Woolly Mammoth Stitch Works CIC is currently looking for new commissions & opportunities.
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Due to Coronavirus we have moved this project online until further notice. We hope to be able to run workshops and events later in the year. Look at our FACEBOOK PAGE for inspiration on what to stitch.
Know someone living in Northfield or within 2 miles away? Why not download this poster and share it with them!
Want to get involved?
Information for Stitchers
We talk through what’s in the Tapestry Kit in the film above. Usually (at events and workshops) we would have a huge amount of wool colour choice available to you. In your pack we include three different background colours – enough to cover the canvas with a basic design. But you are welcome to make it more colourful or may have an idea in mind for your brick and need additional colour wools. If you are finding it difficult to source wool yourself, please do get in touch and we will send you some in the post.
Other things to let you know. You can stitch around the canvas edge or leave the edges unstitched – whatever you prefer. You can also choose to do a portrait or landscape brick. We can work both of these into the archway. It’s up to you!
DEADLINE FOR SENDING YOUR BRICKS BACK: 10 OCTOBER
Have fun stitching. Tina & Suze
Current live project #1:
Home is Where the Arch Is! Northfield Revealed
In 1170 an arched doorway was built for St Laurence’s Church, Northfield. Today this arch is the OLDEST surviving piece of architecture in the whole of Birmingham!
850 years on, can you help stitch a NEW arch for Northfield?
During 2020 we need hundreds of Northfield residents and neighbours to stitch a tapestry brick for a collaborative ‘arch’ artwork and contribute to a local archive of community memories. Want to join in?
There will be opportunities to stitch with us at future workshops and events.
We can also deliver a tapestry kit direct to your door.
The project is suitable for experienced stitchers and absolute beginners, aged 5+. We are inviting people to take part who live in one of the following postcode areas: B31, B22, B29, B30, B32, B38, B45. Free.
We are currently recruiting people to get involved in this project.
Please email us to order a kit or find out where you can stitch with us:
If you do not have email, please call us on 07726 230798.
Home is Where the Arch Is! is part of the Northfield Revealed community heritage project being run by St Laurence Church, Northfield. It is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. See what else is going on and how you can get involved by visiting their website:
Due to Coronavirus we have changed our way of working, and are currenlty posting kits out to people to stitch at home. We are planning some outdoor stitching socials over the next couple of months, to be held in local parks. Let’s socially-distance stitch together in the sunshine!!
What to get involved?
See pictures of all the wonderful hearts stitched so far! Click here
Current Live Project #2 - 18 at Heart
18 at Heart is a bespoke arts project which we have designed with the Selly Oak Neighbourhood Network Scheme in mind (Live. Laugh. Love.) It aims to regularly engage people over the age of 50 in a creative activity which draws upon reminiscence whilst inciting a bit of fun and artistic rebellion!
Our project’s main objective is to collaborate with as many people (aged 50+) as we can during a 6 month stitch project, creating 100s of colourful and unique tapestry hearts which will be hung from trees and lampposts and put up in windows at intervals along the No.18 bus route, as part of a temporary 2020 public art trail (date to be confirmed). We imagine the artwork might be described as a subtle but extensive yarn bomb which runs for 5.5 miles through Billesley, Brandwood, Molyhull, Kings Norton North, and through Masefield in Bournville and Cotteridge ward.
We believe that the heart ‘yarn bombing’ trail will be a powerful tool in lifting people’s spirits and spreading positivity. Whilst older people will be at the heart of the activity and main beneficiaries from the project, there will be wider community benefit. Whether you are travelling or walking along the no. 18 bus route, you’ll be entertained looking for the next heart; they will certainly make you smile.
We are currently recruiting people to take part in the project.
This project is funded through Neighbourhood Networks; a scheme which is about encouraging people who are retired, or in the lead up to retirement, to build up their social networks, keep active, and feel more connected in the areas they live.
To add an image of your sun or your star to our Gallery of Stitch, email a picture to email@example.com
Current Live Project #3 - Stitching Day & Night with Families
We have just launched a lovely new tapestry stitch project for families, funded by the Selly Oak Neighbourhood Network Scheme. We have free tapestry kits to give to families across the constituency who would enjoy and benefit from a crafting for wellbeing activity to do together (recommended for children age 6+).
In the first instance we are working with mutual aid and Covid-19 response teams on the ground to help us distribute kits to families already receiving support during the challenges of coronavirus.
What’s the project about?
The idea behind the Stitching Day and Night Project is that children and young people and whole families stitch ‘suns’ and ‘stars’ and give them as gifts to elderly neighbours, or to people living alone in their neighbourhood. Along with a beautiful hand-stitched sun or star, the neighbour will be given a postcard where they can write a message, and a ‘suction hook’ so they can hang their artwork gifts in their window for the family to enjoy as well as the recipient.
The project is great for families to enjoy a craft activity and learn new skills. It is also designed to promote neighbourliness, togetherness and help build connections between families and neighbours who are elderly or living alone; offering a new creative way for people to check in and build relationships with isolated and vulnerable people during this challenging time.
Let's stitch our sun and star!
Stitching Tutorials with Tina
Also included in the tapestry kit...
How do I get involved?
There are no tapestry kits left now.
The deadline for sending back all the tapestry pieces is end of September.
Current live project #4: Stitch Train Worcestershire
Worcestershire Community Rail Partnership (WCRP) has commissioned Woolly Mammoth Stitch Works CIC to bring together existing WCRP volunteers and new friends across Worcestershire to take part in a large-scale community tapestry stitch project – remotely!
This is a bespoke tapestry kit-based project to keep volunteers connected whilst they can not meet in person due to COVID-19 restrictions. A great chance to also welcome new people to the team.
What’s the project about?
We have set ourselves a bit of a challenge! 300 pieces stitched by 300 volunteers living in Worcestershire to create two massive trains – each at 11.5m in length. That’s 23m of tapestry train!
Stitchers will be contributing either a piece of the carriage, set of doors, or the front or end piece of a train. The train designs and colours represent either the new 196 units being launched later in the year in Worcestershire by West Midlands Railway, or the latest Great Western Railway Intercity Express Trains which call at eight of the county’s stations.
We will also include additional colour wool for you to use to stitch yourself into the windows if you would like to.