Saturday saw us in the cafe area of Touchstones, it was actually the first session in the gallery and great to see that word is spreading about the project. All the sewing packs I left on the desk have gone and a few were waiting for me to collect.
It was a lovely afternoon and despite the hot weather we had a steady stream of participants. I have to say getting people to sit and sew and here some of their stories is wonderful.
Karen a graduate of mine from the Embroidery degree at MMU came to help and was, as ever, brilliant. She instructed the novice sewers and her enthusiasm is inspiring. James, a local councillor came and took to the cause with aplomb, he sat and sewed his signature along side several women from the local Embroiderers Guild group.
Another modern signature cloth was identified in Rochdale, last seen in Springhill Hospice, I will contact them and see if it is still on view? It would be lovely as well to have some signatures from those involved in such a valuable institution.We also had some older ladies who had lived in Rochdale all their lives, Winifred told me of her dad coming to Rochdale on a cart from Pendelbury where he had worked in the mines.
We were also joined by a beautiful couple from Tehran and a lady and her daughter who’s parents moved to Rochdale in the early 1960’s from India. She decided to sew all her family members names in the same colours, so that they could be found, where ever they were situated across the quilt.
Clifford came in and asked for my website details to send to a relative in Vermont who is a quilt maker. He added under his signed name, a code which I think he said was his CB radio tag?