Stitching Day & Night (2020)
During lockdown in 2020 we were funded by the Selly Oak Neighbourhood Network Scheme to create a tapestry kit-based product to give away to families and older isolated people across the constituency who would enjoy and benefit from a crafting for wellbeing activity to do together. These were sent out mainly by the mutual aid and Covid-19 response teams working in their communities who distributed them to those already receiving support during the challenges of coronavirus.
What was the project about?
The idea behind the Stitching Day and Night Project was that children and young people and whole families stitched ‘suns’ and ‘stars’ and gave 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 was also given a hand-written postcard and a ‘suction hook’ so they could hang their artwork gift in their window for the family to enjoy as well as themselves.
Through the project we wanted families to enjoy a craft activity and learn new skills, and also to promote neighbourliness, togetherness and help build connections between families and neighbours who are elderly or living alone; offering a creative way for people to check in and build relationships with isolated and vulnerable people during the challenges of lockdown.