And A couple of weeks ago we were approached by a fantastic org here in Cornwall and asked if we can help out in a time of need.
Little Wrens Wardrobe are a children's clothing bank for those in need and are based in Bodmin ( www.littlewrenswardrobe.co.uk ) and during the run up to Christmas they deal with a lot of referrals from social services and the foodbank among others.
This year they wanted to make it more personal, more uplifting to those receiving the essential items they deliver in their hour of need and this is where we came in and can help.
The need is for us to provide bags that Little Wrens can use when they pass over the essential items. Knowing the work we can do we were only to pleased to help and that we were asked. Our aim is to bring people together through textiles and this fits in perfectly with our aims. We can use this exercise to teach those who would like to learn, we can bring sewers together on a more social side and we can help people come together in ways that can combat loneliness and isolation while helping others in need.
We have put together 6 workshops over the next month to start things off. We provide the space, the machines and the materials to make the bags. Some of the materials we have been using are Liberty, William Morris Inspired fabrics and a whole host of good usable fabrics we have been stashing away for just this kind of purpose.
The first workshop session was on Thursday 25th October and will continue for the next 3 Thursdays at Cornubia in Par. ( Contact us for more information.) In addition and through another group of ladies who wanted to help out with the bags and aimed at tackling period poverty we have 2 workshops sessions in Bodmin on the 30th October and the 6th November. These Tuesdays sessions will be held in the Community Hub at Kinsman Estate and we will provide all materials, machines and refreshments for those that join in. All abilities will be made most welcome and our skilled teachers will have you making bags before the evening is finished. If yo uare an experienced sewer then you will also be most welcome and we do need as many bags as we can make.
Our first session brought in 11 people aged from 11 to 72 and we made 15 bags on the evening. It was fun, full of purpose and they all want to come back next week.
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