4. Translation of Local and Foreign Media Reports

Sarangbang Group for Human Rights
(Office) 2-741-5363 (e-mail)
SARANGBANG Group for Human Rights is an independent non-governmental organization to expand the base of human rights advocacyto spread human rights viewpoints to every corner of society to popularize and internationalize human rights advocacyto build a progressive human
The Korean Council for the women drafted for military sexual slavery by japan
(office)02-365-4016 (e-mail)

Citizens' Movement for Environmental Justice
(Office) 02-743-4747

Our members also participate in our life-saving programs by writing letters on behalf of prisoners of conscience, signing urgent petitions and helping organize massive campaigns for human rights.
Members of the Urgent Action Network respond quickly in crisis situations, making phone calls and sending letters, faxes, telegrams and emails when individuals are in danger of torture in detention or are suffering health emergencies requiring immediate attention. If you would like to join Urgent Action Network, there is an anual membership fee of 5000 won per year.
To join or for further questions, please contact at 02-730-4756 or email to us at

Jane did part-time editing for this organisation, email her with any questions.
Green Hub is comprised of volunteers for the international affairs team of KFEM (Korean Federation for Environmental Movement, Friends of the Earth Korea). We assist the internatjonal affairs team in preparing for international conferences, contacting foreign organizations, informing the world about Korean environmental issues and informing Koreans about international environmental issues.
Join through their website or email

Yheesan Volunteering at Orphanages (Korea-wide)
Yheesun is a group of volunteers such as you coming together in a common effort to help children in need. Our only goals are to share our time, experiences and love with children. Volunteering involves spending one afternoon a week at an orphanage.
Join through their website.

Korean Red Cross International Volunteers
The KRCIV is a special volunteer unit of the Korea National Red Cross reporting to KNRC HQ through the KNRC IRD. Our members are drawn from all walks of life, Koreans and foreigners, within country and abroad. The basic goal of the KRCIV is to save lives and help people. Our secondary goal is to strengthen cooperative relations between the people of Korea and those from other nations.
Join through their website.

WWOOFing stands for Willing Workers on Organic Farms. Wwoof volunteers work on organic farms all over the world in exchange for food and board. To be a volunteer or "wwoofer", you are required to join the Korean WWOOF organisation. Join and find a farm to stay at on their website

CCAP: Cross-Cultural Awareness Program
CCAP is a program run by UNESCO. The main volunteer activity is called "Regular Class" in which foreigners present a class about their culture to Korean young people, in a Korean public school. CCAP is not just for providing Korean students with knowledge of specific cultures, but more for sharpening their thoughts and attitudes in favour of cultural diversity and open-mindedness. The other volunteer activity is called "Caravan", in which volunteers take weekend trips and present interactive classes to present their culture to Korean students in remote areas. The teams also have Q&A sessions for students to have their questions answered and a one night stopover with Korean families allowing both sides to further share cultural experiences.
To join, visit their website


Tuesday, March 29, 2005

First Official Seoul SNB a roaring success!

The first official Seoul StitchnBitch was held March 20th at Our Place, Itaewon.

Dee, Kristin, Andy, Allison, Mac, Talilla, ChuHui, Karloyn, Liz and Jane came along. An excellent attendence by excellent men and ladyfolk! The projects ranged from scarves and blanket squares to coasters, phone covers and general creative craftiness.

The Seoul SNB mailing list was also set up.

And some photos....

Yup, Seoul stitchnbitch is this good.

Talilla knits a rectangle for her blanket.

Andy knits his much-admired scarf.

Karolyn peruses the patterns from

Chuhui cuts out felt shapes to sew.

...and voila! Chuhui's embroidery.

Dee's gorgeous scarf. By the end of the afternoon it is finished, and with Mac's help, some tassles added.

The beginning of Jane's square for the stitch n bitch blanket.

Karolyn's kewl cat. Note the cat's stragically placed third eye.

Allison, Kristin and Mac - the knitting production line.


...and just a sample of her funky crafting.

Mac crochets a square for the stitch n bitch blanket.

Mac's beautifully finished crochet square.

Allison's knitting needles are her new friends.

