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Creating a community comforter

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Description:
Be part of a community project and help create a large fabric quilt that will tell our story about how we stayed together while we were apart during COVID-19.
Date:
From Wednesday, 1 July 2020 to
Wednesday, 30 September 2020
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Cost:
Free to participate

Highlights

Be part of a community project and help create a large fabric quilt that will tell our story about how we stayed together while we were apart during COVID-19.

Yarn while you darn, connect with others in your community, learn new skills and document your COVID-19 lockdown experience by creating a unique piece of textile art to share with others.

While we are physically distant, we can connect by thinking of each other, reflecting on happy memories and dreaming of future moments – then making it into art or craft!

People of all ages, stages and interests can take part by combining and interlacing threads, yarns, strands and strips of material to create textile art.

An artist will sew the pieces of together to create a communal artwork that documents our connection during lockdown. The final piece will be exhibited throughout our City as a reminder of something beautiful that grew from uniting within this experience.

Download our flyer for inspiration, tips and tricks!

 

 

 

How to get involved

  • Choose your medium (weaving, stitching or both)
  • Gather your materials
  • Create your unique piece of textile art
  • Send your finished textile art pieces by 1 October 2020 to:

Arts, Heritage and Events

City of Whittlesea

Reply Paid 60758

Bundoora MDC 3083

For more information or for help sourcing materials contact connectingcommunity@whittlesea.vic.gov.au

 

Creating your textile art

If you choose weaving, you will be interlacing threads, yarns, strands and strips to form a piece of fibrous fabric.

  • Watch our handy tutorial.
  • Find wool, or strips of fabric – you can recycle by unwinding wool from old woollen garments or cut an old t-shirt, sheet or tablecloth into strips
  • Consider what size you want – the final piece can be up to 30cm long and whatever shape you choose
  • Create a loom – you can use cardboard or sticks, or weave over a box or on a plastic plate
  • String your loom then weave your wool under and over the loom threads, up and down and turn around
  • Once you have woven your piece, carefully cut it off the loom
  • Tie the end threads to each other so the weaving doesn’t fall off.

For more tips on weaving, watch and visit:

 

If you choose stitching, you will be stitching a series of lines to form a simple shape, drawing or pattern

First take a moment to reflect on a time when you felt safe and secure. Explore that memory and choose a scene. Try and draw that scene, simplifying until it becomes a childlike line drawing …

  • Watch our handy tutorial.
  • Find cotton, embroidery thread, string or wool and choose a needle with an eye that suits
  • Find a piece of cloth – could be fabric from an old sheet/ pillow slip or favourite piece of clothing
  • Use chalk, charcoal or soft pencil to draw your scene or a shape to symbolise it, onto the cloth
  • Stitch into your cloth, following your lines to lines make your drawing.

For more tips on stitching, watch and visit:

 

If you enjoyed this activity… feel free to send more than one square…

Or make 9 squares of your own and sew them together in a simple grid to create your own mini comforter for those hours on the couch! 

 

 

Creating a community comforter

Creating a community comforter

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