Embroidery is a universal language
This iteration of In the Windows brings together work by Longsight-based Women’s Voices sewing group, embroidery from the Platt Hall Collection and work made by individuals in previous projects.
“The Women’s Voices sewing and embroidery group is led by women for women. We meet weekly in Longsight to learn, share, and spend time together through making. Women’s Voices enables vulnerable Black and Racially Minoritised women to come together in a safe and mutually supportive space. We support each other to build knowledge, skills and confidence, developing relationships that enable women to thrive and engage in community life.”
Platt Hall’s textile collection includes items from all over the world. Many of these are fragments, acquired over the past century as examples of stitches, techniques and design. Working collectively with Women’s Voices is enabling us to learn more about them together.
Heart embroidery was made by the women at @cdm_uk as part of a heritage project, funded by @heritagefunduk.
It’s important for people not to lose who they are and where they come from. The things I have made are part of my identity and I want to share this with the local community. Making things can make us happy and improve confidence. When we are appreciated it gives us a lot of joy. Women's voices member