I have been leading a sewing group comprising parents and carers at Glenbrook School South London. I teach basic machine skills, design and rotary piecing. We are making tote bags to sell at market. It is planned to have a stall at Dulwich farmers market and maybe somewhere else the weekend of the 21/22nd November. I plan to post some more of the finished bags for you to view.
This sewing group is a follow on from the creative quilt project we ran in the summer term. This was a wall quilt made by parents and carers, again who were new to sewing, to create a ‘Welcome’ to the room that is designated for them to use. We entered our quilt in the group category at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham this year, and received a positive response from the judges. The “Welcome Parents and Carers” message on the quilt is repeated in Urdu, Somali and Portuguese the next most spoken languages in the school after English.
Here is the finished quilt before delivering it to the pick up point in Greenwich.
I was invited to lead this project by Girda Niles who is the Parent Partnership Co-ordinator at Glenbrook. Her role is to foster parent/carer inclusion in school life. This project has been funded by the Clapham Park Project, a local initiative to create projects developed by and delivered within the community.