Stitch train worcestershire (2020)

In 2020 the Worcestershire Community Rail Partnership (WCRP) 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 was a bespoke tapestry kit-based project to bring  people living in Worcestershire together whilst they could not meet in person due to COVID-19 restrictions.

There are 18 tapestry trains – one for each of the stations in Worcestershire. Stitchers all contributed either a piece of the carriage, set of doors, or the front or end piece of a train. Most people also stitched themselves or others into the windows. The train designs and colours represent either the new 196 units by West Midlands Railway, or the latest Great Western Railway Intercity Express Trains which call at eight of the county’s stations.

The presentation of the physical artworks was postponed until July 2021. Below is a film we made of all the pieces for a virtual celebration event.

Number of pieces stitched
Volunteer hours to stitch the trains

The Artworks

We LOVE how the Stitch Train Worcestershire volunteers have stitched ‘community’ into community rail!!

Please note, the digital artworks below may not be the final arrangements of the pieces for the physical artworks.

Did you stitch part of a train? Can you spot your piece?

(If you did and you can’t please get in touch!)

A huge thank you to all the wonderful community volunteer stitchers. Great job. Thanks also to Peter Chapman, Worcestershire Community Rail Partnership Officer, for inviting us to be part of this initiative to create positive activity and bring people together during lockdown.


Part II -presenting the physical train artworks - still to come!