Button It with Up for Crafts
Do you enjoy sewing? Where did you find your love of the craft? Traditionally, sewing and embroidery skills have been passed from generation to generation. Sharing your skills with others can be very rewarding and creating something together can reinforce friendships and family bonds.
Voluntary Arts England is developing a get-into-sewing campaign in partnership with BBC Radio Merseyside. Up for Crafts aims to highlight how textile crafts are a living asset which should be safeguarded and conserved for our understanding of the past, for our enjoyment today and for the benefit of future generations.
Join the Button It Challenge
For Mother’s Day 2013, they are challenging the people of Merseyside to help us make a beautiful display of Button Blooms to say a big ‘thank you’ to the many talented women who have gifted their skills to the next generation of craftspeople.
Using the traditional quilting technique of Suffolk Puffs, we will stitch hundreds of flower-like rosettes embellished with buttons. On Saturday 2 March at the Williamson Art Gallery and Saturday 9 March at the Bluecoat, everyone will be welcome to get into stitching and create their own Button Bloom in free drop-in workshops. Each bloom will feature a leaf describing a skill learnt from a woman in their life. They want to celebrate the talents of crafty women and help to inspire the next generation of skill sharers. On Sunday 10 March the Bluecoat will be blooming with a display of all of the stitched flowers ready to be picked by the public in celebration of Mother’s day.
If you’re already an active stitcher, it’s a great chance to promote your work or your sewing group and attract new members. If you’re new to the craft you’ll be able to find out more about the local sewing groups in Merseyside. You’ll be able to make and take too, stitch a safety pin to a bloom for a beautiful corsage to take away as a fabulous gift for Mother’s Day.
For more information about how you can get involved with Button It contact firstname.lastname@example.org