06 Jun Making Together: What happened? – Textiles
Makers Tusheeta David and Amarah Simms kicked off our first Making Together residency at Birmingham Settlement in April.
Exploring textiles in new and unexpected ways with families and young children. Participants had a go at felting, weaving, knotting, wrapping, sewing and embroidery with children as young as 7 months getting involved!
Using specialist materials as well as re-purposing easy to find fabrics such as old t-shirts and household textiles, parents got lots of new ideas for things to make and do at home with babies and very young children.
“I love learning craft like this because I can remember it and use it in my own way at home. ” Participant
“Laughter, concentration, encouragement, growing, bonding was all visible when the families were engaging with materials. The sense of achievement was flowing all round and the love and happiness that went into making was visible through their outcomes.”
“It is nice to get out of the house and do things.” Participant
“Engaging with materials connected families together. Interactions were made through guiding, helping and communicating. The workshop was living proof that making together really does encourage wellbeing and healthy relationships.”