We’re pleased to announce that Share’s month of textile workshops has kicked off with flying colours. From t-shirt rag-weaving to tapestry and peg-weaving, a whole range of new skills, as well as stories, are being shared at the shop.
The workshops have been described as “a community building exercise, with textiles on the side” and it has certainly contributed to a closer-knit feeling (excuse the pun). Our first session was attended by a 2-day old to a 93 year-old, as well as three generations of one family.
People are encouraged to learn and simply have a play. So far we’ve collectively created the letters of ‘SHARE’ in rag-rug to be displayed in the town council, but just as importantly, we’ve enjoyed conversations on everything from political sustainability, to Peruvian traditions, and finally settling in Frome.
But where did the idea come from? The workshops are part of a collaboration between Share, the library of things and Frome Textile-Workshop, a collection of weavers, spinners and dyers. One of the central figures is Ben, who’s completing his Textiles Masters in Sweden and decided to undertake a community project to create a tie between the two organisations. He told me it’s been lots of fun, and interesting to get people into sharing skills.
Frome Textile Workshop are not only donating their abilities but also once the month is over, they’ll be passing on some of the equipment to Share library so that anyone can come, borrow, and try it out for themselves.
It’s been really encouraging to see so many new faces coming in to the shop. There have been even more curious passers-by pressing their noses to our window than usual and it’s been fantastic to invite them in. Textiles has proved a perfect way to get people talking, creating – even bridging demographics. The great news is, there’s still two more weeks! Come along and join us, for a weave, a stitch or a chat. All welcome!