gathering napkin stitchers as we go

The Napkin Project recently delivered workshops to Wordsworth Centre and Roshni Ghar sheltered housing complex in Bristol .

First stop  = Wordsworth Centre

Wordsworth Centre is a community building situated in the Horfield and Lockleaze area of Bristol . It provides space for local groups , meetings and activities. Each Tuesday the Yarn club meet to develop their sewing skills with artist Sarah Winch.  


Participants were really enthusiastic and we had three generations of a Grenadian family stitching a napkin each . They were planning a sewing bee with their friends involving chicken and rice and many other delicious sounding foods! A collaborative napkin stitching project emerged with the youth group drawing and the adult sewing group stitching their designs.


Next stop= Roshni Ghar

Roshni Ghar is a multicultural sheltered housing complex in Bristol.  Ladies from India , Pakistan and Somalia came along came together in a communal room to see what the napkin project was all about. In fact it was rather embarassing to show them my attempts at stitching as they themselves were highly skilled at embroidery and had a thing or two to teach us !




One lady set off to find her own embroidery to show us and returned with a beautiful pillowcase she was making . Another Somalian lady demonstrated a new stitch and set about embroidering flowers on each corner of her napkin. It was clear we had alot to learn from our ladies at Roshni Ghar!

Deirdre Nelson July 2013