Making Together: What happened? – Textiles

5 weeks of free workshops with Tusheeta David and Amarah Simms
Aston, Birmingham
April – May 2018

Book your place on our other free craft workshops at Birmingham Settlement in Aston, Birmingham. Running until October 2018.

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.

Busy hands. An woman sprays water on a babies hand. A young child feels the texture of material.
A young boy reaches for bubbles in a bowl of soapy water.

“I love learning craft like this because I can remember it and use it in my own way at home. ” Participant

Older hands, soapy water, rolling fleece in bubble wrap.

“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.”

An older woman's hand holds a bright pom pom.
hands and t-shirt yarn. Finger knitting.
Hands and fingers with tshirt yarn wrapped around. Finger knitting.

“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.”

A woman shows some brightly coloured fleece to a very young boy. he grabs another piece.
a very young girl looks closely at a pom pom and pulls on the strands of fabric.

meditative       opening up       working together       supportive        excitement       interaction with material        rolling       something for themselves       dropping        relaxed      comfortable        enjoyment      repetition         layering        rolling         water        familiarity        talk more         concentration       brought back memories       complimenting          sharing      showing interest          therapeutic         pride         achievement

A mother and baby play with wrapping tshirt yarn around a hoop.
A tangle of coloured wool, hoops, material and tshirt yarn.
A very young child daubs bright paint on a large sheet of paper.
A close up of some hands embroidering simple text on material stretched over an embroidery hoop.


Where Next

Three clay heads of various sizes with different coloured slips, shapes and decoration applied to them.

Made for Play

The creation of interactive artworks designed for very young children.

a young hand pushes into wet clay.

Making Together: What happened? – Clay

See what happened at the clay workshops.

A woman shows a lady how to use a piercing saw to cut a sheet of metal. They're both smiling and happy.

Making Together: What Happened? – Celebration

See the results of our work with families.

Hands use a piercing saw to cut metal.

Making Together, Women Living in Refuge

Read about our new project.



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