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!

The Showcase - on film!

This bespoke tapestry kit-based lockdown project brought together over 200 people living in Worcestershire, and colleagues from the rail network, all stitching individual pieces to create collaborative artworks. 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.

On 23rd July 2021, 18 Stitch Train tapestries were on display at Guildhall, Worcester for the first time and we were joined by many of the stitch team to find their piece!! 

That's my piece!

Want to see more detail? 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!!

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.