Monday, March 14, 2005

Next Stitch n Bitch March 20

Where: Our Place Restaurant and Bar, 7th Floor
Exit 3 Itaewon Station, Itaewon, Seoul
When : 4pm
Call : Jane on 010 4440 7905 for more information or email

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Stitch n Bitch February 27th

Christina, Catherine and Mac admiring the view from Mac's apartment on the 22nd floor. You can't actually see the view, but trust me, it was spec-tac-ular!

Mac is also WICKED cook and superb host. Sumptuous spead included falafels, pita bread, miso/tahini sauce and salad.

Christina, taking a break from her knitting - the cutest grey square in knitting history, guaranteed.

Christina shares a private joke with her dear grey square.

Coy Catherine with the baby blanket she's knitting for her friend having twins.

Mac, the creme de la crochet.

Mac industriously working on one of the many crocheted squares for the StitchnBitch blanket.
Total squares from the group so far: 7
Total squares made by Mac: 7
Enough said! Mac rocks!

Camera-shy Jane's orange scarf.

Stitch n Bitch regulars: Christina, Mac, Jane and Catherine.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

stitch n bitch seoul is go!

A brief history of Stitch n Bitch in Seoul, South Korea thus far:

2004: Seoul Stitch n Bitch begins...
Kristin Nelson, crafter and artist extraordinaire, brings Stitch n Bitch to Korea! Kristin organised several crafting afternoons on Sundays at her apartment in Mapo. Crafting included knitting, knitting-to-be-felted, hanji boxes, notebook making, and editing (ok, not a craft, but a valiant and valid attempt for the differently-crafted to join in the fun).

As well as the excellent company, Kristin's delicious food and warm hosting made Stitch n Bitch an inspiring, productive and very enjoyable time. THANK YOU KRISTIN! YOU ROCK!

Sadly, Kristin is now back in Canada but her legacy carried on, and in 2005, Stitch n Bitch began happening on a regular basis at people's houses in Seoul.

Jane, Mac, and Christina were all been hosts, and Catherine, who lives out of town, came to every meeting and led many attendees through the basics of knitting. Mac did the same for crochet. Christina and Jane had no skills to offer but did make nice food. As did Mac, obviously the most skilled among us!

2005: Stitch n Bitch has the technology!
The Stitch n Bitch website/blog (yep, you're reading it!) is set up, due to the persistant reminders of Catherine and computer of Jane. As you can see, it's still in its infancy but doting mum thinks it'll grow up fast.

Stitch n Bitch leaves home...
Thus far, people came to Stitch n Bitch through word of mouth, and the mailing list of Belles of Queerea, a list for queer women in Korea.

While holding craft afternoons in people's houses is nice and cosy, it was generally agreed that a public place would be better, and enable more people to come and enjoy. It was also time that information about SNB got out to all crafters in Seoul and beyond.

Seoul Stitch n Bitch's history so far is short, small and sweet. Hopefully, it will become long, big, and sweeter with more bitchin!

Friday, March 04, 2005

About Seoul Stitch n Bitch

Seoul Stitch n Bitch is a fortnightly crafting get-together, held in Itaewon, Seoul, South Korea. We meet at 2.30pm at the Orange Tree Cafe/bar (exit 2, Noksapyeong Station) on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month. Directions to Our Place are here.

All crafters welcome. BYO knitting, needlework, felting, crochet, art, doodling, whatever! If you don't know how to do a craft, just bring the materials along and someone will be happy to teach you.

Basically people show up, order coffee or drinks, and do their crafts whilst chatting with other people. People can stay as long as they like...most people leave at 5 or 6pm, and sometimes have dinner together afterwards.

and for some demographics : ) .... it's mainly women, ages range from mid-20s to late 40s, the common language is English, and most people are English teachers. We're an easy-going and friendly bunch!

Stitch n Bitch also has a mailing list, where you can receive reminders about the next meeting, and post to the list. Join the list or read old emails here: Seoul StitchnBitch mailing list.
It's not a "heavy duty" mailing list though! (i.e. won't clog up your inbox)

Buying craft materials in Seoul

Fabric, felt, wool, sewing and knitting supplies, beads, jewellry making supplies, embroidery thread

Dongdaemun Shopping Town, Dongdaemun.
Dongdaemun Shopping Town has a pretty good range of wool (basement), beads (5th floor), sewing supplies (ground floor) and fabric (2nd floor). It's a tall white building with "Dongdaemun Shopping Town" written in large letters. It used to be called "Dongdaemun Chain Store", and this name might still be used on old maps.

