Teaching about the restorative powers of textiles has been a big part of my work for some years now. This week I was working with a new group of men and women, in a project that explores the textile heritage of the area they live in. It's a diverse group and English is a second language for many of the participants. I brought out needles, thread, and fabric and watched as a quiet room was transformed into a buzz of chat, demonstration and sharing.
It's good to be reminded of the power of the needle. For me stitching is a common language, it relaxes, unites and inspires.
Does stitching play a part in your life? Share a tale in the comments if you like... .
(Photos are of my own most recent stitching).