Woolly Mammoth Stitch Works CIC is currently looking for new commissions and opportunities.
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?
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 moved this project online until further notice. The dates and times published in the leaflet below will now take place on our FACEBOOK PAGE. Join us!
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 summer 2020 public art trail. 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 probably even make you smile.
We are currently recruiting people to take part in the project. More Details HERE.
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.
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?
You will have to wait until after 31st July if you are not already an existing volunteer with Worcestershire Community Rail Partnership – they get first dibs!
Then we will be doing an open call for other people age 16+ who live in Worcestershire to get involved. If you want to be on the wait list please email firstname.lastname@example.org You will get an automatic response asking for a few details. Email us back with these and then you will be sent a tapestry kit in the post.
The deadline for sending back all the tapestry pieces is Friday 4 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.