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 can 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.
We have not been able to present physical artworks yet – watch out for these next year. In the meantime, check out a film we made of all the pieces for a virtual celebration event.
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.