Stitch Club

We have invited textiles artist and sustainable fashion designer Emma Summerscale to develop a new project around thrift, sustainability and mending.

Bring along any damaged items you have to our mending cafe in Crosby library on Monday 25th April from 11AM – 1PM. Together we will mend, stitch, repair and replace any bits and bobs.

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. 

Emma Summerscale’s website.

Stitch Club Events

14th Jul 2022, 12:00pm Bootle Library

Bootle’s Climate Action Festival is organised by Regenerus to bring people together to talk about how we can tackle climate change as a community, and make small changes which will make a big difference.

Free and open to all, the event will be held at Bootle Canalside.

Please visit Regenerus website here for more information about the whole day.

We’re been invited to run two creative sessions as part of the day. Come along and join in the conversation about making change in our neighbourhoods.

Mending Cafe with Stitch Club

Stitch Club meets every other Monday at Crosby Library. The group gathers to repair and mend clothes; share stories and poetry about being part of a circular solution to the climate damage caused by fast fashion and textiles waste. Come along and join the conversation about sustainable textiles with our Stitch Club, led by textiles artist Emma Summerscales to learn more about circular economies, reducing waste and encouraging recycling/reusing/repairing.

Find out more and book here.

air quality & lichen walk with Gregory Herbert

Organised by Rule of Threes, Greg will lead an air quality talk sharing findings from our community-led research with local people. We will take people on a lichen identification walk and also share AR (Augmented Reality) projections made as part of the project, and explain what it all means.

Find out more and book here.

Free Event, Book online

Past Events

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. 

May 2022 Crosby Library

Have an item of clothing or something which needs repairing? Bring it along to our Stitch Club and learn how to mend and repair your old items with the support of textiles and fashion designer, Emma Summerscales.

Bring along any damaged items you have to our mending cafe upstairs in Crosby Library on Monday 30th May from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Together we will mend, stitch, repair and replace any bits and bobs, to give old clothes a new leash of life.

Cups of tea and chat always provided!

Just drop in – no need to book.