Things have been very slow on the stitching front lately for a number of reasons – mainly being very busy at work and the onset of cold weather which has meant going to bed earlier to curl up and read.
I’ve also been working on setting up a Sewing Circle for asylum seekers which has involved trying to find a suitable premises that we could use for free for the activity. I will be donating all the materials with some help from a couple of quilty friends. I think I have it almost sorted now and hope to start the group next month.
My plan is to provide a safe and welcoming space and activity for people who have suffered trauma, have little English language ability, and have extremely limited resources while they wait for a refugee determination. It’s a practical thing I can do for others much less fortunate than me. I hope it will be a free enjoyable activity which will have an end result of something useful – especially with winter fast approaching.
Several women from my Quilting Group have offered to donate some fabrics and I am making up small sewing kits for each participant – needles, thread, pins, thread snippers for handwork and I will provide my rotary cutters, mats and machine for each time we meet.
I thought I would also ask members of my Quilting Group to make pin cushions so that each participant in the Sewing Circle can have a small individualized item in their kit.
If you have any suggestions I would love to hear them.