You can buy wool in separate balls for 4000 - 7000 won or a pack of 4 for 20 - 30 000 won. You can try bargaining a little if you're buying more than one ball. Fabric is sold by the yard.

It's open daily EXCEPT SUNDAYS from around 10am - 6pm.

1. Catch the subway on line 1 (dark blue) or 4(light blue) to Dongdaemun station.
2. Take exit 8 or 9. The building is on the corner, across a parking lot and next to Chongyechon stream.

1. Catch the subway on line 2 (green) 4 (light blue) or 5 (purple) to Dongdaemun Stadium station.
2. Take exit 14 and walk straight ahead past Migliore and Doota shopping centres until you come to Cheonggye stream (which runs under the road).
3. Cross the road, and Dongdaemun Shopping Center, the white building, will be on the other side.

If you get horribly lost, there is a tourist information centre at the entrance of Dongdaemun Stadium itself.

Yarn, knitting needles, crochet yarn, crochet hooks, felting material

Small yarn shops, Myeongdong Underground Shopping Arcade, Myeongdong.
Between Lotte Department Store and Shinsegae Department store, there is an underground arcade that has lots of yarn shops. This arcade also specialises in record (LP) shops, hiking gear, and second hand cameras!

Beads, paint, canvas, art materials, ribbon, hanji paper, wrapping paper, felt, vinyl, jewelry making supplies

Alpha Stationary Store, Namdaemun Markets
Alpha is a chain of stationary stoes, and this branch of Alpha has five floors and has a great range of stationary and art supplies.

There are two male staff who speak English and are assigned to help foreigners. For shopping you must take a basket for your purchases, and when you have finished shopping on each floor, go to what looks like a register, where you will receive a receipt of your items. (You can't get a receipt for items from different floors all at once).Take these receipts for every floor to the ground floor, where you then pay at the main check-out.

Alpha is not inside Namdaemun Markets itself, but is a shop on one of the main roads around Namdaemun. It's near Gate 1 of the Namdaemun, but you'll be walkiing around the outside of the markets to get there from the subway.

Catch the subway to Hoehyon Station, line 4, and take exit 5.
Exit to the right, and follow the central shopping street down the slight hill till you pass an optical store, and see a staircase and yellow sign with Alpha in blue writing.

Hanji paper, cardboard boxes for decoupage, varnish, calligraphy brushes

Insadong paper shops, Insadong main street
There are a few shops along the main paved street with beautiful hanji paper and boxes and small trays to decoupage. There is one shop on the corner at the "Insadong crossroads" (see map) and also towards the Jonggak end of the street.

Take the subway line 3 to Anguk station, exit 6. Walk straight and in 100 metres you'll see the main street of Insadong on your left.
OR take the subway line 1 to Jonggak station. Walk straight and turn left.

Craft supplies right near the Former StitchnBitch meeting place, Noksapyeong

Map to craft shop in Noksapyeong

There is a small yarn shop in Noksapyeong, about 10 minutes away from the former StitchnBitch meeting place at the Orange Tree in Haebangchon. The shop sells a small variety of yarn, as well as embroidery thread, crochet and knitting needles, and cross stitch supplies.

The shop is daily but only sometimes open Sunday, sometimes not :/ !
The lady who works in it can only speak Korean, and is very friendly.

1. Take the subway on line 6 (brown) to Noksapyeong station.
2. Take exit 2 and walk straight down the hill.
3. Just past the bus stop, you'll see some stairs going under the main road. Take them, cross under and in the underpass, take the stairs to the left going up.
5. You'll come up on ground level outside some restaurants, and an entrance to guarded army building on your right. Cross the road to the Chinese restaurant.
6. Go right up the street and walk past some paint shops, a chicken shop and a vet for about 3 minutes.
7. The craft shop is on the left.