We’re really looking forward to the Stitching Together Study Day on Thursday 13 May. This free one-day online event provides space for people with interests in participatory textile making activities – whether participants, facilitators, researchers or commissioners – to come together and share experiences, insights and challenges. (Not booked yet? Visit Eventbrite to book your place!)
Each session will include presentations and discussions, plus an opportunity to meet other attendees in a breakout room. Unsurprisingly, we wanted to make sure we included opportunities for making – rather than just talking about making – and so we’re really pleased to invite you, just for fun, to stitch a textile representation of a building in your local area. We’ll share our creations at the final session of the day (7-8.30pm BST), or – if you’re unable to make it in person – via the Study Day padlet (a webpage that anyone can add to).
This activity is inspired by a wonderful St Ives-based project in which residents stitched the buildings of their town. The project is captured in a film, A Stitch in Time, which will be screened along with other films capturing the participatory textile making experience as part of the Study Day.
Here’s network member Jo McIntosh, who coordinated that project, to explain:
I am the person behind the project you will see in the Stitch in Time film. I would like you to choose a building in your local area that you either just like, or have some personal connection to and create a textile collage of the building.
The size you choose is up to you, our pieces were 11″ (2cm) square with an inner size of 10″ (25cm). You will need a piece of fabric to stitch your pieces onto, plus a selection of fabrics. Any textile technique can be used.
There will be a “show and tell” in the final session of the networking event (7-8.30pm BST) so please bring your piece along, even if it is not finished.
Hopefully you’ll now feel ready to get stuck in – but if you do have any questions, please feel free to add a comment in the Stitch a Building column of the padlet!
To find out more about Jo’s project and see more of the fabulous textile buildings that were created, here is a sneak preview of A Stitch in Time: