Mar 2022 Bootle Library
We have invited sustainable fashion designer and textiles artist Emma Summerscales to work with Stitch Club this year.
On Friday 4th of March, you are invited to join us at Bootle Library between 11:00AM – 1:00PM, where we will be revisiting our first project “The Bootle Embroidery”, initiated by illustrator Reena Makwana.
We’ll be creating a textile frame and new title banner for the embroidered wall hanging prepared some time ago by our Stitch Club group. We’ll also be adding past works of embroidered flowers and vegetables, inspired by our soon-to-be garden space at Bootle Library.
For the frame, we’ll be using a Japanese technique called “sashiko” — meaning little stabs, which refers to the running stitch used to create patterns by first marking up the fabric. It is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching used for visible mending, traditionally applied in white thread to indigo fabric. Over our stitching, we will chat about ideas for future projects around thrift and mending, to co-create together.
Acting as “Creative Directors” for the artwork, the group will have creative control over the final piece — collectively choosing colour, layout and composition. Stitch Club is open to everyone, whether you are a novice with a needle or a stitch expert.
Everyone is welcome – no need to book, just drop in.
about emma summerscales
Emma is a fashion designer and textile artist based in Liverpool 8, whose work in sustainable design builds on a lifelong practice collecting and customizing secondhand clothes, exploring the emotional value of clothes brought about by their history, and the act of making or mending them. All her work is underpinned by an exploration of zero-waste, deconstructing existing garments or a whole piece of cloth and the damage of worn clothes to guide the formation of new ideas, textures, and patterns using visible mending techniques such as darning and Japanese boro and sashiko.