I have had an extremely busy few months since my last post so here’s a quick review of some of the interesting bits!
From February to April I worked with Women in Stitches at St.Clements Church in Ordsall on a recycling project “Lost in Salford” funded by Greater Manchester Waste. We used old clothing donated to the church, but not suitable to sell and turned them into useable items, including broaches and earrings, peg and knitted rag rugs and patchwork.
In April I started work with DIY Theatre Company on a Heritage Lottery funded project to create a textile wall hanging to tell the story of the Company’s 18 year history. We started by talking about their history, the people they remember, the productions they have been involved with and the props and equipment used over the years. While we were talking the group drew images onto a roll of wallpaper lining. I’m going to design and make the hanging based on the information gathered. It’s all really exciting.
In an interesting detour from my usual work, I started to run some patchwork and sewing classes at the Deli Lama Cafe in Salford where I tried some Christmas Craft classes last year. I designed a little sewing kit using a mix of patchwork and felt-craft techniques for people to make over three sessions. I was also asked to do a hen party at Nexus Art Cafe. All the ladies created an appliqué panel which we attached to a piece of felt to create a wall hanging for the bride.