Thursday, 17 June 2010


I am deeply saddened to hear that our friend Sebastian Horsley died yesterday. Sebastian inspired me to write, and I loved the way he made himself into an institution, by being a dandy, designing his clothes, making beautiful paintings - doing strange things. He just got on with what he had to do, constantly cutting against the grain, and asking questions we never dared. He gave us permission to speak and behave with with honesty and passion.

The phrase Prick Your Finger had been floating around in my head for a while, but it was when I wondered what I would tell Sebastian our shop was going to be called, that I realized that was it's name. I used to see Sebastian in Soho, in the Colony, or drinking hot chocolate with our mutual friend. He talked about death in a special way, and I kind of hoped he would out live us all, so that whenever we were frightened or saddened by death, he could be there, to slip us a quote, which might make us laugh and marvel at the power of nature and emotions.

You can read all about this tragic accident in the press.
He wore darkness, but I will remember Sebastian as being full of light and life, and sparks going off everywhere.

I'm have to go out now, so I will improve on this post later.
Big love to him and all his loved ones.


Please join us for 'Salon Bench Project - Bethnal Green' on Friday 2nd July, 3-6pm.
Salon Bench Project is the brain child of artist- curator Trevor Pitt and Kate Pemberton.
The Bethnal Green bench is one of eight benches being made by knitting groups across the UK, as part of 'The Knitting Salon'.
We are all asked to knit a 'plank' in Herdwick Moss Stitch, either at home alone, or in a gang at Prick Your Finger where we can discuss some hot topics and drink tea, taking it in turns to sit on the bench.
If you knit at home, Trevor explains,
"A plank is quite quick to knit, it's repetitive and relaxing and you can knock one out through two episodes of Corrie."
By adding planks we will be joining a nationwide gang, who we can meet as the benches tour the country.
Knitting packs are free, and if you can do knit and purl, you are most welcome.


Louise has been looking for an environmentally friendly solution for replacing the printer ink cartridge for ages. We were quite happy buying them from 'Advantage', who buy up the old cartridges from the re-cycling, and refill them.
Last week, Louise was having a chat with the nice man at Advantage, about a cartridge problem , and the nice man said that he will no longer be able to supply us, because our printer is made by Cannon, who are buying up all their old cartridges and sending them to land fill.
The nice ink man then sent us a credit note, and we noticed what lovely hand writing he had. We will be sorry not to trade with him for the time being, but he can still fill cartridges from other companies.Naughty Cannon, perverse Cannon, dirty Cannon, we are disappointed in you.


We are delighted to tell you that John Paul Flintoff will be launching his book,
'Sew Your Own', here on 1st July.
It's a page turner I tell you.
Please come and celebrate it with us,
and see a display of his charming works.