Our Apple of my Evesham
A crafting stitching project with community at its core!
As part of our National Lottery Heritage funded renovation project, we are inviting people from the Evesham Community to take part in a collaborative, creative and crafty stitching project which will culminate in the creation of a new wall hanging for the town. Sue Pope, Heritage Coordinator for all community activity linked to the project says, “We are delighted to be working with Woolly Mammoth CIC on this project, which invites people to embroider an apple design to reflect themselves and to contribute their finished piece to our collaborative wall-hanging. All forms of crafting are popular and great for personal health and well-being, even more so during lockdown and this wonderful project is able to build that sense of community by offering an activity that can be done safely during lockdown and in your own home.” We are asking people with a WR11 postcode to get in touch to register for their free pack. At present we can only offer one pack per household. Woolly Mammoth Stitch Works CIC is a social enterprise which connects people to places and to each other through large-scale collaborative tapestry and wool stitch projects. Since the beginning of lockdown in March they have sent tapestry kits and a dose of creative 'Woolly Wellness' to more than 1000 people in their homes, the majority contributing their stitches and volunteer hours to community artworks, or stitching gifts to give away to brighten someone else's day. This home-stitching kit-based approach, with the 'wrap around' elements that social media brings, has meant that their socially engaged craft projects have been able to continue during the pandemic. Tina Francis and Suze Carter, the Woolly Mammoth team, are excited to be able to work with St Mary's and St Egwin Church on a collaborative stitch project with Evesham's communities. Suze tells us, "In 2020 our projects have involved stitching suns and stars, hearts, bricks and two types of trains. In Evesham next year hundreds of residents will be stitching their own colourful and unique tapestry apples! The apple design is inspired by the town's rich heritage in marketing gardening and as a symbol can be found throughout the town. Stitchers will be working together to create hundreds of apples, and we'll be gathering in this harvest to create an artwork for the town to enjoy for many years to come." Tina adds, "We can't wait to see how people make their pieces unique by adding in their faces or initials into the apple design, really putting community at the core of this stitch project." To find out more about Woolly Mammoth Stitch Works visit https://woollymammothstitch.works/ To register for your free pack please contact Sue Pope on [email protected] or call 07875 377243