Craft swish on Saturday, 24 February, in Chiswick

Chiswick’s Knitting & Crochet Guild is holding a craft swish on Saturday, 24 February, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at St Alban’s Church, Acton Green Common, London W4 5LG .

Bring all your unwanted craft materials and swish (swap) them for something else. Crafts covered including knitting, crochet, papercraft, painting and drawing materials, jewellery making and children’s crafts.

Entry is just £5, which includes a mince pie and cup of tea or coffee.

For more information and to book tickets in advance, click here.

The nearest Tube stops are Chiswick Park, Gunnersbury and Turnham Green.

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The Skip Garden
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Let’s swish again … at Hounslow Library

Bored of what’s hanging in your closet? Then gather up those garments lurking at the back of your wardrobe and bring them to Hounslow Library on Saturday, 12 March, for the Hounslow Library Swish (clothing exchange).
Bring up to 10 items of clothing you no longer want to swap. Clothes must be clean and in good condition.
Drop-off is from 11am to 12 noon, when you’ll receive a token for each item of clothing you bring.
The Swish opens at 12.30pm, and then it’s time to shop. Browse the rails and use your tokens to take away a fabulous new outfit (one garment per token).
To find out more about swishing, visit the Get Swishing website.

Those details again:
Venue: Hounslow Library
Date:   Saturday, 12 March 2016
Time:  Clothing drop-off: 11am-12pm
Swish: 12.30pm-2pm
Admission: Free